Still holding onto your legacy system in the hope that – like Christ – it will rise from its tomb in three days, helping your ascent to business heaven? Well, I’m sorry to be the ghost at the feast, but your old solution has properly had it. Here's exactly why you can't resurrect it and what could be your one true saviour...
1. Disparate systems are killing your productivity
When important information and insight is locked away from key decision makers (KDMs), you have a real problem on your hands. Whereas a legacy system actively encourages silos to breed, a modern ERP is integration-friendly, allowing you to centralise all the materials you need so you can actually find and use them.
2. It’s not agile-and it’s not going to supple-up any time soon
When you’re trying to grow your business, you need a supportive infrastructure which empowers you to respond to changing demands. Cloud-based solutions are constantly updated and optimised with the needs of users in mind – with your legacy system, rigor mortis has well and truly set in.
3. Maintenance is draining your budget
The upkeep of legacy systems ain’t cheap. If updates are available at all, they come at an increased premium for marginal gains. Investing in an adaptable, modern solution, which is maintained through flexible monthly payments, will help to take you onto the next level.
4. Your decision-making is being hindered
Every business has huge data stores. However, properly leveraging them remains a key challenge for KDMs. Bad or out of data information will result in poor reporting and poor decision making. Not only can this hamper growth, but it can also be genuinely dangerous for your business. With real-time information in your hands, along with predictive AI-driven insights, however, you can make truly incisive calls.
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5. It’s not supportive of remote working
Remember the days when people would have to come into the office on their days off just to do a few errands and emails. Yeah, not great for job satisfaction or for productivity. The times, thankfully, have changed since then and the 9-5 working day has been laid to rest alongside on-premise solutions. With Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Mobile, your staff to work on the go and to complete those little tasks which keep things ticking away from the office.
6. Security is lax
With the likes of Google, Amazon and Apple standing accused of breaching GDPR, compliance is clearly easier said than done. Legacy systems, which are not equipped to rebut the latest online threats, can make matters worse, putting your and your customers’ data at further risk. With Dynamics 365’s in-built Azure Active Directory, any unauthorised access is prevented and site admins can easily bestow and revoke privileges, allowing you to live without fear of being slapped with an almighty fine.
7. It’s bloody difficult to use
Legacy systems often make sense to the people who created them, and very few others. This can make the task of onboarding new staff particularly difficult. Aside from its personalised homepages and general ease of use, Dynamics 365 for Talent allows new starters to get acquainted with your business before they’ve even started. This allows them to hit the ground running and drive growth from the get-go.
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