In 2018, manufacturers and distributors around the world will embark on the process of selecting an ERP system. Whether it’s the first ERP system they’ll install or an upgrade from a legacy system, the selection and implementation will be a major undertaking. What are the main reasons why companies upgrade their ERP systems, and what should they look for in their new software?
From outdated ERP systems, to ones that don't allow you to customize or upgrade to organizations stuck re-entering their data multiple times, this 6-part blog series from abas tackles the 6 most common problems that lead to an ERP selection and implementation process and how to overcome those challenges.
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Applying analytics data to decision making is becoming essential in modern business. When managers, supervisors and executives make decisions, they need the right data at the right time. Without supporting information, organizations end up, in essence, gambling with the outcome of the choices they make. ERP data, like what you get from abas ERP, can empower workers to be at their best at all times.
Data re-entry and similarly redundant manual processes can undermine a business' ability to work efficiently. When your skilled employees have to take time to do repetitive, tedious work, they are wasting time that could otherwise be spent on tasks that deliver greater value to the business. Modern ERP workflow management tools are changing this situation by automating key processes and eliminating the data re-entry that comes up in day-to-day work.
Your competitors are gaining an edge in the marketplace because their ERP systems let them enact processes and capabilities you can't. You see workflow problems that you know how to solve, but your ERP can't handle the change. The problems are real, and they happen for a few key reasons. Regardless of why you're stuck, there are always options.
Mobility is critical in today's manufacturing and distribution operations. When your employees have to go back to their workstations to enter data or wait to update information until they're back in the office, they can end up feeling trapped at their desks, unable to work at their best. Think about this issue at an organizational level, and the feeling of being slowed down is even greater.
ERP software systems are rarely static. Much like every other piece of technology, they continue to be tweaked and improved. So how can you tell if it's time for your legacy ERP system to get an upgrade?