Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software is continuously being upgraded and enhanced. Upgrading an ERP system will improve system functionality and provide the best tech options on the market. The latest software upgrades will provide the latest operating systems, servers, hardware, databases, and eliminate the security threats from old servers and chances of crypto locks. By upgrading an ERP system, an organization will also receive the most cost-effective technology by avoiding the costs of maintaining older systems. Take a closer look at the benefits of keeping software upgraded and the risks of not upgrading software.


Cost Benefits:

In ‘The Hidden Technology Debt’ blog, we discussed the cost of doing small, less effective maintenance fixes/solutions and/or no maintenance at all. Organizations who decide to maintain outdated software and those who wait many years and skip multiple versions before upgrading will face substantial costs. Upgrading an ERP software is a smart financial decision. Organizations will pay frequent, smaller fees that are a fraction of the cost compared to waiting several years and doing one large upgrade.


Productivity Benefits:

ERP software upgrades will improve the overall user experience and efficiency. In today’s world, it’s important to ensure software is running at optimal performance. Upgrades will introduce software improvements and enhancements, allowing organizations to conduct everyday tasks in a fraction of the time.


Security Benefits and Risks:

There is an increasing amount of pressure to secure and protect data to continually higher standards. Data security in an ERP system is extremely important in protecting highly sensitive records, company finances, manufacturing blueprints, private customer/client information and much more. Data exposure can produce catastrophic financial repercussions and cause irreversible damage to an organization’s reputation.

Software developers are constantly searching for bugs and other security problems. Once the uncovered security flaws and minor changes have been made, the software developers will release a newer, safer version of your system. While new software improvements are constantly being made, outdated ERP systems are not being actively checked for bugs and have an increased threat of security breaches.


Support Risks:

As new ERP software versions are released, older software versions may no longer be supported. Due to the increased difficulty of maintaining old software, it’s common for technical support specialist to stop supporting your outdated ERP system.


Upgrading an ERP software on a regular basis and/or staying on an active maintenance plan is the most important tool in adding value to an organization. Software developers are constantly releasing new software versions with additional enhancements and features to optimize daily tasks and workflow procedures. Software upgrades will save time, money, and frustration in the long run.

Contact one of our technical support specialists to get your ERP system upgraded today!

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