Preparing for the Inevitable: Upgrades for Your ERP Software

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Many of us would like to implement an ERP solution once and not have to worry about it again, but this is not realistic and could put your company at risk.  Chances are good that you aren’t driving the same car you did 5 years ago and I highly doubt you are even using the same cell phone you had 2 years ago.  The fact is that technology is not just changing, it’s constantly improving.

Whether you are investigating the benefits of ERP software for the first time or have a system in place, it is best to plan for periodic upgrades in software.  Just like you schedule tune-ups for your car, tune-ups are also good for ERP software.  The suite of Microsoft Dynamics® ERP software solutions is occasionally upgraded to streamline the code, making the software function more efficiently and faster.  Upgrades also include improvements in the functions that you use, so that you are completing tasks with fewer clicks of the mouse.  Microsoft also adds patches and fixes for the different software improvements discovered by users.  When upgrades are needed, Microsoft strives to reduce downtimes so that business interruption is minimal.

Upgrades are also like spring cleaning for your data.  Before installing the upgrade to your Microsoft Dynamics ERP software, you should perform a backup of the existing data.  You might also sort out old data, archive old records, and optimize the configuration of the database server to get the best performance from your system.  All of this preparation is important for keeping your ERP software running smoothly and at optimal speed.  Once your upgrade is complete, you have an ERP system that works even better than it did before.

Driving to work in a Model-T car and using a rotary-dial phone is inefficient in this modern era, and so is using old software.  Upgrades are a necessary part of using powerful ERP software.  Simply plan for budgets and they won’t be as big of an interruption as you might think.


By Sikich, Microsoft Dynamics ERP Partner based out of Missouri


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