Microsoft Dynamics GP ExpertsDynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, sports a lengthier track record than virtually any other ERP solution made for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, 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. A number of businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to postpone upgrades and maintenance long enough that they are now using legacy software and rickety IT infrastructure. This can be dangerous. At the same time, a common theme we hear from new clients is that they have trouble finding experienced Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP environment efficiently and get the most business value from the software.

The more a business tries to make do with legacy releases of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration procedure tends to be. If physical host servers or disk systems break down, there may be no suitable devices available to use as substitutes. When versions of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security updates stop being released. The latest releases of Microsoft SQL Server may not work with your special GP customizations. Next-generation products like Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Businesses considering an update of their Dynamics GP environment can be overwhelmed by the number of components involved in the project. And the price tag suggested for a migration may seem through the roof.

Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Services Available from Progent
Progent has offered support for Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's tested professionals have delivered advanced and affordable online consulting for Windows-based environments to businesses in every state in the U.S. By offering deep familiarity with all releases of Dynamics GP as well as world-class system integration skills, Progent is uniquely suited to help your Skokie, Illinois business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.

We become partners with our clients and start by understanding their requirements. After gaining an understanding of the IT environment and the areas for improvement we make our suggestions. Proposed services can include an upgrade to a newer and supported release of Dynamics GP, simple user education, complete platform and specific module implementation including 3rd-party modules from a wide array of suppliers that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other key business applications within your organization, custom report writing, and system analysis to determine whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our goal with each Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to maximize business value and minimize expense.

Progent can help your Skokie, Illinois company in every facet of your Dynamics GP upgrade or customization initiative including:

  • System Assessment
    Review at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently running and propose additional capabilities available on the product that may be suitable for your organization.

  • Upgrade Design and Timing
    Develop a comprehensive upgrade plan and schedule that avoids business interruption. Schedule pilot testing, live deployment, and education. Identify custom development and add-on products. Anticipate and resolve integration issues.

  • Pilot Testing
    Design and configure a test system for validating the upgrade process.

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

  • Management Reporting
    Create reports and or custom dashboards for private and external use. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining information from multiple local and remote sources.

  • Education
    Provide one-on-one or classroom style training for current and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.

  • Support
    Act as a single contact for expertise to deliver dependable and affordable handling of issues made possible by familiarity with your specific environment.
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
Progent offers the help of top-tier experts who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you require directly rather than managing less knowledgeable consultants or internal IT personnel. Key areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
  • Recommendations
    Recommend the use of software modules included with the core GP platform but are not now being utilized. Also, recommend third-party add-ons designed exclusively for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP skips.

  • Integrations
    Build custom connections between Dynamics GP and other business applications to avoid duplicate entry and increase consistency.

  • Customizations
    Build major and small customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle specific functions that are not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or external modules.
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Progent can assist your business to upgrade your network infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure services offered by Progent's consultants include:
  • Needs assessment and IT asset inventory
  • Network topology design and deployment (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
  • Setting up security gateways and remote connections and creating security policies
  • Integrating Apple iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
  • Creating high-availability (HA) architectures
  • Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Microsoft 365
  • Disaster recovery and business continuity planning
  • Performance tuning
Why Progent?
A modern Dynamics GP environment incorporates diverse application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and public cloud products combined into a cohesive ERP solution. For more than two decades, Progent's consultants have delivered remote and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Exchange Server integration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server integration consultants. Progent has worked with these products from their initial versions to their current editions, and Progent can help with cloud-based options by offering Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development services.

Progent also has extensive experience delivering support from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Windows Hyper-V integration experts, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This background with core technologies saves time and costs when guiding organizations through each aspect of updating their older Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the skills of advanced cybersecurity and information assurance engineers, disaster recovery planning experts, application developers, hybrid cloud integration consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to plan, implement, and manage a well-tuned Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem.

Progent's Consulting Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
For more information about Progent's remote and onsite support expertise in Skokie, Illinois for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP product family, see:

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

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