The decision to adopt a modern ERP system isn't always easy. Manufacturing decision-makers often see difficulties with their current processes, even if they use legacy ERP platforms, but the choice to take that next step may strike them as costly or too labor-intensive. However, with the right strategy in place for that transition to a new system, such a move is very likely to be worth their while.

The challenges companies face in such a switch are sometimes exacerbated when they're layering a new ERP platform on top of an old one, especially if the new one lives in the cloud, according to Search Manufacturing ERP. That process can be particularly tricky when it comes to migrating existing ERP data into new systems. This is true both in terms of wringing maximum efficiency out of existing data and keeping that information secure at it transitions to and is stored in the cloud.

A technical issue
Part of the reason for these difficulties in migrating ERP data is that legacy systems aren't really designed to operate the same way as more modern options. That is to say, legacy ERP systems typically handle large amounts of information all at once, on demand. Usually, workers asked these systems to generate many reports in a single burst. Cloud-based platforms are set up to provide smaller amounts of data in real time.

Managers need to make sure everyone is on board with the switch, not only because the platforms are different, but because they simply don't operate in the same way, according to Enterprise Apps Tech News. When making such a transition, it's vital that employees have multiple hands-on opportunities to learn the systems, if at all possible, before they are "switched on." Experts know from experience that these moves aren't always easy to make; in some cases, workers can't attend any single session or won't learn everything they need to know from an online training program. As such, managers need to become more proactive in making sure everyone is on the same page at least by the end of the process.

Are there any hurdles?
One of the reasons unprepared managers may not always succeed when trying to get everyone up to speed is that they don't really know how their subordinates use the existing ERP system on a day-to-day basis. As such, it's vital to do a little legwork even before making a decision on which modern ERP platform will work best for a company's unique needs. The more decision-makers can do to get a sense of how the system will be used at every level, from the shop floor to the boardroom, the better off everyone will be in the transition.

The important thing for everyone involved to keep in mind during the initial period is that it probably won't always go smoothly. There may be little bumps and hiccups along the way, but the end goal is increased efficiency. Progress is not difficult to achieve if everyone pulls in the same direction. Being prepared to face a little adversity, regardless of the form it takes, can help ensure a successful switch and a healthier bottom line as a result.