Microsoft Dynamics GP ExpertsDynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, sports a lengthier history than almost any other ERP platform made for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich product and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active installations globally. Many businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have been able to postpone upgrades and maintenance to the point that they now find themselves running legacy software and rickety network infrastructure. This is dangerous. Meanwhile, a recurring complaint we hear from prospective clients is that they have trouble finding experienced Dynamics GP experts who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP environment efficiently and extract the maximum business value from the software.

The longer a business attempts to make do with legacy releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade procedure becomes. When server hardware or storage systems break down, there could be no equivalent hardware available to use as substitutes. When versions of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security patches are no longer developed. The latest editions of Microsoft SQL Server may not work with your important GP customizations. Innovative products such as Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Businesses considering an update of their Dynamics GP deployment can be overwhelmed by the number of pieces involved in the puzzle. And the price tag suggested for a migration may seem through the roof.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Services Available from Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's seasoned experts have provided high-level and economical remote consulting for Windows-powered networks to organizations in every state in the U.S. By offering in-depth familiarity with all versions of Dynamics GP along with world-class network integration talent, Progent is uniquely qualified to help your Oakland, California business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.

We partner with our customers and begin by listening to their needs. Once we have an understanding of the situation and the areas for improvement we provide our recommendations. Proposed services can involve a migration to a newer and fully supported version of Dynamics GP, simple user training, complete system and specific module configuration including 3rd-party modules offered by a broad array of vendors that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business applications within your organization, custom report writing, and solution evaluations to determine whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our objective with every Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to maximize business value and manage cost.

Progent's consultants can help your Oakland, California business in each facet of your Dynamics GP upgrade or customization process including:

  • System Review
    Review at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently running and discuss other features of the product that may be helpful to your business.

  • Migration Planning and Scheduling
    Develop a complete upgrade plan and schedule that avoids business interruption. Plan for solution validation, production upgrade, and training. Specify custom development and add-on modules. Predict and manage integration problems.

  • Testing
    Design and implement a test environment for proving the upgrade project.

  • System Updates
    Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the current version to assure continuing support from Microsoft and to make all the latest features accessible to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Configure services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Condition data and run scripts to address known issues.

  • Management Reporting
    Develop reports and or dashboards for private and public consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating information from multiple local and external sources.

  • Education
    Deliver individual or group training for existing and new users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.

  • Support Services
    Provide a single point of contact for support to ensure dependable and affordable resolution of problems made possible by close understanding of your specific situation.
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
Progent can provide the support of top-tier consultants who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions 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 provide Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
  • Guidance
    Suggest the use of modules that come with the basic GP system but are not currently being used. Also, recommend third-party add-ons written specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP skips.

  • Integrations
    Build special integrations between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business platforms to avoid duplicate entry and increase consistency.

  • Customizations
    Build big and small customizations that run with Dynamics GP to handle various functions that are not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or external add-ons.
Infrastructure Expertise
Progent can assist your business to upgrade your infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure services provided by Progent include:
  • Requirements assessment and site inventory
  • Network architecture planning and implementation (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
  • Configuring firewalls and VPN connections and defining security policies
  • Managing Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
  • Creating high-availability (HA) architectures
  • Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Office 365
  • business continuity planning
  • Performance optimization
Why Progent?
A modern Dynamics GP environment incorporates multiple application platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud products integrated into a cohesive enterprise resource planning solution. For over two decades, Progent's consultants have delivered online and onsite help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Exchange integration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server development consultants. Progent's consultants have supported these products from their initial versions to their current versions, and Progent can help with cloud SaaS options by offering Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online deployment and development services.

Progent also has a long history of delivering help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtualization specialists. This experience with core technologies cuts time and costs when guiding organizations through each aspect of updating their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the skills of senior cybersecurity and compliance experts, disaster recovery and business continuity planning experts, application developers, hybrid cloud architecture consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to design, deploy, and manage a well-tuned Dynamics GP ecosystem.

Progent's Consulting Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
For more about Progent's remote and onsite consulting services in Oakland, California for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, refer to:

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

Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Support
If your Oakland, CA business needs a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or software programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.