Microsoft Dynamics GP ConsultantsMicrosoft Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, has a longer heritage than almost any other ERP solution made for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich product and is one of the most widely used ERP systems for SMBs, with around 50,000 active installations globally. A number of organizations who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to defer upgrades to the point that they are now running seriously out-of-date software and rickety IT infrastructure. This is dangerous. Meanwhile, a common theme we hear from new customers is that they have trouble locating experienced Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP system efficiently and derive the maximum benefit out of the software.

The longer a business attempts to limp along with outdated versions of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade procedure tends to be. When physical host servers or disk systems fail, there could be no suitable hardware available to use as substitutes. When editions of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security updates are no longer released. The latest editions of Microsoft SQL Server may not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Next-generation products such as Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Businesses investigating an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment can be overwhelmed by the number of components there are to the puzzle. And the price tag suggested for an upgrade may be astronomical.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has offered support for Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's tested professionals have delivered high-level and economical online integration consulting for Windows-based environments to organizations in every state across the U.S. By offering deep experience with all editions of Dynamics GP along with top-tier system integration talent, Progent is ideally suited to help your Phoenix, Arizona business get the most out of GP.

We partner with our customers and start by listening to their needs. After gaining an understanding of the IT environment and the areas needing improvement we provide our recommendations. Proposed services may include an upgrade to a newer and fully supported release of Dynamics GP, basic user education, complete platform and individual module configuration including 3rd-party products offered by a broad array of suppliers that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business applications within your company, custom report creation, and solution evaluations to determine whether GP is being used optimally. Our objective with every Microsoft Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to optimize strategic value and control cost.

Progent's consultants can assist your Phoenix, Arizona business in each phase of your Dynamics GP migration or customization process including:

  • System Assessment
    Take a look at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now running and propose additional capabilities of the product that may be suitable for your business.

  • Migration Design and Timing
    Develop a comprehensive migration plan and timetable that minimizes business disruption. Plan for solution validation, production upgrade, and education. Identify customizations and add-on modules. Predict and resolve compatibility issues.

  • Testing
    Design and configure a pilot system for proving the upgrade process.

  • System Upgrades
    Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current release to ensure ongoing support from Microsoft and to make all the latest features accessible to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Activate services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Condition data and execute scripts to resolve documented issues.

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

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

  • Support Services
    Act as a single contact for support to deliver effective and cost-effective handling of problems thanks to close understanding of your specific environment.
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
Progent offers the support of seasoned experts who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent can do the jobs you need directly rather than supervising less knowledgeable consultants or in-house staff. Important areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Dynamics GP expertise include:
  • Recommendations
    Suggest the deployment of software modules that come with the basic GP system but are not currently being utilized. Also, suggest third-party add-ons designed exclusively for Dynamics GP to provide features that GP skips.

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

  • Customizations
    Create big and small customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform specific functions not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or external add-ons.
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Progent can assist your business to upgrade your infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure services available from Progent include:
  • Needs 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
  • Integrating iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
  • Creating high-availability solutions
  • Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Office 365
  • business continuity preparedness
  • Performance optimization
The Progent Advantage
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP environment incorporates diverse software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and cloud products combined into a cohesive enterprise resource management solution. For more than 20 years, Progent's consultants have delivered remote and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Exchange integration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint integration consultants. Progent's consultants have supported these products from their first releases to their latest versions, and Progent supports cloud options by offering Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development expertise.

Progent also has a long history of delivering support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Windows Hyper-V integration experts, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This background with strategic IT platforms saves time and expense when guiding organizations through each aspect of updating their older Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the support of advanced cybersecurity and information assurance experts, disaster recovery and business continuity planning consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to design, deploy, and manage a modern Dynamics GP environment.

Progent's Support Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
To learn more about Progent's online and on-premises consulting services in Phoenix, Arizona 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 Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, select Download Datasheet: Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Software (PDF file).

Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Support
If your Phoenix, AZ business is looking for a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration consultant or application programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.