Microsoft Dynamics GP ExpertsDynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, sports a longer history than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution made for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a proven, full-featured application and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for SMBs, with around 50,000 active installations worldwide. A number of businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have been able to defer upgrades and maintenance to the point that they are now running legacy software and outmoded network infrastructure. This can be risky. Meanwhile, a recurring complaint we hear from prospective customers is that they have trouble finding veteran Dynamics GP consultants who can provide guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP ecosystem efficiently and extract the maximum benefit from the application.

The longer an organization tries to make do with legacy releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration process becomes. When physical host servers or disk systems fail, there could be no suitable hardware on the market 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 work with your special GP customizations. Next-generation products such as Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Organizations investigating an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment can be overwhelmed by the volume of components there are to the project. And the price tag suggested for an upgrade may be astronomical.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's tested experts have delivered high-level and economical online consulting for Windows-powered environments to organizations in every state across the U.S. By combining in-depth familiarity with all editions of Dynamics GP as well as top-tier network integration talent, Progent is uniquely qualified to help your Calgary, Alberta business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.

We partner with our customers and begin by listening to their requirements. After gaining familiarity with the IT environment and the areas for improvement we provide our suggestions. Proposed services may include a migration to a more current and fully supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user training, full system and specific module implementation including 3rd-party products offered by a broad array of vendors that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other key business software within your organization, custom report creation, and solution evaluations to determine whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our goal with every Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to maximize strategic value and manage expense.

Progent's consultants can assist your Calgary, Alberta company in each phase of your Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement process including:

  • System Assessment
    Take a look at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now running and propose additional features of the product that might be suitable for your organization.

  • Migration Planning and Scheduling
    Develop a complete upgrade plan and timetable that minimizes business interruption. Plan for solution validation, production upgrade, and training. Specify custom development and add-on modules. Predict and manage compatibility problems.

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

  • System Upgrades
    Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current version to assure ongoing support from Microsoft and to make all the latest features accessible to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Configure services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Prepare data and execute scripts to address documented issues.

  • Custom Reporting
    Create reports and or dashboards for internal and public consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating information from diverse local and remote repositories.

  • Education
    Provide individual or classroom style training for existing and first-time users of Dynamics GP.

  • Support
    Act as a single point of contact for expertise to ensure dependable and cost-effective resolution of problems thanks to familiarity with your particular environment.
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
Progent offers the help of top-tier consultants who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since relerase 1. Progent can do the work you need directly instead of supervising less experienced consultants or in-house IT personnel. Important areas where Progent's consultants can provide Dynamics GP expertise include:
  • Guidance
    Suggest the use of modules that come with the basic GP platform but are not currently being used. In addition, recommend third-party add-ons designed specifically for Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP skips.

  • Integrations
    Create special integrations between Dynamics GP and other business platforms to avoid duplicate data entry and increase accuracy.

  • Customizations
    Build major and simple customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform various business functions not addressed by standard GP modules or external modules.
Infrastructure Expertise
Progent can help you to upgrade your infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure expertise offered by Progent include:
  • Requirements analysis and site inventory
  • Network topology planning and implementation (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
  • Setting up firewalls and remote connections and defining security policies
  • Integrating Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
  • Developing high-availability (HA) architectures
  • Integration with public cloud services including Office 365
  • Disaster recovery planning
  • Performance tuning
Why Progent?
An optimized Dynamics GP environment incorporates multiple application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and public cloud products combined into a seamless enterprise resource planning solution. For over two decades, Progent's consultants have provided remote and onsite help from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Exchange Server integration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server integration consultants. Progent has worked with these products from their first versions to their current editions, and Progent supports cloud-based options by offering Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online deployment and development services.

Progent also has a long history of providing help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure consultants, Windows Hyper-V integration experts, and VMware virtualization specialists. This background with strategic technologies saves time and expense when guiding businesses through each phase of upgrading their older Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the skills of advanced security and compliance engineers, disaster recovery planning consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud integration experts, and database administrators who can assist you to plan, implement, and manage a well-tuned Microsoft Dynamics GP solution.

Progent's Consulting Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
To find out more information about Progent's remote and on-premises consulting services in Calgary, Alberta for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP product family, visit:

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

Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Support
If your Calgary, AB business needs a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration expert or software programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.