Dynamics GP ExpertsDynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, sports a longer track record than almost 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 around 50,000 active customers globally. A number of organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to defer upgrades long enough that they are now running seriously out-of-date software and outmoded network infrastructure. This is dangerous. 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 in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP environment affordably and extract the most benefit out of the application.

The more an organization tries to make do with outdated versions of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade process tends to be. When server hardware or storage systems break down, there may be no suitable hardware available to replace them. When editions of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security patches stop being developed. The latest editions of SQL Server may not work with your special GP customizations. Next-generation products like Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Businesses investigating an update of their Dynamics GP environment are often overwhelmed by the number of components involved in the puzzle. And the cost quoted for a migration may seem astronomical.

Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's tested professionals have delivered advanced and affordable online consulting for Windows-powered environments to organizations in every state throughout the U.S. By offering deep familiarity with all editions of Dynamics GP as well as top-tier system integration skills, Progent is ideally qualified to help your Houston, Texas business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.

We partner with our clients and start by understanding their needs. After gaining an understanding of the environment and the areas for improvement we provide our suggestions. Recommendations may include a migration to a newer and fully supported release of Dynamics GP, simple user training, complete platform and specific module configuration including 3rd-party products from a wide range of vendors that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business software used by organization, custom report creation, and solution analysis to assess whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our goal with each Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to maximize business value and minimize cost.

Progent's consultants can assist your Houston, Texas business in each phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement initiative including:

  • System Assessment
    Review at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently using and discuss other capabilities of GP that might be helpful to your business.

  • Upgrade Design and Timing
    Develop a comprehensive migration plan and timetable that minimizes business disruption. Plan for solution validation, live deployment, and training. Specify customizations and add-on modules. Anticipate and manage compatibility problems.

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

  • System Updates
    Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest release to ensure continuing support from Microsoft and to have all the latest features available to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Configure services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Prepare data and run scripts to resolve known issues.

  • Custom Reporting
    Create reports and or dashboards for private and public use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining data from multiple on-premises and remote sources.

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

  • Support
    Act as a single point of contact for expertise to ensure dependable and affordable handling of problems made possible by familiarity with your particular environment.
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
Progent offers the help of seasoned consultants who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you need directly instead of supervising less knowledgeable consultants or internal IT personnel. Key areas where Progent's consultants can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
  • Guidance
    Recommend the deployment of modules that come with the basic GP system but are not currently being used. Also, suggest third-party add-ons written specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP doesn't offer.

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

  • Customizations
    Build big and simple customizations that work with Dynamics GP to handle specific functions that are not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Infrastructure Expertise
Progent can assist your business to enhance your network infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure services provided by Progent include:
  • Needs analysis and site inventory
  • Network architecture planning and implementation (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
  • Configuring security gateways and remote connections and defining security policies
  • Managing iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
  • Creating high-availability (HA) architectures
  • Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Microsoft 365
  • Disaster recovery planning
  • Performance tuning
Why Progent?
A modern Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates multiple application platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and cloud services combined into a cohesive ERP solution. For over 20 years, Progent has delivered remote and onsite help from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Exchange integration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server development consultants. Progent has supported these products from their initial versions to their latest editions, and Progent supports cloud SaaS options by providing Office and Microsoft 365 integration services, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online deployment and development services.

Progent also has a long history of delivering help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This experience with core technologies saves time and expense when guiding organizations through each aspect of updating their older Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the skills of advanced security and information assurance experts, disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration consultants, and database administrators who can help you to plan, implement, and maintain a well-tuned Dynamics GP ecosystem.

Progent's Support Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
To learn more information about Progent's online and on-premises support expertise in Houston, Texas for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, refer to:

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

Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Services
If your Houston, TX business needs a Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or application developer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.