Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, sports a lengthier heritage than almost any other ERP platform written for Windows. 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. Many businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to postpone upgrades and maintenance long enough that they are now running legacy software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This can be risky. Meanwhile, a recurring theme we hear from new customers is that they have trouble locating veteran Microsoft Dynamics GP experts to partner with for guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP environment efficiently and extract the maximum benefit from the application.
The more an organization attempts to limp along with outdated releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade process tends to be. If server hardware or disk systems fail, there could be no equivalent devices available to replace them. When editions of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, critical security updates stop being developed. The latest releases of Microsoft SQL Server may not work with your special GP customizations. Next-generation tools like Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Organizations considering an upgrade of their Dynamics GP deployment are often overwhelmed by the number of components involved in the puzzle. And the cost quoted for a migration may be astronomical.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has offered support for Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's seasoned professionals have delivered advanced and affordable remote consulting for Windows-based networks to businesses in every state in the U.S. By combining in-depth experience with all releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as top-tier system integration skills, Progent is ideally suited to help your Reston, Virginia business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.
We partner with our clients and begin by listening to their requirements. After gaining familiarity with the IT situation and the areas needing improvement we make our recommendations. Recommendations can include an upgrade to a more current and supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, simple user training, complete system and specific module implementation including 3rd-party products offered by a wide range of vendors that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business applications used by organization, custom report writing, and system evaluations to assess whether GP is being used optimally. Our goal with each Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to optimize strategic value and manage cost.
Progent can assist your Reston, Virginia business in each facet of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or customization process including:
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
- System Assessment
Review at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now running and propose other features available on the product that may be helpful to your organization.
- Upgrade Design and Scheduling
Create a comprehensive migration plan and timetable that minimizes business disruption. Plan for solution validation, production upgrade, and training. Identify custom development and add-on modules. Predict and manage integration issues.
- Pilot Testing
Plan and configure a pilot system for validating the upgrade process.
- Environment Updates
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the current release to ensure continuing support from Microsoft and to make all the latest features accessible to your organization. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Implement services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Prepare data and run scripts to resolve known issues.
- Management Reporting
Develop reports and or dashboards for private as well as public consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining data from diverse on-premises and remote repositories.
Deliver individual or classroom style training for existing and new users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Act as a single contact for expertise to deliver consistent and cost-effective handling of issues made possible by familiarity with your specific environment.
Progent can provide the support 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 need directly instead of supervising less knowledgeable consultants or in-house IT personnel. Key areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Dynamics GP expertise include:
Suggest the deployment of modules included with the core GP platform but are not currently being used. Also, suggest third-party products designed specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP skips.
Create special integrations between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business platforms to avoid redundant data entry and increase consistency.
Build major and simple customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform specific business functions that are not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party modules.
Progent can help your business to enhance your network infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure services offered by Progent's consultants include:
- Requirements assessment and IT asset inventory
- Network topology planning and deployment (local, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Setting up security gateways and VPN connections and creating security policies
- Managing iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Creating high-availability (HA) solutions
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Office 365
- Disaster recovery planning
- Performance tuning
A modern Dynamics GP environment includes multiple software platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and cloud services integrated into a seamless ERP solution. For more than two decades, Progent's consultants have provided online and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Exchange configuration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint development experts. Progent has supported these products from their initial versions to their current editions, and Progent supports cloud-based options by offering Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development expertise.
Progent also has extensive experience delivering support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Windows Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This background with core IT platforms saves time and expense when helping businesses through each aspect of updating their legacy Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the support of advanced security and compliance experts, disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration experts, and database administrators who can assist you to plan, implement, and maintain a productive Dynamics GP ecosystem.
Progent's Support Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
Read/Download Progent's MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To find out more about Progent's remote and onsite consulting expertise in Reston, Virginia for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, visit:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting services available from Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, select Download Datasheet: Consulting for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Services
If your Reston, VA business needs a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or software programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.