Pharma Pharmaceuticals deploys Epicor ERP

Pharma Pharmaceuticals deploys Epicor ERP

Epicor Software Corporation, a global provider of industry-specific enterprise software, has announced that Pharma Pharmaceutical Industries (Pharma)—a leader in the kingdom’s pharmaceutical services industry—has implemented Epicor ERP to enhance data capture and archiving capabilities, optimise operational efficiencies, and guarantee on-time delivery to customers.
Pharma brings together business leaders and healthcare veterans to offer services to the Saudi pharmaceutical industry that include branding, marketing and sales, warehousing and logistics, facilities management, and regulatory compliance consultancy.
The company’s international reach demanded a new approach to technology to ensure it remained a leader in the new global digital economy. It embarked upon a bold digital transformation journey, with a robust ERP platform as the planned keystone.
“We didn’t have an ERP platform in place and relied on a paper system to manage each department’s activity,” said Tariq Kayyali, quality unit director and ERP project manager, Pharma Pharmaceuticals Industries, whose team of stakeholders focused on linking and integrating department transactions to reduce the time taken to locate vital archived data.
Errors in starting materials and the resulting mix-ups and delays in order deliveries became significant business risks to the company, pre-digitization. The risk of using incorrect or expired material in the manufacturing process was compounded by the company’s inability to accurately control all its assets and due to its tendency to produce inaccurate reports due to manual compilation.
With the support of trusted Epicor partner, Full Insight Technology Solutions (FITS), Pharma deployed a platform that was easy to install, user-intuitive, and provided tight-fit functionality with its needs. Over a period of 10 months, the system was rolled out to 15 users, who all reported ease of use and unprecedented accuracy.
Switching to Epicor ERP has allowed Pharma to smoothly link and integrate transactions across all departments and enhance accuracy in operations and inventory control. Strict audit trails now allow every critical transaction to be traced—to the user, date, and time of action—allowing Pharma to closely monitor related business impacts. Labelling problems have also been overcome, by enabling greater control over purchased and manufactured parts.
“We ended up saving about 30 percent of unnecessary warehouse-team transactions and managed to reduce the time taken to find or track historical data records or transactions, from hours or days to seconds or minutes,” said Kayyali. “We also reduced the risk of mix-up and eliminated the possibility Pharma Pharmaceuticals deploys Epicor ERP to streamline processes and optimise service delivery of using an invalid or expired part as a starting material—which is critical in the pharma industry.”
Having a validated ERP system helps us meet the expectations and compliance requirements of medicinal product agencies, both in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and around the world.”
“Remaining relevant in the digital economy is no minor feat,” added Amel Gardner, regional vice president, Middle East, Africa and India (MEAI), Epicor.
“Competitors—especially new market entrants—will not be using manual processes for critical functions. It is therefore vital that all firms digitise as much as possible. Epicor ERP will give Pharma a strong platform for growth and enable it to easily comply with granular industry requirements. The platform is designed to fit every business like a glove, delivering automation and operational enhancements that pave the way to true digital transformation.” — Tradearabia News Service

 

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Epicor ERP in Covid-19

Epicor launches partner support program in wake of COVID-19

Epicor has launched its ‘Fit for the Future’ program, designed to aid the company’s partners to build business resilience in response to COVID-19 and succeed in the current landscape.

According to Epicor, it is crucial to support partners as these businesses are a ‘vital’ component of Epicor’s go-to-market model. As such, the company is focused on providing competency, capability, and capacity within the market so partners can better serve and deliver value to its customers, Epicor states.

Partners include resellers, system integrators, and service partners, which can implement, design, and develop transformational IT strategies using the Epicor product portfolio and tools.

The program supports ongoing remote working situations and focuses on three core pillars, collaboration, skills and communication.

Togetherness: One Team focuses on staying connected to partners providing help in navigating changes and supporting connectivity and agility, the company states.

Epicor is actively encouraging partners to share their experiences and learnings in order to drive business improvements needed to fuel continued growth and shore up business resilience.

Partners will be able to access recordings, PowerPoint presentations, demo scripts, and other supporting documents from a partner hub to boost sales and scalability, Epicor states.

Developing Skills and Value brings an enablement plan to help partners continue develop a range of skills that can help them to remain competitive and agile in coming months.

