Microsoft Dynamics GP ConsultantsDynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, has a lengthier heritage than virtually any other ERP platform made for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich application and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with around 50,000 active customers globally. A number of businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to postpone upgrades long enough that they now find themselves running seriously out-of-date software and rickety IT infrastructure. This can be risky. At the same time, a recurring theme we hear from prospective clients is that they have a hard time finding experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP experts who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP ecosystem affordably and extract the most business value from the software.

The more a business attempts to limp along with legacy releases of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration procedure becomes. When server hardware or storage systems fail, there could be no suitable devices available to use as substitutes. When releases of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security updates are no longer released. Current editions of SQL Server might not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Next-generation tools such as Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Organizations considering an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment can be intimidated by the number of pieces there are to the puzzle. And the price tag quoted for an upgrade may seem astronomical.

Microsoft 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 delivered high-level and economical online integration consulting for Windows-powered networks to organizations in every state in the U.S. By offering in-depth experience with all releases of Dynamics GP along with world-class system integration skills, Progent is uniquely qualified to make sure your Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.

We partner with our customers and start by listening to their requirements. Once we have familiarity with the IT situation and the areas needing improvement we provide our recommendations. Proposed services can include a migration to a more current and fully supported version of Dynamics GP, simple user education, complete platform and specific module implementation including 3rd-party products offered by a broad array of suppliers that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business software within your company, custom report writing, and system evaluations to assess whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our objective with each Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to maximize business value and control cost.

Progent's consultants can assist your Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania company in every facet of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or enhancement process including:

  • Deployment Review
    Take a look at what features of Dynamics GP you are currently using and discuss other capabilities available on the product that may be suitable for your business.

  • Migration Planning and Timing
    Create a complete migration plan and schedule that minimizes business interruption. Schedule pilot testing, live deployment, and education. Specify custom development and add-on products. Predict and manage integration problems.

  • Pilot Testing
    Design and implement a pilot environment for validating the upgrade project.

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

  • Management Reporting
    Develop reports and or dashboards for private as well as public consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining information from diverse local and external repositories.

  • Education
    Provide individual or classroom style training for existing and new users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.

  • Support
    Provide a single contact for expertise to deliver effective and affordable resolution of issues made possible by close understanding of your particular situation.
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent can provide the help of seasoned consultants who have been developing working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you need directly instead of managing less experienced consultants or internal IT personnel. Key areas where Progent's consultants can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
  • Recommendations
    Recommend the use of modules that come with the basic GP platform but are not currently being used. In addition, suggest third-party products designed specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP doesn't offer.

  • Integrations
    Create custom connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business applications to reduce redundant entry and improve consistency.

  • Customizations
    Create big and simple customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle various functions that are not handled by standard GP modules or third-party modules.
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Progent can help you to upgrade your infrastructure to support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure services provided by Progent's consultants include:
  • Requirements assessment and site inventory
  • Network topology planning and deployment (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
  • Configuring firewalls and remote connections and defining security policies
  • Integrating Apple iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
  • Creating high-availability solutions
  • Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Office 365
  • Disaster recovery preparedness
  • Performance optimization
The Progent Advantage
An optimized Dynamics GP ecosystem includes diverse software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud services combined into a cohesive ERP solution. For over 20 years, Progent has delivered remote and onsite help from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Microsoft Exchange integration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server development consultants. Progent has worked with these products from their initial versions to their latest editions, and Progent can help with cloud-based options by offering Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online migration and application development services.

Progent also has a long history of providing help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Windows Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtualization consultants. This experience with strategic technologies cuts time and expense when helping businesses through every aspect of upgrading their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the support of advanced cybersecurity and information assurance engineers, disaster recovery planning consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud architecture experts, and database administrators who can help you to design, implement, and maintain a well-tuned Dynamics GP ecosystem.

Progent's Consulting Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
To learn more information about Progent's remote and onsite consulting expertise in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP product family, visit:

Read/Download Progent's Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To download a datasheet about the consulting expertise available from Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, click Download Datasheet: Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Software (PDF file).

Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Support
If your Pittsburgh, PA business is looking for a Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or software developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.