When a company effectively implements ERP software solutions it will see improved processes and streamlined data operations. Initial success could breed comfort and a resistance to change. To ensure a business is working with the best tools possible, it should analyze its ERP system to see if it needs an upgrade.

Is the software performing to the best of its ability?
Sometimes when a company implements ERP technology, it does so with only one or two goals in mind. This limited scope leads to a system that is not performing to its optimal effect.

The ERP Software Blog advised companies to consistently check on the functionality of its software. The ERP needs to run at a sufficient operational speed and store the proper amounts of data. Technology tools must reduce the need for constant manual data entry and automated processes should create real-time information. Does the company’s ERP software integrate with its other systems?

If a company is unable to perform these functions, it’s time to upgrade. The business can find a new software partner to create a better implementation strategy and choose a software package that meets the unique needs of the specific industry. A software program like Microsoft Dynamics NAV will integrate with most popular systems, such as Excel, and provide a simple user interface.

Have demands grown?
When a company grows, so does its data. More customers, products and locations mean businesses will have to work with increasing amounts of information from multiple sources.

Too many managers try to stretch the limitations of ERP systems in order to keep up with rising demands. While ERP software is flexible, older options are much more rigid than modern tools. Technology past its prime has data caps or other limitations that limit growth. The company needs to change platforms or perform a technical upgrade on the existing software.

Even when working with an up-to-date ERP software program, a company can discover needs it did not account for in implementation. Deloitte suggested companies who are happy with their current ERP partner but wish to expand utilities should look into implementing modules. These are programs added to an existing system to facilitate a specific need. Microsoft Dynamics NAV Add-ons include time tracking and inventory count.

What’s new?
Technology is constantly changing. The current marketplace shifts at breakneck speeds to take advantage of the latest software advances.

Recently released features can rapidly become industry standards. For example, ERP Focus stated lack of cloud-deployed solutions is the first sign that a company needs to update its ERP software. Modern industry is mobile. To stay competitive, managers need data solutions accessible from multiple locations.

A company should partner with a software provider that will keep them informed on the latest updates and modules. A business needs to be aware of new technological and decide if the solutions offered by advances would be beneficial for future operations and growth.

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