Microsoft Dynamics GP ConsultantsDynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, has a longer heritage than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution written for Windows. Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured application and is one of the most popular ERP systems for SMBs, with about 50,000 active customers worldwide. Many businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have been able to defer upgrades and maintenance long enough that they are now running seriously out-of-date software and rickety network infrastructure. This can be dangerous. Meanwhile, a recurring theme we hear from prospective customers is that they have a hard time locating experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP ecosystem affordably and get the maximum business value from the application.

The more a business tries to make do with outdated releases of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration process tends to be. When server hardware or storage systems fail, there may be no suitable hardware on the market to use as substitutes. When versions of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security updates stop being distributed. Current editions of Microsoft SQL Server may not work with your important GP customizations. Innovative products like Power BI may not run. Organizations considering an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment are often overwhelmed by the number of components there are to the project. And the cost suggested for an upgrade may be through the roof.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's seasoned experts have provided advanced and affordable online consulting for Windows-powered environments to organizations in every state throughout the U.S. By offering deep familiarity with all versions of Dynamics GP as well as top-tier network integration talent, Progent is ideally suited to help your Portland, Oregon business optimize the benefit of GP.

We become partners with our clients and begin by listening to their requirements. After gaining familiarity with the IT environment and the areas for improvement we provide our recommendations. Proposed services can involve an upgrade to a more current and supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user training, full platform and specific module configuration including 3rd-party modules from a wide array of vendors that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other key business software used by organization, custom report creation, and solution analysis to determine whether GP is being used optimally. Our goal with each Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to maximize strategic value and control expense.

Progent's consultants can help your Portland, Oregon business in each phase of your Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement project including:

  • System Assessment
    Take a look at what features of Dynamics GP you are currently running and discuss other capabilities of GP that might be suitable for your organization.

  • Migration Design and Timing
    Develop a comprehensive upgrade plan and timetable that minimizes business disruption. Schedule pilot testing, live deployment, and training. Identify custom development and add-on modules. Predict and resolve compatibility issues.

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

  • System Updates
    Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest release to ensure ongoing support from Microsoft and to make all current features accessible to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Configure services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prepare data and run scripts to resolve known issues.

  • Custom Reporting
    Develop reports and or dashboards for internal and external use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining data from diverse local and remote repositories.

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

  • Support
    Act as a single contact for expertise to ensure consistent and affordable resolution of issues made possible by close understanding of your specific environment.
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
Progent offers the support of seasoned experts who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you need directly instead of supervising less experienced consultants or internal staff. Important areas where Progent's consultants can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
  • Guidance
    Recommend the deployment of software modules included with the core GP platform but are not currently being used. In addition, suggest third-party add-ons written specifically for Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP skips.

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

  • Customizations
    Create big and small customizations that work with Dynamics GP to perform various business functions that are not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or external modules.
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Progent can help you to enhance your infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure expertise offered by Progent include:
  • Requirements assessment and site inventory
  • Network topology design and implementation (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
  • Configuring security gateways and VPN connections and defining security policies
  • Integrating iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
  • Developing high-availability environments
  • Integration with public cloud services such as Microsoft 365
  • Disaster recovery planning
  • Performance optimization
The Progent Advantage
An optimized Dynamics GP ecosystem includes multiple application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and cloud services integrated into a seamless enterprise resource planning solution. For more than 20 years, Progent's consultants have provided remote and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Microsoft Exchange configuration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server integration experts. Progent has worked with these products from their first releases to their current editions, and Progent can help with cloud options by offering Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development expertise.

Progent also has extensive experience delivering help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This background with core IT platforms cuts time and costs when guiding organizations through each aspect of upgrading their legacy Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the support of advanced security and information assurance engineers, disaster recovery and business continuity planning experts, application developers, hybrid cloud integration experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to plan, implement, and maintain a modern Microsoft Dynamics GP environment.

Progent's Support Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
For more about Progent's online and onsite support services in Portland, Oregon for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, refer to:

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

Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Support
If your Portland, OR business is looking for a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration consultant or application programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.