Dynamics GP ConsultantsMicrosoft Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, sports a longer track record than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform written for Windows. Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich product and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for SMBs, with around 50,000 active customers globally. Many businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to defer upgrades long enough that they now find themselves running legacy software and rickety network infrastructure. This is risky. At the same time, a recurring theme we hear from new clients is that they have a hard time finding experienced Dynamics GP consultants who can provide guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP system affordably and derive the most benefit out of the software.

The more a business tries to make do with outdated releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration process tends to be. If server hardware or storage systems break down, there may be no equivalent hardware available to replace them. When editions of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security patches stop being released. The latest releases of Microsoft SQL Server might not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Next-generation products such as Power BI may not run. Organizations considering an upgrade of their Dynamics GP deployment are often intimidated by the number of pieces there are to the puzzle. And the cost quoted for an upgrade may seem astronomical.

Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Services Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's tested experts have provided advanced and economical remote integration consulting for Windows-based networks to businesses in every state in the U.S. By combining deep experience with all editions of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with top-tier system integration skills, Progent is ideally suited to make sure your Houston, Texas business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.

We partner with our clients and begin by listening to their needs. After gaining familiarity with the situation and the areas needing improvement we make our suggestions. Proposed services may involve a migration to a newer and fully supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, simple user training, complete platform and specific module implementation including 3rd-party modules offered by a broad range of vendors that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other key business applications within your company, custom report writing, and solution evaluations to determine whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our goal with every Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to maximize business value and manage cost.

Progent's consultants can help your Houston, Texas business in every facet of your Dynamics GP migration or customization project including:

  • System Review
    Review at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now running and propose additional capabilities available on the product that might be helpful to your business.

  • Migration Planning and Timing
    Create a comprehensive upgrade plan and timetable that avoids business disruption. Schedule pilot testing, production upgrade, and education. Specify customizations and add-on products. Anticipate and resolve integration problems.

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

  • Environment Updates
    Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest release to ensure continuing support services from Microsoft and to make all current features available to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Implement services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prep data and run scripts to resolve known issues.

  • Custom Reporting
    Create reports and or custom dashboards for private and external consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining data from diverse local and external sources.

  • Training
    Deliver individual or classroom style training for existing and new users of Dynamics GP.

  • Support
    Provide a single contact for support to ensure dependable and affordable resolution of issues made possible by familiarity with your particular environment.
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by 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 can do the work you need directly rather than supervising less knowledgeable consultants or internal IT personnel. Key areas where Progent can deliver Dynamics GP expertise include:
  • Guidance
    Recommend the deployment of software modules that come with the core GP system but are not currently being used. Also, suggest third-party products designed exclusively for Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP doesn't offer.

  • Integrations
    Build custom connections between Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to reduce duplicate data entry and increase consistency.

  • Customizations
    Build major and simple customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle specific business functions not handled by standard GP modules or third-party modules.
Infrastructure Expertise
Progent can assist you to upgrade your network infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure expertise provided by Progent include:
  • Needs analysis and IT asset inventory
  • Network architecture design and deployment (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
  • Setting up security gateways and VPN connections and creating security policies
  • Managing iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
  • Creating high-availability (HA) architectures
  • Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Microsoft 365
  • Disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness
  • Performance optimization
Why Progent?
An optimized Dynamics GP environment incorporates multiple software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud services combined into a seamless ERP solution. For more than two decades, Progent's consultants have provided online and onsite help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Exchange integration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint development consultants. Progent has worked with these products from their initial releases to their latest versions, and Progent can help with cloud-based options by offering Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online deployment and development expertise.

Progent also has a long history of providing support from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This background with core technologies saves time and expense when helping businesses through each phase of upgrading their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the skills of advanced cybersecurity and compliance engineers, disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness experts, application developers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration consultants, and database administrators who can help you to design, deploy, and maintain a well-tuned Dynamics GP ecosystem.

Progent's Support Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
To learn more information about Progent's online and on-premises support services in Houston, Texas for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP product family, visit:

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

Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Expertise
If your Houston, TX business is looking for a Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or application developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.