Microsoft Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, has a longer heritage than almost any other ERP solution written for Windows. Dynamics GP is a proven, full-featured application and is one of the most popular ERP systems for SMBs, with around 50,000 active installations globally. A number of organizations who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to defer upgrades to the point that they are now using legacy software and rickety IT infrastructure. This can be dangerous. At the same time, a recurring theme we hear from prospective clients is that they have trouble finding veteran Dynamics GP experts to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP system efficiently and derive the most business value out of the software.
The longer an organization tries to make do with legacy releases of Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration process tends to be. If physical host servers or storage systems break down, there may be no suitable hardware available to replace them. When editions of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, critical security updates stop being released. Current editions of SQL Server may not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Next-generation tools such as Power BI may not run. Organizations considering an upgrade of their Dynamics GP environment are often intimidated by the number of pieces involved in the project. And the price tag suggested for a migration may be astronomical.
Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Services Available from Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's seasoned experts have provided advanced and economical remote consulting for Windows-powered environments to businesses in every state in the U.S. By offering in-depth experience with all versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as world-class system integration talent, Progent is ideally suited to make sure your Springfield, Illinois business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.
We partner with our clients and begin by listening to their needs. After gaining familiarity with the environment and the areas for improvement we make our suggestions. Proposed services may involve an upgrade to a newer and supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user education, full platform and specific module configuration including 3rd-party products from a broad array of vendors that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business software within your organization, custom report creation, and system analysis to determine whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our objective with every Dynamics GP project big or small is to maximize strategic value and minimize cost.
Progent's consultants can assist your Springfield, Illinois business in each phase of your Dynamics GP upgrade or customization project including:
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
- Deployment Review
Review at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently running and propose other capabilities of GP that may be suitable for your organization.
- Migration Planning and Scheduling
Develop a complete migration plan and timetable that minimizes business interruption. Schedule solution validation, live deployment, and training. Specify custom development and add-on modules. Predict and resolve compatibility problems.
- Pilot Testing
Design and implement a test system for validating the migration process.
- Environment Upgrades
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest version to assure continuing support from Microsoft and to have all current features available to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Activate services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prepare data and execute scripts to address documented issues.
- Management Reporting
Develop reports and or custom dashboards for internal as well as public use. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and integrate Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining information from multiple local and external repositories.
Deliver individual or group training for existing and new users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
Act as a single contact for support to ensure dependable and affordable handling of problems thanks to familiarity with your particular situation.
Progent can provide the help of top-tier consultants who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent can do the jobs you require directly rather than managing less experienced consultants or internal staff. Key areas where Progent's consultants can provide Dynamics GP support services include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Recommend the deployment of modules that come with the core GP system but are not now being used. In addition, suggest third-party products designed exclusively for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP skips.
Build special connections between Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to reduce duplicate entry and increase accuracy.
Create major and simple customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform specific business functions that are not handled by standard GP modules or external modules.
Progent can assist your business to enhance your network infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure expertise provided by Progent's consultants include:
- Requirements assessment and IT asset inventory
- Network architecture design and deployment (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Setting up security gateways and remote connections and creating security policies
- Managing Apple iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Creating high-availability (HA) solutions
- Integration with public cloud services including Office 365
- business continuity planning
- Performance tuning
An optimized Dynamics GP ecosystem includes multiple software platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and cloud services combined into a cohesive ERP solution. For over 20 years, Progent has delivered online and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Exchange configuration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint development experts. Progent's consultants have supported these products from their first versions to their current versions, and Progent supports cloud SaaS options by providing Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online deployment and development expertise.
Progent also has extensive experience providing help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure consultants, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This background with core technologies cuts time and expense when guiding businesses through every aspect of upgrading their legacy Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the support of senior security and compliance experts, business continuity planning experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to plan, implement, and manage a modern Microsoft Dynamics GP solution.
Progent's Support Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
Read/Download Progent's Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
For more about Progent's online and onsite support services in Springfield, Illinois for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP product family, visit:
To download a datasheet about the consulting expertise offered by Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, select Download Datasheet: Consulting for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Support
If your Springfield, IL business is looking for a Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or software programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.