Microsoft Dynamics GP ConsultantsDynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, sports a lengthier track record than almost any other ERP solution written for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, full-featured product and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active installations worldwide. Many businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have been able to defer upgrades and maintenance to the point that they now find themselves using legacy software and rickety IT infrastructure. This can be dangerous. At the same time, a common theme we hear from new clients is that they have a hard time finding veteran Dynamics GP consultants who can provide guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP ecosystem efficiently and derive the maximum business value out of the software.

The more an organization tries to make do with legacy versions of Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade process becomes. If physical host servers or disk systems break down, there could be no equivalent hardware available to use as substitutes. When versions of Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security patches are no longer distributed. Current releases of Microsoft SQL Server may not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Next-generation tools such as Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Businesses considering an update of their Dynamics GP environment are often overwhelmed by the number of pieces involved in the puzzle. And the price tag suggested for an upgrade may be astronomical.

Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's seasoned professionals have provided advanced and economical online integration consulting for Windows-based networks to organizations in every state across the U.S. By offering deep experience with all versions of Dynamics GP as well as world-class network integration skills, Progent is uniquely qualified to help your Santa Cruz, California business get the most out of GP.

We partner with our clients and begin by listening to their needs. Once we have an understanding of the situation and the areas for improvement we make our suggestions. Proposed services may include a migration to a more current and supported release of Dynamics GP, simple user training, full platform and individual module configuration including 3rd-party modules from a wide array of suppliers that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other key business applications used by organization, custom report writing, and solution evaluations to determine whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our objective with every Microsoft Dynamics GP project big or small is to optimize strategic value and minimize cost.

Progent's consultants can assist your Santa Cruz, California business in every facet of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or customization process including:

  • Deployment Review
    Take a look at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are now running and propose additional features of the product that might be helpful to your organization.

  • Upgrade Planning and Timing
    Develop a comprehensive upgrade plan and schedule that avoids business interruption. Plan for solution validation, live deployment, and training. Specify custom development and add-on modules. Predict and resolve compatibility issues.

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

  • System Updates
    Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the current release to assure ongoing support from Microsoft and to make all current features accessible to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Configure services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Condition data and execute scripts to resolve known issues.

  • Management Reporting
    Develop reports and or dashboards for internal and external consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining data from diverse local and external repositories.

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

  • Support
    Act as a single point of contact for expertise to ensure effective and affordable handling of problems made possible by familiarity with your specific situation.
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
Progent offers the help of seasoned experts who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you need directly rather than supervising less knowledgeable consultants or in-house IT personnel. Key areas where Progent can provide Dynamics GP expertise include:
  • Recommendations
    Recommend the use of modules that come with the basic GP platform but are not now being utilized. In addition, recommend third-party products written exclusively for Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP skips.

  • Integrations
    Create custom integrations between Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to reduce redundant entry and improve consistency.

  • Customizations
    Build big and simple customizations that work with Dynamics GP to handle various business functions not addressed by standard GP modules or external add-ons.
Infrastructure Expertise
Progent can assist your business to enhance your infrastructure to support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure expertise available from Progent's consultants include:
  • Needs assessment and IT asset inventory
  • Network topology planning and deployment (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
  • Configuring firewalls and remote connections and defining security policies
  • Integrating iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
  • Creating high-availability (HA) environments
  • Integration with public cloud services such as Office 365
  • business continuity preparedness
  • Performance optimization
The Progent Advantage
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates diverse software platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and cloud products combined into a seamless ERP solution. For more than two decades, Progent's consultants have provided remote and onsite help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Exchange configuration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint development consultants. Progent's consultants have supported these products from their initial releases to their latest versions, and Progent can help with cloud-based options by offering Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development expertise.

Progent also has a long history of delivering help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Windows Hyper-V integration experts, and VMware virtualization consultants. This background with core technologies saves time and expense when helping businesses through each aspect of upgrading their older Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the support of senior security and compliance experts, disaster recovery planning consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud architecture consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to design, deploy, and manage a well-tuned Dynamics GP solution.

Progent's Consulting Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
For more about Progent's remote and onsite consulting services in Santa Cruz, California for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP product family, visit:

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

Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Expertise
If your Santa Cruz, CA business needs a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or application developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.