4 Signs You Need to Replace Your ERP System

Jalene Ippolito September 17, 2020

Few businesses remain the same year after year. One of the big draws of ERP software is that it can grow with your business. So, if you already have an ERP system you might be wondering – “Why would we upgrade to a new one?”. When our customers upgrade to ERP, it’s usually because their legacy ERP solution didn’t keep pace with the changes in their company. These are the four big signs to watch for in your own business – if any of these are true for you, it could be time to replace your ERP system.

1. Your current ERP system is unsupported

If your ERP vendor is no longer supporting your ERP software, it’s time to move to a new solution. In this case, we’re talking about products that have been sunset. The vendor could be replacing the software with a new solution or they may have been bought out by a bigger player that doesn’t plan to continue development on your solution. Even if everything seems to be working fine, you don’t want to risk running without adequate support on the system that supports your entire business.

2. You need new ERP functionality to support changes in your business

Depending on your ERP vendor, the cycle of software releases will vary. You may get access to new features a few times a year or it could be less. And exactly what those new features are will be at the discretion of the vendor. Put simply – some ERP solutions will keep pace with changes in the market better than others. If you find that your legacy ERP solution has fallen behind and you’re lacking modern functionality that could benefit your business, it’s time to evaluate a new ERP system.

3. You’re implementing workarounds to processes

Think back to before you implemented your first ERP system. You likely had tons of workarounds to make your systems work the way you needed. Many companies end up back in a similar spot when their legacy ERP solutions become outdated. They’re trying to function on older technology, while their business is continually changing. We see this a lot when it comes to integrating legacy ERP systems with modern best-of-breed solutions – it’s difficult because the ERP technology is outdated.

4. Your legacy ERP can’t support your future growth

When you think about where your business is headed, you need a robust, flexible ERP system to scale with you and adapt to changes as they arise. If you’re experiencing any of the issues we’ve discussed, that means your current ERP system isn’t equipped to support you moving forward.

As you were reading, did you find yourself nodding your head? Even a little bit? Then it’s time for the next evolution in your business – a new, modern ERP solution. Start your project off on the right foot with our ERP Selection Guide – it's chock full of essential tips to help you pick the right solution.

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