Microsoft Dynamics GP ConsultantsMicrosoft Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, sports a longer history than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution made for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich product and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active installations globally. A number of businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have been able to postpone upgrades long enough that they now find themselves using seriously out-of-date software and outmoded network infrastructure. This is dangerous. Meanwhile, a common complaint we hear from new clients is that they have a hard time locating experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP experts to partner with for guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP system affordably and get the most business value out of the application.

The more an organization attempts to make do with legacy releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration procedure tends to be. When physical host servers or disk systems break down, there could be no suitable hardware available to use as substitutes. When versions of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, critical security patches are no longer distributed. The latest editions of Microsoft SQL Server might not work with your important GP customizations. Next-generation tools such as Power BI may not be an option. Organizations considering an upgrade of their Dynamics GP deployment are often overwhelmed by the number of pieces involved in the puzzle. And the price tag quoted for a migration may seem through the roof.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Services Available from Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's seasoned experts have provided high-level and affordable remote integration consulting for Windows-based networks to organizations in every state in the U.S. By combining in-depth experience with all versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as world-class system integration skills, Progent is uniquely qualified to make sure your Skokie, Illinois business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.

We partner with our customers and start by listening to their requirements. After gaining an understanding of the IT situation and the areas for improvement we provide our suggestions. Recommendations may involve an upgrade to a newer and supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, simple user education, full system and specific module configuration including 3rd-party modules from a broad range of vendors that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other key business software within your company, custom report writing, and system analysis to assess whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our goal with every Dynamics GP project big or small is to optimize strategic value and minimize expense.

Progent can assist your Skokie, Illinois company in every facet of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or customization project including:

  • System Review
    Review at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently using and discuss additional capabilities available on GP that might be suitable for your organization.

  • Upgrade Planning and Scheduling
    Create a comprehensive migration plan and timetable that minimizes business disruption. Schedule pilot testing, live deployment, and education. Specify customizations and add-on products. Predict and resolve integration issues.

  • Testing
    Design and implement a test system for validating the migration process.

  • Environment Upgrades
    Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager data. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest release to assure ongoing support from Microsoft and to have all the latest features accessible to your organization. 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 resolve known issues.

  • Management Reporting
    Create reports and or dashboards for private and external consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating information from diverse local and external sources.

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

  • Support
    Provide a single contact for support to deliver dependable and cost-effective resolution of problems made possible by familiarity with your specific environment.
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent can provide the help of seasoned consultants who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you need directly rather than managing less knowledgeable consultants or internal staff. Important areas where Progent can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
  • Guidance
    Suggest the deployment of software modules included with the core GP platform but are not now being utilized. In addition, recommend third-party add-ons written exclusively for Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP doesn't offer.

  • Integrations
    Build special integrations between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to reduce redundant data entry and increase accuracy.

  • Customizations
    Create major and simple customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform specific functions that are not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or external modules.
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Progent can help you to upgrade your infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure services offered by Progent's consultants include:
  • Needs assessment and site inventory
  • Network architecture design and deployment (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
  • Setting up firewalls and VPN connections and creating security policies
  • Managing Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
  • Creating high-availability environments
  • Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Office 365
  • Disaster recovery preparedness
  • Performance optimization
The Progent Advantage
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP environment includes diverse software platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and public cloud products combined into a seamless ERP solution. For more than 20 years, Progent's consultants have delivered remote and onsite support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Microsoft Exchange configuration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server development consultants. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their initial releases to their current editions, and Progent supports cloud-based SaaS options by offering Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online migration and development expertise.

Progent also has extensive experience providing help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtualization consultants. This background with core technologies saves time and costs when guiding businesses through every aspect of upgrading their legacy Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the support of advanced cybersecurity and compliance engineers, disaster recovery planning experts, application developers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration consultants, and database administrators who can assist you to plan, implement, and maintain a well-tuned Dynamics GP environment.

Progent's Consulting Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
For more about Progent's remote and on-premises consulting expertise in Skokie, Illinois for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, visit:

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 ERP software, select Download Datasheet: Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Platform (PDF file).

Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Expertise
If your Skokie, IL business is looking for a Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or application programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.