Microsoft Dynamics GP ExpertsDynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, has a longer track record than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution made for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured product 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 organizations who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to postpone upgrades long enough that they are now using legacy software and rickety IT infrastructure. This is risky. Meanwhile, a recurring complaint we hear from new customers is that they have trouble locating experienced Dynamics GP experts to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP environment affordably and get the most business value from the software.

The more an organization tries to limp along with legacy releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration process tends to be. When server hardware or disk systems fail, there could be no suitable devices available to replace them. When editions of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security updates stop being distributed. Current releases of Microsoft SQL Server may not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Next-generation products like Power BI may not be an option. Organizations investigating an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment can be intimidated by the volume of pieces there are to the project. And the cost quoted for a migration may seem astronomical.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's tested professionals have provided high-level and economical remote integration consulting for Windows-based networks to businesses in every state throughout the U.S. By combining deep familiarity with all editions of Dynamics GP as well as top-tier network integration talent, Progent is ideally suited to make sure your Lawrence, Massachusetts business get the most out of GP.

We partner with our clients and start by understanding their requirements. After gaining familiarity with the situation and the areas needing improvement we provide our suggestions. Recommendations can include an upgrade to a newer and supported release of Dynamics GP, basic user training, complete platform and individual module configuration including 3rd-party products offered by a wide range of suppliers that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business software used by company, custom report writing, and solution analysis to determine whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our objective with every Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to optimize strategic value and control expense.

Progent can help your Lawrence, Massachusetts business in every phase of your Dynamics GP migration or enhancement initiative including:

  • Deployment Assessment
    Review at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now using and discuss additional features available on the product that may be suitable for your business.

  • Upgrade Planning and Timing
    Create a complete migration plan and schedule that avoids business disruption. Schedule pilot testing, production upgrade, and education. Specify customizations and add-on products. Predict and resolve integration issues.

  • Testing
    Plan and configure a pilot environment for validating the upgrade project.

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

  • Custom Reporting
    Develop reports and or dashboards for private as well as public consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating information from diverse on-premises and remote sources.

  • Training
    Deliver individual or classroom style training for current and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.

  • Support
    Act as a single point of contact for support to ensure effective and affordable resolution of problems thanks to close understanding of your particular situation.
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
Progent can provide the support of top-tier experts who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since relerase 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you need directly instead of managing less experienced consultants or internal staff. Important areas where Progent can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
  • Guidance
    Suggest the deployment of software modules that come with the basic GP platform but are not now being utilized. In addition, recommend third-party add-ons written specifically for Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP doesn't offer.

  • Integrations
    Build special integrations between Dynamics GP and other business applications to avoid redundant data entry and improve accuracy.

  • Customizations
    Build major 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 third-party modules.
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Progent can help you to enhance your infrastructure to support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure expertise available from Progent include:
  • Requirements analysis and IT asset inventory
  • Network architecture design and deployment (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
  • Configuring firewalls and remote connections and creating security policies
  • Integrating iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
  • Creating high-availability (HA) environments
  • Integration with public cloud services including Office 365
  • business continuity preparedness
  • Performance optimization
The Progent Advantage
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates multiple software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud products integrated into a seamless enterprise resource management solution. For over two decades, Progent has delivered remote and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Microsoft Exchange integration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server integration consultants. Progent has worked with these products from their first versions to their current editions, and Progent supports cloud-based options by providing Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online deployment and development services.

Progent also has a long history of delivering help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Hyper-V integration experts, and VMware virtualization consultants. This background with core technologies saves time and costs when guiding businesses through every aspect of upgrading their older Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the skills of senior cybersecurity and information assurance engineers, business continuity preparedness consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud architecture experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to plan, deploy, and manage a productive Dynamics GP environment.

Progent's Support Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
To learn more information about Progent's remote and on-premises consulting services in Lawrence, Massachusetts for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, visit:

Read/Download Progent's Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To download a datasheet about the consulting support available from Progent for MS 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 MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Support
If your Lawrence, MA business needs a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or software programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.