Any ERP software updates, upgrades, or overhauls need to take your barcoding equipment into account. ERP, (which stands for enterprise resource planning), is most commonly known in application as a business process software management tool. While your HR department might be excited to tinker with the new modules featured in the updated ERP version, your HR team may not understand how the ERP update will affect their teammates in the warehouse who interact with the ERP using their mobile computers.
It is easy to overlook how incompatible software could potentially render hardware useless or obsolete. In the same vein, ideally any ERP update should result in increased efficiencies for most– if not all– of your staff. With that in mind, this is the perfect time to examine whether staying with your current ERP provider makes sense. When taking on a project of this scale–where much time and possibly an additional financial investment could be required–it can’t hurt to research competing ERP software packages that may better suit your needs.
Once you commit to an ERP software update, consider the following:
Research whether your barcoding equipment will meet the system requirements for the new ERP to work properly. There is a chance that your barcoding hardware and/or existing software won’t play nice with the upgraded ERP version. ERP software packages generally call for very specific OS, CPU, RAM, hard disk space, and supporting software needs. Some even have requirements for the display size and resolution. If you have a mix of barcoding devices, you will need to check for compatibility across all of them–your mobile computers, tablets, etc. You may find that the latest and greatest version of an ERP software may require updating barcoding equipment along with it. This could be either an unpleasant surprise or an opportunity.
Insider’s Tip: Before you go all in with an ERP software update, run a test of the new version with a few of your barcode equipment users. Gather their feedback before you proceed with an update across your entire team. Did they run into any software and/or hardware problems while using the latest version?
Another factor to take into consideration is the deployment time. Will you be aware of when your ERP program will be down for the update? Plan ahead to minimize or eliminate potential downtime. Can your barcoding equipment physically be in use during the update? Or should you be prepared to get some loaners while staging your existing equipment with the newest ERP version?
Lastly, always do a backup of all of your data. As much as we like to rely on the cloud, it is better to be safe than sorry. Knowing that you can do a restore of data in a previous ERP version will give you added peace of mind during the upgrade process.
After running through these questions, you may find that you will need a little help from your barcoding friends. The right barcode reseller can help you:
- Determine whether your team is prepared for an ERP update
- Figure out what kind of ERP software update is right for you. Oracle and SAP aren’t your only options, even though they may be among the first to come to mind. Your barcode partner may be able to build a custom solution for you with your unique needs in mind.
- Audit whether your existing barcoding equipment can support the recommended ERP update
- Walk through what may become an upgrade of your barcoding equipment, too, if the ERP update necessitates it
- Guide you through the entire update process, and help onboard your team to the new equipment and systems
Bar Code Direct can help your next ERP software update not feel like an uphill battle. Contact us to schedule your free health check today.