Dynamics GP ConsultantsDynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, sports a lengthier history than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform made for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured product and is one of the most popular ERP systems for SMBs, with about 50,000 active customers worldwide. A number of businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have been able to postpone upgrades and maintenance to the point that they now find themselves using seriously out-of-date software and outmoded IT infrastructure.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 risky. Meanwhile, a recurring complaint we hear from new customers is that they have trouble locating experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP experts to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP ecosystem affordably and get the maximum benefit out of the software.

The more a business tries to make do with outdated releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade process becomes. When physical host servers or disk systems break down, there may be no suitable hardware on the market to replace them. When versions of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, critical security patches are no longer distributed. The latest releases of SQL Server might not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Innovative tools such as Power BI may not run. Businesses investigating an update of their Dynamics GP environment can be overwhelmed by the volume of components there are to the project. And the cost suggested for a migration may be through the roof.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Services Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's seasoned professionals have delivered advanced and economical remote integration consulting for Windows-based environments to organizations in every state across the U.S. By offering in-depth familiarity with all editions of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with world-class system integration talent, Progent is ideally suited to make sure your Grand Rapids, Michigan business get the most out of GP.

We become partners with our customers and start by listening to their requirements. After gaining familiarity with the situation and the areas for improvement we provide our recommendations. Recommendations can include a migration to a more current and supported version of Dynamics GP, simple user training, complete system and individual module implementation including 3rd-party modules offered by a wide range of vendors that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business software within your company, custom report creation, and system analysis to assess whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our goal with each Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to maximize business value and control expense.

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

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

  • Migration Design and Scheduling
    Create a complete upgrade plan and timetable that avoids business disruption. Schedule pilot testing, production upgrade, and education. Specify custom development and add-on products. Predict and resolve compatibility issues.

  • Pilot Testing
    Plan and configure a test environment for proving the upgrade process.

  • Environment Upgrades
    Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and Microsoft Integration Manager data. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest version to ensure continuing support from Microsoft and to have all the latest features available to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Configure services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Condition data and execute scripts to address known issues.

  • Management Reporting
    Create reports and or custom dashboards for internal and external use. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating data from multiple local and remote sources.

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

  • Support Services
    Provide a single contact for support to ensure effective and affordable resolution of problems made possible by familiarity with your specific environment.
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent can provide the support of top-tier experts who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since relerase 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you need directly rather than supervising less experienced consultants or internal staff. Important areas where Progent can deliver Dynamics GP support services include:
  • Recommendations
    Suggest the deployment of software modules included with the basic GP system but are not currently being used. Also, recommend third-party products designed exclusively for Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP skips.

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

  • Customizations
    Create big and small customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform specific business functions that are not handled by standard GP modules or external add-ons.
Infrastructure Expertise
Progent can assist you to upgrade your infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure expertise offered by Progent include:
  • Needs assessment and IT asset inventory
  • Network architecture planning and deployment (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
  • Setting up security gateways and VPN connections and creating security policies
  • Managing iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
  • Creating high-availability environments
  • Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Office 365
  • Disaster recovery and business continuity planning
  • Performance tuning
The Progent Advantage
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem includes multiple application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and cloud services integrated into a seamless enterprise resource management solution. For over 20 years, Progent's consultants have provided online and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Exchange configuration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint development experts. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their initial versions to their latest editions, and Progent supports cloud-based options by offering Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online migration and development expertise.

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

Progent's Consulting Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
To learn more information about Progent's online and on-premises consulting services in Grand Rapids, Michigan for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, visit:

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

Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Services
If your Grand Rapids, MI business is looking for a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or application developer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.