Microsoft Dynamics GP ExpertsMicrosoft Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, has a longer heritage than virtually any other ERP platform made for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich application and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for SMBs, with around 50,000 active installations globally. Many businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have managed to postpone upgrades and maintenance long enough that they are now using legacy software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This is dangerous. Meanwhile, a common theme we hear from new clients is that they have a hard time locating experienced Dynamics GP experts to partner with for guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP system affordably and get the maximum business value from the application.

The more an organization tries to limp along with legacy versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration process becomes. When server hardware or storage systems fail, there could be no suitable hardware on the market to use as substitutes. When editions of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security patches stop being released. The latest editions of SQL Server may not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Next-generation products like Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Organizations investigating an update of their Dynamics GP environment are often overwhelmed by the volume of components there are to the project. And the price tag suggested for a migration may be through the roof.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Services Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's tested experts have provided advanced and affordable online consulting for Windows-powered environments to businesses in every state throughout the U.S. By combining in-depth familiarity with all releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as world-class network integration talent, Progent is ideally qualified to help your Petaluma, California business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.

We become partners with our clients and begin by understanding their requirements. After gaining familiarity with the situation and the areas needing improvement we make our recommendations. Recommendations can include an upgrade to a more current and supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, simple user education, full system and individual module implementation including 3rd-party products from a wide array of suppliers that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business software used by organization, custom report writing, and system evaluations to determine whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our objective with every Microsoft Dynamics GP project big or small is to optimize business value and manage expense.

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

  • Deployment Assessment
    Review at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently running and propose other features available on GP that might be helpful to your business.

  • Upgrade Planning and Timing
    Develop a complete upgrade plan and schedule that avoids business disruption. Plan for solution validation, live deployment, and education. Specify custom development and add-on products. Predict and manage integration problems.

  • Pilot Testing
    Design and configure a pilot system for proving the upgrade process.

  • System Upgrades
    Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current release to ensure ongoing support services from Microsoft and to make all current features accessible to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Configure services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Prepare data and execute scripts to resolve documented issues.

  • Custom Reporting
    Create reports and or dashboards for internal as well as public consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating data from diverse local and external repositories.

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

  • Support
    Provide a single contact for expertise to ensure dependable and affordable handling of issues thanks to familiarity with your specific situation.
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
Progent offers the help of top-tier consultants who have been developing working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent can do the work you need directly instead of managing less knowledgeable consultants or in-house IT personnel. Important areas where Progent can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
  • Guidance
    Suggest the use of modules included with the core GP platform but are not now being utilized. Also, recommend third-party products written exclusively for Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP doesn't offer.

  • Integrations
    Build custom connections between Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to reduce duplicate entry and increase accuracy.

  • Customizations
    Build big and simple customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle specific functions that are not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Progent can assist you to enhance your network infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure services offered by Progent's consultants include:
  • Needs analysis and site inventory
  • Network architecture design and implementation (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
  • Setting up firewalls and VPN connections and defining security policies
  • Managing iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
  • Developing high-availability solutions
  • Integration with public cloud services including Office 365
  • business continuity preparedness
  • Performance optimization
Why Progent?
A modern Dynamics GP environment includes multiple software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and cloud services combined into a seamless ERP solution. For more than 20 years, Progent has provided online and onsite help from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Exchange configuration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint development consultants. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their initial versions to their latest editions, and Progent supports cloud-based SaaS options by providing Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online deployment and development expertise.

Progent also has extensive experience delivering help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure consultants, Hyper-V integration experts, and VMware virtualization consultants. This background with core technologies saves time and costs when guiding businesses through each phase of upgrading their older Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the support of senior security and information assurance experts, disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness experts, application developers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration experts, and database administrators who can help you to design, deploy, and maintain a modern Microsoft Dynamics GP solution.

Progent's Consulting Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
For more about Progent's online and onsite consulting services in Petaluma, California for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, visit:

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

Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Support
If your Petaluma, CA business needs a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration expert or software developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.