I’m 99.999% sure that you’re not still using a manual typewriter.

But you may still be using an old desktop computer versus a laptop or tablet. And you may also still be running manufacturing software that is 5 or 10 years old and unsupported.

Legacy vs. Legacy

I don’t want to sound judgmental, but in general, there are 2 types of legacy – the “good” kind and the “bad” kind. The good kind is the gift or money you receive when someone close to you passes away, i.e., it’s an inheritance. And no one ever wants to look the proverbial gift horse in the mouth. So we just thank our lucky stars and accept it.

The bad kind is old, outdated, unsupported technology – whether it’s data, devices, or software. The case I want to talk to you about today is legacy software, specifically legacy manufacturing software. And if we want to get right down to it, we’re zeroing in on legacy manufacturing ERP software – such as MANMAN, Baan, and MK.

Legacy Manufacturing ERP Software

Although I don’t have any verifiable statistics, our real-world experience, working with manufacturers since 1991, leads me to believe that there is a surprising number of companies that are still running legacy systems. And for the most part, they’re struggling to maintain them.

Enter Strategic Software Systems (SSG). If you’re one of those companies, one option we offer is that we can simply step in to maintain and support those systems. We can even provide tools that will help those old systems communicate with other, newer applications that you’re trying to run.

Those are just a couple of scenarios. There are also cases where smaller divisions of your parent company are running legacy software while the parent is running a state-of-the-art, supported system. SSG can provide the path for the division software to “roll up” into the parent system for purposes of financial consolidation, as one example.

This scenario frequently occurs when the enterprise-level parent organization has acquired smaller companies and is attempting to merge them together.

Other “Roll Up” Scenarios

It’s not always a question of a legacy either. Sometimes the smaller divisions are running midmarket solutions such as Microsoft Dynamics GP, while the parent is running enterprise software such as Oracle. In this case, there is also a need for the GP financial and transactional data to roll up into the Oracle system. SSG can handle that, too!

Bring us your scenario, and we’ll see if we can figure it out. Because when it comes to manufacturing ERP software, we are the experts.

Ultimately…

In the long term, you’re going to want to – need to – migrate to supported software. It’s going to make good sense from both a process and cost perspective. So we will want to include that option as part of the strategy we recommend, even as we’re creating a short-term solution for you.

Take the next step

It’s simple. Call SSG at (310) 539-4645 or use our contact form. But don’t wait too long. The clock is ticking on the extended life of those legacy systems.