Microsoft Dynamics GP ExpertsDynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, has a lengthier heritage than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution made for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, full-featured application and is one of the most popular ERP systems for SMBs, with about 50,000 active installations globally. Many organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have been able to postpone upgrades to the point that they are now running seriously out-of-date software and outmoded network infrastructure. This is dangerous. At the same time, a common complaint we hear from prospective clients is that they have trouble locating experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP environment efficiently and get the most benefit from the software.

The longer an organization attempts to make do with outdated versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration procedure becomes. When server hardware or storage systems break down, there could be no suitable devices on the market to replace them. When versions of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, critical security updates are no longer developed. Current editions of SQL Server might not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Innovative products such as Power BI may not be an option. Businesses investigating an update of their Dynamics GP environment can be overwhelmed by the volume of components 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 supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's tested experts have delivered advanced and affordable remote integration consulting for Windows-powered environments to organizations in every state in the U.S. By offering in-depth familiarity with all releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with world-class system integration skills, Progent is uniquely qualified to help your Skokie, Illinois business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.

We partner with our customers and start by understanding their needs. Once we have familiarity with the IT environment and the areas for improvement we make our suggestions. Recommendations may involve an upgrade to a more current and supported release of Dynamics GP, simple user education, complete platform and individual module implementation including 3rd-party modules offered by a broad range of vendors that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other key business software within your organization, custom report creation, and system evaluations to determine whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our goal with each Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to maximize strategic value and minimize expense.

Progent's consultants can assist your Skokie, Illinois business in every phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or customization initiative including:

  • Deployment Assessment
    Take a look at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now using and discuss other capabilities available on the product that might be suitable for your business.

  • Migration Design and Timing
    Create a complete migration plan and timetable that minimizes business interruption. Plan for solution validation, live deployment, and education. Specify custom development and add-on modules. Anticipate and resolve integration issues.

  • Testing
    Plan and implement a pilot environment for validating the upgrade process.

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

  • Management Reporting
    Create reports and or dashboards for internal as well as external consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining information from multiple on-premises and remote repositories.

  • Education
    Deliver individual or classroom style training for current and new users of Dynamics GP.

  • Support Services
    Provide a single point of contact for expertise to deliver dependable and affordable handling of problems thanks to familiarity with your particular situation.
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
Progent can provide the help of top-tier consultants who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent can do the jobs you require directly rather than managing less experienced consultants or in-house staff. Key areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
  • Guidance
    Recommend the deployment of software modules that come with the basic GP system but are not now being used. In addition, suggest third-party products written specifically for Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP doesn't offer.

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

  • Customizations
    Create big and simple customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle various functions that are not handled by standard GP modules or external add-ons.
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Progent can assist you to enhance your network infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure expertise offered by Progent's consultants include:
  • Needs analysis and IT asset inventory
  • Network topology planning and deployment (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
  • Setting up security gateways and VPN connections and defining security policies
  • Managing iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
  • Developing high-availability (HA) solutions
  • Integration with public cloud services including Office 365
  • Disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness
  • Performance tuning
Why Progent?
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP environment includes multiple software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and cloud services combined into a cohesive enterprise resource management solution. For more than 20 years, Progent's consultants have provided online and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Microsoft Exchange integration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint integration consultants. Progent has worked with these products from their initial releases to their current editions, and Progent can help with cloud-based options by offering Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online migration and application development expertise.

Progent also has a long history of delivering help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This experience with core technologies cuts time and expense when guiding businesses through each phase of updating their legacy Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the skills of advanced security and compliance engineers, disaster recovery planning consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud architecture consultants, and database administrators who can assist you to plan, deploy, and maintain a productive Dynamics GP solution.

Progent's Support Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
To find out more about Progent's online and onsite consulting expertise in Skokie, Illinois for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, refer to:

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

Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Services
If your Skokie, IL business is looking for a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or software programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.