Channeling our inner Letterman, today we’ll reveal what the folks at Aberdeen Research found in a 2011 survey were the top reasons why companies put off upgrading their ERP systems. We’ll rank them from the least-cited (#6) to the most cited (#1) reason.
Top 6 Reasons for Putting Off an ERP Upgrade:
#6: The upgrade process is too long and hard – we skip one or more, but eventually catch up
#5: Budget/cash flow issues
#4: Uncertainty over the quality of the new release
#3: Our customizations make the upgrade cost prohibitively expensive
#2: Not enough new features to build a solid business case
And the Number One reason companies put off an ERP upgrade (drum roll please)…
The current release satisfies our needs!
We of course, in the biz, have heard them all – some being more valid than others perhaps, but all evidence of the pain inherent in some upgrades.
But it’s important to note that with today’s more modern software, upgrades have become substantially easier (and less costly!) than ever before. In particular, #3 above, which was formerly a high-cost-hurdle, absolute deal breaker, is going by the wayside. At least that’s what we’re finding with our Microsoft Dynamics NAV practice. The result is more clients able to keep their software more current, at lower costs (usually, an annual subscription) than ever before.
So, what’s your excuse?