This whitepaper is designed to empower you to make an informed decision when evaluating if modernizing your ERP system is right for your business and assist you in obtaining your company’s business objectives.
There’s no doubt about it: Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software has a long lifecycle. The average lifetime of an ERP installation is 7 to 10 years, and many manufacturers and distributors make theirs last far longer – sometimes by decades!
To this day, there are many ERP installations from the 1990s and 2000s that are still alive and kicking – often running on outdated platforms like Windows XP and IBM’s I-Series (AS/400) or on homemade solutions built in Microsoft Access or FoxPro databases.
But with that said, a lot has changed with the advent of modern ERP solutions. Today’s business software supports a wide array of options that would have been considered impossible even 10 or 15 years ago, and if you’re running an older system, it’s worth considering whether these improved functions may deliver competitive advantages that make an upgrade or system change desirable.