"Nobody really wants to undergo the stress, expense and business disruption of changing out ERP systems, but you won't achieve state-of-the-art results without state-of-the-art tools for development and process improvement," observes Infor industry strategist Bob McKee in a new Manufacturing Business Technology article.
In "Does Your ERP System Cost More Than It Delivers?," McKee discusses how to know when it's time to replace your homegrown ERP system.
Here are excerpts:
"The manufacturing industry is constantly changing, especially as manufacturers, hungry for growth, look for ways to expand their businesses. This places new demands on ERP systems - demands that they may not be able to meet. If you have a legacy ERP system or one that was developed in-house, you need to recognize the business changes and workplace challenges that are telling you it's time to re-evaluate the viability of your present solution."
"At this moment you may not need to deliver state-of-the-art results to all of your customers, but it's likely your major customers want to do business differently right now and as competition increases, you may have no choice but to replace your ERP system - at what will certainly be a less inconvenient time."
"Experts suggest that the time to make a change is when you need more than your system can offer. You shouldn't wait until the system fails you to replace it."
McKee goes on to answer:
- How do you know it's time to make a change?
- How to go forward?
- What questions should you ask when it comes time to upgrade or replace your ERP system?