Just because a manufacturer has an ERP system in place, doesn't mean they're 100% happy with it. Over time, employees forget about some of the ERP functionality they have available, or people leave and their system knowledge leaves with them. Tight budgets mean there’s rarely enough money for more training, and the IT team is stretched thin enough without taking on an ERP upgrade project. Or perhaps the business has changed over the years, and users users don’t think the current ERP system can support the new requirements.
When these common scenarios exist, companies start to feel dissatisfied. Sometimes they decide to break up with their existing ERP vendor. Oher times they decide to just explore new ways to use their current system more effectively. So how can your company decide what to do? Do you go the route of replacing your current system or do you just try to use what you already own in a better way? Let's consider the pros and cons of each.