As an ERP consulting company we preach the importance of relevant and up-to-date software, but we also know the expenses related to updating legacy ERP software systems and understand that the time is not always right. So if you plan to make a move but need to hold out just a little bit longer due to budget or resource constraints, here are a few ways to squeeze extra time and functionality out of your current system until you’re ready to begin a larger ERP software project.
Clean up your data
In almost every case legacy systems are packed full of dirty and duplicate data. The longer you use a system, the more data you accumulate and it’s easy to let it clog up and slow down the system. In many cases a good data scrub can help you solve some of the headaches you’re facing today.
Consider your configuration
Not to be confused with ERP customizations, ERP configuration is the normal set-up of the system (parameters, fields, workflows…) which do not require changes to the source code. In some cases you would have selected your configuration way back when you first implemented the system. With older systems it may not always be the case, but see if you have other configuration options that can help alleviate some of your current problems with the software without having to make major changes to the source code.
Turn on features
There is a chance that your system has features and capabilities you (a) did not know about or (b) did not have turned on after implementation. Take a closer look at your system and discuss with your vendor or ERP consultant if you’re missing out on features within your current system.
Upgrade to a newer version
If you’re a few versions behind you stand to gain some significant benefits by upgrading to the most recent release, assuming your legacy software is not so old that it’s no longer being supported by the publisher.
Add-ons and customizations
If you’re current system seems to be lacking some significant functionalities you have come to need over time, consider third party add-on solutions or small customizations that can bridge the gap. Be very careful here though, you do not want to over invest if you’re planning to make changes to your ERP strategy and systems in the near future.
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As we said earlier, we urge all ERP users to take advantage of modern ERP systems and the many benefits they bring along with them, so don’t forget to keep planning ahead as you make these changes to your legacy system. The white paper below is a fantastic guide to help you plan for the future and begin to take the first steps in evaluating a new system.