Microsoft Dynamics GP ExpertsMicrosoft Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, has a longer history than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform made for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, full-featured product and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with around 50,000 active installations worldwide. A number of organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have been able to defer upgrades and maintenance long enough that they now find themselves running legacy software and rickety IT infrastructure. This can be dangerous. At the same time, a recurring complaint we hear from new customers is that they have a hard time finding experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP experts to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP ecosystem affordably and extract the most business value out of the software.

The longer an organization attempts to make do with outdated versions of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade procedure tends to be. When server hardware or storage systems break down, there may be no equivalent devices available to replace them. When versions of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security updates are no longer developed. The latest releases of SQL Server might not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Innovative products such as Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Organizations investigating an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment are often intimidated by the volume of components involved in the puzzle. And the price tag suggested for an upgrade may be astronomical.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's seasoned experts have delivered advanced and economical online integration consulting for Windows-powered networks to businesses in every state across the U.S. By offering deep familiarity with all editions of Dynamics GP as well as top-tier system integration skills, Progent is uniquely suited to help your Detroit, Michigan business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.

We partner with our customers and begin by understanding their requirements. Once we have 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 education, full system and specific module implementation including 3rd-party modules from a broad array of suppliers that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business applications used by organization, custom report writing, and system analysis to assess whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our goal with every Microsoft Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to optimize strategic value and minimize expense.

Progent can assist your Detroit, Michigan company in each phase of your Dynamics GP upgrade or customization process including:

  • System Review
    Review at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently using and discuss other capabilities of GP that may be suitable for your organization.

  • Upgrade Design and Scheduling
    Create a comprehensive migration plan and schedule that avoids business interruption. Schedule solution validation, production upgrade, and education. Identify customizations and add-on products. Predict and manage compatibility issues.

  • Pilot Testing
    Plan and implement a test system for validating the upgrade project.

  • Environment Upgrades
    Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager data. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the current release to assure ongoing support from Microsoft and to make all current features available to your organization. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Activate services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Prepare data and execute scripts to address known issues.

  • Management Reporting
    Develop reports and or custom dashboards for private and public use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining information from multiple on-premises and remote repositories.

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

  • Support Services
    Provide a single point of contact for expertise to deliver dependable and cost-effective handling of problems made possible by familiarity with your particular situation.
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
Progent can provide the help of top-tier consultants who have been developing working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you need directly instead of managing less experienced consultants or internal staff. Important areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
  • Guidance
    Suggest the deployment of modules that come with the basic GP platform but are not now being used. Also, suggest third-party products designed exclusively for Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP skips.

  • Integrations
    Create special connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business platforms to avoid duplicate data entry and increase consistency.

  • Customizations
    Create major and simple customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle specific functions that are not addressed by standard GP modules or third-party modules.
Infrastructure Expertise
Progent can assist your business to upgrade your infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure expertise provided by Progent's consultants include:
  • Requirements analysis and IT asset inventory
  • Network architecture planning and deployment (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
  • Setting up security gateways and remote connections and defining security policies
  • Integrating iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
  • Developing high-availability architectures
  • Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Microsoft 365
  • business continuity planning
  • Performance optimization
The Progent Advantage
A modern Dynamics GP ecosystem includes multiple software platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and public cloud services combined into a seamless ERP solution. For over two decades, Progent's consultants have delivered remote and onsite help from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Exchange configuration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint integration experts. Progent's consultants have supported these products from their initial releases to their current editions, and Progent can help with cloud options by offering Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development expertise.

Progent also has a long history of providing help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtualization consultants. This experience with strategic technologies cuts time and costs when helping organizations through every aspect of updating their legacy Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the skills of advanced security and compliance engineers, disaster recovery and business continuity planning experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud integration experts, and database administrators who can assist you to design, implement, and maintain a productive Dynamics GP ecosystem.

Progent's Consulting Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
To find out more about Progent's remote and on-premises consulting services in Detroit, Michigan for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, refer to:

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

Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Services
If your Detroit, MI business is looking for a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or application developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.