Microsoft Dynamics GP ExpertsDynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, sports a lengthier track record than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform written for Windows. Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich application and is one of the most widely used ERP systems for small and mid-size businesses, with around 50,000 active installations globally. A number of organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to defer upgrades long enough that they now find themselves running legacy software and outmoded network infrastructure. This can be risky. At the same time, a recurring complaint we hear from new clients is that they have trouble locating veteran Microsoft Dynamics GP experts to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP system affordably and derive the most business value out of the application.

The longer an organization attempts to make do with legacy versions of Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration process becomes. If physical host servers or disk systems break down, there could be no equivalent hardware on the market to use as substitutes. When versions of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security patches stop being released. The latest editions of Microsoft SQL Server might not work with your important GP customizations. Innovative tools like Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Organizations investigating an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment are often intimidated by the number of pieces there are to the project. And the cost quoted for a migration may seem astronomical.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has offered support for Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's seasoned professionals have provided advanced and economical online consulting for Windows-based environments to organizations in every state across the U.S. By combining in-depth experience with all editions of Dynamics GP as well as top-tier system integration skills, Progent is uniquely suited to help your Norfolk, Virginia business optimize the benefit of GP.

We partner with our customers and begin by listening to their requirements. After gaining an understanding of the IT situation and the areas for improvement we make our suggestions. Proposed services can include an upgrade to a newer and fully supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user education, full platform and specific module implementation including 3rd-party modules offered by a wide range of vendors that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business software used by company, custom report creation, and solution analysis to determine whether GP is being used optimally. Our objective with each Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to optimize strategic value and control cost.

Progent's consultants can help your Norfolk, Virginia company in every phase of your Dynamics GP migration or enhancement process including:

  • Deployment Review
    Take a look at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now running and propose additional capabilities of the product that might be helpful to your organization.

  • Migration Design and Scheduling
    Create a comprehensive upgrade plan and timetable that minimizes business interruption. Plan for solution validation, production upgrade, and training. Specify customizations and add-on products. Predict and resolve integration issues.

  • Testing
    Plan and configure a test environment for validating the migration process.

  • System Upgrades
    Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest version to assure ongoing support services from Microsoft and to have all the latest features available to your organization. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Implement services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prep data and run scripts to resolve documented issues.

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

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

  • Support Services
    Act as a single contact for expertise to deliver effective and affordable handling of issues made possible by close understanding of your specific environment.
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent can provide the support of seasoned experts who have been developing working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you require directly rather than supervising less knowledgeable consultants or in-house IT personnel. Key areas where Progent's consultants can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
  • Guidance
    Suggest the deployment of software modules included with the core GP system but are not currently being utilized. In addition, recommend third-party products written exclusively for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide features that GP doesn't offer.

  • Integrations
    Create special connections between Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to avoid duplicate data entry and improve consistency.

  • Customizations
    Create big and small customizations that work with Dynamics GP to perform various functions that are not handled by standard GP modules or external add-ons.
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Progent can assist your business to upgrade your infrastructure to support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure services available from Progent's consultants include:
  • Requirements assessment and IT asset inventory
  • Network architecture planning and implementation (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
  • Setting up security gateways and remote connections and creating security policies
  • Integrating Apple iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
  • Developing high-availability (HA) solutions
  • Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Microsoft 365
  • Disaster recovery planning
  • Performance optimization
The Progent Advantage
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates multiple software platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and public cloud services combined into a cohesive ERP solution. For more than two decades, Progent has delivered remote and onsite help from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Exchange integration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint development consultants. Progent has supported these products from their initial versions to their latest versions, and Progent can help with cloud SaaS options by providing Office and Microsoft 365 integration services, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development expertise.

Progent also has extensive experience providing support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Windows Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtualization consultants. This experience with strategic technologies cuts time and expense when helping businesses through every phase of updating their older Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the support of senior security and information assurance experts, business continuity planning experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud integration experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to design, deploy, and maintain a well-tuned Dynamics GP ecosystem.

Progent's Support Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
To learn more about Progent's online and onsite consulting services in Norfolk, Virginia for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP product family, see:

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

Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Services
If your Norfolk, VA business needs a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or software programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.