Normally we see, that
suppliers of ERP systems let the products live typically 6-8 years and
then release complete new products, where the old customers are being
offered a buy-in possibility for their old system. There is normally a
good change, that the primary files as customer, vendor and product
information can be automatically converted from the old system, but
it's nearly always very doubtful, whether all transactions and history
data can be transferred and the customer have a big risk of loosing
Change to a new ERP system is
always a very serious matter involving much more than just paying for
a new program license. The most important economic parameters are the
time you have to spend internal at the users proper education and
maybe also the time you have to use on retyping important data into
the new system.
you can avoid future ERP revolutions but ensure a more smooth and
steady evolution into a eternal up to date ERP solution, so you can
focus on other important and profitable activities in your organization.
Of course there is
barely no code left today in Octopus from the time back to the
initial beginning for more than 20 years ago, but it is still the same
product in a trading point of view and we respect all existing old
licenses. Even customers without valid service contracts have the
option to upgrade to the newest version for a minor upgrade fee
depending on number of steps between the customers old major version
an the actual newest version.
We do not claim, that we are the
only supplier of ERP systems, that follow these lines of direction.
There might be others, who in a sales presentation declare this
guidelines as their policy too, and they have in no doubt also
intentions to do so.
However, we did never see any
reliable proofs on such examples with a long product
lifetime as we have realized and proved with