Microsoft Dynamics GP ExpertsMicrosoft Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, has a longer history than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform made for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich product and is one of the most popular ERP systems for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active customers globally. A number of organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to defer upgrades and maintenance long enough that they are now running legacy software and outmoded network infrastructure. This can be dangerous. Meanwhile, a common theme we hear from new clients is that they have trouble locating veteran Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP ecosystem efficiently and get the maximum benefit out of the software.

The longer an organization attempts to limp along with outdated versions of Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade procedure becomes. When server hardware or disk systems fail, there could be no suitable devices on the market to use as substitutes. When versions of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, critical security updates stop being developed. The latest editions of SQL Server may not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Next-generation tools such as Power BI may not run. Businesses considering an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment are often intimidated by the number of pieces involved in the project. And the cost suggested for an upgrade may seem through the roof.

Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's tested experts have provided high-level and economical remote consulting for Windows-based environments to businesses in every state across the U.S. By offering in-depth experience with all versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as world-class network integration skills, Progent is uniquely suited to help your Fort Collins, Colorado business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.

We partner with our customers and start by understanding their needs. After gaining familiarity with the IT situation and the areas for improvement we provide our suggestions. Proposed services can involve a migration to a more current and supported version of Dynamics GP, basic user training, complete platform and specific module configuration including 3rd-party products offered by a broad range of vendors that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business software used by organization, custom report writing, and system analysis to assess whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our goal with every Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to maximize business value and minimize expense.

Progent can assist your Fort Collins, Colorado company in every facet of your Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement initiative including:

  • System Review
    Take a look at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently using and discuss other capabilities available on GP that might be suitable for your organization.

  • Migration Design and Timing
    Create a complete migration plan and timetable that minimizes business interruption. Schedule pilot testing, production upgrade, and education. Specify customizations and add-on modules. Predict and resolve integration issues.

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

  • System Upgrades
    Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current version to ensure ongoing support services from Microsoft and to have all the latest features available to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Activate services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Prepare data and execute scripts to resolve documented issues.

  • Management Reporting
    Create reports and or dashboards for internal and public consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining information from multiple local and external repositories.

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

  • Support Services
    Provide a single contact for support to deliver consistent and cost-effective handling of issues made possible by close understanding of your specific situation.
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent offers the support of top-tier experts who have been developing working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you need directly instead of supervising less knowledgeable consultants or in-house staff. Important 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 now being utilized. In addition, recommend third-party products written specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP doesn't offer.

  • Integrations
    Create custom connections between Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to avoid duplicate data entry and increase consistency.

  • Customizations
    Build big and simple customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle various business functions that are not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or external modules.
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Progent can assist your business to upgrade your network infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure services provided by Progent's consultants include:
  • Needs analysis and site inventory
  • Network architecture planning and deployment (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
  • Setting up security gateways and VPN connections and defining security policies
  • Managing Apple iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
  • Creating high-availability (HA) solutions
  • Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Microsoft 365
  • Disaster recovery and business continuity planning
  • Performance optimization
The Progent Advantage
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP environment incorporates multiple application platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and cloud products combined into a seamless ERP solution. For over 20 years, Progent's consultants have delivered remote and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Microsoft Exchange configuration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint development consultants. Progent has supported these products from their initial versions to their current versions, and Progent supports cloud options by offering Office and Microsoft 365 integration services, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online migration and development services.

Progent also has extensive experience providing help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This experience with strategic technologies cuts time and expense when helping businesses through each phase of updating their legacy Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the skills of senior security and compliance experts, business continuity planning experts, application developers, hybrid cloud integration experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to design, deploy, and manage a well-tuned Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem.

Progent's Support Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
To learn more about Progent's online and on-premises consulting expertise in Fort Collins, Colorado for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, see:

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

Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Expertise
If your Fort Collins, CO business is looking for a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration expert or application developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.