Microsoft Dynamics GP ExpertsMicrosoft Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, sports a lengthier history than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution made for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, full-featured product and is one of the most popular ERP systems for SMBs, with around 50,000 active customers globally. A number of organizations who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have managed to postpone upgrades to the point that they now find themselves using legacy software and rickety IT infrastructure. This can be risky. Meanwhile, a recurring theme we hear from prospective clients is that they have a hard time finding experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants who can provide guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP environment efficiently and derive the most benefit out of the application.

The more a business tries to make do with legacy versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration process becomes. If physical host servers or disk systems break down, there may be no equivalent hardware available to use as substitutes. When releases of Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security patches are no longer developed. Current editions of SQL Server may not work with your special GP customizations. Innovative products like Power BI may not run. Organizations investigating an update of their Dynamics GP deployment can be overwhelmed by the volume of components there are to the puzzle. And the price tag suggested for a migration may be through the roof.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's tested professionals have provided advanced and affordable online consulting for Windows-based networks to organizations in every state across the U.S. By offering deep experience with all editions of Dynamics GP as well as top-tier system integration skills, Progent is ideally qualified to help your Oakland, California business get the most out of GP.

We become partners with our clients and begin by listening to their needs. Once we have familiarity with the IT environment and the areas needing improvement we make our suggestions. Recommendations may involve an upgrade to a more current and supported release of Dynamics GP, basic user training, full platform and individual module configuration including 3rd-party products from a wide range of suppliers that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other key business applications within your company, custom report writing, and solution analysis to determine whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our goal with every Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to maximize strategic value and minimize expense.

Progent's consultants can assist your Oakland, California company in every facet of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or enhancement initiative including:

  • System Review
    Take a look at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now using and propose other capabilities of GP that may be suitable for your organization.

  • Upgrade Planning and Scheduling
    Create a comprehensive upgrade plan and schedule that avoids business disruption. Schedule pilot testing, production upgrade, and education. Specify custom development and add-on products. Anticipate and manage compatibility issues.

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

  • Environment Updates
    Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest release to ensure ongoing support services from Microsoft and to make all the latest features available to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Configure services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prepare data and execute scripts to address documented issues.

  • Management Reporting
    Develop reports and or custom dashboards for internal as well as public consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating data from multiple local and external repositories.

  • Training
    Deliver individual or classroom style training for existing and new users of Dynamics GP.

  • Support Services
    Act as a single point of contact for support to deliver consistent and affordable handling of problems made possible by close understanding of your specific situation.
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
Progent offers the help of top-tier experts who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you need directly instead of managing less knowledgeable consultants or in-house staff. Important areas where Progent can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
  • Guidance
    Suggest the use of modules that come with the core GP platform but are not now being used. Also, recommend third-party products written specifically for Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP doesn't offer.

  • Integrations
    Build special connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to reduce duplicate entry and improve consistency.

  • Customizations
    Build major and simple customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle various business functions that are not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or external add-ons.
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Progent can assist your business to upgrade your infrastructure to support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure services provided by Progent include:
  • Requirements analysis and site inventory
  • Network topology planning and implementation (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
  • Configuring firewalls and VPN connections and creating security policies
  • Integrating iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
  • Developing high-availability environments
  • Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Office 365
  • Disaster recovery and business continuity planning
  • Performance tuning
The Progent Advantage
An optimized Dynamics GP environment includes multiple application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud products integrated into a seamless ERP solution. For more than two decades, Progent's consultants have provided online and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Microsoft Exchange integration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint development consultants. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their first releases to their latest versions, and Progent can help with cloud SaaS options by providing Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online migration and development expertise.

Progent also has extensive experience providing support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This background with core IT platforms cuts time and costs when guiding organizations through every aspect of updating their older Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the support of senior security and information assurance engineers, business continuity planning experts, application developers, hybrid cloud architecture consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to plan, implement, and maintain a modern Dynamics GP solution.

Progent's Consulting Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
To find out more information about Progent's remote and onsite consulting expertise in Oakland, California for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, visit:

Read/Download Progent's Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To download a datasheet about the consulting support available from Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, select Download Datasheet: Consulting for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Software (PDF file).

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