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Manufacturers: Is it Time to Break Up with Your Legacy ERP?

February 14, 2018

Break ups are never easy. As a manufacturer, ending your relationship with a legacy ERP system that no longer supports the agility and speed at which you do business can seem complicated.

But there are many good reasons to move on. First and foremost, saying goodbye is necessary to the health of your manufacturing operations. On-premise, legacy ERP software simply cannot keep up with the demands you face today—and you’re probably spending too much time and money just to keep your system working. If you don’t want to disrupt your business to move to a modern, cloud-based manufacturing ERP, think about how much cumulative disruption you experience when your system doesn’t do what you need it to do.

You or your IT staff also likely spend inordinate amounts of time pulling information out of transactional systems to get a handle on how your business is operating. The problem is by the time all this data collection and compilation is done, the information is out of date. Your people could be spending time on filling customer demand or improving quality but you still need visibility into what’s happening in production.

If your legacy ERP system doesn’t help you control quality, you’re reacting to issues or errors made—and you probably have more scrap, waste, and returns than you want. Without end-to-end traceability, it can take days to pinpoint problem components or ingredients to their source. And that costs you time and money, not to mention risk to both your business and the public. If your system doesn’t allow you to track and trace each step from receipt of materials to shipping, you need to find a system that does.

Leaving your legacy ERP behind might be easier than you thought when you consider the long-term goal: sustain your business viability. A cloud-based manufacturing ERP that helps you automate, capture, and digitize shop floor operations gives you visibility and control—from the shop floor to the top floor.

Hear from our customers who’ve made the break and what they’ve learned on the path to a healthier relationship with their ERP. Download ERP Selection and Implementation Tips from Manufacturers Who’ve Done It Successfully.

About the Author

Dave Morfas Director of Product Marketing, Plex Systems