Can Custom ERP be Upgraded? Yes!
Can custom ERP be upgraded? That’s a great question. Traditionally ERP systems with customizations were bound to the version of the software that the customizations were designed for. Upgrading a customized ERP system meant that expensive customizations were lost. As a result, highly customized systems were not upgraded until they were past their time, at which point they had to be replaced.
Epicor Software Corporation saw the challenges that businesses with functionality requirements beyond their already robust ERP solutions faced. First, it often took years to complete customizations, then as software and hardware updates became available, the customizations could not be applied. The bottom line was that companies with customizations were never on a current ERP system. With that, Epicor set course to develop a product that did not impact customizations.
The good news is that the release of Epicor ERP 9 brought with it a complete redesign, from the ground up, of how Epicor ERP was architected. Part of the strategy behind the redesign of Epicor ERP 9 was to separate the software, customizations and technology into unique components so that each could be updated independently. With that, companies using Epicor ERP 9 and later were given control over what was upgraded and when the upgrades occured. Separating the software, customizations and technology was a smart approach because businesses are able to gain a higher ROI from their investment through the preservation of ERP customizations.
If you would like to learn more about how the response to, “Can Custom ERP be Upgraded?” changed from no to an absolute ‘yes’ with the release of Epicor ERP 9, contact MIS today. The team at MIS has been helping businesses conquer their biggest business challenges for over 30 years, and we are ready for yours! And don’t forget to ask us about Exceptional ERP™ !
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Karen Beaulieu has worked in the ERP software industry for over 15 years. Having worked in a variety of roles from product development, channel and direct sales to marketing, Karen has a unique understanding and perspective of the ERP software industry. Currently Karen works in a marketing capacity for MIS Consulting & Sales and MIS Solutions Canada, ULC.