Microsoft Dynamics GP ExpertsMicrosoft Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, sports a lengthier track record than virtually any other ERP solution written for Windows. Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich product and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for SMBs, with around 50,000 active customers worldwide. Many organizations who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have managed to defer upgrades and maintenance long enough that they are now running seriously out-of-date software and rickety IT infrastructure. This is risky. At the same time, a common theme we hear from prospective customers is that they have trouble finding veteran Dynamics GP consultants who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP environment efficiently and derive the most business value out of the application.

The longer a business attempts to limp along with legacy releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade procedure tends to be. If physical host servers or storage systems fail, there may be no equivalent devices available to replace them. When editions of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security updates are no longer released. The latest editions of Microsoft SQL Server may not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Next-generation tools like Power BI may not be an option. Businesses investigating an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment are often intimidated by the volume of components there are to the project. And the price tag quoted for an upgrade may be through the roof.

Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Services Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's tested experts have provided advanced and affordable online consulting for Windows-powered environments to businesses in every state in the U.S. By offering deep experience with all versions of Dynamics GP along with world-class system integration skills, Progent is uniquely qualified to make sure your Ottawa, Ontario business get the most out of GP.

We partner with our clients and begin by understanding their needs. Once we have an understanding of the IT environment and the areas needing improvement we provide our suggestions. Recommendations can involve an upgrade to a more current and fully supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, simple user training, full platform and specific module implementation including 3rd-party products offered by a wide array of vendors that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business software within your company, custom report creation, and solution evaluations to assess whether GP is being used optimally. Our objective with every Dynamics GP project big or small is to optimize strategic value and control cost.

Progent's consultants can assist your Ottawa, Ontario business in every facet of your Dynamics GP migration or customization process including:

  • System Review
    Review at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now running and propose other capabilities available on the product that may be helpful to your organization.

  • Upgrade Planning and Timing
    Develop a complete upgrade plan and timetable that minimizes business disruption. Plan for solution validation, production upgrade, and training. Specify custom development and add-on modules. Anticipate and resolve compatibility problems.

  • Pilot Testing
    Plan and configure a pilot system for validating the upgrade project.

  • System Upgrades
    Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest version to ensure continuing support from Microsoft and to have all current features available to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Configure services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Prep data and run scripts to address documented issues.

  • Management Reporting
    Create reports and or dashboards for internal and external use. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating information from diverse on-premises and external sources.

  • Training
    Deliver one-on-one or group training for existing and first-time users of Dynamics GP.

  • Support
    Act as a single contact for expertise to ensure dependable and cost-effective resolution of issues made possible by close understanding of your specific situation.
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
Progent offers the support of top-tier consultants who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you require directly instead of managing less knowledgeable consultants or in-house staff. Important areas where Progent can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
  • Guidance
    Recommend the deployment of software modules that come with the core GP platform but are not currently being utilized. In addition, recommend third-party add-ons designed specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP skips.

  • Integrations
    Build custom integrations between Dynamics GP and other business applications to avoid duplicate data entry and increase consistency.

  • Customizations
    Create big and simple customizations that work with Dynamics GP to handle various functions not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party modules.
Infrastructure Expertise
Progent can assist your business to enhance your infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure services available from Progent's consultants include:
  • Needs analysis and site inventory
  • Network topology planning and implementation (local, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
  • Configuring security gateways and VPN connections and defining security policies
  • Integrating iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
  • Creating high-availability solutions
  • Integration with public cloud services including Microsoft 365
  • Disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness
  • Performance optimization
The Progent Advantage
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem includes diverse application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and cloud services integrated into a seamless ERP solution. For more than 20 years, Progent has provided online and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Exchange Server integration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint development consultants. Progent has supported these products from their initial versions to their current editions, and Progent supports cloud SaaS options by providing Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development services.

Progent also has extensive experience delivering support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtualization specialists. This background with strategic technologies cuts time and costs when helping businesses through every phase of updating their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the skills of advanced security and information assurance engineers, disaster recovery and business continuity planning consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud integration experts, and database administrators who can assist you to design, deploy, and manage a productive Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem.

Progent's Support Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
For more about Progent's online and on-premises consulting services in Ottawa, Ontario for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, see:

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

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