Those who operate with legacy versions of older software run the security and usability risks associated with out-of-date solutions. Not to mention missing out on the host of benefits that upgrading to a modern system can bring.
It is relatively common for businesses to be operating on legacy systems, however, as they are no longer supported there is a much higher risk of infiltration by cyber criminals or viruses. Security breaches on unsupported packages will not be eligible for support from any suppliers, providing all the more reason to upgrade. Up-to-date ERP solutions are complete with the latest security patches and cloud solutions mean that updates are deployed automatically.
Modern ERP systems are built with an added consideration for legislation, such as Making Tax Digital VAT. Legacy systems make it harder for businesses to remain compliant as these processes need to be done manually or require further costs to either develop and enhance legacy software or purchase 3rd party products.
Issues arise when ERP systems are left behind their accompanying package software versions, such as Outlook and Excel. As such packages continue to be updated, inefficiencies arise with incompatible software and duplication of work and speed issues. Modern ERPs boast continuous updates and continued compatibility, ensuring you get the most out of your business applications.
Cloud-based ERP solutions maintain an advantage in that they allow users to access the system from anywhere, at any time. On-premises systems also benefit from increased accessibility via mobile app counterparts.
As legacy systems are often accessible only onsite or via VPN solutions, they forego the opportunity to access data quickly and efficiently. Often running the risk of falling behind competitors, arising from a lack of meeting full productivity and efficiency capabilities.
Business Central is Microsoft’s ERP solution, built with innovation in mind. The benefit of Microsoft’s solution is its integration with a host of popular products such as Outlook and Power Apps. With built-in intelligence, effective ERPs can guide users to the most optimal outcomes with cost-reduced customisations.
In essence, the ultimate goal of implementing an ERP system should be to increase productivity, which will, in turn, drive efficiency and streamline processes. And with automation, so much time can be saved which allows you to focus on making the best business decisions.
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