Microsoft Dynamics GP ExpertsDynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, sports a longer track record than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform written for Windows. Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich application and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active installations globally. A number of businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have managed to postpone upgrades and maintenance to the point that they now find themselves running seriously out-of-date software and rickety IT infrastructure. This is risky. Meanwhile, a common complaint we hear from prospective clients is that they have a hard time finding veteran Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP ecosystem efficiently and extract the maximum benefit out of the software.

The longer an organization attempts to limp along with legacy releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration process becomes. When physical host servers or disk systems break down, there could be no equivalent devices on the market to replace them. When editions of Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security updates stop being developed. The latest releases of SQL Server might not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Innovative products such as Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Businesses investigating an update of their Dynamics GP environment can be intimidated by the volume of pieces involved in the project. And the price tag suggested for an upgrade may be through the roof.

Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's seasoned experts have provided high-level and economical remote integration consulting for Windows-powered networks to businesses in every state throughout the U.S. By offering in-depth familiarity with all versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with top-tier system integration skills, Progent is uniquely suited to make sure your Oakland, California business get the most out of GP.

We partner with our clients and begin by listening to their requirements. After gaining an understanding of the environment and the areas needing improvement we make our suggestions. Proposed services may include an upgrade to a newer and supported version of Dynamics GP, basic user training, complete platform and individual module implementation including 3rd-party products offered by a broad range of suppliers that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business software used by organization, custom report creation, and system analysis to assess whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our objective with each Dynamics GP project big or small is to maximize business value and minimize cost.

Progent can assist your Oakland, California business in every phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or enhancement initiative including:

  • System Assessment
    Review at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now running and propose additional capabilities available on the product that might be helpful to your organization.

  • Upgrade Planning and Scheduling
    Develop a comprehensive migration plan and schedule that avoids business disruption. Schedule pilot testing, production upgrade, and training. Specify custom development and add-on modules. Anticipate and resolve compatibility issues.

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

  • System Upgrades
    Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest version to assure continuing support from Microsoft and to make all current features accessible to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Activate services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prepare data and execute scripts to resolve documented issues.

  • Custom Reporting
    Create reports and or custom dashboards for internal as well as external consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining information from diverse on-premises and external repositories.

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

  • Support Services
    Provide a single point of contact for support to ensure effective and affordable resolution of issues made possible by close understanding of your specific environment.
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
Progent can provide the help of seasoned consultants who have been developing working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent can do the work you require directly instead of supervising less experienced consultants or internal IT personnel. Key areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Dynamics GP support services include:
  • Recommendations
    Recommend the use of software modules that come with the core GP platform but are not now being used. In addition, suggest third-party products designed exclusively for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP doesn't offer.

  • Integrations
    Create custom connections between Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to avoid duplicate data entry and improve accuracy.

  • Customizations
    Create major and simple customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform specific functions not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Progent can assist you to enhance your infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure expertise available from Progent include:
  • Needs analysis and site inventory
  • Network architecture planning and deployment (local, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
  • Configuring security gateways and remote connections and defining security policies
  • Integrating iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
  • Developing high-availability environments
  • Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Microsoft 365
  • Disaster recovery and business continuity planning
  • Performance tuning
Why Progent?
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP environment incorporates diverse application platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and public cloud products combined into a cohesive ERP solution. For more than 20 years, Progent has provided remote and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Microsoft Exchange integration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint development experts. Progent's consultants have supported these products from their initial versions to their latest versions, and Progent supports cloud-based SaaS options by providing Office and Microsoft 365 integration services, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online deployment and development expertise.

Progent also has extensive experience providing help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure consultants, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This background with strategic technologies saves time and expense when guiding organizations through every phase of upgrading their older Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the support of advanced cybersecurity and compliance engineers, business continuity preparedness experts, application developers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration experts, and database administrators who can assist you to design, deploy, and manage a productive Microsoft Dynamics GP solution.

Progent's Consulting Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
To find out more about Progent's online and on-premises support services in Oakland, California for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, visit:

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

Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Support
If your Oakland, CA business is looking for a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or application programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.