Microsoft Dynamics GP ExpertsMicrosoft Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, has a longer heritage than almost any other ERP platform written for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, full-featured product and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for SMBs, with around 50,000 active customers worldwide. Many organizations who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have been able to defer upgrades to the point that they are now using seriously out-of-date software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This can be dangerous. Meanwhile, a common complaint we hear from prospective customers is that they have a hard time locating experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP experts to partner with for guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP system affordably and extract the maximum benefit out of the application.

The more a business attempts to make do with outdated releases of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration process becomes. If physical host servers or disk systems fail, there may be no suitable hardware available to replace them. When editions of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security patches are no longer distributed. The latest releases of Microsoft SQL Server might not work with your special GP customizations. Next-generation tools like Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Businesses investigating an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment are often intimidated by the number of components there are to the puzzle. And the price tag quoted for a migration may seem through the roof.

Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Services Available from Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's seasoned professionals have delivered high-level and economical online integration consulting for Windows-powered environments to businesses in every state throughout the U.S. By offering in-depth experience with all editions of Dynamics GP along with top-tier network integration talent, Progent is ideally qualified to make sure your St. Paul, Minnesota business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.

We become partners with our customers and begin by listening to their needs. After gaining an understanding of the situation and the areas for improvement we provide our suggestions. Proposed services can include an upgrade to a newer and supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, simple user education, full platform and individual module implementation including 3rd-party products from a wide range of vendors that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business applications used by company, custom report creation, and solution evaluations to assess whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our objective with every Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to maximize strategic value and minimize expense.

Progent can help your St. Paul, Minnesota business in each phase of your Dynamics GP upgrade or customization project including:

  • System Assessment
    Take a look at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently using and discuss other features of GP that may be helpful to your organization.

  • Upgrade Design and Timing
    Create a complete migration plan and schedule that avoids business disruption. Schedule solution validation, production upgrade, and training. Identify customizations and add-on modules. Anticipate and manage compatibility problems.

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

  • Environment Upgrades
    Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the current version to assure continuing support services from Microsoft and to make all current features accessible to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Configure services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Condition data and run scripts to resolve known issues.

  • Custom Reporting
    Develop reports and or dashboards for private and external use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining information from multiple on-premises and external repositories.

  • Education
    Deliver one-on-one or classroom style training for existing and new users of Dynamics GP.

  • Support Services
    Act as a single point of contact for expertise to ensure consistent and affordable handling of issues thanks to familiarity with your specific environment.
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
Progent offers the help of top-tier 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 knowledgeable consultants or internal staff. Important areas where Progent can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
  • Recommendations
    Recommend the use of software modules included with the basic GP system but are not now being used. In addition, suggest third-party add-ons written specifically for Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP skips.

  • Integrations
    Create custom integrations between Dynamics GP and other business applications to avoid redundant entry and increase consistency.

  • Customizations
    Build big and simple customizations that work with Dynamics GP to perform various functions not addressed by standard GP modules or external modules.
Infrastructure Expertise
Progent can assist you to enhance your infrastructure to support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure expertise offered by Progent include:
  • Needs analysis and IT asset inventory
  • Network topology planning and deployment (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
  • Setting up firewalls and remote connections and defining security policies
  • Integrating Apple iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
  • Creating high-availability (HA) solutions
  • Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Office 365
  • business continuity planning
  • Performance optimization
The Progent Advantage
A modern Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates diverse application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and public cloud products combined into a cohesive enterprise resource management solution. For over two decades, Progent's consultants have delivered online and onsite help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Microsoft Exchange integration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server development experts. Progent has supported these products from their first releases to their current versions, and Progent supports cloud SaaS options by offering Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online migration and application development expertise.

Progent also has extensive experience delivering support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This experience with core technologies saves time and costs when guiding businesses through each aspect of upgrading their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the skills of advanced cybersecurity and information assurance engineers, business continuity planning consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to design, deploy, and maintain a well-tuned Microsoft Dynamics GP environment.

Progent's Consulting Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
To learn more about Progent's remote and on-premises consulting services in St. Paul, Minnesota for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, refer to:

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

Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Services
If your St. Paul, MN business is looking for a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration consultant or application developer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.