Microsoft Dynamics GP ConsultantsDynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, has a lengthier heritage than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution made for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich application and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for SMBs, with about 50,000 active customers 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for years have been able to defer upgrades and maintenance to the point that they now find themselves using seriously out-of-date software and outmoded network infrastructure. This is risky. At the same time, a recurring complaint we hear from new clients is that they have trouble locating experienced Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP system efficiently and get the most business value out of the application.

The longer a business tries to make do with outdated versions of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade procedure tends to be. If physical host servers or disk systems fail, there could be no suitable devices on the market to use as substitutes. When releases of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, critical security updates are no longer released. Current releases of Microsoft SQL Server may not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Next-generation products like Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Organizations investigating an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment can be overwhelmed by the volume of pieces there are to the project. And the cost quoted for a migration may seem through the roof.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has offered support for Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's tested experts have provided advanced and affordable online integration consulting for Windows-based environments to organizations in every state in the U.S. By combining deep experience with all releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with top-tier network integration skills, Progent is ideally qualified to help your Baltimore, Maryland business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.

We become partners with our clients and start by listening to their requirements. After gaining an understanding of the situation and the areas needing improvement we provide our suggestions. Proposed services may include an upgrade to a newer and supported release of Dynamics GP, simple user training, complete system and specific module configuration including 3rd-party products offered by a broad range of vendors that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business software used by company, custom report writing, and system evaluations to determine whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our goal with each Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to optimize strategic value and manage cost.

Progent's consultants can assist your Baltimore, Maryland company in every phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or customization process including:

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

  • Upgrade Planning and Scheduling
    Develop a comprehensive upgrade plan and schedule that avoids business interruption. Plan for solution validation, production upgrade, and education. Identify customizations and add-on modules. Predict and manage integration issues.

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

  • Environment Upgrades
    Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the current release to ensure ongoing support from Microsoft and to make all the latest features accessible to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Configure services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Condition data and execute scripts to resolve known issues.

  • Custom Reporting
    Develop reports and or custom dashboards for internal and external use. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining information from diverse local and remote sources.

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

  • Support Services
    Act as a single contact for expertise to deliver consistent and affordable resolution of problems made possible by familiarity with your particular situation.
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
Progent can provide the support of top-tier consultants who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent can do the jobs you require directly rather than managing less knowledgeable consultants or internal staff. Important areas where Progent's consultants can provide Dynamics GP expertise include:
  • Recommendations
    Recommend the deployment of software modules included with the core GP platform but are not currently being utilized. In addition, recommend third-party add-ons designed exclusively for Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP skips.

  • Integrations
    Build custom connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to reduce redundant entry and increase accuracy.

  • Customizations
    Build big and small customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle various business functions that are not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or external modules.
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Progent can assist you to upgrade your network infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure services offered by Progent's consultants include:
  • Needs analysis and IT asset inventory
  • Network architecture planning and implementation (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
  • Setting up firewalls and remote connections and creating security policies
  • Integrating Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
  • Developing high-availability environments
  • Integration with public cloud services such as Microsoft 365
  • Disaster recovery and business continuity planning
  • Performance optimization
The Progent Advantage
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP environment incorporates multiple software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud services integrated into a seamless ERP solution. For more than 20 years, Progent's consultants have delivered remote and onsite support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Exchange Server configuration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server development consultants. Progent's consultants have supported these products from their initial versions to their latest versions, and Progent can help with cloud-based options by offering Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development expertise.

Progent also has extensive experience delivering support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure consultants, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtualization specialists. This background with strategic IT platforms saves time and costs when helping organizations through every aspect of updating their legacy Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the support of senior security and compliance engineers, business continuity preparedness consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to plan, implement, and manage a well-tuned Microsoft Dynamics GP solution.

Progent's Support Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
To find out more about Progent's remote and onsite consulting services in Baltimore, Maryland for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, see:

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

Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Expertise
If your Baltimore, MD business is looking for a Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or application programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.