It is time to evaluate if your ERP system and see if it is keeping up with today’s fast-paced business environment. First-generation systems, while stable and reliable, have their limitations. If your system requires costly manual processes and workarounds to meet your business needs or if migrating to a new system would improve your business today and help you build a foundation for the future, then it’s time for a change—Your current system is holding your business back!
Here are some questions to consider:
- Do you need better access to system data?
- Do you need the ability to make quicker decisions to reduce costs and improve profitability?
- Do you have access to newer technologies and improved user interfaces to gain greater productivity and user acceptance with today’s workforce?
- Is it too difficult to train new employees on an old system?
- Do you need new add-on modules like business intelligence or warehouse management, or perhaps e-commerce?
- Is your hardware old and costly to maintain? What happens if your hardware fails?
- Is it time for new hardware and database software to increase speed, performance and reliability?
- Do you need improved processes and business controls to reduce risk and improve sales and margins?
- Do you need integrated systems that account for vendor and customer deals so profits are not missing?
- Are you overdue for an update of your existing software? Would you like to be on a current version and on a schedule to receive new and important functionality to increase workforce productivity going forward?
- Has your business evolved, requiring you to implement manual processes to work around your old system?
- Are customers asking about your food safety plans? Can you quickly and easily identify lots that you have purchased and sold for recall and traceability purposes?
- Are your buyers using simple historical purchasing reports and manual calculations to replenish inventory? Could they be more productive with systems to produce suggested purchase orders, improving service level and reducing inventory?
If you have answered “Yes” to many of these questions, look for a system that is purpose-built for your particular industry, one with the true functionality you need to run your unique business — from a company that doesn’t have to be taught how your industry works.
Look for a company that can meet your needs today and in the future. Consider the application itself, as well as the implementation and training required to realize the full value of the product, on time and on budget.
It’s time to have an ERP system that works as hard as you do!