Microsoft Dynamics GP ConsultantsDynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, sports a longer heritage than almost any other ERP solution written for Windows. Dynamics GP is a proven, full-featured application and is one of the most widely used ERP systems for SMBs, with about 50,000 active customers worldwide. A number of organizations who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have managed to postpone upgrades and maintenance to the point that they now find themselves running legacy software and outmoded network infrastructure. This is dangerous. Meanwhile, a common theme we hear from new clients is that they have trouble finding veteran Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP environment affordably and get the most benefit out of the software.

The longer a business attempts to limp along with outdated releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration procedure becomes. If physical host servers or storage systems fail, there could be no suitable hardware available to replace them. When versions of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, vital security updates stop being released. The latest editions of SQL Server might not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Innovative tools such as Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Organizations investigating an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment can be overwhelmed by the volume of components there are to the project. And the price tag suggested for an upgrade may be astronomical.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's seasoned experts have provided advanced and economical remote integration consulting for Windows-based networks to organizations in every state across the U.S. By offering deep experience with all versions of Dynamics GP as well as world-class network integration skills, Progent is uniquely qualified to make sure your Cleveland, Ohio business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.

We partner with our clients and start by understanding their needs. After gaining familiarity with the IT situation and the areas for improvement we make our suggestions. Recommendations can involve an upgrade to a newer and fully supported release of Dynamics GP, basic user training, complete system and individual module configuration including 3rd-party modules from a broad array of suppliers that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other key business applications within your company, custom report writing, and system analysis to determine whether GP is being used optimally. Our goal with every Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to maximize strategic value and control expense.

Progent's consultants can help your Cleveland, Ohio company in every phase of your Dynamics GP migration or enhancement initiative including:

  • Deployment Review
    Review at what features of Dynamics GP you are now running and discuss other features available on the product that might be helpful to your organization.

  • Upgrade Design and Scheduling
    Develop a complete upgrade plan and timetable that minimizes business interruption. Plan for solution validation, live deployment, and training. Identify customizations and add-on modules. Anticipate and resolve integration problems.

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

  • System Upgrades
    Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager data. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest version to assure ongoing support services from Microsoft and to have all current features accessible to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Activate services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Condition data and run scripts to address known issues.

  • Management Reporting
    Create reports and or custom dashboards for private and public consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating data from multiple on-premises and remote repositories.

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

  • Support
    Act as a single point of contact for expertise to ensure dependable and affordable resolution of problems made possible by close understanding of your specific situation.
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
Progent can provide the support of seasoned consultants who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent can do the jobs you need directly rather than supervising less experienced consultants or internal IT personnel. Important areas where Progent's consultants can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
  • Recommendations
    Suggest the use of software modules that come with the core GP system but are not currently being utilized. Also, suggest third-party add-ons designed exclusively for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP skips.

  • Integrations
    Build special connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to avoid redundant entry and improve consistency.

  • Customizations
    Create major and small customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle specific functions that are not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or external add-ons.
Infrastructure Expertise
Progent can assist you to enhance your infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure expertise provided by Progent's consultants include:
  • Requirements assessment and site inventory
  • Network architecture planning and implementation (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
  • Setting up firewalls and remote connections and creating security policies
  • Managing iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
  • Creating high-availability (HA) environments
  • Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Office 365
  • Disaster recovery planning
  • Performance optimization
The Progent Advantage
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem includes multiple software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud products integrated into a seamless ERP solution. For over two decades, Progent has provided remote and onsite help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Exchange configuration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint integration experts. Progent has worked with these products from their first releases to their latest editions, and Progent supports cloud SaaS options by providing Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online migration and development expertise.

Progent also has a long history of providing support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This experience with core IT platforms cuts time and costs when guiding businesses through each aspect of upgrading their older Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the support of advanced cybersecurity and information assurance experts, business continuity preparedness consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud architecture consultants, and database administrators who can assist you to design, implement, and manage a productive Microsoft Dynamics GP environment.

Progent's Consulting Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
To find out more information about Progent's remote and onsite consulting expertise in Cleveland, Ohio for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, visit:

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

Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Expertise
If your Cleveland, OH business needs a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or software programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.