Dynamics GP ExpertsDynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, sports a longer heritage than virtually any other ERP solution written for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured application and is one of the most popular ERP systems for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active customers globally. A number of businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to postpone upgrades long enough that they are now using legacy software and outmoded network infrastructure. This is risky. At the same time, a common complaint we hear from new customers is that they have a hard time locating veteran Microsoft Dynamics GP experts to partner with for guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP ecosystem efficiently and derive the maximum business value from the software.

The more an organization tries to make do with legacy releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade process tends to be. If physical host servers or storage systems break down, there may be no equivalent devices available to replace them. When editions of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security patches are no longer distributed. The latest releases of SQL Server might not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Innovative tools like Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Businesses considering an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment are often overwhelmed by the volume of components there are to the project. And the price tag suggested for an upgrade may be through the roof.

Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Services Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's seasoned experts have delivered advanced and economical remote consulting for Windows-powered environments to businesses in every state across the U.S. By combining in-depth experience with all editions of Dynamics GP along with world-class system integration skills, Progent is uniquely qualified to help your Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.

We partner with our clients and begin by understanding their requirements. Once we have familiarity with the environment and the areas for improvement we make our recommendations. Recommendations can include an upgrade to a more current and fully supported release of Dynamics GP, basic user training, complete platform and individual module configuration including 3rd-party products offered by a broad range of suppliers that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business software used by organization, custom report creation, and solution analysis to determine whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our goal with each Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to maximize strategic value and minimize cost.

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

  • Deployment Assessment
    Review at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now running and discuss additional features available on the product that might be helpful to your organization.

  • Migration Planning and Scheduling
    Develop a complete migration plan and schedule that avoids business disruption. Schedule solution validation, live deployment, and education. Specify customizations and add-on modules. Predict and resolve integration problems.

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

  • System Upgrades
    Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the current release to assure continuing support services from Microsoft and to have all the latest features available to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Activate services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prep data and run scripts to resolve documented issues.

  • Management Reporting
    Develop reports and or custom dashboards for private and public consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and integrate Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining information from diverse on-premises and remote repositories.

  • Education
    Provide individual or classroom style training for current and new users of Dynamics GP.

  • Support
    Act as a single point of contact for expertise to deliver effective and cost-effective resolution of problems thanks to familiarity with your particular environment.
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
Progent offers the help of seasoned experts who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since relerase 1. Progent can do the jobs you require directly rather than supervising less experienced consultants or internal staff. Key areas where Progent can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
  • Guidance
    Recommend the deployment of software modules included with the core GP system but are not currently being utilized. Also, suggest third-party products written exclusively for Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP skips.

  • Integrations
    Build custom integrations between Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to avoid duplicate entry and improve accuracy.

  • Customizations
    Build major and small customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform specific functions not handled by standard GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Progent can assist your business to enhance your network infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure expertise provided by Progent include:
  • Needs analysis and site inventory
  • Network architecture planning and implementation (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
  • Configuring security gateways and remote connections and defining security policies
  • Integrating Apple iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
  • Developing high-availability architectures
  • Integration with public cloud services such as Office 365
  • Disaster recovery planning
  • Performance tuning
The Progent Advantage
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem includes diverse application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud services combined into a cohesive enterprise resource management solution. For more than 20 years, Progent's consultants have delivered online and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Microsoft Exchange integration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint integration experts. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their first versions to their current editions, and Progent can help with cloud-based SaaS options by offering Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development services.

Progent also has extensive experience providing support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Hyper-V integration experts, and VMware virtualization consultants. This experience with strategic IT platforms cuts time and costs when helping organizations through every aspect of upgrading their older Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the skills of advanced cybersecurity and compliance engineers, disaster recovery planning experts, application developers, hybrid cloud architecture consultants, and database administrators who can assist you to design, deploy, and manage a productive Dynamics GP solution.

Progent's Consulting Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
To learn more information about Progent's online and on-premises support expertise in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, visit:

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

Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Services
If your Pittsburgh, PA business needs a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration consultant or application programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.