Dynamics GP ExpertsDynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, has a lengthier track record than virtually any other ERP platform written for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured application and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active customers globally. Many organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to postpone upgrades and maintenance long enough that they are now running legacy software and outmoded network infrastructure. This can be risky. Meanwhile, a common theme we hear from prospective customers is that they have a hard time locating experienced Dynamics GP consultants who can provide guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP ecosystem efficiently and extract the most business value out of the application.

The longer an organization tries to limp along with outdated versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration process becomes. If server hardware or storage systems break down, there could be no suitable devices available to replace them. When releases of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, critical security patches stop being released. Current editions of Microsoft SQL Server may not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Innovative tools like Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Organizations considering an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment are often intimidated by the volume of components involved in the puzzle. And the price tag suggested for an upgrade may seem through the roof.

Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's seasoned professionals have delivered advanced and affordable online integration consulting for Windows-based networks to organizations in every state throughout the U.S. By offering in-depth familiarity with all versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as world-class system integration skills, Progent is uniquely qualified to make sure your Baltimore, Maryland business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.

We partner with our customers and start by understanding their requirements. After gaining an understanding of the situation and the areas for improvement we provide our suggestions. Proposed services can involve an upgrade to a newer and fully supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, simple user education, complete platform and specific module configuration including 3rd-party products from a broad array of suppliers that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other key business software used by organization, custom report creation, and solution evaluations to assess whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our objective with every Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to maximize strategic value and minimize expense.

Progent's consultants can assist your Baltimore, Maryland business in every phase of your Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement project including:

  • Deployment Review
    Review at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently running and propose additional features of GP that might be helpful to your business.

  • Upgrade Design and Scheduling
    Create a comprehensive upgrade plan and schedule that minimizes business interruption. Schedule solution validation, production upgrade, and training. Identify customizations and add-on products. Anticipate and resolve compatibility issues.

  • Pilot Testing
    Design and implement a test system for validating the upgrade process.

  • System Upgrades
    Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest release to ensure continuing support from Microsoft and to make all the latest features available to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Activate services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Condition data and execute scripts to resolve documented issues.

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

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

  • Support Services
    Provide a single point of contact for support to ensure effective and cost-effective resolution of issues made possible by familiarity with your particular situation.
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
Progent offers the help of top-tier experts who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you require directly rather than managing less experienced consultants or in-house IT personnel. Important areas where Progent can deliver Dynamics GP expertise include:
  • Recommendations
    Recommend the deployment of software modules included with the core GP platform but are not currently being used. In addition, suggest third-party products designed 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 avoid redundant entry and increase consistency.

  • Customizations
    Create major and simple customizations that run with Dynamics GP to handle specific functions not handled by standard GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Infrastructure Expertise
Progent can help your business to enhance your infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure expertise offered by Progent's consultants include:
  • Requirements assessment and site inventory
  • Network architecture planning and implementation (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
  • Setting up security gateways and VPN connections and creating security policies
  • Managing Apple iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
  • Creating high-availability (HA) solutions
  • Integration with public cloud services including Office 365
  • business continuity planning
  • Performance optimization
The Progent Advantage
A modern Dynamics GP environment incorporates diverse application platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and public cloud services integrated into a seamless enterprise resource management solution. For over 20 years, Progent has delivered online and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Microsoft Exchange configuration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server development consultants. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their initial releases to their latest editions, and Progent can help with cloud SaaS options by providing Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online migration and development expertise.

Progent also has a long history of delivering support from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This background with strategic technologies saves time and expense when guiding organizations through each aspect of upgrading their older Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the support of senior security and information assurance experts, disaster recovery planning consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to design, deploy, and maintain a productive Dynamics GP ecosystem.

Progent's Support Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
To find out more about Progent's online and onsite support services in Baltimore, Maryland for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP product family, visit:

Download Progent's MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
To download a datasheet describing the consulting services available from Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, click Download Datasheet: Consulting for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Software (PDF file).

Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Expertise
If your Baltimore, MD business needs a Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or application programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.