Dynamics GP ExpertsMicrosoft Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, has a longer heritage than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution made for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured product 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 organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to defer upgrades and maintenance to the point that they now find themselves using seriously out-of-date software and outmoded network infrastructure. This is dangerous. At the same time, a recurring theme we hear from prospective customers is that they have a hard time locating veteran Microsoft Dynamics GP experts who can provide guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP environment efficiently and derive the maximum business value from the application.

The longer an organization attempts to make do with legacy releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration process tends to be. If server hardware or storage systems fail, there could be no equivalent devices on the market to replace them. When editions of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security updates are no longer released. The latest editions of Microsoft SQL Server might not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Next-generation products like Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Businesses considering an upgrade of their Dynamics GP environment can be overwhelmed by the number of components involved in the puzzle. And the cost quoted for a migration may seem astronomical.

Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's tested professionals have provided high-level and affordable remote consulting for Windows-based networks to organizations in every state throughout the U.S. By offering in-depth familiarity with all releases of Dynamics GP as well as top-tier network integration talent, Progent is uniquely suited to make sure your Minneapolis, Minnesota business optimize the benefit of GP.

We partner with our customers and begin by understanding their requirements. After gaining familiarity with the IT environment and the areas for improvement we make our recommendations. Proposed services may involve a migration to a newer and supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user education, full platform and individual module configuration including 3rd-party modules offered by a broad array of vendors that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business software used by organization, custom report writing, and solution analysis to determine whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our goal with every Microsoft Dynamics GP project big or small is to optimize strategic value and control expense.

Progent's consultants can assist your Minneapolis, Minnesota company in every phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or customization initiative including:

  • Deployment Assessment
    Review at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are currently using and discuss additional capabilities available on GP that might be suitable for your business.

  • Upgrade Design and Scheduling
    Develop a comprehensive migration plan and schedule that minimizes business disruption. Plan for pilot testing, production upgrade, and training. Identify custom development and add-on products. Predict and resolve integration problems.

  • Pilot Testing
    Design and configure a pilot environment for validating the upgrade project.

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

  • Custom Reporting
    Develop reports and or dashboards for private as well as external consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating information from multiple local and external sources.

  • Training
    Provide individual or classroom style training for current and first-time users of Dynamics GP.

  • Support
    Act as a single point of contact for support to deliver effective and affordable resolution of issues made possible by familiarity with your particular environment.
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
Progent offers the help of top-tier experts who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent can do the work you require directly rather than managing less experienced consultants or in-house staff. Important areas where Progent's consultants can provide Dynamics GP support services include:
  • Recommendations
    Recommend the use of software modules included with the core GP platform but are not now being utilized. Also, recommend third-party products written specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP doesn't offer.

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

  • Customizations
    Create big and small customizations that work with Dynamics GP to perform specific functions not handled by standard GP modules or third-party modules.
Infrastructure Expertise
Progent can help your business to enhance your infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure services available from Progent's consultants include:
  • Requirements analysis and IT asset inventory
  • Network topology planning and implementation (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
  • Setting up security gateways and remote connections and creating security policies
  • Managing iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
  • Creating high-availability (HA) architectures
  • Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Microsoft 365
  • Disaster recovery planning
  • Performance optimization
Why Progent?
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP environment includes diverse application platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud products integrated into a seamless ERP solution. For more than two decades, Progent has provided remote and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Exchange integration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server integration experts. Progent has supported these products from their first releases to their latest versions, and Progent can help with cloud options by offering Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online migration and development services.

Progent also has extensive experience delivering help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure consultants, Windows Hyper-V integration experts, and VMware virtualization consultants. This background with core technologies cuts time and expense when helping organizations through every aspect of updating their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the skills of advanced security and information assurance experts, business continuity preparedness experts, application developers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration consultants, and database administrators who can help you to plan, deploy, and maintain a well-tuned Dynamics GP environment.

Progent's Support Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
For more information about Progent's remote and onsite support expertise in Minneapolis, Minnesota 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 support available from Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, click Download Datasheet: Expertise for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Platform (PDF file).

Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Support
If your Minneapolis, MN business is looking for a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or software developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.