Replacement Indicators for Legacy Systems

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Legacy ERP DiagramMost companies have a period they go through where legacy ERP works for them. Whether it happens to be an older version from a current expert or an in-house solution it is great for them, for a certain period of time. However it seems inevitable that every company eventually shies away from it. Most of the time this is due to the fact that the original was not created by experts in CRM. Other times it may be due to the fact that they do not have all the power needed for the setup.

Determining whether you need to replace yours can be a complicated process. The first piece of advice we want to give is that you should replace it eventually. All your competitors will have a powerful solution at some point and you need to keep up with them. Many companies have fallen behind in efficiency because they put off the upgrade far too long and watched all of their competitors zoom past them.

Bloated systems that have become impossible to manage are another big reason to upgrade. At some point it becomes harder to repair an old system than to just buy a new one. In other cases you may find that your hardware or software has been discontinued as well. Both of these are great reasons to upgrade and can really cut down on your overall costs down the line as well.

We’ll add our take the many different articles on when to do this. Our first big piece of advice that not everyone else will give you is that you should sometimes wait. If it will hamper a major project or even cause some short of shutdown it isn’t worth it. Buy when you have the money to do so. Fortunately many options in this area are quite affordable.

Having only a few things that the system can do is another reason to upgrade. In the ever-evolving world of business it is very easy to find that you do not have all the functionality which is needed in the modern day. This actually may be the most common reason that people change their software around to meet new demands. Some companies will just change everything at the drop of the hat, which is not always a bad idea.

Fundraising management software is something to look at here as well. Can your system handle it for the organization? Hardware is always a big consideration. For those who stick with old systems way beyond their usefulness this is a huge headache. It can actually make work at your company miserable. If your systems are broken all the time you will not be able to attract or maintain the great workers you need in order to make sure you have the best people anywhere.

Not having a cloud is probably the latest and most publicized reason lately. Due to this you are probably looking at the technology. It isn’t strictly needed today but clients will come to expect it in the future so look into it.


Author: Walter McDaniel

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