Microsoft Dynamics GP ExpertsMicrosoft Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, sports a longer heritage than almost any other ERP platform made for the Windows OS. 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 customers worldwide. Many businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have been able to postpone upgrades to the point that they are now running legacy software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This can be risky. At the same time, a common theme we hear from prospective customers is that they have trouble locating veteran Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP ecosystem efficiently and extract the most business value out of the application.

The more a business attempts to make do with legacy versions of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade procedure becomes. If server hardware or storage systems fail, there may be no suitable devices on the market to replace them. When releases of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security patches are no longer developed. Current editions of Microsoft SQL Server might not work with your important GP customizations. Next-generation products such as Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Businesses investigating an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment are often intimidated by the volume of pieces involved in the puzzle. And the price tag quoted for a migration may be through the roof.

Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's seasoned professionals have provided advanced and affordable online integration consulting for Windows-based networks to businesses in every state across the U.S. By offering in-depth familiarity with all releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with top-tier network integration skills, Progent is uniquely suited to help your Detroit, Michigan business get the most out of GP.

We become partners with our clients and begin by listening to their requirements. After gaining an understanding of the IT situation and the areas needing improvement we make our suggestions. Recommendations can include an upgrade to a newer and supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user training, full platform and specific module implementation including 3rd-party modules offered by a wide array of vendors that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other key business applications used by company, custom report creation, and system analysis to assess whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our objective with every Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to optimize strategic value and minimize expense.

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

  • System Review
    Take a look at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now running and propose other capabilities available on GP that might be helpful to your organization.

  • Migration Planning and Timing
    Create a complete migration plan and schedule that avoids business interruption. Schedule solution validation, production upgrade, and education. Identify customizations and add-on modules. Predict and resolve integration issues.

  • Pilot Testing
    Design and configure a pilot environment for proving the migration project.

  • Environment Updates
    Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager data. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest version to ensure ongoing support services from Microsoft and to have all the latest features available to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Activate services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Condition data and run scripts to address documented issues.

  • Management Reporting
    Develop reports and or custom dashboards for private and external consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating information from multiple local and external sources.

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

  • Support
    Act as a single point of contact for expertise to ensure dependable and affordable handling of issues made possible by familiarity with your particular situation.
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent offers the support of seasoned consultants who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you require directly instead of supervising less experienced consultants or in-house staff. Important areas where Progent's consultants can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
  • Guidance
    Suggest the deployment of software modules included with the basic GP system but are not now being utilized. Also, suggest third-party products written specifically for Dynamics GP to provide features that GP skips.

  • Integrations
    Build custom integrations between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business applications to reduce duplicate data entry and improve consistency.

  • Customizations
    Create major and small customizations that work with Dynamics GP to handle various functions that are not addressed by standard GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Progent can assist you to upgrade your network infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure services offered by Progent include:
  • Requirements analysis and IT asset inventory
  • Network topology design and implementation (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
  • Configuring security gateways and VPN connections and defining security policies
  • Integrating iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
  • Developing high-availability architectures
  • Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Office 365
  • Disaster recovery and business continuity planning
  • Performance tuning
Why Progent?
A modern Dynamics GP environment incorporates diverse application platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and cloud services integrated into a cohesive enterprise resource planning solution. For over two decades, Progent's consultants have delivered online and onsite help from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Microsoft Exchange integration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint development consultants. Progent's consultants have supported these products from their first releases to their current versions, and Progent supports cloud SaaS options by offering Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online migration and application development services.

Progent also has a long history of delivering help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure consultants, Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtualization specialists. This background with core IT platforms saves time and expense when helping organizations through each phase of updating their older Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the skills of senior cybersecurity and information assurance experts, disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud architecture experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to design, deploy, and manage a productive Dynamics GP ecosystem.

Progent's Consulting Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
To learn more about Progent's remote and on-premises consulting services in Detroit, Michigan for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, visit:

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

Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Support
If your Detroit, MI business needs a Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or software programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.