Dynamics GP ExpertsMicrosoft Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, has a lengthier track record than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution written for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich product and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active installations globally. Many organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have been able to postpone upgrades to the point that they are now using legacy software and rickety IT infrastructure. This can be dangerous. Meanwhile, a common complaint we hear from new customers is that they have a hard time locating experienced Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP environment affordably and get the maximum business value from the application.

The more a business attempts to make do with outdated versions of Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration procedure becomes. If server hardware or storage systems break down, there may be no equivalent devices on the market to use as substitutes. When releases of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, vital security updates are no longer developed. Current editions of SQL Server might not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Innovative tools like Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Businesses considering an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment are often intimidated by the volume of components there are to the puzzle. And the price tag quoted for an upgrade may be through the roof.

Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Services Available from Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's tested professionals have provided advanced and economical online consulting for Windows-based environments to organizations in every state throughout the U.S. By combining in-depth familiarity with all versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as world-class network integration skills, Progent is uniquely suited to make sure your Waltham, Massachusetts business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.

We partner with our customers and begin by understanding their requirements. Once we have familiarity with the situation and the areas for improvement we provide our recommendations. Recommendations may include a migration to a newer and supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, simple user training, complete system and individual module configuration including 3rd-party products from a wide range of vendors that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business applications used by organization, custom report writing, and system analysis to assess whether GP is being used optimally. Our goal with each Microsoft Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to maximize strategic value and manage cost.

Progent can assist your Waltham, Massachusetts company in each phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or customization initiative including:

  • System Assessment
    Take a look at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are now running and discuss additional features available on GP that might be suitable for your organization.

  • Migration Design and Timing
    Create a comprehensive migration plan and timetable that minimizes business disruption. Schedule solution validation, production upgrade, and education. Specify customizations and add-on products. Predict and resolve integration issues.

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

  • System Updates
    Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current version to assure continuing support from Microsoft and to make all the latest features available to your organization. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Configure services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prep data and execute scripts to address known issues.

  • Custom Reporting
    Create reports and or dashboards for internal as well as public consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining data from multiple local and remote repositories.

  • Training
    Provide one-on-one or group training for current and first-time users of Dynamics GP.

  • Support Services
    Act as a single contact for support to deliver consistent and affordable handling of issues made possible by close understanding of your particular situation.
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
Progent offers the support of seasoned experts who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you require directly instead of supervising less knowledgeable consultants or internal staff. Key areas where Progent's consultants can provide Dynamics GP expertise include:
  • Guidance
    Recommend the use of software modules that come with the core GP system but are not currently being utilized. In addition, suggest third-party products written exclusively for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP skips.

  • Integrations
    Create custom connections between Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to reduce redundant data entry and increase consistency.

  • Customizations
    Build major and small customizations that work with Dynamics GP to perform various functions that are not handled by standard GP modules or third-party modules.
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Progent can assist you to enhance your network infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure services provided by Progent's consultants include:
  • Needs analysis and site inventory
  • Network topology planning and deployment (local, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
  • Setting up security gateways and remote connections and creating security policies
  • Managing Apple iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
  • Developing high-availability (HA) architectures
  • Integration with public cloud services including Office 365
  • Disaster recovery planning
  • Performance tuning
The Progent Advantage
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP environment includes multiple application platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and cloud products integrated into a cohesive ERP solution. For more than two decades, Progent has provided online and onsite support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Microsoft Exchange configuration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server integration consultants. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their initial versions to their current versions, and Progent supports cloud-based SaaS options by providing Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online deployment and development expertise.

Progent also has extensive experience providing help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Hyper-V integration experts, and VMware virtualization specialists. This background with core technologies saves time and expense when helping organizations through every phase of updating their older Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the skills of advanced security and information assurance experts, business continuity planning consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud architecture consultants, and database administrators who can assist you to design, deploy, and maintain a productive Dynamics GP ecosystem.

Progent's Consulting Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
For more information about Progent's remote and onsite consulting expertise in Waltham, Massachusetts for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP product family, visit:

Download Progent's Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
To download a datasheet about the consulting services available from Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, select Download Datasheet: Consulting for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Software (PDF file).

Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Expertise
If your Waltham, MA business needs a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration consultant or software programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.