Dynamics GP ConsultantsMicrosoft Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, has a lengthier history than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution made for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, full-featured product and is one of the most widely used ERP systems for SMBs, with around 50,000 active customers globally. A number of organizations who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to defer upgrades and maintenance long enough that they are now using seriously out-of-date software and outmoded network infrastructure. This can be dangerous. Meanwhile, a common complaint we hear from new customers is that they have a hard time finding veteran Microsoft Dynamics GP experts who can provide guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP ecosystem efficiently and derive the maximum business value from the software.

The longer a business attempts to limp along with legacy versions of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade process becomes. When server hardware or storage systems fail, there may be no suitable hardware available to replace them. When editions of Windows Server that run Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, critical security patches stop being developed. Current releases of Microsoft SQL Server may not work with your special GP customizations. Next-generation products like Power BI may not be an option. Organizations investigating an update of their Dynamics GP deployment can be intimidated by the volume of pieces there are to the puzzle. And the cost suggested for an upgrade may be through the roof.

Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Services Available from Progent
Progent has offered support for Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's tested experts have provided advanced and economical remote integration consulting for Windows-based networks to organizations in every state across the U.S. By combining deep experience with all editions of Dynamics GP as well as top-tier system integration talent, Progent is uniquely suited to help your Sioux Falls, South Dakota business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.

We partner with our clients and begin by understanding their requirements. Once we have an understanding of the situation and the areas for improvement we provide our suggestions. Recommendations may include a migration to a newer and supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, simple user education, complete system and individual module configuration including 3rd-party modules offered by a wide array of vendors that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business applications within your organization, custom report creation, and solution evaluations to assess whether GP is being used optimally. Our objective with each Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to maximize business value and manage expense.

Progent can assist your Sioux Falls, South Dakota business in each phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or enhancement project including:

  • Deployment Assessment
    Take a look at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently using and propose additional capabilities available on the product that may be suitable for your business.

  • Upgrade Design and Timing
    Develop a comprehensive migration plan and timetable that avoids business interruption. Schedule solution validation, live deployment, and education. Specify custom development and add-on modules. Anticipate and manage compatibility problems.

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

  • System Upgrades
    Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the current release to ensure ongoing support from Microsoft and to have all current features accessible to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Activate services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prepare data and run scripts to address known issues.

  • Management Reporting
    Develop reports and or dashboards for private as well as external use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating data from multiple local and remote sources.

  • Training
    Deliver individual or group training for current and new users of Dynamics GP.

  • Support
    Act as a single contact for support to ensure dependable and cost-effective handling of issues made possible by familiarity with your particular environment.
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
Progent offers the help of seasoned consultants who have been developing 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 internal staff. Key areas where Progent can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
  • Recommendations
    Recommend the use of modules included with the core GP system but are not currently being used. Also, recommend third-party products designed specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide features that GP skips.

  • Integrations
    Build custom integrations between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business platforms to reduce redundant entry and increase consistency.

  • Customizations
    Create big and simple customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle specific functions that are not handled by standard GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Progent can help your business to enhance your infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure expertise offered by Progent's consultants include:
  • Requirements assessment and IT asset inventory
  • Network architecture planning and deployment (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
  • Configuring firewalls and remote connections and defining security policies
  • Integrating Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
  • Creating high-availability (HA) environments
  • Integration with public cloud services including Office 365
  • Disaster recovery and business continuity planning
  • Performance optimization
The Progent Advantage
A modern Dynamics GP environment incorporates multiple application platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and cloud products integrated into a cohesive ERP solution. For more than two decades, Progent's consultants have provided remote and onsite support from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Exchange configuration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint integration consultants. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their first versions to their latest versions, and Progent supports cloud options by providing Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online migration and application development expertise.

Progent also has a long history of providing help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure consultants, Windows Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtualization consultants. This background with core technologies cuts time and expense when guiding organizations through every phase of updating their older Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the skills of advanced security and information assurance experts, disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to design, implement, and maintain a modern Microsoft Dynamics GP environment.

Progent's Consulting Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
To find out more information about Progent's remote and onsite support services in Sioux Falls, South Dakota for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, refer to:

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

Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Support
If your Sioux Falls, SD business is looking for a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration expert or application developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.