Dynamics GP ExpertsDynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, has a longer track record than virtually any other ERP solution made for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured application and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with around 50,000 active installations worldwide. Many organizations who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to postpone upgrades to the point that they now find themselves running seriously out-of-date software and rickety IT infrastructure. This can be risky. Meanwhile, a common theme we hear from prospective customers is that they have trouble finding experienced Dynamics GP experts who can provide guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP environment efficiently and get the most benefit from the application.

The more an organization attempts to make do with outdated versions of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration process becomes. When physical host servers or disk systems fail, there may be no suitable hardware available to replace them. When editions of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, vital security patches stop being released. The latest releases of Microsoft SQL Server may not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Next-generation products such as Power BI may not be an option. Businesses investigating an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment are often intimidated by the number of pieces there are to the puzzle. And the price tag suggested for a migration may be astronomical.

Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's seasoned professionals have delivered high-level and economical online integration consulting for Windows-based environments to businesses in every state throughout the U.S. By offering deep familiarity with all versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with top-tier system integration talent, Progent is uniquely qualified to help your Waltham, Massachusetts business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.

We become partners with our clients and start by understanding their requirements. Once we have an understanding of the IT environment and the areas for improvement we provide our suggestions. Recommendations can include a migration to a newer and supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user training, complete system and individual module configuration including 3rd-party modules offered by a broad range of vendors that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other key business software used by organization, custom report writing, and system evaluations to determine whether GP is being used optimally. Our objective with every Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to optimize strategic value and minimize cost.

Progent's consultants can assist your Waltham, Massachusetts business in each phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or customization process including:

  • Deployment Assessment
    Review at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now using and propose additional features available on GP that might be suitable for your business.

  • Migration Design and Timing
    Develop a comprehensive upgrade plan and timetable that avoids business disruption. Schedule solution validation, live deployment, and training. Specify custom development and add-on products. Anticipate and resolve integration issues.

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

  • System Updates
    Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current release to assure continuing support from Microsoft and to make all the latest features accessible to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Implement services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Condition data and run scripts to address documented issues.

  • Management Reporting
    Develop reports and or custom dashboards for private and external consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining data from diverse local and external repositories.

  • Education
    Provide individual or group training for existing and new users of Dynamics GP.

  • Support Services
    Act as a single point of contact for expertise to ensure effective and cost-effective resolution of issues made possible by familiarity with your specific environment.
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent offers the help of top-tier experts who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you require directly rather than supervising less experienced consultants or in-house IT personnel. Key areas where Progent's consultants can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
  • Recommendations
    Recommend the use of modules included with the basic GP platform but are not currently being used. In addition, recommend third-party products designed exclusively for Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP doesn't offer.

  • Integrations
    Create special integrations between Dynamics GP and other business platforms to reduce duplicate entry and improve accuracy.

  • Customizations
    Build big and small customizations that work with Dynamics GP to handle specific functions that are not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Infrastructure Expertise
Progent can assist you to enhance your network infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure services offered by Progent's consultants include:
  • Requirements assessment and site inventory
  • Network architecture planning and implementation (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
  • Configuring firewalls and remote connections and creating security policies
  • Managing Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
  • Creating high-availability (HA) architectures
  • Integration with public cloud services such as Microsoft 365
  • Disaster recovery planning
  • Performance optimization
Why Progent?
A modern Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates multiple software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud products combined into a cohesive ERP solution. For over 20 years, Progent has provided online and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Microsoft Exchange integration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server development experts. Progent has worked with these products from their first releases to their current versions, and Progent can help with cloud options by providing Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development expertise.

Progent also has a long history of providing help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Windows Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This experience with strategic IT platforms saves time and expense when helping businesses through each aspect of updating their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the support of advanced security and information assurance engineers, disaster recovery planning experts, application developers, hybrid cloud integration experts, and database administrators who can help you to design, deploy, and maintain a modern Microsoft Dynamics GP environment.

Progent's Support Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
To learn more information about Progent's remote and onsite consulting services in Waltham, Massachusetts for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP product family, see:

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

Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Expertise
If your Waltham, MA business is looking for a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration consultant or application programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.