Microsoft Dynamics GP ConsultantsMicrosoft Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, has a lengthier track record than almost any other ERP solution written for Windows. Dynamics GP is a proven, full-featured product and is one of the most widely used ERP systems for small and mid-size businesses, with around 50,000 active customers worldwide. Many businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to defer upgrades to the point that they now find themselves running seriously out-of-date software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This is dangerous. At the same time, a recurring complaint we hear from prospective clients is that they have trouble locating veteran Microsoft Dynamics GP experts to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP environment affordably and extract the maximum benefit from the software.

The more an organization attempts to make do with outdated versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade process tends to be. If physical host servers or storage systems break down, there may be no suitable devices on the market to use as substitutes. When editions of Windows Server that run Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, vital security patches are no longer developed. The latest editions of SQL Server might not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Innovative products such as Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Organizations considering an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment can be overwhelmed by the number of components involved in the project. And the cost quoted for an upgrade may seem astronomical.

Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Services Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's seasoned experts have provided high-level and economical online consulting for Windows-powered environments to businesses in every state throughout the U.S. By combining in-depth experience with all versions of Dynamics GP as well as world-class system integration talent, Progent is ideally qualified to make sure your Minneapolis, Minnesota business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.

We partner with our clients and start by understanding their requirements. Once we have an understanding of the IT environment and the areas for improvement we make our recommendations. Recommendations may involve an upgrade to a newer and fully supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user training, complete system and specific module implementation including 3rd-party products from a broad array of vendors that have written 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 used optimally. Our objective with every Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to maximize strategic value and manage cost.

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

  • System Assessment
    Take a look at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now running and discuss additional features of GP that might be helpful to your organization.

  • Upgrade Design and Timing
    Create a comprehensive migration plan and schedule that minimizes business disruption. Schedule pilot testing, live deployment, and education. Identify customizations and add-on products. Anticipate and manage compatibility issues.

  • Pilot Testing
    Design and configure a pilot system for validating the upgrade process.

  • Environment Upgrades
    Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager data. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest release to assure continuing support from Microsoft and to have all current features accessible to your organization. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Implement services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Condition data and execute scripts to resolve documented issues.

  • Custom Reporting
    Develop reports and or custom dashboards for internal as well as external use. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining data from multiple on-premises and external sources.

  • Training
    Deliver one-on-one or group training for current and first-time users of Dynamics GP.

  • Support
    Act as a single point of contact for expertise to deliver effective and cost-effective resolution of problems thanks to familiarity with your particular environment.
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
Progent offers the support of seasoned consultants who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you need directly rather than supervising less experienced consultants or in-house IT personnel. Important areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
  • Recommendations
    Suggest the use of modules included with the basic GP system but are not currently being used. Also, recommend third-party products designed specifically for Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP skips.

  • Integrations
    Create custom connections between Dynamics GP and other business platforms to reduce duplicate entry and improve accuracy.

  • Customizations
    Create major and simple customizations that run with Dynamics GP to handle specific business functions that are not addressed by standard GP modules or external add-ons.
Infrastructure Expertise
Progent can assist you to upgrade your network infrastructure to support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure expertise offered by Progent's consultants include:
  • Requirements analysis and site inventory
  • Network topology design and implementation (local, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
  • Setting up firewalls and remote connections and creating security policies
  • Integrating Apple iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
  • Developing high-availability solutions
  • Integration with public cloud services such as Office 365
  • Disaster recovery preparedness
  • Performance tuning
Why Progent?
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem includes diverse software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and cloud services combined into a cohesive ERP solution. For more than two decades, Progent has provided online and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Exchange integration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server integration experts. Progent has supported these products from their first versions to their latest versions, and Progent supports cloud-based options by providing Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online migration and application development services.

Progent also has extensive experience providing support from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtualization specialists. This background with core IT platforms saves time and costs when helping businesses through each phase of updating their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the support of advanced cybersecurity and compliance engineers, disaster recovery planning experts, application developers, hybrid cloud architecture consultants, and database administrators who can help you to design, deploy, and maintain a productive Dynamics GP solution.

Progent's Consulting Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
For more about Progent's online and onsite support expertise in Minneapolis, Minnesota for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, visit:

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

Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Support
If your Minneapolis, MN business is looking for a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or application developer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.