Microsoft Dynamics GP ExpertsMicrosoft Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, sports a longer track record than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform written for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a proven, full-featured product and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for SMBs, with around 50,000 active customers worldwide. A number of organizations who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have been able to postpone upgrades to the point that they now find themselves running legacy software and outmoded network infrastructure. This is risky. At the same time, a common theme we hear from new customers is that they have a hard time finding experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP environment affordably and derive the maximum benefit out of the software.

The more an organization attempts to make do with outdated releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade process tends to be. When server hardware or disk systems break down, there could be no suitable devices on the market to use as substitutes. When releases of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, vital security patches stop being released. The latest releases of SQL Server may not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Next-generation products like Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Businesses investigating an update of their Dynamics GP environment are often overwhelmed by the volume of pieces there are to the puzzle. And the cost quoted for a migration may seem astronomical.

Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Services Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's tested professionals have delivered advanced and economical online integration consulting for Windows-based networks to businesses in every state in the U.S. By combining in-depth experience with all editions of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with top-tier system integration skills, Progent is uniquely suited to help your Norfolk, Virginia business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.

We partner with our customers and start by listening to their needs. After gaining an understanding of the IT situation and the areas needing improvement we provide our suggestions. Proposed services can involve an upgrade to a newer and supported release of Dynamics GP, simple user education, complete system and individual module implementation including 3rd-party products offered by a broad range of suppliers that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business software within your company, custom report creation, and solution analysis to determine whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our objective with every Microsoft Dynamics GP project big or small is to optimize strategic value and control cost.

Progent's consultants can help your Norfolk, Virginia business in every phase of your Dynamics GP upgrade or customization project including:

  • Deployment Review
    Take a look at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently using and discuss additional capabilities available on the product that may be helpful to your organization.

  • Migration Planning and Timing
    Create a comprehensive migration plan and timetable that avoids business disruption. Plan for pilot testing, live deployment, and education. Identify custom development and add-on modules. Predict and manage compatibility issues.

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

  • Environment Upgrades
    Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current version to assure ongoing support from Microsoft and to have all the latest features accessible to your organization. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Implement services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Prepare data and run scripts to address known issues.

  • Custom Reporting
    Create reports and or custom dashboards for internal as well as public use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and integrate Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating information from multiple on-premises and external sources.

  • Education
    Provide one-on-one or group training for current and new users of Dynamics GP.

  • Support Services
    Provide a single contact for expertise to deliver consistent and affordable resolution of problems made possible by familiarity with your particular situation.
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
Progent offers the support of top-tier consultants who have been developing working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you need directly rather than managing less knowledgeable consultants or in-house staff. Important areas where Progent can provide Dynamics GP support services include:
  • Recommendations
    Recommend the use of software modules included with the core GP platform but are not currently being utilized. In addition, suggest third-party add-ons designed specifically for Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP doesn't offer.

  • Integrations
    Build custom connections between Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to reduce redundant data entry and increase accuracy.

  • Customizations
    Build big and simple customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform specific functions that are not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or external modules.
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Progent can assist you to enhance your network infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure services available from Progent's consultants include:
  • Needs assessment and IT asset inventory
  • Network topology planning and deployment (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
  • Configuring firewalls and VPN connections and defining security policies
  • Managing Apple iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
  • Creating high-availability architectures
  • Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Office 365
  • business continuity planning
  • Performance tuning
The Progent Advantage
An optimized Dynamics GP ecosystem includes multiple application platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and public cloud services combined into a cohesive ERP solution. For more than 20 years, Progent's consultants have provided online and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Exchange integration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint development consultants. Progent's consultants have supported these products from their initial releases to their latest editions, and Progent supports cloud SaaS options by providing Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development expertise.

Progent also has a long history of providing help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Windows Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtualization consultants. This experience with strategic IT platforms cuts time and costs when helping businesses through every aspect of updating their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the support of senior security and compliance experts, business continuity preparedness consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud integration consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to design, deploy, and maintain a modern Microsoft Dynamics GP environment.

Progent's Support Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
For more information about Progent's online and onsite consulting services in Norfolk, Virginia for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, refer to:

Download Progent's Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To download a datasheet describing the consulting services available from Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, select Download Datasheet: Consulting for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Platform (PDF file).

Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Services
If your Norfolk, VA business is looking for a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or application developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.