Microsoft Dynamics GP ExpertsMicrosoft Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, sports a lengthier heritage than virtually any other ERP platform written for Windows. Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured application and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active installations globally. A number of businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to postpone upgrades to the point that they are now running seriously out-of-date software and outmoded network infrastructure. This can be risky. Meanwhile, a recurring theme we hear from prospective clients is that they have a hard time locating veteran Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP system affordably and get the most business value out of the application.

The more an organization attempts to limp along with legacy releases of Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration procedure becomes. If server hardware or disk systems break down, there could be no equivalent hardware available to use as substitutes. When versions of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, vital security patches stop being distributed. The latest editions of SQL Server may not work with your special GP customizations. Next-generation products such as Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Businesses investigating an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment can be intimidated by the number of components involved in the puzzle. And the cost quoted for a migration may be astronomical.

Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's seasoned experts have provided high-level and affordable online integration consulting for Windows-powered environments to businesses in every state throughout the U.S. By offering deep experience with all releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with top-tier network integration talent, Progent is ideally suited to help your Des Moines, Iowa business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.

We become partners with our clients and begin by listening to their needs. After gaining familiarity with the IT situation and the areas needing improvement we provide our recommendations. Proposed services may involve an upgrade to a more current and supported version of Dynamics GP, basic user education, full system and specific module configuration including 3rd-party modules offered by a wide array of suppliers that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other key business software within your organization, custom report creation, and solution evaluations to assess whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our objective with each Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to optimize strategic value and control expense.

Progent can help your Des Moines, Iowa business in each phase of your Dynamics GP migration or enhancement initiative including:

  • System Review
    Take a look at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now running and discuss additional features available on the product that might be suitable for your organization.

  • Upgrade Design and Timing
    Develop a comprehensive upgrade plan and schedule that avoids business interruption. Plan for solution validation, production upgrade, and education. Identify custom development and add-on modules. Predict and manage compatibility issues.

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

  • Environment Updates
    Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the current version to ensure continuing support from Microsoft and to have all current features accessible to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Activate services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Condition data and run scripts to address known issues.

  • Management Reporting
    Develop reports and or custom dashboards for internal as well as external consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating information from diverse local and external sources.

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

  • Support Services
    Act as a single contact for support to ensure dependable and affordable resolution of problems made possible by close understanding of your specific situation.
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
Progent can provide the help of seasoned experts who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since relerase 1. Progent can do the work you need directly rather than supervising less experienced consultants or in-house staff. Important areas where Progent's consultants can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
  • Recommendations
    Recommend the deployment of modules that come with the basic GP system but are not now being used. Also, recommend third-party products written specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP skips.

  • Integrations
    Build custom connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to reduce duplicate data entry and increase accuracy.

  • Customizations
    Build big and small customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform various business functions not handled by standard GP modules or external modules.
Infrastructure Expertise
Progent can help your business to enhance your network infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure services offered by Progent's consultants include:
  • Needs assessment and site inventory
  • Network topology planning and deployment (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
  • Configuring firewalls and remote connections and creating security policies
  • Integrating iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
  • Developing high-availability solutions
  • Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Microsoft 365
  • Disaster recovery preparedness
  • Performance optimization
The Progent Advantage
A modern Dynamics GP environment incorporates diverse software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and cloud services integrated into a seamless enterprise resource planning solution. For over 20 years, Progent's consultants have delivered remote and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Microsoft Exchange integration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server development consultants. Progent has worked with these products from their first versions to their current editions, and Progent can help with cloud-based options by offering Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development services.

Progent also has a long history of delivering support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtualization consultants. This background with core technologies cuts time and costs when guiding businesses through every phase of upgrading their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the skills of advanced cybersecurity and compliance engineers, business continuity planning consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration experts, and database administrators who can assist you to plan, deploy, and manage a well-tuned Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem.

Progent's Support Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
To find out more about Progent's remote and onsite consulting expertise in Des Moines, Iowa for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, see:

Read/Download Progent's Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To download a datasheet describing the consulting support offered by Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, click Download Datasheet: Consulting Services for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Platform (PDF file).

Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Expertise
If your Des Moines, IA business needs a Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration consultant or application programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.