Microsoft Dynamics GP ConsultantsMicrosoft Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, sports a lengthier heritage than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution written for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a proven, full-featured application and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with around 50,000 active installations globally. 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 running legacy software and rickety IT infrastructure. This is dangerous. At the same time, a recurring complaint we hear from new customers is that they have trouble finding veteran Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP environment affordably and get the maximum business value out of the software.

The longer a business tries to limp along with legacy versions of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration procedure tends to be. When physical host servers or storage systems break down, there may be no equivalent hardware available to use as substitutes. When releases of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, vital security patches stop being released. The latest releases of Microsoft SQL Server may not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Next-generation tools such as Power BI may not be an option. Organizations investigating an update of their Dynamics GP deployment can be overwhelmed by the volume of components involved in the puzzle. And the price tag quoted for a migration may seem through the roof.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Services Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's tested professionals have provided high-level and affordable remote consulting for Windows-powered environments to businesses in every state across the U.S. By combining in-depth familiarity with all editions of Dynamics GP along with top-tier network integration skills, Progent is uniquely qualified to make sure your St. Paul, Minnesota business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.

We partner with our customers and begin by understanding their needs. Once we have an understanding of the environment and the areas needing improvement we make our recommendations. Recommendations can include an upgrade to a newer and supported release of Dynamics GP, simple user training, complete platform and individual module implementation including 3rd-party modules offered by a wide array of vendors that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other key business applications used by organization, custom report creation, and system analysis to determine whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our objective with each Microsoft 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 phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or enhancement initiative including:

  • System Assessment
    Take a look at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now using and discuss other capabilities available on GP that might be helpful to your business.

  • Migration Planning and Scheduling
    Develop a comprehensive upgrade plan and schedule that avoids business interruption. Plan for pilot testing, live deployment, and education. Specify custom development and add-on products. Anticipate and manage integration issues.

  • Testing
    Plan and implement a pilot system for validating the migration project.

  • Environment Upgrades
    Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the current release to assure continuing support services from Microsoft and to have all current features available to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Activate services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Condition data and execute scripts to resolve known issues.

  • Management Reporting
    Develop reports and or dashboards for private and external use. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and integrate Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining data from diverse on-premises and external repositories.

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

  • Support Services
    Act as a single point of contact for expertise to ensure dependable and affordable handling of problems made possible by familiarity with your specific environment.
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
Progent can provide the support of seasoned consultants who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you require directly instead of supervising less experienced consultants or internal staff. Important areas where Progent's consultants can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
  • Guidance
    Suggest the deployment of software modules that come with the basic GP system but are not currently being used. Also, recommend third-party add-ons written specifically for Dynamics GP to provide features that GP doesn't offer.

  • Integrations
    Build special connections between Dynamics GP and other business applications to avoid duplicate entry and improve consistency.

  • Customizations
    Build big and small customizations that run with Dynamics GP to perform various functions that are not handled by standard GP modules or third-party modules.
Infrastructure Expertise
Progent can assist you to enhance your network infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure services offered by Progent's consultants include:
  • Requirements assessment and IT asset inventory
  • Network topology design and deployment (local, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
  • Setting up security gateways and remote connections and defining security policies
  • Managing Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
  • Creating high-availability environments
  • Integration with public cloud services including Microsoft 365
  • Disaster recovery planning
  • Performance optimization
Why Progent?
A modern Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates diverse software platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and cloud services integrated into a seamless ERP solution. For over 20 years, Progent's consultants have delivered online and onsite help from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Microsoft Exchange integration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server development experts. Progent has worked with these products from their first versions to their current versions, and Progent supports cloud-based options by offering Office and Microsoft 365 integration services, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online deployment and development expertise.

Progent also has a long history of providing help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtualization specialists. This background with strategic IT platforms cuts time and costs when helping businesses through each aspect of upgrading their older Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the skills of senior cybersecurity and compliance experts, disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud integration consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to design, implement, and maintain a productive Microsoft Dynamics GP solution.

Progent's Consulting Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
To find out more about Progent's online and on-premises support services in St. Paul, Minnesota for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP product family, visit:

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

Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Support
If your St. Paul, MN business needs a Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration expert or software developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.