Microsoft Dynamics GP ConsultantsMicrosoft Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, has a longer history than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform made for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured product and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for SMBs, with around 50,000 active installations worldwide. A number of businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have been able to defer upgrades and maintenance to the point that they are now using legacy software and rickety IT infrastructure. This can be risky. At the same time, a recurring complaint we hear from new customers is that they have trouble finding experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP experts who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP ecosystem affordably and extract the maximum benefit out of the software.

The more an organization attempts to limp along with outdated releases of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade process becomes. When physical host servers or disk systems break down, there may be no suitable devices available to replace them. When editions of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security patches are no longer released. The latest releases of SQL Server may not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Next-generation tools such as Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Organizations considering an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment are often intimidated by the number of components involved in the puzzle. And the cost suggested for a migration may seem astronomical.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's seasoned professionals have delivered advanced and affordable online integration consulting for Windows-powered networks to organizations in every state across the U.S. By combining deep familiarity with all editions of Dynamics GP along with world-class system integration skills, Progent is ideally qualified to make sure your Petaluma, California business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.

We partner with our clients and start by listening to their needs. Once we have familiarity with the IT environment and the areas needing improvement we provide our suggestions. Proposed services may involve a migration to a more current and supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user training, full platform and specific module configuration including 3rd-party modules from a broad array of vendors that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business software within your company, custom report writing, and solution analysis to determine whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our goal with each Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to maximize business value and manage expense.

Progent can help your Petaluma, California business in each phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or customization project including:

  • System Assessment
    Take a look at what features of Dynamics GP you are now running and propose other features available on the product that might be suitable for your organization.

  • Upgrade Planning and Timing
    Create a comprehensive migration plan and timetable that minimizes business interruption. Schedule solution validation, production upgrade, and education. Identify custom development and add-on products. Predict and resolve compatibility problems.

  • Testing
    Plan and configure a pilot system for proving the upgrade project.

  • Environment Upgrades
    Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest release to assure ongoing support services from Microsoft and to make all the latest features available to your organization. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Implement services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Condition data and run scripts to resolve known issues.

  • Custom Reporting
    Develop reports and or custom dashboards for internal and external consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining information from multiple on-premises and remote sources.

  • Education
    Deliver individual or group training for existing and new users of Dynamics GP.

  • Support Services
    Provide a single contact for support to deliver dependable and cost-effective resolution of problems made possible by close understanding of your particular environment.
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
Progent offers the help of seasoned consultants who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent can do the work you need directly instead of managing less knowledgeable consultants or in-house staff. Important areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Dynamics GP expertise include:
  • Guidance
    Recommend the deployment of software modules included with the core GP system but are not currently being used. In addition, suggest third-party products written exclusively for Dynamics GP to provide features that GP skips.

  • Integrations
    Create special integrations between Dynamics GP and other business applications to reduce redundant entry and improve consistency.

  • Customizations
    Build major and simple customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle various functions that are not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or external modules.
Infrastructure Expertise
Progent can help your business to enhance your network infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure expertise provided by Progent include:
  • Needs assessment and IT asset inventory
  • Network architecture planning and implementation (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
  • Configuring security gateways and VPN connections and creating security policies
  • Managing iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
  • Developing high-availability (HA) environments
  • Integration with public cloud services including Office 365
  • Disaster recovery and business continuity planning
  • Performance tuning
Why Progent?
An optimized Dynamics GP environment incorporates diverse software platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud products combined into a cohesive enterprise resource management solution. For over two decades, Progent has delivered online and onsite help from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Microsoft Exchange configuration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server integration experts. Progent has worked with these products from their first versions to their latest editions, and Progent supports cloud options by providing Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development expertise.

Progent also has extensive experience delivering help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure consultants, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This background with strategic IT platforms saves time and costs when helping businesses through every aspect of updating their older Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the skills of advanced cybersecurity and information assurance engineers, disaster recovery preparedness experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud architecture consultants, and database administrators who can help you to plan, deploy, and manage a productive Microsoft Dynamics GP environment.

Progent's Consulting Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
For more information about Progent's remote and onsite consulting expertise in Petaluma, California for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, visit:

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

Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Expertise
If your Petaluma, CA business needs a Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or application programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.