Dynamics GP ExpertsMicrosoft Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, has a lengthier history than almost any other ERP platform made for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, full-featured product and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for SMBs, with about 50,000 active installations worldwide. A number of businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to defer upgrades long enough that they now find themselves running seriously out-of-date software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This is dangerous. At the same time, a recurring complaint we hear from new clients is that they have trouble locating experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants who can provide guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP environment affordably and get the most benefit from the application.

The more a business attempts to make do with outdated releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration procedure becomes. When physical host servers or storage systems break down, there could be no suitable devices on the market to use as substitutes. When versions of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, vital security patches stop being distributed. The latest releases of Microsoft SQL Server might not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Next-generation products such as Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Businesses considering an update of their Dynamics GP deployment can be overwhelmed by the volume of pieces there are to the puzzle. And the cost suggested for an upgrade may be through the roof.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's seasoned experts have delivered high-level and affordable remote consulting for Windows-powered environments to businesses in every state throughout the U.S. By combining in-depth experience with all editions of Dynamics GP as well as world-class system integration skills, Progent is ideally suited to make sure your Santa Rosa, California business optimize the benefit of GP.

We partner with our customers and begin by understanding their needs. After gaining familiarity with the IT situation and the areas for improvement we make our suggestions. Recommendations can include an upgrade to a more current and supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user education, complete platform and specific module configuration including 3rd-party products from a broad range of vendors that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business software within your organization, custom report creation, and system evaluations to assess whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our objective with each Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to optimize strategic value and minimize cost.

Progent's consultants can assist your Santa Rosa, California company in each phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or customization project including:

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

  • Upgrade Planning and Scheduling
    Develop a comprehensive upgrade plan and timetable that avoids business disruption. Plan for solution validation, production upgrade, and education. Specify custom development and add-on products. Anticipate and manage compatibility problems.

  • Testing
    Plan and implement a test environment for validating the upgrade process.

  • Environment Upgrades
    Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest release to ensure continuing support services from Microsoft and to have all the latest features accessible to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Configure services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Prep data and execute scripts to resolve documented issues.

  • Custom Reporting
    Develop reports and or dashboards for internal and external use. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating information from diverse local and remote sources.

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

  • Support Services
    Provide a single point of contact for expertise to ensure effective and cost-effective handling of issues thanks to close understanding of your particular situation.
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
Progent can provide the support of seasoned consultants who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you require directly instead of managing less knowledgeable consultants or in-house staff. Important areas where Progent can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
  • Guidance
    Suggest the deployment of modules that come with the basic GP platform but are not currently being utilized. Also, recommend third-party products designed exclusively for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP doesn't offer.

  • Integrations
    Create special integrations between Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to avoid duplicate entry and improve consistency.

  • Customizations
    Create big and small customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle various business functions that are not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Infrastructure Expertise
Progent can assist you to upgrade your network infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure expertise offered by Progent's consultants include:
  • Requirements assessment and IT asset inventory
  • Network architecture design and implementation (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
  • Configuring firewalls and VPN connections and defining security policies
  • Managing Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
  • Creating high-availability environments
  • Integration with public cloud services such as Office 365
  • business continuity planning
  • Performance tuning
The Progent Advantage
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates multiple software platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud services combined into a cohesive ERP solution. For over 20 years, Progent's consultants have provided remote and onsite support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Exchange Server configuration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint integration consultants. Progent has supported these products from their first versions to their latest versions, and Progent can help with cloud options by offering Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development expertise.

Progent also has a long history of delivering support from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Windows Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtualization consultants. This background with core IT platforms cuts time and costs when guiding businesses through each phase of updating their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the support of advanced security and compliance experts, business continuity planning consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud architecture experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to design, deploy, and maintain a well-tuned Dynamics GP ecosystem.

Progent's Support Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
To find out more about Progent's remote and on-premises support services in Santa Rosa, California for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, visit:

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

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