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August 2018, Vol. 6, No. 4

Pressures mount on SMBs to modernize aging ERP processes

Obsolescence can be a nagging concern for owners and a business opportunity for providers. Oldies-but-goodies music lovers know all too well the problems encountered in finding replacement parts for their decades-old turntable, especially that essential phonograph needle that unlocks the early vinyl sounds of Sinatra, Elvis and Peggy Lee. Classic car owners share a far more expensive search for the right parts to their 1964 1/2 Mustang. Then there's the dilemma IT and business leaders face with their not-nearly-as-old on-premises ERP processes. ERP system providers may stop supporting older platforms due to prohibitive costs as they improve their offerings or shift their focus to more advanced platforms, according to a report by the Aberdeen Group. Faced with that reality, IT managers must wrestle with mounting internal pressures to either upgrade or ditch their legacy systems because of consumer demand, corporate bean-counters, marketplace disruptors, cloud alternatives and inevitable obsolescence. It's a familiar refrain in ...

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