Training is being delivered through a range of virtual sessions focused on sales skills, where attendees gain understanding in customer pain points and how to articulate increased value to customers; operational efficiencies and how to improve the customer experience; capability in accessing valuable collateral and managing pipeline; and business planning and driving SMART objectives.

To support partner development, Epicor is also publishing a series of weekly webinars and has been offering free-of-charge certifications over the last month.

Communication focuses on Epicor’s commitment to sharing information that ensures partners have useful data to help customers through a variety of new market challenges.

By keeping the lines of communication open, Epicor states it hopes to continue to grow alongside its partners, whilst supporting the wellbeing of each business and its employees.

Epicor Software vice president channel sales Paul Flannery says, “By investing in our partner community and supporting them through challenging times such as these, we are making sure businesses are resilient, by equipping them with the resources, tools, and knowledge needed to emerge stronger than ever before.

“We are dedicated to help our partners by helping them to thrive and adapt to the current environment in a way that’s rapid, streamlined, and scalable.”

For partners who have participated in the ‘Fit for the Future’ program, Epicor will be recognising these efforts through a scheme called the ‘Partner Olympics’.

Points will be awarded for attending webinars, downloading information from the partner hub, and achieving certifications. By putting this scheme in place, Epicor aims to drive continued engagement, whilst helping partners to adapt to a rapidly changing global climate.

Source: Chanellife


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German machine tool industry returns

German machine tools to support industrial boom in Vietnam

The good news is Germany and German products enjoy an excellent reputation in Vietnam.

The VDW Symposium, which took place in Ho Chi Minh City on 14 May 2019, attracted some 100 high-calibre Vietnamese industry representatives. (Source: AHK Vietnam)

Confirming this at the recent VDW Symposium at Mekong Delta was Marko Walde, the executive director of the German-Vietnamese Chamber of Foreign Trade. The chamber is also a co-operation partner of the second VDW (German Machine Tool Builders’ Association) Symposium at Mekong Delta. The VDW Symposium, organized twice yearly since 2004, is to develop markets sustainably and repeat events regularly.

According to VDW, Vietnam’s economic development is continuing its upward trend and economic researchers are expecting the country’s GDP to have increased 7% in 2018. A further 6% growth has been predicted for 2019. New free trade agreements are opening up markets and attracting foreign investors to Vietnam. In 2018, the eight most important customer industries for machine tools invested 18% over the year before. Another 8% increase is expected this year and the growth is broad-based.

The aviation, medical technology, electrical/electronics, metal production, and processing industries and the mechanical engineering sector are investing disproportionately high amounts. “This is why now is the right time for the German machine tool industry to return to Vietnam to showcase its strengths,” said Klaus-Peter Kuhnmünch, organiser of the VDW Machine Tool Association’s foreign symposia.

Eleven manufacturers presented their manufacturing technology innovations in Ho Chi Minh City, namely Alzmetall, Chiron-Werke, Gleason Corporation, Grob-Werke, Heller, Index-Werke, Kapp Niles, Röders, Siemens, Trumpf and J.G. Weisser. “I was most impressed by the presentations and the selection of German companies,” said Nhat Pham, senior manager of Strategic Sourcing Marlow Vietnam, Company II-VI.

Potential for German machine tool manufacturers

Vietnam has established itself as an important link in international supply chains, meaning its manufacturers must be globally competitive, both qualitatively and price-wise. As such, the demand for sophisticated production technology is high. Machine tool consumption, an important indicator of the industry’s modernization efforts, is predicted to grow 8.2% this year, VDW says.

Mechanical engineering in Vietnam is not well developed. Local manufacturers only produce simple devices until now. Thus, progress to establish a modern, efficient industry is heavily dependent on machine tools imports.

Vietnam ranks 10th as importing nation

Internationally, Vietnam already ranks 10th as an importing nation, buying products up to a value worth €1 billion. Together with the U.S., Germany is one of the few Western suppliers selling machines to Vietnam, while South Korea, China, Japan, and Taiwan are dominant in this area. Since 2014, the German machine tool exports to Vietnam have risen by over 150%, recording a 215% increase alone in 2018. And, orders from Vietnam have more than tripled recently.

