Microsoft Dynamics GP ExpertsMicrosoft Dynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, sports a lengthier history than almost any other ERP solution made for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich product and is one of the most widely used ERP systems for SMBs, with around 50,000 active installations worldwide. A number of organizations who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to defer upgrades long enough that they are now running legacy software and rickety IT infrastructure. This can be risky. At the same time, a common theme we hear from new customers is that they have a hard time locating veteran Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP environment efficiently and extract the most benefit out of the software.

The more a business attempts to make do with outdated versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration procedure tends to be. If physical host servers or disk systems break down, there may be no equivalent hardware on the market to replace them. When editions of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security patches stop being distributed. The latest editions of Microsoft SQL Server might not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Innovative tools like Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Organizations investigating an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment are often intimidated by the number of components there are to the project. And the price tag suggested for a migration may seem astronomical.

Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's seasoned experts have delivered advanced and economical online consulting for Windows-based environments to businesses in every state in the U.S. By combining deep familiarity with all editions of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as world-class system integration talent, Progent is uniquely suited to make sure your Richmond, Virginia business get the most out of GP.

We become partners with our clients and begin by understanding their requirements. Once we have an understanding of the situation and the areas needing improvement we provide our recommendations. Proposed services can involve a migration to a more current and supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user education, complete platform and individual module implementation including 3rd-party modules from a broad range of vendors that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other key business applications used by organization, custom report writing, and solution analysis to assess whether GP is being used optimally. Our objective with every Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to maximize business value and control expense.

Progent's consultants can help your Richmond, Virginia company in every facet of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or customization project including:

  • System Assessment
    Review at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are currently running and propose other capabilities available on GP that might be suitable for your organization.

  • Upgrade Planning and Timing
    Create a comprehensive upgrade plan and schedule that avoids business interruption. Plan for pilot testing, live deployment, and training. Identify custom development and add-on modules. Anticipate and manage compatibility issues.

  • Pilot Testing
    Design and configure a pilot system for proving the migration project.

  • Environment Updates
    Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest version to assure ongoing support services from Microsoft and to have all current features available to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Activate services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Prep data and execute scripts to address known issues.

  • Management Reporting
    Develop reports and or custom dashboards for internal and public use. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating data from multiple on-premises and remote sources.

  • Training
    Provide one-on-one or classroom style training for existing and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.

  • Support Services
    Act as a single contact for expertise to ensure consistent and cost-effective handling of issues made possible by close understanding of your particular situation.
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
Progent can provide the support of seasoned experts who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent can do the jobs you require directly instead of managing less experienced consultants or internal staff. Important areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
  • Guidance
    Recommend the use of modules that come with the core GP system but are not now being utilized. In addition, recommend third-party products designed exclusively for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP doesn't offer.

  • Integrations
    Create special connections between Dynamics GP and other business applications to avoid redundant entry and improve accuracy.

  • Customizations
    Build major and simple customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform specific functions not addressed by standard GP modules or external add-ons.
Infrastructure Expertise
Progent can help your business to enhance your network infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure services provided by Progent include:
  • Needs analysis and site inventory
  • Network topology design and deployment (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
  • Setting up firewalls and remote connections and creating security policies
  • Managing iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
  • Developing high-availability (HA) solutions
  • Integration with public cloud services such as Microsoft 365
  • Disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness
  • Performance optimization
Why Progent?
A modern Dynamics GP environment incorporates multiple application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and public cloud services combined into a seamless ERP solution. For over two decades, Progent's consultants have provided online and onsite help from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Exchange Server integration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint development consultants. Progent has worked with these products from their initial releases to their current versions, and Progent can help with cloud-based options by providing Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online migration and application development expertise.

Progent also has extensive experience providing help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Windows Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This background with strategic IT platforms cuts time and expense when guiding organizations through every phase of upgrading their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the skills of senior cybersecurity and information assurance engineers, disaster recovery preparedness experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud architecture experts, and database administrators who can assist you to design, deploy, and manage a productive Microsoft Dynamics GP solution.

Progent's Consulting Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
To find out more about Progent's online and onsite support expertise in Richmond, Virginia for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, visit:

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

Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Support
If your Richmond, VA business is looking for a Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration consultant or application developer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.