Many businesses are holding onto legacy systems because they still work, to a degree. There could be something that is holding their business to that legacy solution or a fear of spending too much money to upgrade technologies. However, waiting too long to upgrade systems can create an even bigger and more expensive problem.
Just because something is old doesn’t mean it’s bad per se. Legacy systems can be compared to a classic car - you can still find parts to keep it humming, you know how to make it work, and it can get you to the places you want to go. However, a classic car doesn’t offer the efficiencies that a more current car offers. In addition, as with a classic car, it will become increasingly expensive to maintain a legacy system, take more time to keep it working as it should, and it may not be able to keep up as your business grows and changes.
What happens when your software provider or the IT experts that are maintaining your system disappear or simply become too expensive to keep your system in good working order? At that moment you could be left in the dark with no access to your business data. You are then put in a pressure situation, rushing to make decisions so that you can get back to business. You could end up with the wrong business management solutions and spend even more time and money making corrections.
As you make strategic plans for your business, include plans for your future business management solutions. Start with finding a software provider that can offer guidance with choosing an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution. Discuss which ERP solution can work the way your business works today and has the flexibility to grow and change as your business grows and changes. You can also discuss deployment options that fit your IT resources, budget, and timeframe - on-premise, Cloud, or hybrid deployment. The main point is that you can take the time to line up your resources and make a plan.
While you plan your business future, make sure your plans include a business technology that can keep up. Contact Perimeter Business Solutions for guidance with upgrading your technology and getting an ERP solution in place before your legacy system gives out.
By Mark D. Kosakowski of Perimeter Business Solutions, Microsoft Dynamics GP Partner out of Atlanta, Georgia