The German machine tool industry offers technologically sophisticated solutions that stand out from the mass-produced offerings of Asian competitors, Duong Tuan Ngoc, vice general director of Hong KY, Ho Chi Minh City noted. Duong: “We have already purchased machine tools from Switzerland this year. In the future, we will be taking a keen interest in high-precision milling machines from Germany.”

Kuhnmünch said: “In view of the Asian dominance and the great potential of the Vietnamese market, German manufacturers must take urgent action if they want to share in the Vietnamese boom.” And General Director of Trumpf Vietnam, Patrick Kemnitz, added: “Having a local presence is important for customer proximity. Service and after-sales are the core elements for ensuring further growth.”

Soltau-based Röders, which is already actively servicing the market, took part in the VDW symposium for the first time. The company has been operating a contract manufacturing plant in Vietnam since 2013.

The VDW Symposium was well attended, attracting some 100 participants. Interest levels were high and discussions were lively. Included too were 42 bilateral talks. Dirk Prust, chairman of Index-Werke noted: “The B2B meetings are a very useful addition to the presentations. The individual meetings provide a convenient opportunity to get into closer contact.” He added that one gets a lot about views, experiences, and abilities of potential customers here, which help in assessing needs and providing professional advice.

Source: Briggette Jaya


High-quality industrial tools separately, however, do not secure the productivity or the company’s position in international competition at the moment. They need to be ready to integrate into a system that reduces manual and tedious work while boost productivity to the level able to disrupt the market. In other words, it is optimal to install ERP-compatible machines.

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Internet of Things (IoT) market grows 2020-2025

Internet of Things (IoT) in retail market projected to grow in 2020-2025

During the forecast period, major factors expected to drive the growth of the IoT in the retail market include rapidly declining cost of IoT-based sensors and connectivity, increasing adoption of smart payment solutions, and customer demand for a seamless shopping experience.

Reportlinker.com announces the release of the report “Internet of Things in Retail Market by Platform, Hardware, Service, Application And Region – Global Forecast to 2025”.

By offering, the hardware segment to account for the highest market share during the forecast period

Hardware is an essential component for any IoT device to work efficiently. In order to improve customer experiences and similar operations, these technologies or devices have become a necessity.

Beacons broadcast radio signals using the Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology. These signals are received by the customer’s smartphones and wearables.

The use of these technologies enhances customer experiences by sending relevant messages as per consumer requirements.

By application, the operations management segment to hold the largest market size in 2020

The operations management segment for any retail organization is important because it refers to all the activities that maintain the optimum store functioning levels. IoT plays a crucial role in process automation and improves the operational efficiency of retail stores.

Operations management in the retail industry includes energy optimization, supply chain optimization, surveillance and security, inventory optimization, and workforce management.

By region, Asia Pacific to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period

Asia Pacific (APAC) is estimated to be the fastest-growing region in terms of the growth of the IoT in the retail market, due to the increasing adoption of new technologies, higher investments for digital transformation, and the growth in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the APAC countries. The region is continuously adopting technological advancements as IoT grows in popularity with both governments and companies on a global scale.

APAC is one of the biggest markets for connected devices.

In-depth interviews were conducted with Chief Executive Officers (CEOs), marketing directors, innovation and technology directors, and executives from various key organizations operating in the IoT in the retail market.

The breakup of the profiles of the primary participants is given below:
• By Company Type: Tier 1 – 55%, Tier 2 – 27%, and Tier 3 – 18%
• By Designation: C-Level Executives– 33%, Director Level – 25%, and Managers–42%
• By Region: North America – 38%, Europe – 19%, APAC – 14, and RoW – 29%

The following key IoT in retail market vendors are profiled in the report:
• Cisco (US)
• IBM (US)
• Intel (US)
• Microsoft (US)
• PTC (US)
• Huawei (China)
• Sierra Wireless (Canada)
• AWS (US)
• SAP (Germany)
• Software AG (Germany)
• Accenture (Ireland)
• Bosch.IO (Germany)
• Google (US)
• NEC Corporation (Japan)
• Oracle (US)
• AT&T (US)
• Vodafone (UK)
• Happiest Minds (India)
• Telit (UK)
• Allerin (India)

Research Coverage

The IoT in the retail market is segmented by offering (hardware, platforms, and services), application, and region. A detailed analysis of the key industry players has been undertaken to provide insights into their business overviews; services; key strategies; new service and product launches; partnerships, agreements, and collaborations; business expansions; and competitive landscape associated with the IoT in the retail market.

