Microsoft Dynamics GP ConsultantsMicrosoft Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, sports a longer history than almost any other ERP platform made for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured application and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for SMBs, with about 50,000 active customers globally. A number of businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to postpone upgrades to the point that they now find themselves running legacy software and outmoded network infrastructure. This is dangerous. Meanwhile, a recurring theme we hear from prospective customers is that they have a hard time finding veteran Dynamics GP consultants who can provide guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP ecosystem affordably and derive the most business value out of the application.

The more an organization tries to limp along with legacy releases of Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration procedure becomes. If physical host servers or storage systems break down, there may be no suitable devices available to replace them. When versions of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security updates are no longer developed. The latest releases of Microsoft SQL Server may not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Next-generation tools such as Power BI may not run. Businesses investigating an upgrade of their Dynamics GP deployment are often overwhelmed by the number of pieces there are to the puzzle. And the price tag quoted for a migration may be astronomical.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's seasoned experts have provided high-level and economical online consulting for Windows-based environments to organizations in every state across the U.S. By offering deep experience with all editions of Dynamics GP as well as world-class system integration talent, Progent is uniquely suited to make sure your Oakland, California business optimize the benefit of GP.

We partner with our customers and begin by understanding their requirements. Once we have familiarity with the environment and the areas for improvement we provide our suggestions. Recommendations can include an upgrade to a newer and supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user education, full system and specific module configuration including 3rd-party products offered by a wide array of vendors that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other key business software within your company, custom report writing, and system evaluations to assess whether GP is being used optimally. Our objective with every Dynamics GP project big or small is to optimize business value and control cost.

Progent can assist your Oakland, California business in every phase of your Dynamics GP migration or customization process including:

  • Deployment Assessment
    Review at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now running and propose other capabilities available on the product that might be suitable for your organization.

  • Migration Planning and Timing
    Develop a complete upgrade plan and timetable that minimizes business interruption. Plan for solution validation, live deployment, and education. Identify custom development and add-on modules. Anticipate and resolve compatibility problems.

  • Testing
    Design and configure a pilot environment for proving the upgrade process.

  • System Upgrades
    Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current version to assure ongoing support services from Microsoft and to make all the latest features accessible to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Implement services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Prepare data and execute scripts to address known issues.

  • Custom Reporting
    Create reports and or custom dashboards for private as well as external consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating data from multiple local and remote repositories.

  • Education
    Deliver one-on-one or classroom style training for current and new users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.

  • Support
    Provide a single contact for expertise to ensure effective and affordable handling of issues thanks to close understanding of your particular environment.
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
Progent offers the support of seasoned experts who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent can do the work you need directly instead of supervising less knowledgeable consultants or internal staff. Key areas where Progent can deliver Dynamics GP support services include:
  • Guidance
    Recommend the use of modules that come with the core GP platform but are not now being utilized. Also, recommend third-party products designed exclusively for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP doesn't offer.

  • Integrations
    Create custom connections between Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to reduce redundant data entry and increase consistency.

  • Customizations
    Build big and simple customizations that work with Dynamics GP to perform various business functions not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party modules.
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Progent can help you to upgrade your network infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure expertise provided by Progent's consultants include:
  • Needs analysis and site inventory
  • Network topology planning and implementation (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
  • Configuring firewalls and VPN connections and creating security policies
  • Managing Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
  • Developing high-availability (HA) solutions
  • Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Microsoft 365
  • Disaster recovery planning
  • Performance optimization
Why Progent?
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP environment incorporates diverse application platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and cloud products integrated into a seamless enterprise resource planning solution. For over two decades, Progent has delivered online and onsite help from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Exchange configuration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint development experts. Progent has supported these products from their initial releases to their latest versions, and Progent can help with cloud-based SaaS options by providing Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online migration and development services.

Progent also has extensive experience providing support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure consultants, Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This background with strategic IT platforms cuts time and expense when guiding organizations through each aspect of upgrading their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the skills of senior cybersecurity and information assurance engineers, business continuity preparedness experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud integration experts, and database administrators who can assist you to plan, deploy, and manage a modern Dynamics GP solution.

Progent's Consulting Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
For more about Progent's remote and onsite support services in Oakland, California for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, see:

Download Progent's Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
To download a datasheet about the consulting expertise offered by Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP 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 Oakland, CA business is looking for a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration expert or application developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.