“Nobody ever got fired for buying IBM.”
So goes the popular 1970’s phrase that gave rise to the gold standard of office computers. IBM machines were simply trusted to run the business of so many organizations that the purchase decision was fairly easy.
Today, that same phrase can be used interchangeably with an array of enterprise software systems. ERP, WMS and accounting solutions have grown enormously popular over the past two decades and dominate installations across thousands of organizations in hundreds of industries.
But is the safe option always the best option? Not necessarily, according to the State of Software Workarounds report.
Trying to shoehorn a specific process into one-size-fits-all enterprise software systems can be challenging. Food manufacturers often use the same enterprise software to run their organizations as automotive manufacturers. While these operations may share similar functional needs, their operational footprints differ vastly from each other, as do their manufacturing requirements, accounting practices, reporting needs, and compliance tracking.