Microsoft Dynamics GP ExpertsMicrosoft Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, has a longer history than virtually any other ERP platform made for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich application and is one of the most popular ERP systems for SMBs, with around 50,000 active customers globally. Many businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to postpone upgrades and maintenance to the point that they are now using seriously out-of-date software and rickety network infrastructure. This is dangerous. At the same time, a common complaint we hear from prospective clients is that they have trouble finding veteran Dynamics GP consultants who can provide guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP environment affordably and get the maximum business value out of the software.

The more a business attempts to limp along with outdated versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration process tends to be. When physical host servers or disk systems fail, there could be no equivalent hardware available to use as substitutes. When versions of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security patches are no longer distributed. Current editions of SQL Server may not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Next-generation tools like Power BI may not be an option. Organizations investigating an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment can be overwhelmed by the volume of components involved in the project. And the cost suggested for an upgrade may be astronomical.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's tested experts have delivered advanced and economical remote consulting for Windows-powered networks to organizations in every state in the U.S. By combining deep experience with all releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as world-class network integration talent, Progent is uniquely suited to help your Lubbock, Texas business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.

We become partners with our customers and start by understanding their requirements. After gaining an understanding of the IT situation and the areas needing improvement we provide our recommendations. Recommendations can involve a migration to a newer and supported release of Dynamics GP, simple user education, complete platform and individual module implementation including 3rd-party modules from a wide range of vendors that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business applications within your company, custom report writing, and solution analysis to assess whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our goal with each Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to maximize strategic value and minimize cost.

Progent can assist your Lubbock, Texas company in every facet of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or enhancement process including:

  • Deployment Review
    Review at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently using and discuss other capabilities of the product that might be suitable for your organization.

  • Upgrade Design and Scheduling
    Create a comprehensive upgrade plan and timetable that avoids business interruption. Schedule solution validation, production upgrade, and training. Specify customizations and add-on modules. Predict and resolve compatibility issues.

  • Testing
    Plan and implement a test system for validating the upgrade process.

  • System Updates
    Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and Microsoft Integration Manager data. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest version to ensure ongoing support services from Microsoft and to make all the latest features accessible to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Activate services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Prep data and run scripts to address known issues.

  • Management Reporting
    Develop reports and or custom dashboards for internal and external use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining information from diverse on-premises and external sources.

  • Education
    Deliver one-on-one or group training for current and new users of Dynamics GP.

  • Support
    Provide a single contact for support to deliver dependable and cost-effective handling of problems made possible by familiarity with your particular environment.
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
Progent can provide the help of top-tier experts who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since relerase 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you need directly instead of managing less knowledgeable consultants or in-house IT personnel. Important areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Dynamics GP expertise include:
  • Guidance
    Suggest the use of modules included with the core GP system but are not now being used. Also, recommend third-party products designed specifically for Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP skips.

  • Integrations
    Build special connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business platforms to reduce duplicate data entry and improve accuracy.

  • Customizations
    Build major and simple customizations that run with Dynamics GP to perform specific business functions that are not addressed by standard GP modules or external add-ons.
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Progent can assist your business to upgrade your infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure expertise offered by Progent include:
  • Needs assessment and site inventory
  • Network topology design and implementation (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
  • Setting up security gateways and remote connections and defining security policies
  • Integrating Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
  • Creating high-availability architectures
  • Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Office 365
  • business continuity planning
  • Performance optimization
The Progent Advantage
A modern Dynamics GP ecosystem includes diverse application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and cloud products combined into a cohesive ERP solution. For more than 20 years, Progent has provided online and onsite support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Microsoft Exchange configuration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint development experts. Progent has supported these products from their initial releases to their latest versions, and Progent supports cloud-based options by providing Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online deployment and development expertise.

Progent also has a long history of providing help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure consultants, Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtualization specialists. This experience with core IT platforms cuts time and costs when helping businesses through each aspect of upgrading their older Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the skills of advanced cybersecurity and information assurance experts, business continuity planning consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud architecture experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to design, implement, and maintain a productive Dynamics GP ecosystem.

Progent's Consulting Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
To learn more about Progent's online and onsite support services in Lubbock, Texas for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, refer to:

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

Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Support
If your Lubbock, TX business is looking for a Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration expert or software programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.