Dynamics GP ExpertsDynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, sports a longer track record than virtually any other ERP solution made for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich application and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for SMBs, with around 50,000 active installations globally. A number of businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have been able to defer upgrades long enough that they are now running legacy software and rickety network infrastructure. This is risky. At the same time, a common theme we hear from prospective clients is that they have trouble finding experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP experts who can provide guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP environment affordably and derive the maximum benefit from the software.

The longer an organization tries to limp along with outdated versions of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade process becomes. When physical host servers or storage systems break down, there could be no suitable devices on the market to replace them. When releases of Windows Server that run Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security patches stop being distributed. The latest editions of SQL Server might not work with your special GP customizations. Next-generation products like Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Organizations considering an upgrade of their Dynamics GP environment are often intimidated by the number of pieces involved in the project. And the cost suggested for an upgrade may seem astronomical.

Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Services Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's seasoned experts have provided high-level and affordable remote integration consulting for Windows-based networks to businesses in every state throughout the U.S. By combining deep experience with all versions of Dynamics GP as well as world-class system integration talent, Progent is uniquely suited to help your Richmond, Virginia business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.

We partner with our clients and begin by listening to their requirements. Once we have familiarity with the IT environment and the areas for improvement we provide our recommendations. Proposed services may include an upgrade to a more current and fully supported version of Dynamics GP, basic user training, full system and specific module configuration including 3rd-party modules offered by a wide array of suppliers that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business software used by company, custom report creation, and solution evaluations to determine whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our objective with each Dynamics GP project big or small is to optimize strategic value and manage expense.

Progent can assist your Richmond, Virginia company in every facet of your Dynamics GP migration or customization initiative including:

  • Deployment Assessment
    Take a look at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are currently running and discuss additional features of the product that may be helpful to your organization.

  • Upgrade Design and Timing
    Create a complete migration plan and schedule that avoids business disruption. Plan for pilot testing, production upgrade, and education. Specify custom development and add-on products. Anticipate and manage compatibility issues.

  • Pilot Testing
    Design and implement a pilot environment for validating the migration process.

  • System Upgrades
    Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the current release to assure continuing support from Microsoft and to have all current features available to your organization. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Implement services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Condition data and run scripts to address known issues.

  • Custom Reporting
    Create reports and or dashboards for private and public use. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating data from diverse on-premises and external repositories.

  • Training
    Deliver individual or classroom style training for existing and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.

  • Support Services
    Act as a single contact for expertise to deliver effective and affordable resolution of problems thanks to familiarity with your specific situation.
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
Progent can provide the help of seasoned consultants who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent can do the jobs you require directly instead of supervising less experienced consultants or in-house IT personnel. Important areas where Progent can deliver Dynamics GP support services include:
  • Guidance
    Suggest the use of modules included with the core GP system but are not currently being used. Also, recommend third-party products written exclusively for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide features that GP skips.

  • Integrations
    Create special connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business applications to avoid redundant entry and increase consistency.

  • Customizations
    Create big and small customizations that run with Dynamics GP to perform specific business functions that are not handled by standard GP modules or external modules.
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Progent can assist you to upgrade your network infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure expertise offered by Progent include:
  • Needs analysis and site inventory
  • Network architecture planning and implementation (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
  • Setting up security gateways and VPN connections and creating security policies
  • Integrating iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
  • Creating high-availability solutions
  • Integration with public cloud services such as Microsoft 365
  • Disaster recovery preparedness
  • Performance optimization
The Progent Advantage
An optimized Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates multiple application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud products combined into a cohesive enterprise resource planning solution. For more than 20 years, Progent's consultants have delivered online and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Microsoft Exchange configuration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server integration consultants. Progent has worked with these products from their initial releases to their latest versions, and Progent supports cloud SaaS options by offering Office and Microsoft 365 integration services, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online migration and application development services.

Progent also has a long history of providing support from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Windows Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This background with strategic IT platforms saves time and costs when helping businesses through each phase of updating their legacy Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the support of advanced security and compliance experts, disaster recovery planning consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud architecture experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to plan, deploy, and maintain a modern Dynamics GP solution.

Progent's Consulting Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
To learn more information about Progent's online and onsite consulting services in Richmond, Virginia for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, visit:

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

Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Support
If your Richmond, VA business needs a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration consultant or software developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.