Dynamics GP ExpertsMicrosoft Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, sports a lengthier history than virtually any other ERP solution written for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, full-featured product and is one of the most widely used ERP systems for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active installations globally. Many businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to postpone upgrades long enough that they now find themselves running seriously out-of-date software and outmoded network infrastructure. This is risky. At the same time, a recurring theme we hear from prospective clients is that they have a hard time finding experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP experts who can provide guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP environment efficiently and derive the maximum business value out of the software.

The more a business attempts to limp along with legacy releases of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration process tends to be. If server hardware or storage systems break down, there could be no suitable hardware available to use as substitutes. When editions of Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security patches are no longer released. Current releases of Microsoft SQL Server may not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Innovative products such as Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Organizations investigating an update of their Dynamics GP environment can be overwhelmed by the number of components involved in the project. And the cost suggested for a migration may be through the roof.

Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Services Available from Progent
Progent has offered support for Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's seasoned experts have delivered high-level and affordable online consulting for Windows-powered networks to organizations in every state in the U.S. By combining deep familiarity with all versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as top-tier network integration skills, Progent is uniquely qualified to make sure your Des Moines, Iowa business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.

We become partners with our customers and start by understanding their needs. After gaining familiarity with the IT environment and the areas needing improvement we make our suggestions. Proposed services may include an upgrade to a newer and supported version of Dynamics GP, basic user training, full system and individual module configuration including 3rd-party modules offered by a broad array of suppliers that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business software within your organization, custom report creation, and solution evaluations to determine whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our goal with each Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to optimize business value and control cost.

Progent can help your Des Moines, Iowa business in every phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or customization process including:

  • System Assessment
    Take a look at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now using and discuss other features available on GP that might be suitable for your business.

  • Upgrade Design and Scheduling
    Develop a comprehensive upgrade plan and schedule that avoids business disruption. Schedule pilot testing, production upgrade, and training. Identify custom development and add-on products. Anticipate and manage compatibility problems.

  • Pilot Testing
    Design and configure a test system for validating the migration project.

  • System Upgrades
    Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and Microsoft Integration Manager data. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest version to ensure ongoing support from Microsoft and to have all current features accessible to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Implement services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Prepare data and execute scripts to resolve documented issues.

  • Custom Reporting
    Create reports and or dashboards for internal as well as public consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating information from diverse on-premises and remote sources.

  • Education
    Provide one-on-one or group training for existing and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.

  • Support
    Provide a single point of contact for support to deliver consistent and affordable resolution of problems made possible by familiarity with your particular situation.
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent offers the support of seasoned consultants who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent can do the jobs you require directly rather than managing less experienced consultants or in-house staff. Key areas where Progent can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
  • Guidance
    Recommend the deployment of software modules that come with the basic GP system but are not now being utilized. Also, recommend third-party add-ons written exclusively for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP doesn't offer.

  • Integrations
    Build custom integrations between Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to avoid redundant data entry and increase accuracy.

  • Customizations
    Create major and small customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform various business functions not handled by standard GP modules or external add-ons.
Infrastructure Expertise
Progent can help your business to upgrade your network infrastructure to support Microsoft 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 architecture planning and implementation (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
  • Setting up security gateways and VPN connections and defining security policies
  • Integrating Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
  • Creating high-availability solutions
  • Integration with public cloud services including Microsoft 365
  • Disaster recovery and business continuity planning
  • Performance optimization
The Progent Advantage
An optimized Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates multiple software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and cloud products integrated into a seamless ERP solution. For over two decades, Progent has provided remote and onsite support from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Exchange configuration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint integration consultants. Progent has worked with these products from their first versions to their latest versions, and Progent supports cloud-based options by offering Office and Microsoft 365 integration services, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online migration and application development expertise.

Progent also has a long history of delivering support from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Windows Hyper-V integration experts, and VMware virtualization consultants. This background with core technologies saves time and costs when guiding organizations through each phase of upgrading their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the skills of advanced cybersecurity and compliance engineers, disaster recovery preparedness consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud architecture consultants, and database administrators who can assist you to design, implement, and maintain a productive Microsoft Dynamics GP solution.

Progent's Support Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
To learn more information about Progent's remote and onsite support expertise in Des Moines, Iowa for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, refer to:

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

Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Services
If your Des Moines, IA business is looking for a Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or software programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.