Do you have constant headaches from the lack of communication between departments? Are you experiencing stomach pains from constantly having to customize your current solution? How about light-headedness from running around trying to figure out where bottlenecks are? If so, then you might be in need of a new ERP remedy.
Our favorite line is “once our issues become major, then we will look into new solutions”. Waiting can be, and usually is, more costly than completely moving to a new system. Maybe you haven’t even considered looking into a new ERP system because it’s too much work, costs less to stick with what you have, and the fear that the implementation would be too disruptive to your business. These are just a few of the misguided reasons we have heard over our 30+ year tenure. Some of the issues may, in fact, be justified, but if you take a good, hard, and honest look, you just might end up saving a heck of a lot of time, money and frustration in the long run.
Time: No ERP change is done “overnight” and if anyone tells you they are playing on your fear of business disruption. Working with the right ERP vendor you can have a good, solid implementation in around 90 days and, as long as you are committed to this process, it should not and will not shut your business down.
Cost: At First glance, a change over might seem like an insurmountable task, financially. Re-investing in a new ERP solution might see too daunting for your budget. In this case, I highly recommend thinking for the long-term. Cost may be a factor for you, but the benefits of switching to a system that provides improved efficiencies will be well worth it in the end. Imagine reducing production costs, increasing throughput and meeting on-time deliveries that your current system has been unable to provide.
However you look at the possibility of change, you need to weigh in multiple factors and think long-term, rather than in the now, because, if you wait too long some of the issues could become so big that it could even go as far as collapsing your business. So, again, ask yourself are you really stuck with your current ERP vendor, or does it just seem that way?
Posted by Jason Rourke, Marketing Manager, ProfitKey International
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