Microsoft Dynamics GP ExpertsMicrosoft Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, has a longer track record than almost any other ERP platform made for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich application and is one of the most popular ERP systems for SMBs, with around 50,000 active customers globally. Many organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to defer upgrades and maintenance long enough that they now find themselves running seriously out-of-date software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This is dangerous. Meanwhile, a common complaint we hear from new customers is that they have a hard time locating experienced Dynamics GP experts to partner with for guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP ecosystem efficiently and derive the most business value out of the application.

The more a business tries to make do with outdated releases of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade procedure becomes. If server hardware or storage systems break down, there could be no suitable hardware available to replace them. When versions of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, vital security updates stop being distributed. Current editions of Microsoft SQL Server might not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Next-generation products such as Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Businesses investigating an upgrade of their Dynamics GP deployment are often overwhelmed by the volume of components involved in the puzzle. And the price tag suggested for an upgrade may be astronomical.

Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's tested experts have provided advanced and affordable remote integration consulting for Windows-based environments to businesses in every state in the U.S. By offering deep experience with all editions of Dynamics GP along with top-tier system integration talent, Progent is ideally qualified to make sure your Milwaukee, Wisconsin business optimize the benefit of GP.

We partner with our customers and begin by listening to their needs. Once we have an understanding of the IT environment and the areas for improvement we provide our suggestions. Recommendations can involve an upgrade to a more current and fully supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, simple user training, complete platform and individual module implementation including 3rd-party products from a wide range of vendors that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business software within your organization, custom report writing, and system evaluations to assess whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our objective with each Microsoft Dynamics GP project big or small is to maximize strategic value and minimize cost.

Progent's consultants can help your Milwaukee, Wisconsin business in each phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or customization project including:

  • Deployment Assessment
    Review at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are now using and propose additional capabilities of GP that may be helpful to your organization.

  • Migration Design and Timing
    Develop a complete upgrade plan and timetable that avoids business interruption. Plan for pilot testing, live deployment, and education. Specify customizations and add-on modules. Predict and resolve integration issues.

  • Pilot Testing
    Design and implement a pilot environment for validating the upgrade process.

  • Environment Upgrades
    Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest version to ensure continuing support services from Microsoft and to have all current features accessible to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Implement services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prep data and run scripts to address documented issues.

  • Custom Reporting
    Create reports and or custom dashboards for internal and public use. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and integrate Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating data from multiple on-premises and remote repositories.

  • Education
    Deliver individual or group training for current and new users of Dynamics GP.

  • Support
    Provide a single contact for expertise to ensure consistent and cost-effective resolution of problems made possible by familiarity with your specific environment.
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
Progent offers the support of seasoned consultants who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you need directly instead of supervising less experienced consultants or in-house IT personnel. Key areas where Progent can deliver Dynamics GP support services include:
  • Recommendations
    Suggest the deployment of modules included with the basic GP system but are not now being utilized. In addition, recommend third-party products written specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP doesn't offer.

  • Integrations
    Build special connections between Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to avoid duplicate entry and improve accuracy.

  • Customizations
    Create big and small customizations that run with Dynamics GP to handle various business functions that are not handled by standard GP modules or external add-ons.
Infrastructure Expertise
Progent can assist you to upgrade your network infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure expertise provided by Progent include:
  • Needs analysis and site inventory
  • Network topology design and deployment (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
  • Setting up firewalls and remote connections and defining security policies
  • Managing iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
  • Creating high-availability (HA) architectures
  • Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Office 365
  • Disaster recovery planning
  • Performance optimization
The Progent Advantage
An optimized Dynamics GP ecosystem includes multiple software platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and cloud products combined into a cohesive ERP solution. For more than 20 years, Progent has provided online and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Exchange Server integration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server integration consultants. Progent's consultants have supported these products from their initial versions to their latest editions, and Progent supports cloud-based options by offering Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online deployment and development expertise.

Progent also has extensive experience providing support from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Hyper-V integration experts, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This experience with core IT platforms cuts time and expense when guiding businesses through each aspect of upgrading their older Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the support of advanced security and compliance experts, disaster recovery planning consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud integration experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to plan, implement, and manage a well-tuned Microsoft Dynamics GP solution.

Progent's Support Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
For more information about Progent's remote and onsite support services in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, see:

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

Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Support
If your Milwaukee, WI business needs a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or software developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.