Dynamics GP ExpertsDynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, has a longer track record than virtually any other ERP solution written for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich application and is one of the most widely used ERP systems for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active customers globally. Many organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have managed to postpone upgrades long enough that they are running seriously out-of-date software and rickety network infrastructure. This is risky. Another recurring complaint we hear from prospective clients is that they have been unable to find veteran Dynamics GP experts who can provide guidance on how to derive the most out of the software.

The more an organization tries to limp along with legacy releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration procedure tends to be. When server hardware or disk systems fail, there could be no suitable devices on the market to replace them. When versions of Windows Server that run Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security patches stop being developed. The latest editions of Microsoft SQL Server might not work with your special GP customizations. Next-generation tools such as Power BI may not run. Businesses considering an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment are often intimidated by the number of components there are to the project. And the price tag quoted for a migration may seem through the roof.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Services Available from Progent
Progent has offered support for Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's seasoned professionals have provided high-level and affordable remote integration consulting for Windows-based networks to businesses in every state in the U.S. By combining in-depth experience with all editions of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with top-tier system integration skills, Progent is uniquely qualified to help you get the most out of GP.

We partner with our customers and start by listening to their needs. Once we have an understanding of the IT environment and the areas needing improvement we provide our recommendations. Proposed services can include a migration to a newer and supported version of Dynamics GP, basic user education, full system and individual module configuration including 3rd-party products from a wide array of vendors that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business applications used by organization, custom report creation, and system analysis to assess whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our goal with each Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to maximize strategic value and control expense.

Progent's consultants can assist you in each facet of your upgrade or enhancement process including:

  • System Assessment
    Take a look at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now using and propose additional capabilities available on the product that might be suitable for your organization.

  • Migration Design and Scheduling
    Create a complete migration plan and timetable that avoids business disruption. Schedule solution validation, live deployment, and education. Identify custom development and add-on modules. Predict and manage compatibility issues.

  • Pilot Testing
    Design and configure a pilot environment for proving the upgrade process.

  • Environment Updates
    Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest release to ensure continuing support services from Microsoft and to make all current features available to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Implement services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Prepare data and execute scripts to resolve documented issues.

  • Custom Reporting
    Create reports and or dashboards for internal and public use. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating information from diverse local and remote sources.

  • Education
    Deliver individual or classroom style training for current and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.

  • Support
    Act as a single point of contact for support to deliver consistent and cost-effective handling of issues made possible by familiarity with your specific environment.
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
Progent can provide the help of top-tier consultants who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you need directly instead of managing less knowledgeable consultants or in-house IT personnel. Key areas where Progent can provide Dynamics GP support services include:
  • Guidance
    Recommend the deployment of software modules that come with the basic GP platform but are not now being used. Also, suggest third-party add-ons written exclusively for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide features that GP doesn't offer.

  • Integrations
    Build custom connections between Dynamics GP and other business platforms to reduce duplicate entry and increase consistency.

  • Customizations
    Create big and simple customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle various functions that are not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or external modules.
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Progent can help you to upgrade your network infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure expertise provided by Progent include:
  • Needs analysis and IT asset inventory
  • Network architecture planning and implementation (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
  • Configuring security gateways and remote connections and defining security policies
  • Integrating iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
  • Developing high-availability architectures
  • Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Office 365
  • Disaster recovery preparedness
  • Performance optimization
The Progent Advantage
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP environment includes multiple software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud products integrated into a seamless ERP solution. For over two decades, Progent's consultants have provided online and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Microsoft Exchange integration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server development consultants. Progent's consultants have supported these products from their initial versions to their latest editions, and Progent can help with cloud-based SaaS options by providing Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online deployment and development services.

Progent also has a long history of delivering help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure consultants, Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This background with core technologies cuts time and costs when guiding businesses through every phase of upgrading their legacy Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the skills of senior security and compliance experts, business continuity preparedness consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration consultants, and database administrators who can assist you to plan, implement, and maintain a productive Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem.

Progent's Consulting Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
To find out more about Progent's consulting expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP product family, refer to:

Download Progent's Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To download a datasheet describing the consulting services available from Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, click Download Datasheet: Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Platform (PDF file).

Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Expertise
If you are looking for a Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or software developer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.