When you notice negative changes happening with the work that is entered into your company’s ERP software, the last thing you want to admit is that it may be time to replace it. Implementing/changing a system that you have probably used for years and have gotten used to, can seem like a daunting task that many want to avoid, but when work is suffering there comes a time where every company must admit, that it is time for a change. Here are five things that are signs you need a new ERP.
- There is no company-wide buy in
What good is an ERP that employees don’t fully use? Not good and not working. Usually, when this happens, it is because they refuse to learn, believe it is a bad system, or simply don’t care. This, however, hurts the company as you need to get all your employees and data on the same page. That way, there will be no errors due to lack of updated information or a confusion among responsibilities.
- There is too much double data entry
This may be one of the reasons the ERP is not fully used either. If you must enter the same data in multiple places, it becomes so time consuming that it becomes a waste. It becomes detrimental due to the inefficiency it creates within the organization’s process. Employees who must suffer through this will be very vocal on this issue.
- It takes more work finding information than entering it
Users will certainly be overwhelmed if they must do many clicks or spend a lot of time to find information. Navigating through menus or searching page after page on the computer screen will not only be a time waster but will also upset employees who are simply trying to do their job and maximize their performance.
- It is hindering aspects of your business
Nothing is worse for a company than trying to run the business on a software that does not meet their needs. Many times, as companies grow, they outgrow an ERP. The financials may be fine still, but the production and engineering has fallen by the wayside, or vice versa. When this happens, the ERP becomes a detriment to your business by no longer meeting your executional needs.
- You are using multiple systems
This is the biggest sign you need a new ERP. Nothing is worse than trying to do your finances in one system, handle production in another, and then do engineering in another. Spend the money! Get one system that handles everything so that it is all under one roof with no lack of communication.