Your ERP system has stood by you, until now. Maybe you’re noticing that your ERP can’t do what you want it to do, or you’re seeing communicative problems and a lack of interdepartmental productivity. Though it’s always hard to part with old friends, we have organized the top 10 signs for when it’s time to upgrade your current ERP.
If your ERP system currently lacks fluidity between your business’s software and systems, this is a sure-fire sign it is time to upgrade. Without a fluid connection from system to system, there can be a clear difficulty in transferring as well as collecting necessary data.
Mobile devices are more popular than ever in the age of technology, and if your ERP system doesn’t have mobile connectivity your business may be falling behind. Having access to your system via remote locations can especially help you enhance productivity by working on the go.
Everyone hates routine updates, that’s not a surprise. However, your ERP is the epi-center for your business. It’s critical that you keep your ERP up to date, or your business may lack functionalities that newer software is providing, or that competitors are possibly already using.
Are your employees spending more time inputting data than they are in carrying out important tasks? Data that isn’t transferred seamlessly across all connected mediums could lead to a lack of interdepartmental collaboration and a decline in employee productivity.
Stemming off the previous section—employees within separate departments should be able to access client, product, or general business content when needed. If multiple departments are inputting the same information into the system, they are not only wasting time but they are failing to collaborate with other departments by duplicating content.
If you ERP has reached its “end of life,” there is no option to update or receive support for the software. This is a clear warning sign that it’s time to upgrade so you can keep up with industry trends.
Your ERP system should be providing clear data insights so your business can make informed decisions. Data discrepancies could lead your business towards making additional, unnecessary costs.
If your ERP system can’t grow as your business grows, then there is a problem. An ERP system is inefficient if it cannot handle your growing scale of clients/business departments/processes being linked or connected to it.
As the standard for business processes changes within the industry, the functionality of your ERP system should be able to adapt. Your business could fall behind if competitors are using fresh technology and features that your ERP system may not have.
Cloud-based ERP systems ensure that your business’s data is constantly backed up and secure, unlike traditional ERP software. You may also receive consistent upgrades to keep your business up-to-date if you choose to go on the cloud.
At Brave River Solutions, we strive to help your business succeed. We not only offer ERP consulting, but we can fully integrate your company’s key applications across a single enterprise. If you have any questions about ERP or implementing new software, we are here for you!