In today’s competitive and fast-paced business environment, consumer product and software companies must quickly respond to shifting consumer preferences and marketplace demands. For apparel businesses, dedicated enterprise resource planning (ERP) software helps them streamline the process from start to finish.
Whether gradually expanding or experiencing rapid growth, they often lag in modernizing legacy outdated ERP solutions. And while staying with a legacy system may not be the right decision for a company, they need to update their legacy ERP to remain competitive. However, the process involves transitioning from traditional methods to the latest architectures and technologies. Picking the right approach is essential because legacy ERP modernization demands more than a few minor upgrades. For companies, it is vital to evaluate whether a significant overhaul is worth the business disruption and what aspect of their legacy ERP most needs improvement while considering the modernization costs.
In this blog, we’ll explore a real-life case of how we helped a forward-thinking apparel company successfully modernize its legacy ERP system to stay competitive and thrive in the digital age. So let’s get started!
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It’s a tough spot for any modern-day retailer to struggle with an outdated, unscalable ERP solution with sluggish hardware. Legacy systems, like mainframes and servers, are inadequate for today’s online landscape, where cost-effective online hosting reigns supreme. Aging apps and obsolete tech setups are pushing businesses to overhaul their crucial applications and upgrade their tech stack for a much-needed efficiency boost. Even if your legacy systems seem okay, the clock is ticking. Tech is shifting, and your legacy apps will need an upgrade sooner than you think.
Holding onto old applications today comes at a hefty price! Despite throwing resources at fixes and tech updates, how long will those legacy systems genuinely last? As the challenges pile up, your crucial apps could start to sputter. Enter application modernization! Modernizing old, complex systems takes effort and money, but smart businesses view it as an investment strategy. Let’s find out why.
Legacy modernization is about reimagining your core operations for a smooth digital shift. With this upgrade, you’re not just replacing outdated software; you’re reshaping your operations to thrive in the digital realm. From ramping up IT infrastructure and digitalizing cross-channel operations to leveraging intelligent process automation and data-powered business models – legacy ERP system modernization prepares your business for the digital era.
Our customer is an established North America-based company that produces premium custom-decorated, vintage-inspired apparel, headwear, and home décor. They relied on a legacy ERP system to manage ordering, product design, production, shipping accounting, reporting, and analytics. In addition to poor UI, this system faced significant challenges with scaling up on the technology front.
While this system had served them well for over a decade, integrating applications across systems was becoming a bottleneck as part of the rapid expansion. Listed below are some of the challenges;
Our team undertook a phased approach to address customers’ challenges. The engagement commenced with a Requirements Assessment (RA) phase to build confidence and identify areas of improvement. We helped recognize the need for change while embarking on a journey to modernize their ERP system/application. Here’s how they tackled the challenge:
The integration efforts were segmented into various projects. The migration of Order and Customer modules was successfully executed, followed by the Moses App (Sales Rep Module) implementation. The partnership facilitated the live launch of the Customer and Licensing Portal (SKU Approval).
The analytics work with Power BI involved integrating data from diverse sources, establishing robust data models, and developing customized dashboards. Key metrics were defined, and data migration was facilitated to empower different departments with data-driven decision-making capabilities.
As an experienced legacy application modernization company, we help modernize the technology stack and revitalize your business-critical applications with the right blend of tools, platforms, and strategies. Our skilled team meticulously analyses your existing legacy systems and aging apps to comprehend their technical constraints and operational hurdles. This understanding forms the basis for our solution models. We undertake a comprehensive overhaul of your operating model and business workflows, realigning them with the evolving demands of technology.
Key Benefits Delivered
The above-discussed appereal ERP system modernization case demonstrates technology’s transformative power for the apparel industry. By recognizing the limitations of their legacy system and investing in a modern ERP solution, our customer was able to overcome operational challenges and gain a significant competitive advantage in the long run. With this success story, our objective is to highlight the importance of staying adaptable and embracing technology to stay ahead in a rapidly evolving business landscape. We understand that modernizing legacy systems can be complex, but the rewards for efficiency, scalability, and competitiveness are well worth the effort. Feel free to contact us if you have any doubts or need clarification.
We can help you develop and implement an ERP modernization plan that leverages the latest tech advancements and functionalities.