Microsoft Dynamics GP ExpertsDynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, has a longer track record than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform written for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich application and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for SMBs, with about 50,000 active installations globally. A number of businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to defer upgrades and maintenance to the point that they are now running legacy software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This can be dangerous. At the same time, a common complaint we hear from prospective customers is that they have a hard time finding veteran Microsoft Dynamics GP experts who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP environment efficiently and get the maximum business value from the software.

The more a business tries to limp along with outdated releases of Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration process tends to be. When server hardware or storage systems fail, there may be no suitable hardware on the market to use as substitutes. When editions of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security updates are no longer distributed. The latest releases of Microsoft SQL Server might not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Next-generation tools like Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Organizations investigating an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment can be overwhelmed by the volume of pieces involved in the project. And the cost quoted for a migration may be through the roof.

Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Services Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's tested experts have delivered high-level and economical online consulting for Windows-powered networks to businesses in every state in the U.S. By combining deep familiarity with all versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as world-class network integration talent, Progent is uniquely suited to make sure your San Rafael, California business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.

We partner with our customers and begin by listening to their needs. After gaining familiarity with the IT environment and the areas for improvement we make our suggestions. Recommendations can involve a migration to a newer and fully supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, simple user education, full platform and specific module configuration including 3rd-party products offered by a broad range of vendors that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business software within your organization, custom report writing, and system analysis to determine whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our objective with each Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to maximize strategic value and minimize expense.

Progent's consultants can assist your San Rafael, California business in each phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or enhancement process including:

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

  • Upgrade Planning and Timing
    Create a comprehensive upgrade plan and schedule that avoids business interruption. Plan for pilot testing, production upgrade, and training. Specify customizations and add-on products. Anticipate and manage integration problems.

  • Testing
    Plan and implement a pilot system for proving the upgrade process.

  • Environment Updates
    Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest release to ensure continuing support from Microsoft and to have all the latest features available to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Implement services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Prep data and run scripts to resolve known issues.

  • Custom Reporting
    Create reports and or dashboards for private and public use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining information from multiple on-premises and external sources.

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

  • Support Services
    Provide a single contact for support to deliver dependable and affordable resolution of issues thanks to familiarity with your specific situation.
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
Progent offers the help of top-tier experts who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you require directly rather than managing less knowledgeable consultants or internal staff. Key areas where Progent's consultants can provide Dynamics GP support services include:
  • Guidance
    Suggest the deployment of modules included with the core GP platform but are not currently being used. Also, suggest third-party products written specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide features that GP skips.

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

  • Customizations
    Build major and small customizations that work with Dynamics GP to handle various business functions not addressed by standard GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Progent can assist your business to upgrade your infrastructure to support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure services available from Progent's consultants include:
  • Requirements assessment and IT asset inventory
  • Network architecture planning 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
  • Creating high-availability environments
  • Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Microsoft 365
  • Disaster recovery preparedness
  • Performance tuning
Why Progent?
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates diverse application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and public cloud services combined into a cohesive ERP solution. For over 20 years, Progent has provided online and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Exchange Server integration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint integration consultants. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their first releases to their latest versions, and Progent can help with cloud-based SaaS options by offering Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online migration and application development expertise.

Progent also has a long history of delivering help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure consultants, Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtualization specialists. This background with core technologies cuts time and costs when guiding businesses through every aspect of updating their older Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the skills of senior security and compliance engineers, disaster recovery planning consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud integration consultants, and database administrators who can help you to design, deploy, and manage a modern Dynamics GP solution.

Progent's Consulting Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
For more information about Progent's online and onsite support expertise in San Rafael, California for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, visit:

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

Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Expertise
If your San Rafael, CA business is looking for a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or application developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.