Microsoft Dynamics GP ConsultantsMicrosoft Dynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, sports a lengthier heritage than almost any other ERP solution written for Windows. Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich application and is one of the most widely used ERP systems for SMBs, with about 50,000 active installations worldwide. Many businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have been able to postpone upgrades to the point that they are now running legacy software and rickety IT infrastructure. This can be dangerous. At the same time, a recurring complaint we hear from prospective customers is that they have a hard time locating experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP ecosystem efficiently and get the most business value out of the application.

The longer an organization tries to make do with legacy releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade process becomes. When server hardware or storage systems fail, there could be no equivalent hardware available to replace them. When releases of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security updates are no longer developed. The latest releases of SQL Server might not work with your special GP customizations. Next-generation products like Power BI may not run. Organizations considering an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment are often intimidated by the number of pieces there are to the puzzle. And the cost suggested for a migration may be astronomical.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Services Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's seasoned professionals have provided advanced and affordable online integration consulting for Windows-powered environments to organizations in every state across the U.S. By combining in-depth experience with all editions of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as top-tier network integration skills, Progent is ideally suited to help your Calgary, Alberta business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.

We become partners with our clients and start by understanding their needs. Once we have an understanding of the situation and the areas needing improvement we make our suggestions. Recommendations may involve a migration 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 wide range of vendors that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business applications used by organization, custom report writing, and solution analysis to assess whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our objective with every Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to optimize strategic value and minimize cost.

Progent can assist your Calgary, Alberta company in each facet of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or customization initiative including:

  • Deployment Assessment
    Review at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now using and discuss other features available on GP that might be helpful to your business.

  • Migration Design and Timing
    Develop a complete migration plan and schedule that minimizes business disruption. Plan for solution validation, production upgrade, and education. Specify customizations and add-on products. Predict and resolve compatibility problems.

  • Pilot Testing
    Design and configure a pilot environment for proving the upgrade process.

  • Environment Updates
    Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and Microsoft Integration Manager data. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the current release to ensure ongoing support services from Microsoft and to have all current features accessible to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Activate services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prepare data and run scripts to resolve known issues.

  • Management Reporting
    Develop reports and or dashboards for internal and external consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining information from diverse on-premises and external repositories.

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

  • Support Services
    Provide a single point of contact for support to deliver consistent and affordable resolution of issues made possible by familiarity with your particular environment.
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent can provide the help of top-tier consultants who have been developing working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since relerase 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you require directly instead of managing less experienced consultants or internal staff. Key areas where Progent can deliver Dynamics GP expertise include:
  • Recommendations
    Recommend the deployment of software modules that come with the basic GP platform but are not now being utilized. In addition, suggest third-party products designed specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP skips.

  • Integrations
    Build custom integrations between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to avoid redundant entry and improve accuracy.

  • Customizations
    Create major and simple customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle specific functions that are not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Infrastructure Expertise
Progent can help your business to upgrade your infrastructure to support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure services provided by Progent's consultants include:
  • Requirements assessment and IT asset inventory
  • Network architecture design and deployment (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
  • Setting up firewalls and remote connections and defining security policies
  • Integrating Apple iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
  • Developing high-availability environments
  • Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Microsoft 365
  • Disaster recovery planning
  • Performance tuning
Why Progent?
A modern Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates diverse software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud products integrated into a seamless enterprise resource planning solution. For more than two decades, Progent has delivered remote and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Microsoft Exchange integration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint development consultants. Progent has supported these products from their initial releases to their latest editions, and Progent can help with cloud options by offering Office and Microsoft 365 integration services, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development services.

Progent also has a long history of delivering support from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This background with strategic technologies saves time and costs when helping businesses through every phase of upgrading their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the skills of advanced cybersecurity and compliance engineers, disaster recovery and business continuity planning consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to design, deploy, and manage a productive Microsoft Dynamics GP environment.

Progent's Support Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
To learn more about Progent's online and on-premises support expertise in Calgary, Alberta for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, refer to:

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

Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Services
If your Calgary, AB business is looking for a Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration expert or application developer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.