What's Your Problem? - Part 4
Need an ERP system upgrade but you're locked in to a system with no upgrade possible? Plenty of businesses have been there before: They need a new ERP system, but their budget, existing configuration or specific business requirements has left them stuck with a solution that isn't quite meeting their needs. If you're in this situation, you know how frustrating it can be. Your competitors are gaining an edge in the marketplace because their ERP lets 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.
Here are the three of the most prominent reasons a company ends up locked in to a specific ERP:
1. The core architecture trapped you
abas ERP is available for deployment in cloud, on-premise and hybrid solutions
Many businesses invested in ERP systems before the rise of cloud computing. If you're one such company, chances are you have an on-premise ERP that is deeply integrated into your business and integral to how you function. A move to the cloud can replicate this functionality, but only if the cloud works for you. Not every businesses will benefit from the cloud. For example, companies in remote areas with poor connectivity can struggle with the cloud because of network limitations.
If you need an on-premise solution, but your vendor has moved to the cloud, it's easy to get stuck. abas ERP, however, is available for deployment in cloud, on-premise and hybrid configurations. If you transition to abas, you won't be trapped based on the underlying ERP architecture, giving you long-term flexibility with ERP system upgrades as your business requirements change.
2. The ERP has left you behind
A few years ago, your ERP provider offered a major update, but it didn't make sense for your current needs, so you ignored it. The subsequent updates weren't worth it either. Now you need to upgrade your vendor management module, but you can't do it because you're using such an old version of the system that the vendor's solution is no longer compatible. This type of problem is more common than it may seem, as making any changes to an ERP can be daunting. It's easy to fall far enough behind your ERP provider that you would have to make kernel-level manual updates to transition.
This type of administrative work doesn't have to prevent you from innovating. Instead, read on to hear how abas solves upgrade and customization challenges in the ERP world.
3. You've customized so much an ERP system upgrade isn't possible
Flexibility and ease of use are among the core values behind our ERP solution
For some organizations, getting a new ERP triggers a series of consistent customizations. Initially, you add in a few custom capabilities to supplement the out-of-the-box functionality. Over time, you've made major edits to the kernel structure to make the database fit your needs. Now you need a new ERP, but you've made such extensive customizations that you'd have to redo those capabilities to upgrade.
Whether you've fallen behind on updates or taken on extensive customization, abas simplifies the process through a tiered architecture in which various segments of the ERP are segregated from one another. As a result, you can customize in one part of the database, and it will have no impact on the kernel structures or compatibility elsewhere. Flexibility and ease of use are among the core values behind our ERP solution and ERP system upgrade philosophy.