Determining when it’s time for a new ERP implementation

////Determining when it’s time for a new ERP implementation

Although an enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform such as Microsoft Dynamics NAV can offer businesses many benefits, a poorly-executed ERP implementation can lead to disastrous outcomes down the road.

According to what supply chain professional Dave Turbide wrote in a recent Manufacturing Business Technology article, just because an ERP platform was put in place recently does not mean that the organization can assume it is working at peak capacity. Since ERP implementation can be a time-consuming and costly process, businesses must make every effort to boost the platform's return on investment.

"The most urgent reason for changing systems is that the current system is inhibiting the business in some way," Turbide wrote. "Customers are demanding on-line functionality that the system can't provide e.g.: There is a need to collaborate with suppliers and distributors that is beyond what the system can support. New techniques or strategies would help the business thrive, but the system does include the necessary capabilities, and many other similar issues."

Some indications that a system is improperly configured, according to Turbide, are that it lacks flexibility, is slow to access and transfer data, is unreliable and is not cost effective to maintain. To remedy these issues, companies with an inefficient platform can leverage an ERP integration partner to boost their chosen solution's performance.

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