Microsoft Dynamics GP ExpertsDynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, has a longer heritage than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform written for the Windows OS. Microsoft 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 globally. Many organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have managed to postpone upgrades and maintenance to the point that they now find themselves using seriously out-of-date software and rickety network infrastructure. This is dangerous. Meanwhile, a recurring theme we hear from new customers is that they have a hard time finding experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP ecosystem efficiently and extract the maximum business value from the software.

The longer a business tries to make do with legacy releases of Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration procedure tends to be. If physical host servers or storage systems break down, there may be no equivalent devices available to replace them. When releases of 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 may not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Innovative products like Power BI may not run. Businesses considering an update of their Dynamics GP deployment are often overwhelmed by the volume of pieces involved in the puzzle. And the cost suggested for a migration may be through the roof.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's seasoned professionals have delivered high-level and affordable remote consulting for Windows-powered environments to organizations in every state in the U.S. By combining deep experience with all releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as top-tier network integration skills, Progent is uniquely qualified to help your Chesapeake, Virginia business optimize the benefit of GP.

We become partners with our clients and start by understanding their needs. After gaining an understanding of the situation and the areas needing improvement we make our suggestions. Recommendations can include an upgrade to a newer and supported release of Dynamics GP, basic user training, complete system and individual module implementation including 3rd-party products offered by a broad range of suppliers that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business applications used by organization, custom report writing, and system analysis to assess whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our goal with each Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to maximize business value and manage cost.

Progent can assist your Chesapeake, Virginia company in every facet of your Dynamics GP upgrade or customization process including:

  • System Assessment
    Take a look at what features of Dynamics GP you are currently using and discuss additional capabilities of the product that might be helpful to your organization.

  • Upgrade Design and Scheduling
    Create a comprehensive migration plan and schedule that avoids business disruption. Plan for pilot testing, live deployment, and education. Identify custom development and add-on modules. Predict and manage compatibility issues.

  • Pilot Testing
    Design and implement a pilot system for proving the upgrade project.

  • Environment Updates
    Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the current release to assure ongoing support from Microsoft and to make all the latest features accessible to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Implement services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Prep data and execute scripts to address documented issues.

  • Custom Reporting
    Create reports and or custom dashboards for private and external consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and integrate Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining data from diverse on-premises and remote repositories.

  • Training
    Provide individual or classroom style training for existing and new users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.

  • Support Services
    Provide a single contact for expertise to ensure effective and cost-effective handling of issues thanks to close understanding of your specific situation.
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
Progent can provide the help of top-tier experts who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent can do the jobs you require directly instead of supervising less knowledgeable consultants or in-house staff. Important areas where Progent's consultants can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
  • Guidance
    Suggest the use of software modules included with the core 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 doesn't offer.

  • Integrations
    Build special connections between Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to avoid redundant entry and increase accuracy.

  • Customizations
    Create big and small customizations that run with Dynamics GP to handle various business functions not addressed by standard GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Progent can assist your business to enhance your network infrastructure to support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure services available from Progent include:
  • Requirements analysis and IT asset inventory
  • Network architecture design and deployment (local, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
  • Setting up firewalls and VPN connections and creating security policies
  • Integrating Apple iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
  • Creating high-availability (HA) architectures
  • Integration with public cloud services including Microsoft 365
  • Disaster recovery planning
  • Performance tuning
The Progent Advantage
An optimized Dynamics GP environment incorporates diverse software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and cloud services integrated into a cohesive ERP solution. For over two decades, Progent has delivered online and onsite support from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Exchange Server integration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint integration experts. Progent's consultants have supported these products from their initial releases to their current editions, and Progent supports cloud SaaS options by providing Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online migration and application development expertise.

Progent also has extensive experience delivering help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtualization specialists. This experience with strategic IT platforms saves time and expense when guiding organizations through every phase of updating their older Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the support of advanced cybersecurity and information assurance experts, business continuity planning consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud architecture experts, and database administrators who can assist you to design, implement, and maintain a productive Dynamics GP environment.

Progent's Consulting Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
To learn more information about Progent's online and onsite consulting services in Chesapeake, Virginia for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, visit:

Read/Download Progent's 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 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 Chesapeake, VA business is looking for a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration consultant or application developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.