Transitioning from Legacy Business Management Software to Modern ERP

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There are many reasons why your business may decide to upgrade your existing technology and business management software systems. For example, when a software systems decides to end support for a legacy operating system (think Windows XP), when new technology and opportunities become available, when a business changes processes or when servers and hardware needs … Read more

Demonstrating the Value of Enterprise Software to Employees

value of ERP software in a business

Inherent in its name, “Enterprise Software” (also known as ERP)  is a software solution that will affect all aspects of a business. If you decide your company needs a fully integrated solution, the software you select will need functionality to help manage sales, accounting and financials, warehouse and operations, customer service and everything in between.  … Read more

It’s Time to Replace QuickBooks. So what’s the Hold Up?

QuickBooks Replacement

As a business owner or user of introductory software such as QuickBooks, you are fully aware that the time has now come to search for a new software system. The company has been using this software for several years and the limitations that were once unnoticeable are quickly becoming too prominent and cumbersome to manage. The … Read more

Target Canada: Mistakes Made from a Software Perspective

Target Canada Failed Launch

It was a sad day in Canadian retail history when, just over a year ago, Target Canada filed for bankruptcy protection after months of struggling to gain a foothold in the marketplace.  A highly anticipated launch seemed to face issue after issue from the get-go and consumers continuously felt let down by the retail giant.  … Read more

Moving from Legacy On-Premises ERP to Cloud ERP

On-Premise Computer Software in the Clouds

For many companies, deciding to implement a new ERP software stems from company growth and a lack of integrated software. However for those businesses that have been around longer, the need may stem from using outdated legacy systems.  In certain instances these systems are no longer supported or being developed which can leave the company … Read more

4 Signs it’s Time to Upgrade Your Distribution ERP Software

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As a small business owner it is inevitable that some of your time will be spent putting out fires, and dealing with issues as they arise on a daily basis.  For wholesale distribution companies this may include: time spent searching through various systems and files to find information on specific orders, doing physical inventory counts to determine actual inventory volume and calculating different price levels for customers when vendors change their costs.  Although the flexibility to do this is often seen as a benefit of being a small business, it is important to not let it get in the way of executing other projects and achieving your strategic goals. As a business owner, you should try to avoid becoming so overwhelmed dealing with everyday tasks, and putting out fires, that you’re unable to focus on the core success factors of your business.  One solution is to begin looking for a more robust distribution ERP software system in order to streamline operations, automate processes and reduce the amount of time spent manually managing your business.  Although this may be one of the most important reasons to upgrade your existing software, four more are outlined below.

(1) Your current systems lack integration with one another.

Lack of integration may include all or a few of your existing systems such as: accounting, CRM, inventory management and eCommerce.  Although each of your existing software systems may work perfectly well independently of one another, as your company grows the issues that arise from lack of integration will start to become more and more obvious.  Working with multiple disparate systems means that the same data must be entered several times, which can lead to keying errors and inconsistent information.  In addition, if one system gets upgraded, this version may no longer be compatible with your other systems for managing simple tasks like importing and exporting data.

(2) Your current system is no longer supported, has reached its end of life, or is a sunset program and will no longer be developed.

Just as you have a business to grow and manage, so do software vendors, which means they may discontinue development on older systems in order to focus on more modern and lucrative software initiatives.  Although this issue is unavoidable, it is important to be proactive in finding a new solution when this happens.  With no support or further development, your system is more vulnerable to security threats and will no longer receive system patches.  As with purchasing insurance, upgrading your software system is more beneficial when carried out pro-actively in order to protect your business from future issues.

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Factors to Consider When Upgrading Software: Employee Skill Set

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Introductory software systems, such as QuickBooks, are great tools for small and start-up businesses.    They require minimal training and set-up, are intuitive and easy to use and come with a relatively low price tag.  However, as your business grows and order volume increases, there may come a time where more robust accounting ERP software is required.  … Read more

What’s the Difference between Introductory Software and ERP?

question about ERP

The enterprise software industry is typically divided into 3 different tiers and/or segments: Tier One introductory systems, Tier Two mid-market ERP systems and Tier Three, top-tier or Blue Chip solutions. Each different Tier is geared towards companies of a particular size, with certain business processes and future strategic plans. A high-level understanding of the different Tiers and … Read more