Reasons to Buy the Report

The report would help the market leaders and new entrants in the following ways:

• It comprehensively segments the IoT in the retail market and provides the closest approximations of the revenue numbers for the overall market and its subsegments across different regions.

• It would help stakeholders understand the pulse of the market and provide information on the key market drivers, restraints, challenges, and opportunities in the market.

• It would help stakeholders understand their competitors better and gain more insights to enhance their positions in the market. The competitive landscape section includes the competitor ecosystem, new service developments, partnerships, and acquisitions.

Read the full report here.

Source: Reportlinker

 


 

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work solution to Coronavirus

Coronavirus Has ‘Expedited’ Need For CBT’s Connected Worker Solution

‘We had seen rapidly increasing interest in this solution from utility and manufacturing companies prior to coronavirus, but now we are seeing interest across multiple industries,’ says CBT CEO Kelly Ireland. ‘All businesses now are having to figure out a way to support clients in an entirely different manner.’

A breakthrough remote expert/connected worker solution from solution provider CBT is coming to the aid of customers grappling with the changing work requirements sparked by the coronavirus.

“This crisis has expedited the need for our remote expert/connected worker solution,” said CBT founder and CEO Kelly Ireland in an interview with CRN. “This is the result of over two years of industrial IoT (internet of things) solutions development ”

The internet of things solution- which was developed as part of a refinery of the future project with a number of vendors including Hewlett Packard Enterprise – is finding new uses from customers in the midst of the coronavirus, said Ireland.

“We had seen rapidly increasing interest in this solution from utility and manufacturing companies prior to coronavirus, but now we are seeing interest across multiple industries,” said Ireland. “All businesses now are having to figure out a way to support clients in an entirely different manner.”

Telemedicine is one of the use cases that CBT, headquartered in Orange, Calif., No. 155 on the 2019 CRN SP500, has developed for health care professionals, but the solution has been embraced by a diverse group of clients, said Ireland.

In fact, Ireland said customers have come up with broad uses for the internet of things solution because of the robust capabilities it brings to bear to solve a wide range of remote expert/connected worker issues. “This transcends all industries,” she said.

Key to the adoption of the remote expert/connected worker solution is the return on investment which has amounted to cost savings as much as 75 percent and time savings by 90 percent, said Ireland. “The ROI has been massive- much higher than what we have seen for other solutions,” she said. “The ROI is extremely impactful. It’s going right to the bottom line.”

The CBT remote expert/connected worker solution is packaged solution priced starting at under $5,000 for a single wearable device with up to 10 virtual remote users, said Ireland. “This solution is deployed virtually,” she said. “No one has to come out and install it. We ship equipment and then deploy it virtually. It is set up as a plug and play solution ready to go. So the people using it never have to meet face to face. It is all done virtually.”

CBT has used the remote expert/connected worker device at a Saudi Arabia manufacturing plant, said Ireland. “We implemented the solution and a specialist was able to support the engineer in Saudi Arabia to identify the problem and resolve the issue,” she said.

The remote expert-connected worker “is the culmination of years of work and millions of dollars of investment,” said Ireland. “The knowledge and experience we have gained over that time really make us experts in this field.”

Source: Steven Burke


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What is predictive analytics

Predictive Analytics: What Is It and How Can It Help the Federal Government?

Powerful data analytics tools can help agencies save money and make more informed decisions.

Predictive analytics tools allow the government to get ahead of problems before they waste money, harm IT systems or cost lives. Such data analytics platforms can provide agency leaders, IT leaders, and analysts with actionable insights they can use to enhance their missions, improve their cybersecurity, save money on maintenance costs and generally make more informed decisions.

Agencies can also take advantage of open data to glean insights for and from one another, or open up data to the public and give them the opportunity to do the same.

“From spotting fraud to combatting the opioid epidemic, an ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure — especially in government,” Deloitte notes in a report on predictive analytics in government. “Predictive analytics is now being applied in a wide range of areas including defense, security, health care, and human services, among others.”

What Is Predictive Analytics?

For years, federal agencies employed traditional statistical analytics software (SAS) to build predictive models, but those workers were usually sequestered into back rooms without access to policymakers, notes Andrew Churchill, vice president of federal sales at analytics firm Qlik. “But now data science is in vogue and it’s the cool job,” he says.

