When is it time to update your software?

Chris KammerThere are many elements to consider when running a successful glass fabrication business, so updating your software is probably the last thing on your mind. It shouldn’t be! While you may think that your software is working with you to help you manage your business, outdated software actually slows you down. So how do you know if your software is hurting instead of helping? Here are signs you may have outgrown your current software:

1. Your software company hasn’t had a recent update.

Don’t waste time and money on software that isn’t updated regularly, or worse, has never been updated. Outdated software prevents you from replacing your computers and machinery because it isn’t compatible with the latest technology. While you might think you’re saving money, you’re actually hurting your productivity. If you can’t replace your outdated technology because your current software won’t run on something faster and more modern, it’s time to move on.

2. You’re upgrading your production equipment.

Are you planning to add a new cutting machine to speed up production time? Make sure your old software will integrate with the new equipment. If not, it’s time to upgrade. With Industry 4.0, it’s imperative that your machines and software integrate seamlessly to help you keep up with your growing demand.

3. You’re looking to generate more demand.

Your business is growing and your software is falling short. Entering large or complicated orders seems nearly impossible because your software system was built for a small company with limited capabilities. You need more flexibility for complex or rush orders that your current software can’t accommodate. Your software is slowing you down and you need a solution that streamlines and optimizes your production—from ideation to delivery—to fill orders as quickly and efficiently as possible, so you can keep growing.

4. The competition has upgraded.

If there is one surefire sign that it's time upgrade your software, it's this one. If the competition is throwing out their old enterprise resource planning system, you could be falling behind. You need to keep up with the latest technology in order to maintain your competitive advantage. While you may not be quite ready to fully automate your factory floor, investing in the right software now will build the foundation for future growth.

5. You’re opening a new facility.

This one is self-explanatory. You’re branching out and opening another site to accommodate higher volume and customers in more areas. However, your current software won’t support a multi-site operation. You need a glass fabrication software solution that will support multiple facilities.

These five signs are a guide to help you make the best decision for the future growth of your glass fabrication factory. If you’re having any or all of these issues with your current glass fabrication software, it’s time to start looking for a better software solution.

Chris Kammer is the marketing lead for A+W Software North America. A+W Software provides software solutions for flat glass business of any size with any production environment. Its glass software is the intelligent backbone of your business. The company also supplies a full-integrated software solution for window, door, and roller shutter manufacturing, where all commercial and technical processes are under your control. Kammer can be reached at chris.kammer@a-w.com and 1.847.220.5237.

The opinions expressed here are those of the individual author and do not necessarily reflect those of the National Glass Association, Glass Magazine editors, or other glassblog contributors.

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