Microsoft Dynamics GP ExpertsDynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, has a lengthier track record than virtually any other ERP solution written for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured application and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for SMBs, with about 50,000 active installations worldwide. Many businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have managed to defer upgrades long enough that they now find themselves using legacy software and rickety network infrastructure. This can be risky. At the same time, a recurring theme we hear from prospective clients is that they have trouble locating experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP experts who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP environment efficiently and derive the most benefit out of the software.

The more an organization tries to limp along with legacy releases of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade procedure tends to be. If server hardware or storage systems fail, there may be no equivalent devices on the market to replace them. When versions of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, vital security updates stop being distributed. Current editions of SQL Server may not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Next-generation tools like Power BI may not be an option. Businesses considering an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment can be overwhelmed by the volume of components involved in the puzzle. And the price tag suggested for a migration may be astronomical.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Expertise 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 remote consulting for Windows-based environments to organizations in every state in the U.S. By combining in-depth experience with all editions of Dynamics GP along with world-class system integration skills, Progent is ideally suited to make sure your Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky business optimize the benefit 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 needing improvement we make our suggestions. Recommendations may include a migration to a newer and fully supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, simple user training, complete system and individual module implementation including 3rd-party modules offered by a wide range of suppliers that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business software used by company, custom report writing, and solution evaluations to determine whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our objective with each Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to optimize strategic value and manage expense.

Progent can assist your Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky business in each phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or enhancement initiative including:

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

  • Migration Planning and Timing
    Create a complete upgrade plan and timetable that avoids business disruption. Schedule pilot testing, live deployment, and training. Identify custom development and add-on modules. Anticipate and manage compatibility issues.

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

  • System Updates
    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 services from Microsoft and to make all current features available to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Activate services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Prep data and execute scripts to address documented issues.

  • Custom Reporting
    Create reports and or custom dashboards for private as well as public use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating information from multiple on-premises and external repositories.

  • Training
    Provide one-on-one or group training for current and first-time users of Dynamics GP.

  • Support Services
    Act as a single point of contact for expertise to deliver consistent and cost-effective resolution of issues thanks to familiarity with your particular environment.
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
Progent offers the help of top-tier experts 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 managing less experienced consultants or in-house staff. Key areas where Progent can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
  • Recommendations
    Recommend the deployment of modules included with the basic GP system but are not currently being utilized. In addition, recommend third-party products written specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP doesn't offer.

  • Integrations
    Build custom integrations between Dynamics GP and other business applications to avoid redundant data entry and increase consistency.

  • Customizations
    Build big and simple customizations that work with Dynamics GP to perform various functions that are not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party modules.
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Progent can assist your business to upgrade your network infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure services offered by Progent include:
  • Requirements analysis and IT asset inventory
  • Network architecture planning and deployment (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
  • Setting up firewalls and remote connections and creating security policies
  • Integrating iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
  • Developing high-availability (HA) architectures
  • Integration with public cloud services including Office 365
  • Disaster recovery and business continuity planning
  • Performance tuning
Why Progent?
A modern Dynamics GP environment incorporates diverse application platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud products combined into a seamless ERP solution. For more than two decades, Progent has provided online and onsite support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Exchange integration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint integration experts. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their first releases to their latest editions, and Progent supports cloud SaaS options by offering Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development services.

Progent also has extensive experience providing support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Windows Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This background with core IT platforms saves time and expense when helping businesses through every aspect of updating their older Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the support of advanced cybersecurity and compliance experts, disaster recovery and business continuity planning experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud architecture consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to design, deploy, and maintain a productive Dynamics GP ecosystem.

Progent's Support Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
For more information about Progent's remote and on-premises consulting expertise in Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, refer to:

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

Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Services
If your Lexington-Fayette, KY business needs a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration expert or application programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.