Dynamics GP ConsultantsMicrosoft Dynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, sports a longer track record than virtually any other ERP solution made for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich application and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for SMBs, with around 50,000 active customers globally. Many organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to defer upgrades and maintenance to the point that they are now running seriously out-of-date software and rickety IT infrastructure. This is risky. At the same time, a common theme we hear from new clients is that they have trouble locating veteran Microsoft Dynamics GP experts who can provide guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP ecosystem efficiently and derive the most business value out of the application.

The longer an organization attempts to make do with legacy versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration process tends to be. When physical host servers or disk systems break down, there may be no equivalent devices on the market to replace them. When releases of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security patches are no longer developed. The latest releases of SQL Server might not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Next-generation products such as Power BI may not run. Organizations investigating an upgrade of their Dynamics GP deployment can be intimidated by the number of pieces there are to the project. And the price tag suggested for an upgrade may seem through the roof.

Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Services Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's tested professionals have provided advanced and affordable online consulting for Windows-based networks to organizations in every state across the U.S. By combining deep experience with all releases of Dynamics GP as well as top-tier system integration skills, Progent is ideally qualified to help your Skokie, Illinois business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.

We become partners with our clients and start by understanding their requirements. Once we have familiarity with the IT situation and the areas for improvement we make our recommendations. Proposed services can involve an upgrade to a newer and fully supported version of Dynamics GP, basic user training, complete system and individual module implementation including 3rd-party products from a broad array of suppliers that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business applications used by company, custom report creation, and solution analysis to determine whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our goal with every Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to maximize strategic value and manage cost.

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

  • Deployment Assessment
    Review at what features of Dynamics GP you are now using and discuss additional capabilities available on the product that may be suitable for your organization.

  • Upgrade Planning and Scheduling
    Develop a complete upgrade plan and schedule that minimizes business disruption. Schedule pilot testing, live deployment, and training. Specify custom development and add-on products. Predict and manage integration issues.

  • Testing
    Design and configure a pilot system for validating the migration process.

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

  • Custom Reporting
    Create reports and or dashboards for internal and public use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining information from multiple on-premises and external sources.

  • Education
    Deliver individual or group training for existing and new users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.

  • Support
    Act as a single point of contact for expertise to deliver consistent and affordable resolution of issues made possible by familiarity with your particular situation.
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
Progent can provide the help of seasoned consultants who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you require directly rather than supervising less experienced consultants or internal IT personnel. Key areas where Progent's consultants can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
  • Guidance
    Suggest the deployment of software modules that come with the core GP platform but are not now being used. Also, recommend third-party products designed exclusively for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP skips.

  • Integrations
    Build special integrations between Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to reduce duplicate entry and increase consistency.

  • Customizations
    Build big and simple customizations that run with Dynamics GP to perform various business functions that are not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Progent can help your business to enhance your infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure expertise provided by Progent include:
  • Requirements assessment and IT asset inventory
  • Network architecture planning and implementation (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
  • Setting up security gateways and VPN connections and defining security policies
  • Integrating Apple iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
  • Creating high-availability (HA) environments
  • Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Office 365
  • Disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness
  • Performance optimization
The Progent Advantage
An optimized Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates multiple application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and public cloud services combined into a seamless ERP solution. For more than 20 years, Progent's consultants have delivered remote and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Exchange integration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server development experts. Progent has worked with these products from their initial releases to their latest editions, and Progent supports cloud-based options by offering Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online migration and development expertise.

Progent also has a long history of providing help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtualization specialists. This background with core IT platforms cuts time and costs when helping businesses through each aspect of upgrading their older Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the support of advanced security and information assurance experts, disaster recovery and business continuity planning experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration experts, and database administrators who can assist you to design, deploy, and manage a productive Dynamics GP ecosystem.

Progent's Support Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
To learn more information about Progent's remote and on-premises consulting expertise in Skokie, Illinois for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, visit:

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

Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Services
If your Skokie, IL business is looking for a Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration expert or software developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.