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blog | April 21, 2015

Why You Might Not Need to Customize Your ERP Software

Most ERP implementations require at least some custom programming. Older ERP installations have up to 75% of their code customized. But just because it’s common doesn’t mean you should...

By WorkWiseSoftware

Most ERP implementations require at least some custom programming. Older ERP installations have up to 75% of their code customized. But just because it’s common doesn’t mean you should follow their example.  Your goal should always be to have as little customization as possible in your ERP system.Today’s ERP systems give customers way more options than before when it comes to customization. Most ERP systems these days use configuration in place of customization.

Of course, sometimes customizing your ERP system is simply unavoidable. There are many businesses that have special processes that require customization. However, customization can have a heavy cost that might not make it worth your while. It’s important to evaluate whether you really need your ERP customized before proceeding.

Here are some reasons to rethink customizing your ERP:

  1. Customization Makes Implementation More Risky and More Expensive

It takes a lot of time and resources to write and test code. The more customizations you need, the more it will cost to get your ERP up and running. It also makes the schedule more unpredictable.

These changes, even small ones, can impact many areas of the entire ERP system. And when testing, it’s hard to make sure you’ve found all the problems.

  1. It’s Harder To Perform Maintenance And Upgrades On Customized ERP Code

With customized code, every patch you make means one more chance for damage to your code. Needing to patch or upgrade your ERP software usually means more customizations to make it work properly. Every time this is done, the ERP software gets further and further away from its original, out of the box form. So maintenance gets more complicated with each upgrade.

This could also mean that upgrades simply never get installed because of the time, money and effort involved. This means that your ERP system gets increasingly dated much faster than it otherwise would.

  1. You Don’t (Usually) Need Customizations with Modern ERP Systems  

In general, most modern, out of the box ERP systems embody industry best practices. You probably don’t need to customize anything at all, and you might be doing more harm than good. Instead of customizing the code fit your processes, seriously consider modifying your processes to fit to the ERP system. Although this might mean an overhaul of your processes, remember that one of the ways ERP helps your business in the first place is by adjusting your procedures.

 

Unless you truly need customizations to fit with business processes that give your company a leg up on the competition, there really isn’t any need to customize your ERP software. As long as your ERP system is properly configured, you should have no problems using it just as it is.

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