Microsoft Dynamics GP ExpertsMicrosoft Dynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, has a lengthier heritage than almost any other ERP solution made for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich application and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active installations worldwide. Many businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have managed to defer upgrades to the point that they now find themselves using seriously out-of-date software and rickety network infrastructure. This is risky. At the same time, a common complaint we hear from new customers is that they have trouble finding veteran Dynamics GP experts to partner with for guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP ecosystem efficiently and extract the maximum benefit out of the software.

The longer an organization tries to limp along with legacy versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration process tends to be. If server hardware or disk systems break down, there may be no suitable hardware on the market to use as substitutes. When releases of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, vital security updates are no longer distributed. Current editions of Microsoft SQL Server might not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Innovative tools like Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Businesses considering an update of their Dynamics GP deployment are often intimidated by the number of pieces there are to the puzzle. And the cost suggested for a migration may be astronomical.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Services Available from Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's tested experts have provided high-level and affordable online consulting for Windows-powered networks to businesses in every state in the U.S. By offering in-depth experience with all versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with world-class network integration skills, Progent is uniquely qualified to make sure your Appleton, Wisconsin business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.

We become partners with our customers and start by listening to their needs. Once we have familiarity with the IT environment and the areas for improvement we make our suggestions. Proposed services may involve a migration to a more current and supported version of Dynamics GP, basic user education, complete system and individual module configuration including 3rd-party products from a wide range of vendors that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business applications used by company, custom report writing, and solution analysis to determine whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our goal with every Microsoft Dynamics GP project big or small is to maximize business value and control cost.

Progent's consultants can assist your Appleton, Wisconsin company in every phase of your Dynamics GP migration or customization project including:

  • Deployment Assessment
    Review at what features of Dynamics GP you are currently running and propose additional capabilities available on GP that might be helpful to your organization.

  • Upgrade Planning and Timing
    Develop a comprehensive migration plan and schedule that minimizes business interruption. Plan for pilot testing, production upgrade, and education. Identify customizations and add-on modules. Predict and manage integration issues.

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

  • Environment Updates
    Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest release to assure continuing support services from Microsoft and to make all the latest features available to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Configure services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prep data and execute scripts to address known issues.

  • Management Reporting
    Develop reports and or custom dashboards for internal and external use. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining data from diverse local and external repositories.

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

  • Support Services
    Act as a single point of contact for expertise to ensure effective and affordable handling of issues thanks to familiarity with your specific situation.
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
Progent can provide the support of seasoned experts who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent can do the work you require directly rather than supervising less experienced consultants or internal staff. Important areas where Progent can provide Dynamics GP expertise include:
  • Guidance
    Recommend the use of software modules included with the core GP system but are not currently being used. In addition, recommend third-party products written specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP doesn't offer.

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

  • Customizations
    Build big and simple customizations that work with Dynamics GP to perform various functions that are not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Infrastructure Expertise
Progent can assist you to enhance your infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure expertise offered by Progent's consultants include:
  • Needs analysis and IT asset inventory
  • Network topology design and implementation (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
  • Configuring firewalls and remote connections and defining security policies
  • Integrating Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
  • Creating high-availability environments
  • Integration with public cloud services including Microsoft 365
  • business continuity planning
  • Performance tuning
The Progent Advantage
An optimized Dynamics GP environment includes diverse application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud services integrated into a seamless enterprise resource planning solution. For more than 20 years, Progent's consultants have delivered remote and onsite help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Exchange integration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint development experts. Progent has supported these products from their initial versions to their latest versions, and Progent can help with cloud-based SaaS options by providing Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development services.

Progent also has extensive experience delivering support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure consultants, Hyper-V integration experts, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This background with strategic IT platforms saves time and expense when guiding organizations through each aspect of updating their older Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the support of advanced cybersecurity and compliance engineers, disaster recovery preparedness experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud architecture consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to design, deploy, and maintain a productive Microsoft Dynamics GP solution.

Progent's Consulting Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
To find out more about Progent's remote and on-premises consulting expertise in Appleton, Wisconsin for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, visit:

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

Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Support
If your Appleton, WI business needs a Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or software programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.