Microsoft Dynamics GP ExpertsMicrosoft Dynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, sports a longer track record than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform written for Windows. Dynamics GP is a proven, full-featured application and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with around 50,000 active installations worldwide. A number of businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have managed to defer upgrades and maintenance to the point that they now find themselves using seriously out-of-date software and outmoded network infrastructure. This can be risky. At the same time, a common complaint we hear from new clients is that they have trouble finding experienced Dynamics GP consultants who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP ecosystem efficiently and get the most business value from the software.

The more a business tries to limp along with legacy versions of Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade process tends to be. If server hardware or disk systems fail, there may be no suitable hardware on the market to use as substitutes. When releases of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security patches are no longer distributed. The latest editions of Microsoft SQL Server may not work with your special GP customizations. Innovative tools such as Power BI may not be an option. Organizations considering an upgrade of their Dynamics GP deployment can be overwhelmed by the number of components involved in the puzzle. And the price tag quoted for an upgrade may be astronomical.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Services Available from Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's seasoned professionals have provided high-level and economical remote consulting for Windows-based networks to organizations in every state throughout the U.S. By offering deep familiarity with all versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with top-tier system integration talent, Progent is ideally qualified to make sure your Virginia Beach, Virginia business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.

We become partners with our clients and start by understanding their requirements. Once we have familiarity with the situation and the areas needing improvement we provide our suggestions. Proposed services may involve a migration to a more current and supported version of Dynamics GP, simple user training, full system and individual module configuration including 3rd-party products from a wide array of vendors that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other key business applications within your organization, custom report writing, and system evaluations to determine whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our goal with each Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to optimize strategic value and manage cost.

Progent can assist your Virginia Beach, Virginia company in each phase of your Dynamics GP upgrade or customization process including:

  • System Review
    Take a look at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are now running and propose additional capabilities available on GP that may be suitable for your business.

  • Migration Planning and Timing
    Create a complete upgrade plan and timetable that avoids business disruption. Plan for solution validation, live deployment, and training. Specify customizations and add-on modules. Anticipate and resolve integration problems.

  • Testing
    Design and implement a pilot system for validating the migration process.

  • System Upgrades
    Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest release to assure continuing support services from Microsoft and to make all the latest features accessible to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Configure services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Prep data and execute scripts to resolve documented issues.

  • Custom Reporting
    Develop reports and or dashboards for private and external use. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining data from multiple local and external repositories.

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

  • Support Services
    Act as a single contact for expertise to ensure consistent and cost-effective resolution of issues made possible by familiarity with your particular environment.
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Services 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 work you require directly rather than supervising less knowledgeable consultants or in-house IT personnel. Key areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Dynamics GP support services include:
  • Guidance
    Suggest the deployment of modules that come with the core GP platform but are not currently being used. In addition, suggest third-party add-ons designed specifically for Dynamics GP to provide features that GP skips.

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

  • Customizations
    Create major and simple customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle various functions not handled by standard GP modules or external add-ons.
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Progent can assist your business to upgrade your infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure expertise provided by Progent include:
  • Requirements analysis and site inventory
  • Network architecture design and implementation (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
  • Setting up firewalls and VPN connections and creating security policies
  • Managing Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
  • Developing high-availability (HA) environments
  • Integration with public cloud services such as Office 365
  • business continuity preparedness
  • Performance optimization
Why Progent?
A modern Dynamics GP environment incorporates diverse application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and cloud services combined into a seamless ERP solution. For more than 20 years, Progent has delivered remote and onsite support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Microsoft Exchange integration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint development experts. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their initial releases to their current versions, and Progent can help with cloud-based SaaS options by providing Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development expertise.

Progent also has extensive experience delivering help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Hyper-V integration experts, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This experience with core IT platforms cuts time and costs when guiding businesses through each aspect of updating their older Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the support of senior security and information assurance engineers, disaster recovery preparedness consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud integration experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to plan, implement, and manage a well-tuned Microsoft Dynamics GP environment.

Progent's Support Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
For more information about Progent's online and onsite support expertise in Virginia Beach, Virginia for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, refer to:

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

Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Expertise
If your Virginia Beach, VA business is looking for a Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration expert or application developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.