7 Crazy Reasons Why the Current ERP System Sucks (Mostly!)

30 Nov

ERP System Sucks!

It’s true. If you work in a large enterprise, whether in manufacturing, telecom, automotive or retail, you’d know exactly why ERP systems are not what they are made out to be.

Rather than making your job easier, they make things much, much more difficult and more complex. We are talking about the current ERP systems, of course, the ones you’re familiar with.

The current ERP or Enterprise Resource Planning systems really are nothing more than a grouping of different software modules: Modules such as Sales, Purchasing, Ordering, HR, Inventory, Ticketing, Accounting and Analytics. For me they are mere to inter-relational databases (or simple tables!). Which mostly works with garbage in, garbage out” philosophy”.

These software modules are connected to each other and link and integrate all of the company’s operations. The ERP allows you to follow the entire product cycle and the supply chain of the company.

The idea of an ERP system sounds good, but in reality, when you actually work with such systems and work with the ERP’s dashboard, and see the hundreds of fields that need to be filled, you wonder if any of that really makes sense.

The sheer complexity of the whole thing is staggering. It’s so easy to get lost and confused even as you try your best to follow the process flow.

Here are 7 Reasons Why the Current ERP System Suck.


1)    They are Not smart and Intelligent.


ERP software can be confusing, complex and difficult to work with. The learning curve for ERP users can be pretty sharp. But that’s not what a good software should be about. A good software system should make your tasks easier and simpler, not harder. So one can make the case the current ERP systems are neither smart nor intelligent. Indeed, 50 percent of the features of a current ERP system are hardly ever used.

2) They Don’t Give you Immediate Results.


That’s the bane of most ERP systems – they don’t give you immediate results.  It takes a while before the benefits of these systems become clearly visible. This makes it very difficult for the organization to justify the expenditure on a traditional ERP system.

3) They are Not Adoptive.


The current ERP systems are not flexible or adaptive in the sense that they cannot be easily customized according to your requirements. Customizing the system is not easy and requires a tremendous investment of time and labor. Any attempts made to change or improvise on the fixed processes used by the ERP systems could lead to unintended consequences.

4) They are Not Open and Have an Inherent Bias.


Every ERP system comes with a vendor lock-in. These are not open source systems by any means. Once an ERP system is implemented, the company is stuck with a particular vendor and will have to depend on that vendor for any future upgrades or customizations. You cannot change the vendor if you want to. So every ERP system comes with an inbuilt bias – which is another reason why your ERP sucks.

 5) They Lack Integration.


For any organization, data integration between various ERP systems is absolutely essential for the workflow. But this is not so easy to implement. The current ERP platforms of today are essentially a grouping of unnecessarily bloated software modules, many of which have no connection to one another. The lack of integration makes these systems difficult to implement.

 6) They Don’t Have a Decent User Interface, Especially on the Mobile.


Have you seen an ERP dashboard? It’s fair to say the user interface of these systems sucks, especially on the mobile. It’s very difficult to translate the complexity of these systems into an easily accessible form on a mobile app. This can be an issue in the modern-day environment, where much of the work is now done on smartphones or tablets.

 7) They are Expensive.


Last, but not least, the current ERP systems are expensive. The ERP software has sizeable upfront costs. The hardware is not cheap either. Then you have to worry about the massive fees related to the implementation. It’s very difficult to set a budget for these systems or a fixed timeline. There is every chance that what you end up paying for setting up a traditional ERP system at your organization will be much higher than what was originally budgeted for.

Well, that’s why the current ERP sucks. You can do better. Click here to find out how!

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    Hello, I am surprise to see how simple, lack of value and misleading is this article. ERP systems as well as ERP implementations are not perfect and are not magical, however making statements like those in the your article does not help the people looking for information on what could they do to have better information to run their business.
    When I read about how much an application should be adapted to the end user requests I wonder if the expectation is to have an in house developed application, which will be just that the end user wants. Then, if this is your priority, go for it.
    I believe the ERP business had been and is doing a sizeable effort to improve in several of the 7 points and it is not at all as bad as you try to describe. In fact, at least a few suppliers lead the end user companies to adopt Best Practices, improve its process management and deliver value with better and timming information on company operations.
    You should try again and do better, this one is about to get me out of your mailing list and will not invest in you materials for sale, I got the idea will not find a real valuable knowledge on that offerings

    • Muddassir

      Hi Rafael,

      Thanks for finding time to write a comment. You are subscribed to my blog for the last 2 years, and you have had received 100 email newsletter and out of 100 you have click only on 3! Which makes it 3% to be precise 🙂 And out of 100 you have dislike this one…My main purpose of this article is current ERP system are archaic, they are simply data basis, with garbage in and garbage out model. Why they are not SMART? Why we don’t use machine learning? Why we don’t use AI? Since they don’t mostly, for that reason I think they suck!
      If you disagree with me and don’t want to buy the guides and ebooks I am sharing with my subscribers and following I respect that. I wish you the best in future endeavors.

  • MiniBigTech

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