Microsoft Dynamics GP ExpertsDynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, has a longer track record than virtually any other ERP solution made for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich application and is one of the most popular ERP systems for SMBs, with about 50,000 active installations globally. Many organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to defer upgrades long enough that they are now running legacy software and rickety network infrastructure. This is dangerous. At the same time, a recurring complaint we hear from prospective clients is that they have trouble finding veteran Dynamics GP experts who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP ecosystem affordably and extract the most business value from the application.

The longer a business attempts to make do with outdated versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade process tends to be. If physical host servers or storage systems fail, there could be no suitable devices on the market to replace them. When releases of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, critical security patches stop being released. Current editions of Microsoft SQL Server may not work with your special GP customizations. Innovative products like Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Organizations considering an update of their Dynamics GP deployment can be overwhelmed by the number of pieces there are to the project. And the cost suggested for a migration may seem through the roof.

Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's seasoned professionals have delivered advanced and economical online consulting for Windows-powered networks to organizations in every state throughout the U.S. By offering in-depth experience with all versions 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.

We become partners with our customers and start by understanding their needs. After gaining an understanding of the IT environment and the areas needing improvement we make our recommendations. Proposed services can involve an upgrade to a more current and supported version of Dynamics GP, simple user education, complete platform and individual module implementation including 3rd-party modules offered by a wide range of suppliers that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other key business software within your organization, custom report creation, and solution analysis to assess whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our goal with each Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to maximize business value and minimize expense.

Progent can assist your St. Paul, Minnesota business in each facet of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or customization process including:

  • System Assessment
    Review at what features of Dynamics GP you are now running and discuss other features available on the product that may be suitable for your organization.

  • Migration Planning and Scheduling
    Create a comprehensive migration plan and timetable that avoids business disruption. Schedule solution validation, production upgrade, and training. Specify customizations and add-on modules. Anticipate and manage integration issues.

  • Testing
    Design and configure a test environment for validating the upgrade process.

  • Environment Updates
    Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the current version to assure continuing support from Microsoft and to have all current features accessible to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Activate services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Prepare data and execute scripts to resolve known issues.

  • Custom Reporting
    Create reports and or custom dashboards for private and external use. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and integrate Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating information from multiple on-premises and remote sources.

  • Training
    Provide one-on-one or group training for existing and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.

  • Support
    Act as a single contact for support to ensure dependable and cost-effective handling of problems made possible by familiarity with your specific situation.
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
Progent can provide the support of seasoned experts who have been developing working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent can do the jobs you require directly rather than managing less experienced consultants or internal staff. Important areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Dynamics GP support services include:
  • Recommendations
    Suggest the deployment of software modules that come with the core GP system but are not now being used. In addition, recommend third-party add-ons designed specifically for Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP doesn't offer.

  • Integrations
    Build custom integrations between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business platforms to avoid redundant entry and improve consistency.

  • Customizations
    Build major and simple customizations that work with Dynamics GP to handle specific functions not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party modules.
Infrastructure Expertise
Progent can assist your business to upgrade your network infrastructure to support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure services offered by Progent's consultants include:
  • Needs analysis and site inventory
  • Network topology design and deployment (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
  • Configuring security gateways and remote connections and creating security policies
  • Managing iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
  • Creating high-availability architectures
  • Integration with public cloud services such as Office 365
  • Disaster recovery preparedness
  • Performance optimization
The Progent Advantage
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP environment includes diverse software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and cloud services combined into a cohesive ERP solution. For more than two decades, Progent has provided online and onsite support from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Exchange configuration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server development experts. Progent has supported these products from their initial releases to their latest versions, and Progent can help with cloud SaaS options by providing Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online migration and development expertise.

Progent also has extensive experience delivering help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Hyper-V integration experts, and VMware virtualization consultants. This experience with core IT platforms cuts time and costs when helping businesses through each phase of updating their older Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the skills of senior security and compliance experts, business continuity preparedness consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud integration experts, and database administrators who can help you to design, implement, and manage a well-tuned Dynamics GP environment.

Progent's Support Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
To find out more information about Progent's online and onsite support services in St. Paul, Minnesota for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, see:

Download Progent's Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
To download a datasheet about the consulting services offered by Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, select Download Datasheet: Consulting Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Platform (PDF file).

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