Dynamics GP ExpertsMicrosoft Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, has a longer track record than almost any other ERP platform made for the Windows OS. 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 customers globally. Many businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to defer upgrades and maintenance long enough that they now find themselves using legacy software and outmoded network infrastructure. This can be risky. At the same time, a recurring theme we hear from prospective clients is that they have a hard time finding experienced Dynamics GP experts who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP environment affordably and derive the most benefit from the software.

The more an organization tries to make do with legacy releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade procedure tends to be. If server hardware or storage systems break down, there may be no suitable hardware available to use as substitutes. When releases of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, vital security patches are no longer distributed. The latest releases of SQL Server might not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Innovative tools such as Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Organizations investigating an upgrade of their Dynamics GP environment can be intimidated by the number of pieces there are to the puzzle. And the cost suggested for an upgrade may be through the roof.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Services Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's tested experts have provided advanced and economical remote integration consulting for Windows-powered environments to businesses in every state in the U.S. By offering in-depth familiarity with all versions of Dynamics GP as well as world-class system integration skills, Progent is uniquely suited to help your Montgomery, Alabama business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.

We become partners with our customers and start by understanding their requirements. Once we have familiarity with the environment and the areas needing improvement we provide our recommendations. Recommendations can include an upgrade to a newer and fully supported release of Dynamics GP, simple user training, full system and specific module implementation including 3rd-party products offered by a wide array of suppliers that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other key business software within your organization, custom report creation, and system analysis to assess whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our goal with every Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to optimize business value and manage cost.

Progent can assist your Montgomery, Alabama company in each facet of your Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement process including:

  • Deployment Assessment
    Review at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are currently running and discuss additional features of GP that may be suitable for your organization.

  • Upgrade Planning and Scheduling
    Develop a comprehensive migration plan and schedule that minimizes business disruption. Schedule solution validation, production upgrade, and education. Identify customizations and add-on products. Predict and resolve compatibility issues.

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

  • Environment Upgrades
    Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current release to assure ongoing support from Microsoft and to have all current features available to your organization. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Activate services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Condition data and execute scripts to resolve documented issues.

  • Management Reporting
    Develop reports and or dashboards for internal as well as external consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining data from diverse local and remote repositories.

  • Training
    Provide one-on-one or classroom style training for existing and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.

  • Support Services
    Provide a single contact for support to deliver dependable and affordable handling of issues made possible by familiarity with your particular situation.
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
Progent can provide the support of seasoned consultants who have been developing working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent can do the jobs you require directly instead of managing less experienced consultants or in-house staff. Important areas where Progent can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
  • Guidance
    Suggest the use of software modules that come with the basic GP system but are not currently being utilized. Also, recommend third-party add-ons written exclusively for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP doesn't offer.

  • Integrations
    Create custom connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to reduce duplicate data entry and improve accuracy.

  • Customizations
    Build big and small customizations that run with Dynamics GP to perform specific business functions not handled by standard GP modules or third-party modules.
Infrastructure Expertise
Progent can assist you to enhance your network infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure expertise offered by Progent's consultants include:
  • Needs assessment and site inventory
  • Network architecture planning and deployment (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
  • Setting up firewalls and VPN connections and defining security policies
  • Integrating iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
  • Creating high-availability architectures
  • Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Microsoft 365
  • Disaster recovery preparedness
  • Performance tuning
The Progent Advantage
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates multiple software platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and public cloud products integrated into a seamless enterprise resource planning solution. For over two decades, Progent's consultants have delivered online and onsite help from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Exchange Server integration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server development experts. Progent has worked with these products from their initial versions to their latest editions, and Progent supports cloud-based options by providing Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online deployment and development services.

Progent also has a long history of delivering support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtualization consultants. This background with core IT platforms cuts time and expense when guiding businesses through every aspect of updating their older Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the skills of advanced security and compliance engineers, business continuity planning consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud integration experts, and database administrators who can help you to plan, deploy, and maintain a productive Microsoft Dynamics GP environment.

Progent's Support Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
To learn more about Progent's remote and on-premises support services in Montgomery, Alabama for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, see:

Download Progent's MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To download a datasheet describing the consulting support available from Progent for 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 Montgomery, AL business is looking for a Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or application developer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.