Microsoft Dynamics GP ExpertsMicrosoft Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, sports a longer history than virtually any other ERP platform made for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, full-featured application and is one of the most widely used ERP systems for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active installations worldwide. Many businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have been able to postpone upgrades and maintenance long enough that they now find themselves using legacy software and rickety IT infrastructure. This is risky. At the same time, a recurring complaint we hear from prospective customers is that they have a hard time locating experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants who can provide guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP system affordably and get the most benefit out of the application.

The more an organization tries to limp along with legacy versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration procedure tends to be. When server hardware or disk systems fail, there may be no equivalent hardware available to replace them. When releases of Windows Server that run Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, vital security patches are no longer distributed. Current editions of Microsoft SQL Server might not work with your special GP customizations. Next-generation products such as Power BI may not be an option. Businesses investigating an upgrade of their Dynamics GP deployment can be intimidated by the number of components involved in the puzzle. And the cost quoted for an upgrade may be astronomical.

Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's tested experts have delivered high-level and affordable remote consulting for Windows-based environments to organizations in every state in the U.S. By combining in-depth experience with all versions of Dynamics GP along with world-class system integration talent, Progent is ideally qualified to help your Skokie, Illinois business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.

We partner with our customers and begin by understanding their requirements. After gaining familiarity with the environment and the areas for improvement we provide our recommendations. Proposed services can involve an upgrade to a newer and supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, simple user training, full system and specific module configuration including 3rd-party modules offered by a wide array of suppliers that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business applications used by organization, custom report writing, and solution evaluations to determine whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our goal with every Dynamics GP project big or small is to maximize business value and manage expense.

Progent can help your Skokie, Illinois business in each phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or customization project including:

  • System Review
    Review at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently using and discuss additional capabilities available on the product that might be helpful to your business.

  • Upgrade Planning and Scheduling
    Create a comprehensive migration plan and schedule that avoids business interruption. Plan for solution validation, live deployment, and training. Identify customizations and add-on modules. Predict and manage compatibility issues.

  • Testing
    Plan and implement a test environment for proving the upgrade project.

  • System Upgrades
    Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest release to assure continuing support services from Microsoft and to have all the latest features accessible to your organization. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Activate services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prep data and execute scripts to address documented issues.

  • Custom Reporting
    Develop reports and or custom dashboards for internal as well as public consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and integrate Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating information from diverse on-premises and external sources.

  • Training
    Deliver one-on-one or classroom style training for current and new users of Dynamics GP.

  • Support
    Act as a single point of contact for support to deliver dependable and cost-effective resolution of problems made possible by familiarity with your specific environment.
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent can provide the help of seasoned experts who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you require directly instead of supervising less knowledgeable consultants or in-house staff. Key areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
  • Recommendations
    Suggest the use of modules that come with the core GP system but are not now being used. In addition, recommend third-party add-ons designed specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide features that GP skips.

  • Integrations
    Build custom connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to reduce redundant data entry and improve consistency.

  • Customizations
    Create major and small customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle specific functions that are not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or external modules.
Infrastructure Expertise
Progent can help you to enhance your infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure expertise offered by Progent include:
  • Needs analysis and site inventory
  • Network topology design and deployment (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
  • Configuring security gateways and VPN connections and creating security policies
  • Integrating Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
  • Creating high-availability (HA) architectures
  • Integration with public cloud services such as Office 365
  • business continuity preparedness
  • Performance tuning
Why Progent?
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem includes diverse software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and cloud services combined into a cohesive ERP solution. For over two decades, Progent has provided remote and onsite support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Microsoft Exchange configuration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint integration experts. Progent has supported these products from their first versions to their current editions, and Progent can help with cloud-based SaaS options by offering Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online deployment and development services.

Progent also has a long history of delivering help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtualization specialists. This experience with core IT platforms cuts time and costs when guiding organizations through each phase of updating their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the support of advanced security and information assurance experts, business continuity planning experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud integration consultants, and database administrators who can assist you to plan, deploy, and manage a modern Microsoft Dynamics GP environment.

Progent's Support Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
To find out more about Progent's remote and on-premises support services in Skokie, Illinois for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, see:

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

Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Support
If your Skokie, IL business needs a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration consultant or software programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.