Microsoft Dynamics GP ExpertsDynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, sports a lengthier heritage than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform made for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich product and is one of the most widely used ERP systems for SMBs, with around 50,000 active customers globally. A number of organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have managed to postpone upgrades and maintenance long enough that they now find themselves using legacy software and outmoded network infrastructure. This can be risky. At the same time, a recurring theme we hear from new clients is that they have trouble locating experienced Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP environment efficiently and derive the maximum business value from the software.

The longer a business tries to make do with outdated releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade process becomes. If server hardware or disk systems fail, there may be no suitable devices on the market to use as substitutes. When editions of Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security updates stop being distributed. The latest editions of SQL Server might not work with your important GP customizations. Next-generation products such as Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Organizations investigating an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment are often overwhelmed by the volume of pieces involved in the puzzle. And the price tag quoted for an upgrade may be astronomical.

Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Expertise Offered by 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 economical remote integration consulting for Windows-powered networks to businesses in every state across the U.S. By offering in-depth experience with all releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with world-class system integration skills, Progent is ideally qualified to help your Mobile, Alabama business optimize the benefit of GP.

We become partners with our clients and start by understanding their requirements. Once we have an understanding of the environment and the areas for improvement we make our recommendations. Proposed services may involve a migration to a newer and fully supported version of Dynamics GP, basic user training, complete platform and individual module implementation including 3rd-party modules from a broad range of suppliers that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business software within your company, custom report creation, and solution analysis to assess whether GP is being used optimally. Our goal with every Microsoft Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to optimize strategic value and control expense.

Progent's consultants can assist your Mobile, Alabama business in each facet of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or enhancement initiative including:

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

  • Upgrade Planning and Timing
    Create a comprehensive migration plan and schedule that minimizes business interruption. Schedule solution validation, live deployment, and education. Identify custom development and add-on products. Predict and manage integration problems.

  • Testing
    Plan and configure a test system for validating the migration project.

  • System Upgrades
    Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager data. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the current release to ensure continuing support services from Microsoft and to make all current features available to your organization. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Activate services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prep data and execute scripts to address known issues.

  • Custom Reporting
    Create reports and or dashboards for private and public consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and integrate Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating information from multiple local and external repositories.

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

  • Support
    Act as a single contact for expertise to ensure dependable and cost-effective resolution of problems made possible by close understanding of your particular situation.
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
Progent offers the help of seasoned consultants who have been developing working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since relerase 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you need directly instead of managing less knowledgeable consultants or internal IT personnel. Important areas where Progent's consultants can provide Dynamics GP expertise include:
  • Guidance
    Recommend the deployment of modules that come with the basic GP system but are not now being used. In addition, recommend third-party add-ons designed specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP skips.

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

  • Customizations
    Create big and simple customizations that work with Dynamics GP to handle various business functions not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Infrastructure Expertise
Progent can assist your business to enhance your infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure expertise offered by Progent's consultants include:
  • Needs assessment and site inventory
  • Network topology design and deployment (local, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
  • Setting up firewalls and remote connections and creating security policies
  • Integrating iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
  • Developing high-availability solutions
  • Integration with public cloud services such as Office 365
  • Disaster recovery planning
  • Performance optimization
Why Progent?
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem includes diverse application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and cloud services combined into a cohesive ERP solution. For over two decades, Progent has provided remote and onsite help from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Exchange Server configuration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint development consultants. Progent has worked with these products from their initial releases to their current versions, and Progent supports cloud-based options by providing Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online deployment and development services.

Progent also has extensive experience providing help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure consultants, Windows Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtualization specialists. This experience with strategic IT platforms saves time and costs when guiding businesses through every phase of upgrading their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the support of senior cybersecurity and information assurance experts, business continuity preparedness consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud architecture experts, and database administrators who can assist you to plan, implement, and maintain a productive Dynamics GP ecosystem.

Progent's Support Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
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Read/Download Progent's Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To download a datasheet about the consulting expertise available from Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, click Download Datasheet: Consulting for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Platform (PDF file).

Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Support
If your Mobile, AL business is looking for a Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration consultant or software developer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.