A legacy ERP system is older enterprise software that is largely no longer being enhanced. Legacy ERP systems were usually first created in the 1980s or early 1990s and were often based on older technology like PIC, Progress or even DOS. Their original user interfaces were character-based, though many received facelifts over the years, often using Windows clients to provide some degree of modern UI look and feel. Most also have some sort of bolt-on business intelligence tool for improved reporting and analytics.Read More
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When investing in an ERP software package, you are typically responsible for two charges: the initial software purchase and ongoing maintenance fees. Whether you pay annually or on a month-by-month basis, maintenance costs are traditionally a percentage of your total software purchase. Unfortunately, what you get in return for your payment varies greatly from ERP vendor to ERP vendor.
I recently read an article written by the CEO of LinkedIn, Jeff Weiner. His tone and opinion on the people he enjoys working with resonated with me. It got me to thinking about the qualities and traits of the ideal Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist. My observations come from working with some of the best QA Specialists in software.
Man-made and natural disasters are constantly occurring around us. Some we can control quite easily while others literally shake the foundations of our earth. As economies around the world continually become more tightly knit together with supply chains being forged, these events challenge the stability of businesses and ultimately individual lives. Without a good disaster preparedness and recovery plan, critical businesses can become the weak link in the chain and have far reaching effects.
In times of economic uncertainty, everyone naturally looks for ways to save money and cut costs. As some annual manufacturing ERP system maintenance programs come up for renewal one might question the validity of expense. What happens when you don't continue to pay maintenance? For most ERP users, be prepared to be shut-off from technical support as well as any current or future software upgrades. In some cases, continuing to operate without technical support is not reason enough to justify the cost. So that leaves the upgrades as the main driver for continuing to pay your maintenance fees. So, are ERP software updates a big enough reason for paying maintenance? It all depends on your system!