Microsoft Dynamics GP ExpertsMicrosoft Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, sports a longer track record than virtually any other ERP platform written for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured application and is one of the most widely used ERP systems for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active customers globally. A number of organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to postpone upgrades to the point that they now find themselves using seriously out-of-date software and rickety network infrastructure. This is risky. At the same time, a common theme we hear from new clients is that they have a hard time finding veteran Dynamics GP experts to partner with for guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP environment efficiently and get the maximum benefit out of the application.

The longer an organization attempts to make do with outdated releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration process becomes. When server hardware or disk systems break down, there could be no suitable devices available to replace them. When releases of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security updates are no longer released. Current editions of Microsoft SQL Server may not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Next-generation products such as Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Organizations considering an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment are often intimidated by the volume of components involved in the puzzle. And the price tag suggested for a migration may be through the roof.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Services Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's seasoned professionals have delivered advanced and economical remote integration consulting for Windows-powered environments to organizations in every state across the U.S. By offering deep experience with all editions of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with world-class network integration skills, Progent is uniquely suited to help your Appleton, Wisconsin business optimize the benefit of GP.

We partner with our customers and begin by understanding their requirements. After gaining an understanding of the environment and the areas for improvement we make our suggestions. Proposed services may involve an upgrade to a more current and supported version of Dynamics GP, basic user education, complete system and specific module configuration including 3rd-party products offered by a broad array of suppliers that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business applications within your company, custom report creation, and solution analysis to determine whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our objective with each Microsoft Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to maximize business value and manage expense.

Progent can assist your Appleton, Wisconsin company in each phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or customization initiative including:

  • System Review
    Take a look at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are now using and propose other features available on the product that might be helpful to your organization.

  • Upgrade Design and Timing
    Develop a complete migration plan and timetable that avoids business disruption. Schedule solution validation, live deployment, and training. Identify custom development and add-on products. Predict and manage compatibility issues.

  • Pilot Testing
    Design and configure a pilot system for validating the migration project.

  • Environment Updates
    Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current release to ensure ongoing support from Microsoft and to make all current features accessible to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Activate services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prep data and execute scripts to resolve known issues.

  • Custom Reporting
    Create reports and or dashboards for private and public consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating data from multiple on-premises and remote repositories.

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

  • Support Services
    Provide a single point of contact for support to deliver consistent and cost-effective handling of problems thanks to familiarity with your specific situation.
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
Progent offers the support of top-tier experts who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you need directly instead of managing less knowledgeable consultants or internal staff. Key areas where Progent's consultants can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
  • Guidance
    Suggest the use of modules that come with the core GP platform but are not currently being used. Also, suggest third-party products designed exclusively for Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP doesn't offer.

  • Integrations
    Create special connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business platforms to avoid redundant entry and improve accuracy.

  • Customizations
    Create major and small customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle specific functions not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Infrastructure Expertise
Progent can assist you to upgrade your network infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure services offered by Progent's consultants include:
  • Requirements analysis and IT asset inventory
  • Network topology planning and implementation (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
  • Configuring security gateways and VPN connections and creating security policies
  • Managing Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
  • Creating high-availability solutions
  • Integration with public cloud services such as Microsoft 365
  • business continuity preparedness
  • Performance optimization
Why Progent?
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem includes multiple application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and public cloud products integrated into a cohesive enterprise resource planning solution. For over 20 years, Progent has delivered remote and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Exchange Server integration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server development consultants. Progent has supported these products from their initial versions to their current editions, and Progent supports cloud SaaS options by offering Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development expertise.

Progent also has extensive experience delivering support from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This experience with core IT platforms saves time and costs when guiding businesses through each aspect of upgrading their older Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the support of senior security and information assurance experts, disaster recovery planning consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud architecture consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to plan, implement, and maintain a well-tuned Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem.

Progent's Consulting Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
For more information about Progent's online and on-premises support expertise in Appleton, Wisconsin for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, visit:

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

Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Expertise
If your Appleton, WI business needs a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration expert or software programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.