Microsoft Dynamics GP ExpertsMicrosoft Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, has a longer history than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform made for Windows. Dynamics GP is a proven, full-featured product and is one of the most popular ERP systems for small and mid-size businesses, with around 50,000 active installations worldwide. Many organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have managed to defer upgrades long enough that they now find themselves using legacy software and rickety network infrastructure. This can be dangerous. Meanwhile, a common complaint we hear from prospective customers is that they have a hard time finding experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants who can provide guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP system efficiently and derive the maximum benefit from the application.

The more an organization tries to make do with legacy releases of Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade process tends to be. When server hardware or storage systems fail, there may be no equivalent devices available to use as substitutes. When releases of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, vital security patches stop being distributed. Current releases of Microsoft SQL Server might not work with your special GP customizations. Next-generation tools such as Power BI may not run. Businesses investigating an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment can be overwhelmed by the number of components involved in the project. And the cost quoted for an upgrade may be through the roof.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's tested professionals have delivered high-level and affordable remote integration consulting for Windows-powered environments to businesses in every state in the U.S. By combining deep familiarity with all versions of Dynamics GP as well as world-class system integration skills, Progent is uniquely qualified to make sure your Santa Rosa, California business get the most out of GP.

We partner with our clients and begin by listening to their requirements. Once we have familiarity with the IT situation and the areas for improvement we make our recommendations. Recommendations may include an upgrade to a newer and supported release of Dynamics GP, simple user training, full system and individual module implementation including 3rd-party products from a wide array of suppliers that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business applications within your company, custom report creation, and solution analysis to assess whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our objective with each Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to maximize strategic value and minimize cost.

Progent can assist your Santa Rosa, California business in every phase of your Dynamics GP upgrade or customization initiative including:

  • System Assessment
    Take a look at what features of Dynamics GP you are currently running and propose other capabilities available on the product that may be helpful to your business.

  • Migration Design and Scheduling
    Create a complete migration plan and schedule that avoids business disruption. Schedule solution validation, live deployment, and education. Identify custom development and add-on modules. Anticipate and manage integration issues.

  • Pilot Testing
    Plan and implement a test system for proving the upgrade process.

  • System Upgrades
    Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and Microsoft Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest release to ensure continuing support from Microsoft and to have all the latest features accessible to your organization. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Configure services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Condition data and run scripts to address documented issues.

  • Custom Reporting
    Create reports and or dashboards for internal as well as external consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining information from multiple on-premises and remote repositories.

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

  • Support Services
    Act as a single point of contact for support to deliver effective and cost-effective handling of issues thanks to close understanding of your particular situation.
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
Progent offers the support of top-tier consultants who have been developing working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent can do the work you need directly instead of supervising less experienced consultants or internal staff. Key areas where Progent's consultants can provide Dynamics GP expertise include:
  • Guidance
    Recommend the use of modules that come with the core GP system but are not now being utilized. Also, suggest third-party add-ons designed specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide features that GP doesn't offer.

  • Integrations
    Create custom connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business applications to reduce redundant entry and increase 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 add-ons.
Infrastructure Expertise
Progent can help your business to upgrade your network infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure expertise provided by Progent include:
  • Requirements analysis and site inventory
  • Network architecture design and implementation (local, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
  • Setting up firewalls and remote connections and creating security policies
  • Integrating iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
  • Developing high-availability (HA) solutions
  • Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Office 365
  • Disaster recovery planning
  • Performance optimization
Why Progent?
A modern Dynamics GP ecosystem includes multiple software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud services integrated into a seamless enterprise resource management solution. For over 20 years, Progent has provided remote and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Microsoft Exchange configuration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint integration consultants. Progent's consultants have supported these products from their first versions to their latest editions, and Progent supports cloud-based options by providing Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online migration and application development expertise.

Progent also has a long history of providing support from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure consultants, Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This background with core IT platforms saves time and costs when guiding businesses through every phase of updating their older Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the skills of advanced security and compliance experts, disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud integration experts, and database administrators who can help you to plan, implement, and manage a modern Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem.

Progent's Support Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
To find out more about Progent's online and onsite consulting expertise in Santa Rosa, California for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, visit:

Read/Download Progent's Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
To download a datasheet describing the consulting services available from Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, click Download Datasheet: Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Platform (PDF file).

Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Services
If your Santa Rosa, CA business is looking for a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration consultant or software programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.