Microsoft Dynamics GP ExpertsMicrosoft Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, has a longer track record than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform made for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, full-featured application and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active installations globally. Many businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have managed to postpone upgrades and maintenance to the point that they now find themselves running seriously out-of-date software and rickety IT infrastructure. This can be risky. At the same time, a common theme we hear from new clients is that they have a hard time finding veteran Microsoft Dynamics GP experts who can provide guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP environment efficiently and derive the maximum business value from the application.

The more a business attempts to limp along with legacy versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration procedure becomes. When physical host servers or disk systems fail, there could be no equivalent devices on the market to replace them. When releases of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security updates are no longer developed. The latest releases of SQL Server might not work with your special GP customizations. Innovative products like Power BI may not run. Businesses investigating an upgrade of their Dynamics GP deployment are often intimidated by the volume of components there are to the puzzle. And the price tag quoted for a migration may seem astronomical.

Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Services Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's tested experts have delivered advanced and economical remote integration consulting for Windows-powered environments to organizations in every state across the U.S. By offering deep experience with all editions of Dynamics GP as well as world-class network integration talent, Progent is ideally suited to make sure your Des Moines, Iowa business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.

We partner with our customers and begin by understanding their requirements. After gaining familiarity with the IT environment and the areas for improvement we provide our suggestions. Recommendations may include an upgrade to a newer and supported release of Dynamics GP, simple user training, complete system and specific module configuration including 3rd-party modules offered by a broad array of suppliers that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business software within your organization, custom report writing, and solution evaluations to determine whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our objective with each Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to maximize business value and control cost.

Progent's consultants can assist your Des Moines, Iowa company in each facet of your Dynamics GP migration or enhancement process including:

  • System Assessment
    Review at what features of Dynamics GP you are currently running and discuss other capabilities of GP that might be suitable for your organization.

  • Migration Planning and Timing
    Develop a complete upgrade plan and timetable that avoids business disruption. Plan for solution validation, production upgrade, and training. Identify custom development and add-on modules. Anticipate and manage compatibility issues.

  • Testing
    Plan and implement a test system for validating the upgrade process.

  • System Updates
    Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest release to assure ongoing support from Microsoft and to make all the latest features accessible to your organization. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Implement services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Prepare data and execute scripts to address documented issues.

  • Management Reporting
    Develop reports and or custom dashboards for internal as well as public use. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining information from diverse local and external repositories.

  • Training
    Provide individual or group training for current and new users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.

  • Support Services
    Act as a single point of contact for expertise to ensure effective and cost-effective handling of issues made possible by close understanding of your specific situation.
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent can provide the support of top-tier consultants who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent can do the jobs you require directly instead of managing less experienced consultants or internal staff. Key areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Dynamics GP support services include:
  • Guidance
    Suggest the use of software modules included with the core GP system but are not currently being used. Also, suggest third-party products written specifically for Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP skips.

  • Integrations
    Build special integrations between Dynamics GP and other business platforms to avoid redundant entry and increase accuracy.

  • Customizations
    Build big and simple customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform various business functions not handled by standard GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Progent can assist your business to upgrade your infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure expertise available from Progent include:
  • Needs analysis and site inventory
  • Network topology design and deployment (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
  • Setting up security gateways and VPN connections and creating security policies
  • Managing Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
  • Creating high-availability architectures
  • Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Microsoft 365
  • Disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness
  • Performance tuning
The Progent Advantage
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem includes diverse software platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and cloud services combined into a seamless enterprise resource planning solution. For more than 20 years, Progent has provided remote and onsite support 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 worked with these products from their first versions to their latest editions, and Progent can help with cloud options by offering Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online migration and development expertise.

Progent also has extensive experience providing support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtualization specialists. This experience with strategic technologies cuts time and costs when helping organizations through every phase of updating their older Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the support of advanced cybersecurity and compliance engineers, business continuity preparedness experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud integration consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to plan, deploy, and manage a well-tuned Dynamics GP environment.

Progent's Support Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
To find out more about Progent's online and onsite support expertise in Des Moines, Iowa for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, refer to:

Read/Download Progent's Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To download a datasheet describing the consulting expertise available from Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, click Download Datasheet: Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Software (PDF file).

Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Services
If your Des Moines, IA business needs a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or software developer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.