Microsoft Dynamics GP ExpertsMicrosoft Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, has a longer heritage 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 customers globally. A number of organizations who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have been able to postpone upgrades and maintenance to the point that they now find themselves running seriously out-of-date software and rickety IT infrastructure. This is dangerous. At the same time, a recurring complaint we hear from prospective customers is that they have a hard time finding experienced Dynamics GP experts who can provide guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP system efficiently and get the most business value from the software.

The more a business tries to limp along with legacy versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration process tends to be. When server hardware or disk systems fail, there may be no suitable devices available to use as substitutes. When versions of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security updates stop being distributed. Current editions of Microsoft SQL Server may not work with your important GP customizations. Next-generation products like Power BI may not be an option. Organizations considering an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment are often intimidated by the volume of components there are to the puzzle. And the cost suggested for a migration may be astronomical.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's seasoned experts have provided high-level and affordable online integration consulting for Windows-based networks to businesses in every state throughout the U.S. By offering deep familiarity with all releases of Dynamics GP as well as world-class system integration skills, Progent is ideally suited to help your Edmonton, Alberta business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.

We partner with our clients and begin by understanding their requirements. Once we have an understanding of the situation and the areas for improvement we provide our recommendations. Proposed services may include an upgrade to a more current and fully supported release of Dynamics GP, simple user training, complete platform and individual module configuration including 3rd-party modules from a broad range of vendors that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business applications within your organization, custom report creation, and system analysis to assess whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our objective with every Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to optimize business value and control expense.

Progent's consultants can assist your Edmonton, Alberta business in every phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or enhancement project including:

  • Deployment Review
    Take a look at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently using and discuss other capabilities of GP that may be suitable for your business.

  • Upgrade Design and Scheduling
    Develop a complete migration plan and timetable that avoids business disruption. Schedule solution validation, live deployment, and education. Specify custom development and add-on modules. Anticipate and resolve compatibility problems.

  • Testing
    Design and implement a test environment for validating the migration process.

  • Environment Upgrades
    Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest release to assure ongoing support services from Microsoft and to have all current features accessible to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Configure services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prep data and run scripts to address known issues.

  • Custom Reporting
    Create reports and or custom dashboards for internal as well as external use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining information from multiple on-premises and external sources.

  • Training
    Provide individual or classroom style training for existing and first-time users of Dynamics GP.

  • Support Services
    Act as a single point of contact for support to deliver consistent and affordable handling of problems thanks to familiarity with your particular environment.
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
Progent can provide the support of top-tier experts who have been developing working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent can do the work you need directly instead of supervising less knowledgeable consultants or internal staff. Important areas where Progent can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
  • Recommendations
    Suggest the deployment of modules included with the basic GP system but are not currently being used. In addition, suggest third-party add-ons written specifically for Dynamics GP to provide features that GP doesn't offer.

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

  • Customizations
    Build big and simple customizations that run with Dynamics GP to handle specific functions not addressed by standard GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Progent can assist you to enhance your infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure services available from Progent's consultants include:
  • Requirements analysis and IT asset inventory
  • Network topology design and deployment (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
  • Setting up security gateways and VPN connections and defining security policies
  • Managing iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
  • Creating high-availability architectures
  • Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Microsoft 365
  • Disaster recovery preparedness
  • Performance optimization
The Progent Advantage
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP environment incorporates multiple application platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and cloud products integrated into a cohesive ERP solution. For over 20 years, Progent has provided remote and onsite help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Exchange Server configuration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint integration consultants. Progent has worked with these products from their first versions to their latest versions, and Progent can help with cloud options by offering Office and Microsoft 365 integration services, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online migration and application development services.

Progent also has a long history of delivering help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtualization consultants. This experience with strategic IT platforms cuts time and expense when helping organizations through every phase of updating their older Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the support of senior cybersecurity and information assurance experts, disaster recovery planning consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to plan, implement, and manage a well-tuned Microsoft Dynamics GP solution.

Progent's Support Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
To learn more information about Progent's remote and on-premises consulting services in Edmonton, Alberta for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP product family, visit:

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

Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Expertise
If your Edmonton, AB business is looking for a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration expert or application programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.