Microsoft Dynamics GP ConsultantsDynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, has a lengthier history than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform made for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, full-featured application and is one of the most widely used ERP systems for SMBs, with about 50,000 active installations worldwide. Many businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to defer upgrades long enough that they now find themselves using seriously out-of-date software and outmoded network infrastructure. This can be dangerous. Meanwhile, a common theme we hear from prospective customers is that they have a hard time finding veteran Dynamics GP experts who can provide guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP ecosystem affordably and extract the most benefit out of the application.

The more a business tries to limp along with legacy releases of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade procedure tends to be. When server hardware or storage systems fail, there may be no equivalent devices available to replace them. When versions of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security updates are no longer developed. The latest releases of SQL Server may not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Innovative products such as Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Organizations investigating an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment can be intimidated by the volume of components involved in the puzzle. And the cost quoted for an upgrade may seem astronomical.

Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's seasoned experts have provided high-level and economical remote integration consulting for Windows-based networks to organizations in every state in the U.S. By offering deep experience with all releases of Dynamics GP along with world-class system integration skills, Progent is uniquely qualified to make sure your Chesapeake, Virginia business get the most out of GP.

We become partners with our customers and start by understanding their requirements. After gaining an understanding of the situation and the areas needing improvement we make our recommendations. Proposed services may include an upgrade to a newer and supported release of Dynamics GP, basic user training, complete platform and individual module implementation including 3rd-party products offered by a broad range of vendors that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business applications used by company, custom report creation, and system evaluations to determine whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our objective with each Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to maximize business value and manage expense.

Progent's consultants can help your Chesapeake, Virginia company in each phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or customization initiative including:

  • Deployment Assessment
    Review at what features of Dynamics GP you are currently running and discuss other features available on the product that might be helpful to your business.

  • Upgrade Planning and Timing
    Develop a complete upgrade plan and schedule that avoids business disruption. Plan for pilot testing, live deployment, and training. Identify custom development and add-on modules. Predict and resolve integration problems.

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

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

  • Custom Reporting
    Develop reports and or dashboards for internal and external consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating data from multiple local and external sources.

  • Training
    Deliver one-on-one or classroom style training for current and new users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.

  • Support Services
    Provide a single point of contact for expertise to deliver consistent and affordable handling of problems thanks to familiarity with your particular situation.
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent can provide the support of seasoned experts who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you need directly rather than supervising less experienced consultants or internal IT personnel. Key areas where Progent can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
  • Guidance
    Recommend the deployment of software modules that come with the basic GP system but are not now being used. Also, recommend third-party add-ons designed exclusively for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide features that GP skips.

  • Integrations
    Create special integrations between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business applications to avoid redundant entry and increase consistency.

  • Customizations
    Create major and simple customizations that work with Dynamics GP to perform specific functions not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Progent can help you to upgrade your network infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure services offered by Progent include:
  • Needs analysis and IT asset inventory
  • Network topology design and deployment (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
  • Configuring firewalls and remote connections and creating security policies
  • Integrating Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
  • Developing high-availability (HA) solutions
  • Integration with public cloud services such as Microsoft 365
  • Disaster recovery and business continuity planning
  • Performance tuning
Why Progent?
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP environment incorporates multiple software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and cloud services combined into a seamless ERP solution. For over two decades, Progent has delivered online and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Microsoft Exchange integration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint development experts. Progent has supported these products from their initial releases to their latest editions, and Progent can help with cloud-based SaaS options by offering Office and Microsoft 365 integration services, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online migration and application development expertise.

Progent also has a long history of delivering help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Windows Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This background with strategic IT platforms saves time and costs when guiding businesses through every aspect of updating their older Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the skills of advanced cybersecurity and information assurance engineers, disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration experts, and database administrators who can help you to design, deploy, and manage a well-tuned Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem.

Progent's Support Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
For more information about Progent's online and on-premises support expertise in Chesapeake, Virginia for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, refer to:

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

Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Expertise
If your Chesapeake, VA business is looking for a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or software developer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.