Microsoft Dynamics GP ExpertsMicrosoft Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, has a longer history than almost any other ERP platform made for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured product and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active installations worldwide. A number of businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have been able to defer upgrades and maintenance to the point that they are now using seriously out-of-date software and rickety network infrastructure. This is risky. At the same time, a common complaint we hear from prospective customers is that they have trouble finding experienced Dynamics GP experts who can provide guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP system affordably and extract the maximum benefit from the software.

The longer a business attempts to make do with legacy releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration process becomes. When server hardware or storage systems fail, there may be no suitable hardware available to use as substitutes. When releases of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, vital security patches stop being developed. Current editions of Microsoft SQL Server might not work with your special GP customizations. Next-generation products such as Power BI may not be an option. Businesses considering an update of their Dynamics GP environment are often intimidated by the number of components there are to the puzzle. And the cost quoted for an upgrade may seem through the roof.

Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's tested experts have delivered advanced and affordable remote consulting for Windows-powered networks to organizations in every state across the U.S. By offering in-depth experience with all editions of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as top-tier network integration talent, Progent is uniquely qualified to help your St. Paul, Minnesota business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.

We become partners with our customers and start by understanding their needs. Once we have an understanding of the situation and the areas needing improvement we make our recommendations. Proposed services can involve a migration to a more current and supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, simple user education, full platform and specific module implementation including 3rd-party modules offered by a wide array of suppliers that have written 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 each Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to maximize strategic value and minimize expense.

Progent's consultants can assist your St. Paul, Minnesota company in each facet of your Dynamics GP upgrade or customization project including:

  • System Assessment
    Take a look at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now using and discuss additional features available on GP that may be suitable for your business.

  • Migration Design and Timing
    Create a complete migration plan and timetable that minimizes business interruption. Plan for pilot testing, production upgrade, and education. Specify customizations and add-on modules. Anticipate and resolve compatibility issues.

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

  • Environment Updates
    Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the current release to assure continuing support from Microsoft and to have all current features accessible to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Configure services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Prepare data and run scripts to address documented issues.

  • Management Reporting
    Develop reports and or dashboards for private and external use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining information from diverse on-premises and remote sources.

  • Education
    Deliver one-on-one or group training for existing and new users of Dynamics GP.

  • Support
    Act as a single point of contact for expertise to deliver consistent and cost-effective resolution of problems thanks to familiarity with your specific environment.
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent offers the help of top-tier consultants who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent can do the work you require directly instead of supervising less knowledgeable consultants or internal staff. Key areas where Progent can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
  • Guidance
    Recommend the deployment of software modules that come with the basic GP system but are not currently being used. Also, suggest third-party add-ons designed exclusively for Dynamics GP to provide features that GP skips.

  • Integrations
    Create custom connections between Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to reduce duplicate entry and improve consistency.

  • Customizations
    Create big and simple customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle various business functions not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Progent can assist your business to enhance your network infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure services provided by Progent include:
  • Requirements assessment and IT asset inventory
  • Network architecture design and deployment (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
  • Configuring firewalls and remote connections and creating security policies
  • Integrating Apple iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
  • Creating high-availability (HA) architectures
  • Integration with public cloud services such as Microsoft 365
  • Disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness
  • Performance optimization
Why Progent?
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP environment incorporates diverse software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and public cloud services combined into a seamless ERP solution. For more than two decades, Progent has delivered remote and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Exchange configuration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server development experts. Progent has supported these products from their first releases to their latest editions, and Progent can help with cloud-based options by providing Office and Microsoft 365 integration services, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online migration and development expertise.

Progent also has a long history of providing support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Windows Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtualization specialists. This background with strategic technologies saves time and expense when guiding organizations through every aspect of upgrading their older Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the skills of advanced security and information assurance engineers, disaster recovery planning consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud architecture consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to design, implement, and maintain a modern Microsoft Dynamics GP environment.

Progent's Consulting Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
To learn more about Progent's remote and onsite consulting expertise in St. Paul, Minnesota for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP product family, visit:

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

Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Services
If your St. Paul, MN business needs a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration consultant or software developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.