Microsoft Dynamics GP ConsultantsDynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, has a lengthier heritage than virtually any other ERP platform made for Windows. Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich product and is one of the most widely used ERP systems for small and mid-size businesses, with around 50,000 active customers worldwide. Many organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to postpone upgrades and maintenance to the point that they now find themselves using seriously out-of-date software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This can be dangerous. At the same time, a common theme we hear from new clients is that they have trouble finding veteran Dynamics GP consultants who can provide guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP system affordably and derive the maximum benefit from the application.

The more a business attempts to make do with legacy releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade process tends to be. When server hardware or storage systems break down, there could be no equivalent hardware on the market to use as substitutes. When versions of 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 may not work with your special GP customizations. Next-generation tools like Power BI may not run. Organizations considering an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment are often overwhelmed by the volume of components there are to the project. And the cost suggested for an upgrade may seem astronomical.

Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Services Available from Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's tested professionals have delivered high-level and economical online integration consulting for Windows-based networks to businesses in every state throughout the U.S. By offering in-depth familiarity with all versions of Dynamics GP as well as world-class system integration talent, Progent is uniquely qualified to help your Grand Rapids, Michigan business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.

We become partners with our customers and begin by listening to their needs. Once we have familiarity with the situation and the areas needing improvement we make our recommendations. Proposed services can include a migration to a more current and supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, simple user education, complete platform and specific module implementation including 3rd-party products from a wide range of vendors that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business applications used by organization, custom report writing, and solution evaluations to assess whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our objective with every Dynamics GP project big or small is to optimize business value and control cost.

Progent's consultants can help your Grand Rapids, Michigan company in every phase of your Dynamics GP upgrade or customization project including:

  • System Assessment
    Take a look at what features of Dynamics GP you are now using and discuss additional features available on the product that may be helpful to your organization.

  • Upgrade Design and Scheduling
    Create a complete migration plan and schedule that avoids business interruption. Plan for solution validation, live deployment, and education. Identify customizations and add-on modules. Predict and resolve compatibility problems.

  • Testing
    Plan and configure a pilot environment for validating the migration project.

  • System Upgrades
    Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest version to ensure continuing support from Microsoft and to have all the latest features accessible to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Implement services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prepare data and run scripts to address known issues.

  • Management Reporting
    Create reports and or dashboards for private as well as external consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating data from diverse on-premises and external sources.

  • Training
    Deliver individual or classroom style training for current and new users of Dynamics GP.

  • Support Services
    Act as a single contact for expertise to ensure dependable and cost-effective handling of problems thanks to close understanding of your particular environment.
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
Progent can provide the support of top-tier experts who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent can 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 support services include:
  • Recommendations
    Suggest the deployment of modules included with the basic GP system but are not now being utilized. In addition, recommend third-party products designed specifically for Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP skips.

  • Integrations
    Create custom integrations between Dynamics GP and other business platforms to avoid redundant entry and improve consistency.

  • Customizations
    Build major and small customizations that run with Dynamics GP to perform specific business functions not handled by standard GP modules or external add-ons.
Infrastructure Expertise
Progent can help your business to upgrade your network infrastructure to support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure expertise offered by Progent include:
  • Needs analysis and site inventory
  • Network topology design and implementation (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
  • Configuring security gateways and remote connections and creating security policies
  • Managing iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
  • Developing high-availability (HA) environments
  • Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Office 365
  • business continuity preparedness
  • Performance optimization
Why Progent?
A modern Dynamics GP ecosystem includes multiple software platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and cloud products integrated into a seamless ERP solution. For over 20 years, Progent has provided remote and onsite support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Exchange Server configuration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server development consultants. Progent has supported these products from their first versions to their current editions, and Progent supports cloud SaaS options by providing Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development expertise.

Progent also has extensive experience delivering support from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtualization specialists. This experience with strategic IT platforms cuts time and costs when guiding businesses through every aspect of upgrading their older Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the skills of advanced security and information assurance experts, disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud integration experts, and database administrators who can assist you to plan, deploy, and manage a well-tuned Microsoft Dynamics GP solution.

Progent's Support Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
To find out more about Progent's remote and onsite support expertise in Grand Rapids, Michigan for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, visit:

Download Progent's MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To download a datasheet about the consulting services offered by Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, select Download Datasheet: Consulting for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Software (PDF file).

Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Expertise
If your Grand Rapids, MI business needs a Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration consultant or application programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.