Microsoft Dynamics GP ExpertsDynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, has a longer history than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform made for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich product and is one of the most widely used ERP systems for SMBs, with about 50,000 active customers worldwide. Many organizations who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to defer upgrades to the point that they are now running legacy software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This can be dangerous. At the same time, a recurring theme we hear from new customers is that they have a hard time finding veteran Dynamics GP experts to partner with for guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP environment affordably and derive the most business value out of the application.

The longer an organization attempts to limp along with outdated releases of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade procedure becomes. If server hardware or disk systems break down, there may be no equivalent devices on the market to use as substitutes. When editions of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, critical security updates are no longer distributed. The latest editions of Microsoft SQL Server may not work with your important GP customizations. Innovative products like Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Organizations investigating an upgrade of their Dynamics GP environment are often intimidated by the number of components involved in the puzzle. And the cost suggested for a migration may be through the roof.

Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's seasoned professionals have provided advanced and economical remote consulting for Windows-powered environments to businesses in every state across the U.S. By offering deep familiarity with all editions of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as world-class system integration skills, Progent is uniquely qualified to help your Long Beach, California business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.

We become partners with our clients and start by listening to their needs. After gaining familiarity with the situation and the areas needing improvement we provide our recommendations. Recommendations may include a migration to a more current and supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, simple user education, complete platform and individual module configuration including 3rd-party modules from a broad range of suppliers that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business applications within your company, custom report creation, and system evaluations to assess whether GP is being used optimally. Our goal with every Microsoft Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to maximize business value and control expense.

Progent's consultants can assist your Long Beach, California business in each facet of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement initiative including:

  • Deployment Review
    Take a look at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now running and discuss additional capabilities available on GP that may be suitable for your organization.

  • Upgrade Design and Scheduling
    Develop a complete upgrade plan and timetable that minimizes business disruption. Schedule pilot testing, production upgrade, and education. Identify custom development and add-on products. Predict and manage compatibility problems.

  • Testing
    Design and configure a pilot environment for proving the migration process.

  • Environment Upgrades
    Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the current release to assure continuing support services from Microsoft and to have all current features available to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Activate services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Prepare data and run scripts to resolve documented issues.

  • Custom Reporting
    Create reports and or dashboards for internal and public use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining information from diverse on-premises and external sources.

  • Training
    Provide individual or group training for current and new users of Dynamics GP.

  • Support
    Provide a single point of contact for support to ensure effective and affordable handling of problems made possible by close understanding of your specific situation.
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by 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 jobs you require directly instead of supervising less knowledgeable consultants or internal staff. Key areas where Progent's consultants can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
  • Guidance
    Suggest the use of software modules included with the core GP platform but are not currently being utilized. In addition, recommend third-party add-ons written exclusively for Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP skips.

  • Integrations
    Create custom integrations between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business platforms to avoid duplicate entry and increase consistency.

  • Customizations
    Build major and simple customizations that work with Dynamics GP to handle specific functions that are not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Infrastructure Expertise
Progent can help your business to upgrade your network infrastructure to support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure expertise offered by Progent include:
  • Needs analysis and IT asset inventory
  • Network topology planning and implementation (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
  • Setting up firewalls and remote connections and defining security policies
  • Integrating iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
  • Developing high-availability (HA) solutions
  • Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Office 365
  • business continuity preparedness
  • Performance optimization
The Progent Advantage
An optimized Dynamics GP environment incorporates multiple application platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and cloud services combined into a cohesive enterprise resource management solution. For over two decades, Progent's consultants have delivered online and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Microsoft Exchange configuration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server development consultants. Progent has worked with these products from their initial releases to their current editions, and Progent supports cloud-based SaaS options by offering Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development expertise.

Progent also has extensive experience providing help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtualization consultants. This experience with core technologies saves time and expense when helping organizations through each phase of updating their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the skills of senior cybersecurity and information assurance experts, disaster recovery preparedness consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to design, implement, and manage a well-tuned Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem.

Progent's Support Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
To find out more information about Progent's online and on-premises consulting expertise in Long Beach, California for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP product family, see:

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

Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Expertise
If your Long Beach, CA business needs a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or software developer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.