Paper files, spreadsheets, and other antiquated systems can be found in many manufacturing and distribution offices. These old fashioned systems may seem easy to use, are comfortable for most office dwellers, and are easily understood by colleagues. However, they can also be fraught with errors, prone to typos, and contain other mistakes. Here are several common reasons that prevent manufacturers from adopting better technology and a new way to look at the need to get up-to-date with current technology.
- It’s expensive: Custom-built legacy solutions used to be expensive and take time to deploy. Many businesses chose to upgrade to multiple, specialty solutions which can also be expensive to manage. However, today’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions are far more affordable and can be deployed much faster. In addition, a modern ERP solution may offer built-in business intelligence that you can use to optimize cash flow, save money, and protect important customer relationships – all of which can improve your bottom line.
- We’re used to what we have: Just because you’ve always done things in a certain way doesn’t mean those methods are efficient. As your business changes, your legacy systems may not work the way you want them to, data-entry screens may not capture the information you want to capture, and they can be confusing to new hires or those not familiar with the way you do things. Today’s ERP can streamline operations, improve productivity, and provide greater insight that you can use to further improve business operations and profit margins.
- No time to upgrade: Legacy systems used to require long lead times to customize data-entry screens to meet your business needs and expectations. They required downtime to install new hardware and software. As mentioned above, today’s ERP solutions, such as Epicor® ERP, can be deployed much faster on-premise, in the cloud, or with a hybrid solution. You can reduce the need for expensive new hardware and save money when you deploy in the cloud. The faster you can get up and running with a more efficient business management solution, the faster you can reap the benefits.
Manual processes, complex spreadsheets, and other antiquated systems reduce productivity and can be more expensive to manage over time. Contact RAM Software Systems for more information about replacing old fashioned manufacturing systems with more modern ERP.
By RAM Software Systems, Epicor ERP partner out of Texas