Dynamics GP ConsultantsMicrosoft Dynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, sports a longer track record than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform made for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich product and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active customers worldwide. A number of businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have been able to defer upgrades to the point that they are now using legacy software and outmoded network infrastructure. This is dangerous. Meanwhile, a recurring complaint we hear from new clients is that they have trouble finding veteran Dynamics GP consultants who can provide guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP ecosystem affordably and extract the most benefit out of the application.

The more a business tries to limp along with legacy releases of Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration procedure tends to be. When server hardware or storage systems fail, there may be no suitable devices available to use as substitutes. When versions of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security updates are no longer developed. Current editions of SQL Server might not work with your special GP customizations. Next-generation tools like Power BI may not run. Organizations considering an upgrade of their Dynamics GP deployment are often intimidated by the volume of components there are to the project. And the price tag suggested for a migration may seem through the roof.

Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's tested professionals have provided advanced and affordable remote consulting for Windows-based environments to businesses in every state throughout the U.S. By offering deep experience with all editions of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as top-tier network integration skills, Progent is ideally qualified to help your Santa Cruz, California business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.

We partner with our clients and start by understanding their requirements. After gaining familiarity with the environment and the areas needing improvement we provide our suggestions. Proposed services can include a migration to a newer and fully supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, simple user education, complete system and specific module configuration including 3rd-party products from a broad array of vendors that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business software used by company, custom report creation, and system evaluations to determine whether GP is being used optimally. Our objective with each Microsoft Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to optimize strategic value and minimize cost.

Progent can assist your Santa Cruz, California company in every facet of your Dynamics GP migration or customization initiative including:

  • Deployment Review
    Review at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are currently using and propose additional capabilities of the product that might be suitable for your organization.

  • Upgrade Planning and Timing
    Develop a complete migration plan and schedule that avoids business disruption. Plan for pilot testing, live deployment, and education. Specify customizations and add-on products. Predict and resolve integration problems.

  • Testing
    Plan and implement a test environment for validating the migration project.

  • Environment Upgrades
    Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest version to ensure ongoing support from Microsoft and to make all the latest features available to your organization. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Configure services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Condition data and execute scripts to resolve known 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 self-service reporting and for aggregating data from diverse on-premises and remote sources.

  • 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 expertise to ensure effective and cost-effective handling of problems thanks to close understanding of your particular environment.
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
Progent can provide the help of top-tier consultants who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since relerase 1. Progent can do the jobs you need directly instead of supervising less knowledgeable consultants or internal IT personnel. Key areas where Progent can provide Dynamics GP support services include:
  • Guidance
    Suggest the deployment of modules that come with the core GP platform but are not currently being used. Also, suggest third-party products designed specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP skips.

  • Integrations
    Create special connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to reduce duplicate entry and increase accuracy.

  • Customizations
    Build major and simple customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle specific business functions not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or external add-ons.
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Progent can help you to enhance your network infrastructure to support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure services available from Progent include:
  • Needs assessment and IT asset inventory
  • Network architecture design and implementation (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
  • Setting up security gateways and VPN connections and creating security policies
  • Integrating iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
  • Developing high-availability (HA) architectures
  • Integration with public cloud services such as Microsoft 365
  • Disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness
  • Performance tuning
Why Progent?
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem includes diverse application platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and cloud services integrated into a cohesive ERP solution. For more than two decades, Progent has provided online and onsite support from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Exchange configuration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server development experts. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their first versions to their latest editions, and Progent can help with cloud-based SaaS options by providing Office and Microsoft 365 integration services, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development expertise.

Progent also has extensive experience providing help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This experience with strategic technologies cuts time and expense when guiding businesses through each aspect of updating their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the skills of senior security and compliance engineers, business continuity preparedness consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud integration consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to design, implement, and maintain a productive Dynamics GP environment.

Progent's Consulting Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
To find out more information about Progent's remote and onsite support expertise in Santa Cruz, California for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP product family, visit:

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

Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Services
If your Santa Cruz, CA business needs a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration expert or application programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.