Five Ways Cloud ERP Can Enable Your Company’s COVID-19 Recovery

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused major disruption to global markets and supply chains. Prioritization of customer and employee safety, rapidly changing consumer demand, and government/regulatory restrictions have forced manufacturers and distributors to become more agile in a quickly changing world.

As the long process of recovery begins, companies will need to reevaluate their processes across the enterprise – from marketing to sales, purchasing, production, warehouse management, shipping, and beyond – to ensure they’re able to seize opportunities for growth while staying one step ahead of a constantly changing environment.

Most legacy ERP systems aren’t built for this kind of agility. Rather than empowering rapid change, they’re built around an assumption that the way you do business is set in stone – from the day you implement to the day you switch systems. That approach just won’t cut it in 2020.

5 Advantages of Modernizing Your ERP System

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this day, there are many ERP installations from the 1990s and 2000s that are still alive and kicking – often running on outdated platforms like Windows XP and IBM’s I-Series (AS/400) or on homemade solutions built in Microsoft Access or FoxPro databases.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.


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