Large manufacturing concerns are generally hesitant to upgrade their yesteryear ERP systems due to the purported costs and the complexity involved with such a project. Unfortunately, continuing with such obsolete systems is far more dangerous than risking a transformation due to the vagaries of both customers and competitors in the prevailing economic slump. Our client caught on to this early and sought to migrate to SAP along with its famed C4C integration. Some of the seemingly insurmountable challenges that our clients faced during the migration are:
Incoherent Business Systems
The client's existing systems were not configured to work in unison, and this caused several inefficiencies in each area (inventory, manufacturing, et al.) that resulted in a combined effect of lowering productivity by a significant margin. Furthermore, these systems were architected in a manner that did not accommodate modularity, which made it impossible to implement relevant updates and patches.
Inefficient Data Management
The client's ERP stack did not have a master data management system, let alone a data governance framework. In our current climate of rampant data breaches and cybercrimes, this was a gaping vulnerability that the client had to address. Because of their rigidity, Yesteryear systems couldn't accommodate the latest security protocols, thereby risking the company's operations and reputation.
Lack of Standardized Processes
Legacy systems, at the time of implementation, were fairly barebones in the capabilities that they provided. They did not come with templates for standardized systems or procedures in industrial settings, nor did they allow users to alter authorizations and security matrices. All of this caused added operational chaos for the client.