Company decision-makers have to decide whether they need to replace a legacy system or upgrade it. An existing system may not provide the functions a business needs, but a whole new software solution could be overkill.
Why isn't the legacy ERP service delivering optimal
performance? Specific answers are important. A company must determine
which features are required to stay competitive and which current
processes cause problems. Once the proper personnel audit the system,
business managers should reach out to their ERP provider to determine
how the organisation could reconfigure the software or if there are
cost-efficient updates available.
It can be worthwhile considering a legacy system renovation before
purchasing a new solution. Production lines require software for their
daily operations, so a complete overhaul may cause a detriment to
manufacturing schedules. Upgrading certain parts of the system or
streamlining performance through automation can fix issues without
When the company does need a new ERP solution,
managers need to keep productivity in mind. Decision-makers have to
plan out time for implementation and choose a software program that can
integrate with the legacy system.
Integrating new ERP solutions with old systems
a business thoroughly analyses its existing system, discovers flaws in
processes, creates realistic goals for new solutions and concludes that
simple fixes are out of the question, the company should obtain new ERP
services from a software partner.
If at all possible, though, the
business should not get rid of its old system. It may be possible to
integrate previous databases and software with new ERP solutions. The
data and resources provided by the previous tools could ease the
transition period. Some companies have need for an
implementation process that yields real-time results; services must
begin immediately without any gap between the old and the new processes.
prepare a legacy system for ERP implementation, IT professionals must
first clean the existing data. Employees have to check for any redundant
or incorrect information. Both systems must operate with uniform
definitions and business terms. If managers want the tools to work
together, systems have to speak the same language.
proceeds, the implementation team should look out for overlap. Old and
new solutions probably provide a few similar functions. If the legacy
system offers a feature that still works efficiently, there may be no
need to change procedures. However, if the new system proves to be better suited
for modern customer demand and data performance, then remove the old
Putting old tools toward good causes
course, it could turn out there is no place for a company's legacy
procedures in a modern business world. Organisations shouldn't keep
throwing away money trying to fix a solution that will never perform
One tool that may have outlived its usefulness is
on-site hardware. Cloud-deployed ERP solutions are very popular in
manufacturing. It's possible companies no longer need servers in their
offices hosting their data. Tech Republic suggested business use old
hard drives for cold data storage, testing, training and boilerplate
repeatable system operations. If all else fails, employees could recycle
the tools or donate them.
Before anything is thrown away,
decision-makers have to talk to an expert. An ERP consultant can advise
businesses on how to renovate, integrate or replace legacy systems.