Dynamics GP ExpertsMicrosoft Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, sports a longer heritage than virtually any other ERP solution written for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured application and is one of the most popular ERP systems for SMBs, with about 50,000 active installations worldwide. A number of organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have been able to defer upgrades and maintenance long enough that they are now using seriously out-of-date software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This is dangerous. At the same time, a common complaint we hear from new customers is that they have a hard time locating veteran Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants who can provide guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP environment affordably and derive the most business value out of the application.

The more a business tries to make do with legacy versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration procedure becomes. If server hardware or storage systems fail, there could be no suitable devices available to use as substitutes. When editions of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, vital security updates are no longer distributed. The latest releases of SQL Server may not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Innovative products like Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Organizations investigating an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment are often overwhelmed by the volume of components involved in the project. And the cost quoted for an upgrade may be through the roof.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Services Available from Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's seasoned professionals have delivered high-level and economical remote consulting for Windows-based environments to businesses in every state in the U.S. By offering deep familiarity with all versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as world-class network integration skills, Progent is uniquely qualified to help your Edmonton, Alberta business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.

We become partners with our clients and begin by understanding their needs. After gaining an understanding of the environment and the areas for improvement we make our suggestions. Proposed services may involve an upgrade to a newer and fully supported version of Dynamics GP, simple user training, full system and specific module configuration including 3rd-party modules offered by a wide array of vendors that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business applications within your company, custom report writing, and system analysis to determine whether GP is being used optimally. Our goal with every Microsoft Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to optimize business value and manage cost.

Progent's consultants can assist your Edmonton, Alberta business in every phase of your Dynamics GP migration or customization initiative including:

  • Deployment Review
    Take a look at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently using and discuss additional capabilities available on GP that may be helpful to your business.

  • Upgrade Design and Scheduling
    Create a comprehensive migration plan and schedule that minimizes business interruption. Schedule solution validation, production upgrade, and education. Specify customizations and add-on modules. Predict and resolve compatibility problems.

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

  • Environment Updates
    Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest release to assure continuing support from Microsoft and to have all the latest features accessible to your organization. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Activate services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prepare data and run scripts to resolve known issues.

  • Custom Reporting
    Develop reports and or dashboards for internal as well as external use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining data from multiple local and external repositories.

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

  • Support
    Act as a single point of contact for support to deliver effective and cost-effective resolution of issues made possible by close understanding of your specific situation.
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
Progent can provide the support of top-tier experts who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent can do the work you need directly instead of supervising less knowledgeable consultants or in-house staff. Key areas where Progent can deliver Dynamics GP support services include:
  • Recommendations
    Recommend the use of modules included with the basic GP platform but are not currently being used. Also, suggest third-party products written specifically for Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP skips.

  • Integrations
    Build special connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to avoid redundant entry and increase accuracy.

  • Customizations
    Build big and simple customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle specific business functions not handled by standard GP modules or external add-ons.
Infrastructure Expertise
Progent can help your business to upgrade your network infrastructure to support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure services provided by Progent include:
  • Needs analysis and IT asset inventory
  • Network topology design and deployment (local, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
  • Setting up security gateways and VPN connections and defining security policies
  • Integrating Apple iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
  • Developing high-availability solutions
  • Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Microsoft 365
  • Disaster recovery preparedness
  • Performance optimization
The Progent Advantage
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem includes multiple software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and public cloud products integrated into a seamless enterprise resource planning solution. For more than 20 years, Progent's consultants have provided online and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Exchange configuration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server development experts. Progent's consultants have supported these products from their first releases to their latest versions, and Progent supports cloud-based SaaS options by providing Office and Microsoft 365 integration services, Exchange Online expertise, 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 planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtualization consultants. This background with strategic IT platforms saves time and costs when guiding businesses through each phase of upgrading their older Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the skills of advanced cybersecurity and information assurance experts, disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud architecture experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to plan, implement, and maintain a well-tuned Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem.

Progent's Consulting Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
To find out more information about Progent's online and onsite consulting expertise in Edmonton, Alberta for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, refer to:

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

Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Services
If your Edmonton, AB business is looking for a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or application programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.