Microsoft Dynamics GP ConsultantsDynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, sports a lengthier heritage than virtually any other ERP platform made for Windows. Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich application and is one of the most popular ERP systems for SMBs, with about 50,000 active installations globally. Many organizations who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have been able to defer upgrades and maintenance to the point that they now find themselves using seriously out-of-date software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This is risky. Meanwhile, a common theme we hear from prospective customers is that they have trouble finding experienced Dynamics GP experts who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP ecosystem efficiently and get the most benefit out of the application.

The more a business attempts to make do with outdated releases of Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade procedure becomes. If server hardware or storage systems break down, there may be no equivalent hardware on the market to use as substitutes. When versions of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security patches stop being released. The latest editions of SQL Server might not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Next-generation tools like Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Businesses considering an update of their Dynamics GP environment are often intimidated by the number of components involved in the puzzle. And the cost quoted for an upgrade may be through the roof.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Expertise 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 high-level and affordable remote integration consulting for Windows-based networks to businesses in every state across the U.S. By combining deep experience with all versions of Dynamics GP along with world-class network integration talent, Progent is ideally qualified to help your Chesapeake, Virginia business optimize the benefit of GP.

We become partners with our clients and start by listening to their needs. Once we have familiarity with the environment and the areas needing improvement we make our recommendations. Proposed services may include a migration to a newer and fully supported release of Dynamics GP, simple user training, full system and individual module implementation including 3rd-party products offered by a broad range of vendors that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business applications used by company, custom report writing, and system analysis to determine whether GP is being used optimally. Our objective with every Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to maximize business value and minimize expense.

Progent's consultants can assist your Chesapeake, Virginia company in each facet of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or enhancement project including:

  • Deployment Assessment
    Review at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are now using and discuss additional features available on GP that might be suitable for your business.

  • Migration Design and Timing
    Create a comprehensive upgrade plan and schedule that minimizes business disruption. Plan for pilot testing, production upgrade, and education. Identify customizations and add-on modules. Anticipate and resolve compatibility problems.

  • Testing
    Plan and implement a test system for proving the upgrade process.

  • System Updates
    Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest version to assure continuing support from Microsoft and to have all current features accessible to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Activate services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Condition data and execute scripts to resolve documented issues.

  • Custom Reporting
    Develop reports and or dashboards for internal and external use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating data from diverse local and remote sources.

  • Education
    Provide one-on-one or group training for current and new users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.

  • Support
    Act as a single contact for support to deliver consistent and cost-effective handling of problems thanks to familiarity with your particular environment.
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
Progent offers the help of seasoned experts who have been developing working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions 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 modules included with the core GP platform but are not currently being utilized. In addition, recommend third-party add-ons designed exclusively for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP skips.

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

  • Customizations
    Create big and simple customizations that run with Dynamics GP to handle specific functions that are not handled by standard GP modules or external add-ons.
Infrastructure Expertise
Progent can help you to enhance your infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure services provided by Progent include:
  • Needs assessment and IT asset inventory
  • Network topology planning and deployment (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
  • Setting up security gateways and VPN connections and creating security policies
  • Integrating iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
  • Developing high-availability (HA) environments
  • Integration with public cloud services such as Office 365
  • business continuity preparedness
  • Performance tuning
The Progent Advantage
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP environment incorporates multiple application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and cloud products integrated into a seamless ERP solution. For more than two decades, Progent's consultants have provided online and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Exchange integration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server integration consultants. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their first versions to their current editions, and Progent can help with cloud SaaS options by providing Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online migration and development expertise.

Progent also has a long history of providing help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Windows Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This background with core IT platforms saves time and expense when helping businesses through every phase of updating their older Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the support of advanced cybersecurity and information assurance engineers, disaster recovery planning experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud integration experts, and database administrators who can help you to plan, deploy, and manage a well-tuned Microsoft Dynamics GP environment.

Progent's Consulting Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
For more information about Progent's online and on-premises consulting expertise in Chesapeake, Virginia for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, visit:

Download Progent's MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
To download a datasheet about the consulting services 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 Software (PDF file).

Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Services
If your Chesapeake, VA business needs a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration consultant or application developer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.