Microsoft Dynamics GP ConsultantsMicrosoft Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, sports a lengthier heritage than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution made for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich product and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for SMBs, with about 50,000 active installations globally. A number of organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to postpone upgrades and maintenance to the point that they now find themselves running seriously out-of-date software and rickety network infrastructure. This can be dangerous. At the same time, a recurring theme we hear from prospective clients is that they have a hard time finding experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP experts to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP environment affordably and get the maximum benefit from the application.

The more an organization attempts to make do with legacy versions of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade process tends to be. When physical host servers or storage systems fail, there could be no suitable devices on the market to use as substitutes. When releases of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security updates stop being distributed. The latest editions of SQL Server may not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Next-generation tools like Power BI may not run. Businesses investigating an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment are often intimidated by the number of pieces involved in the project. And the price tag quoted for an upgrade may be astronomical.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's tested experts have delivered advanced and economical remote consulting for Windows-powered environments to businesses in every state throughout the U.S. By combining in-depth experience with all releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as top-tier system integration skills, Progent is ideally suited to make sure your Columbus, Ohio business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.

We partner with our customers and begin by listening to their requirements. Once we have familiarity with the situation and the areas for improvement we provide our recommendations. Recommendations can include an upgrade to a more current and fully supported release of Dynamics GP, basic user training, complete system and individual module configuration including 3rd-party products offered by a wide array of vendors that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other key business applications used by organization, custom report writing, and solution evaluations to determine whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our objective with every Microsoft Dynamics GP project big or small is to optimize strategic value and minimize expense.

Progent can help your Columbus, Ohio company in every phase of your Dynamics GP migration or customization process including:

  • Deployment Review
    Take a look at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are currently using and discuss other capabilities of the product that may be helpful to your business.

  • Upgrade Design and Timing
    Create a comprehensive migration plan and schedule that minimizes business interruption. Plan for pilot testing, live deployment, and education. Identify customizations and add-on products. Predict and resolve compatibility issues.

  • Testing
    Design and configure a test system for proving the upgrade process.

  • Environment Updates
    Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest release to ensure ongoing support services from Microsoft and to make all the latest features accessible to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Implement services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prep data and execute scripts to resolve known issues.

  • Management Reporting
    Create reports and or custom dashboards for private and public consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining information from diverse local and remote sources.

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

  • Support
    Act as a single contact for expertise to deliver dependable and affordable resolution of problems made possible by close understanding of your particular situation.
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent offers the support of seasoned experts who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you need directly rather than managing less experienced consultants or in-house staff. Important areas where Progent's consultants can provide Dynamics GP support services include:
  • Recommendations
    Suggest the use of modules that come with the basic GP platform but are not now being utilized. Also, recommend third-party add-ons written specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP doesn't offer.

  • Integrations
    Build special integrations between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business platforms to reduce duplicate data entry and improve consistency.

  • Customizations
    Build major and simple customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform various functions not addressed by standard GP modules or external add-ons.
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Progent can help your business to upgrade your network infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure services available from Progent's consultants include:
  • Needs assessment and IT asset inventory
  • Network topology planning and deployment (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
  • Configuring firewalls and VPN connections and creating security policies
  • Managing Apple iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
  • Creating high-availability solutions
  • Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Microsoft 365
  • business continuity preparedness
  • Performance optimization
The Progent Advantage
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP environment incorporates diverse software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and cloud products combined into a seamless ERP solution. For over 20 years, Progent's consultants have delivered remote and on-premises help 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 Server integration experts. Progent has supported these products from their initial releases to their current editions, and Progent can help with cloud options by providing Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online migration and development expertise.

Progent also has extensive experience delivering support from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Windows Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtualization consultants. This experience with core technologies cuts time and expense when guiding businesses through every phase of upgrading their older Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the skills of senior cybersecurity and compliance experts, disaster recovery preparedness consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud architecture consultants, and database administrators who can assist you to plan, deploy, and maintain a modern Microsoft Dynamics GP environment.

Progent's Support Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
For more information about Progent's remote and onsite support services in Columbus, Ohio for Microsoft 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 describing the consulting services available from Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, select Download Datasheet: Consulting for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Software (PDF file).

Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Expertise
If your Columbus, OH business needs a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration expert or application developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.