It’s nearly impossible for typical Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems to keep pace with changing business needs.
Aging ERP systems create complexity, duplication of effort, and a dangerous lack of visibility into the business. Quality and customer service begin to deteriorate.
Any one of these warning signs could mean the death of business performance and competitive advantage for your enterprise:
Your ERP system lacks the capability to effectively integrate mission-critical business data. Information silos increase complexity and ensure duplication of efforts, which compromises the quality, reliability, and accessibility of vital information.
Keeping your system updated has become costly and time-consuming. Has your system reached the point of diminishing returns?
Growing maintenance fees are eating your IT budget. Rising ERP solution maintenance fees increase your total cost of ownership over time.
You can’t easily access your data remotely. Cloud-based, mobile and social capabilities extend the power and reach of today’s ERP solutions – if your users can’t get to critical information from anywhere, you’re missing out on competitive advantage.
An upgrade would be disruptive to the business. Upgrades require time to plan and to execute. You’re in trouble if the business has to be ”down” for a period of time to do the conversion.
Suppliers and other trading partners can’t easily interact with your system. Today’s value stream is increasingly interconnected. You have to give your suppliers easy access to your orders and inventory levels.
Your system is not easy for today’s workforce to learn or use. Many older ERP systems are difficult to learn and workers are easily frustrated by instructions like “Press F1 to inquire” or “Press Enter to accept.” Today’s leading ERP solutions provide attractive, intuitive user interfaces that help users get up to speed fast and stay there.
Globalization is too difficult. Legacy systems often require you to run different versions to support various countries. This is not acceptable in today’s global marketplace.