When to shed the old: is your system holding you back?

Semiconductor IT Executives share wisdom on how to replace MES in Peer Talk briefs.

Semiconductor IT Executives share wisdom on how to replace MES in Peer Talks.

I have had a week of parting ways with a place that was my home away from home every week.  I had to leave, and right away. I made this decision when I began to see how I was allowing this  situation to hold me back from being my best. I’d been choosing to ignore warning signals for months because of the emotional ties. As soon as I recognized that, I had to sever the ties and move on… though I don’t know the right next steps exactly and am figuring that out.

This is the situation that many semiconductor companies find themselves in right now. Their legacy MES is holding them back. It is deeply embedded in so much of what they do that it’s hard to imagine how operations could proceed without this particular system. If the very thought of replacing MES seems impossible to you, it might be. Or it might not be.

When you see the limitations the old “faithful” MES puts on your ability to be responsive both to external customers and as an IT team to your internal business customers… some companies are beginning to sever ties and start afresh.

More and more companies face of out-of-support applications, operating systems, and hardware, and are moving to replace their old systems. Some are finding that much of the custom code they struggle to support can be replaced by out of the box functionality in current systems. They also find a host of other capabilities that can add up to a sound business case.

There are many aspects to this. You need to educate your executives, make your business case by reviewing current and future costs and opportunities, form an effective team, make a good selection, and run the project effectively. I have interviewed a number of leading semiconductor companies about their replacement processes, and this has resulted in a series of “Peer Talk” documents available from the Camstar website here.

Thanks to Camstar for the opportunity to study this need for change. Thanks in particular to the interviewees: Marti Jarsey of International Rectifier, Jack McGovern of Allegro Microsystems, Harold Caldwell of Fairchild, Dr. Jonathan Chang of Infineon, and Mark Remson of NXP.

The wisdom to know when to move on and how to make it successful is precious. Be honest and stand firm in the knowledge that others have broken the ties and benefited as a result. You can stay in your comfort zone, or you can soar to heights you cannot even imagine. Which will you want to be remembered for? Playing it safe, or stepping into new power?

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