As we discussed in the opening of this blog series, your homegrown ERP leaves you open to a number of risks and challenges and it will benefit you in the long run to upgrade your ERP system. For example, what if your IT directoepry leaves the company or the programmer who made the application retires? Technology moves quickly and your homegrown system could have been made in a program or code that is no longer learned today – so you may have a hard time filling these positions with young professionals. By using technology that only a small number of people know and understand you are limiting innovation and possibly stunting your own growth; you may never be able to take advantage of thought leaders or consultants with your homegrown ERP system or develop capabilities at the rate of your competitors and the rest of your industry.
Things to consider:
- What will you do about the areas of the system that were coded by people who left the company years ago?
- If you remodel them will they ever work the right way?
- Will anyone be brave enough to try and remodel them?
If you attack the remodeling project and it fails you have just set the company back in terms of productivity and could have compromised your business. If you find yourself in this situation it may just be time to leave that homegrown system behind and move on to a system like Epicor ERP .
Epicor is designed to support your company’s various business processes with one comprehensive solution. Epicor ERP is scalable, modular, and has rich feature sets, which allow it to sustain your company’s growth with rapid implementation and easy expansion no matter the size and complexity of your business.