1st generation ERP’s were implemented around the 1995 to 2000 period. Most of them have now become legacy systems. What does legacy really mean? It means your ERP is no longer meeting the needs of your organization.
Here are a few signs that you may have a legacy system on your hands:
New staff are appalled – If new hires are constantly making snarky comments about your ERP, and loudly stating “I can’t believe this ERP is so limited!”: then you might have a legacy system.
Your original vendor no longer exists – If your original ERP vendor has been merged/acquired/divested one or more times, or even worse, is defunct: then you might have a legacy system.
Your ERP requires a whole staff for its proper care and feeding – If you now have a team of five who do nothing but fight fires all day and night and hand feed the ERP to make sure the batch reporting doesn’t crash: then you might have a legacy system.
You haven’t been able to upgrade for years – If you’ve customized your ERP to the point where it’s no longer possible to upgrade the system: then you might have a legacy system.
Your ERP is more a hindrance than a help – If you’re trying to paper over your ERP’s shortcomings through integrations and external projects, if you’re using BI to try to make up for the failure of your ERP to provide effective reporting: then you might have a legacy system.
No Support for New Technology – If it’s completely impossible to incorporate new technologies like mobile, Cloud, and big data.. then you might have a legacy system.
Does any of this sound familiar? If so, it’s time to get serious about finding a new ERP. An ERP that will meet your needs for today and tomorrow. An ERP that will keep you competitive and profitable. The good news? Since you last implemented an ERP the software has got better, more reliable, and is much easier to implement.
For 17 years SHEA has delivered ERP projects on time and on budget. We have ERP solutions that will leapfrog you from a legacy ERP to state of the art. We would love to talk to you about your ERP system.