Dynamics GP ExpertsMicrosoft Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, has a longer track record than almost any other ERP platform written for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured application and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for SMBs, with around 50,000 active customers globally. A number of organizations who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to defer upgrades and maintenance long enough that they are now using legacy software and rickety IT infrastructure. This is risky. Meanwhile, a common theme we hear from new clients is that they have a hard time locating experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP experts to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP environment affordably and get the maximum business value out of the software.

The longer an organization tries to limp along with legacy versions of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration procedure tends to be. If physical host servers or storage systems fail, there may be no equivalent devices on the market to use as substitutes. When versions of Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security updates are no longer distributed. Current releases of Microsoft SQL Server may not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Next-generation tools like Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Organizations investigating an update of their Dynamics GP environment can be intimidated by the number of pieces there are to the project. And the price tag suggested for an upgrade may be through the roof.

Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Services Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's seasoned professionals have provided advanced and affordable remote consulting for Windows-powered environments to organizations in every state across the U.S. By offering deep experience with all versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as world-class network integration skills, Progent is ideally suited to make sure your Detroit, Michigan business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.

We become partners with our customers and begin by listening to their needs. After gaining an understanding of the environment and the areas needing improvement we make our recommendations. Recommendations can include a migration to a newer and supported release of Dynamics GP, basic user training, complete system and individual module configuration including 3rd-party products offered by a broad range of vendors that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other key business applications within your company, custom report writing, and solution analysis to assess whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our objective with every Dynamics GP project big or small is to optimize strategic value and minimize expense.

Progent's consultants can help your Detroit, Michigan business in each phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or enhancement process including:

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

  • Migration Planning and Scheduling
    Develop a complete migration plan and schedule that minimizes business interruption. Plan for solution validation, live deployment, and education. Specify customizations and add-on modules. Predict and manage compatibility issues.

  • Testing
    Plan and implement a pilot environment for proving the upgrade process.

  • Environment Updates
    Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest release to ensure continuing support services from Microsoft and to have all the latest features available to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Activate services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Prep data and execute scripts to resolve known issues.

  • Custom Reporting
    Create reports and or dashboards for private as well as external consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining information from multiple local and remote repositories.

  • Training
    Provide one-on-one or classroom style training for existing and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.

  • Support
    Act as a single point of contact for expertise to deliver consistent and affordable handling of problems made possible by familiarity with your specific environment.
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
Progent offers the help of top-tier consultants who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you need directly rather than managing less experienced consultants or in-house staff. Important areas where Progent can provide Dynamics GP expertise include:
  • Guidance
    Recommend the use of modules included with the core GP system but are not currently being used. In addition, suggest third-party add-ons designed exclusively for Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP skips.

  • Integrations
    Create special integrations between Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to reduce redundant data entry and increase accuracy.

  • Customizations
    Build big and small customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform specific functions that are not addressed by standard GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Progent can help your business to enhance your infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure expertise offered by Progent's consultants include:
  • Needs analysis and site inventory
  • Network architecture planning and deployment (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
  • Setting up firewalls and VPN connections and creating security policies
  • Managing iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
  • Creating high-availability (HA) environments
  • Integration with public cloud services including Office 365
  • Disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness
  • Performance optimization
Why Progent?
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP environment includes diverse software platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and cloud services integrated into a cohesive ERP solution. For more than two decades, Progent's consultants have delivered online and onsite help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Microsoft Exchange configuration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server development experts. Progent has worked with these products from their initial releases to their latest editions, and Progent supports cloud options by providing Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development services.

Progent also has extensive experience delivering help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This background with strategic technologies cuts time and costs when helping organizations through every phase of upgrading their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the support of advanced cybersecurity and information assurance experts, disaster recovery and business continuity planning experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration experts, and database administrators who can assist you to plan, deploy, and maintain a well-tuned Dynamics GP solution.

Progent's Support Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
For more about Progent's remote and onsite consulting expertise in Detroit, Michigan for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, visit:

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

Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Support
If your Detroit, MI business is looking for a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration expert or software developer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.