The most basic way to understand predictive analytics is to ask, “How do I take what I can clearly see is happening and begin to, through trained models, describe what will happen based on the variables that we are feeding the machine?” Churchill says.

Mohan Rajagopalan, senior director of product management at Splunk, notes that predictive analytics involves the ability to aggregate data from a variety of sources and then predict future trends, behaviors and events based on that data. That can include identifying anomalies in data logs and predicting failures in data centers or machines on the agency’s network. It can also be used to forecast revenues, understand buying behaviors and predict demand for certain services.

“The outcome of predictive analytics is the prediction of future behaviors,” Rajagopalan says.

Adilson Jardim, area vice president for public sector sales engineering at Splunk, says that predictive analytics exists on a spectrum. On one end is basic statistical or mathematical models that can be used to predict trends, such as the average of a certain type of behavior. On the other end are more advanced forms of predictive analytics that involve the use of machine learning, in which data models are asked to infer different predictive capabilities, Jardim says.

Some customers are ingesting up to 5 petabytes of data per day, and that data can be used to not only understand what has happened but what could or is likely to happen, he says.

Predictive analytics can be applied across “a broad range of data domains,” Churchill says.

Defining the Predictive Analytics Process

There are numerous elements of the predictive analytics process, as Predictive Analytics Today notes. Here is a quick breakdown:

* Define project: Agencies first must define the scope of the analysis and what they hope to get out of it.

* Data collection: Getting the data itself and mining it can be a challenge, according to Rajagopalan. One of the big challenges federal agencies and other organizations face these days is the volume, variety, and velocity of data. “A model in the absence of trustworthy, validated and available data doesn’t yield much of a result,” Churchill adds.

* Data analysis: Another core element of the process involves algorithms that can inspect, clean, transform and analyze data to derive insights and make conclusions.

* Statistics: Predictive analytics tools need to then use statistical analysis to validate the assumptions and hypotheses and run them through statistical models.

* Modeling: Another key element is the modeling that is used to define how the data will be processed to automatically create accurate predictive models, Rajagopalan says. The algorithms can be as simple as rules that can be applied to understand a particular situation or understand data in the context of a particular scenario. There are also supervised algorithms and models that use machine learning techniques to build hypotheses around trends in the data and constantly refine themselves based on the data they are presented with.

* Deployment: IT leaders then have the outputs of the model, such as visualization, report or chart. The results of the predictive analysis are then given to decision-makers.

* Model monitoring: The models are continuously monitored to ensure they are providing the results that are expected.

Before, Rajagopalan says, agencies had specialized units to apply SAS, but those models were expensive to create. The democratization and consumerization of data and of analytics tools have made it easier to create simple and succinct summaries of data that visualize outputs.

What Is Open Data?

Joshua New, formerly a policy analyst at the Center for Data Innovation and now a technology policy executive at IBM, tells FedTech that open data is the best thought of as “machine-readable information that is freely available online in a nonproprietary format and has an open license, so anyone can use it for commercial or other use without attribution.”

On May 9, 2013, former President Barack Obama signed an executive order that made open and machine-readable data the new default for government information.

“Making information about government operations more readily available and useful is also core to the promise of a more efficient and transparent government,” the Obama administration noted.

On Jan. 14, 2019, the OPEN Government Data Act, as part of the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act, became law. The OPEN Government Data Act makes data.gov a requirement in the statute, rather than a policy. It requires agencies to publish their information online as open data, using standardized, machine-readable data formats, with their metadata included in the data.gov catalog. May 2019 marks the 10th anniversary of data.gov, the federal government’s open data site.

The General Services Administration launched the site with a modest 47 data sets, but the site has grown to over 200,000 data sets from hundreds of data sources including federal agencies, states, counties, and cities. “Data.gov provides easy access to government datasets covering a wide range of topics — everything from weather, demographics, health, education, housing, and agriculture,” according to data.gov.

Predictive Analytics Examples in Government

Federal agencies are using predictive analytics for a wide range of use cases, including cybersecurity. Specifically, agencies are using these tools to predict insider threats, Splunk’s Jardim says. The models look at users’ backgrounds, where they have worked, how often they have logged in to networks at certain times and whether that behavior actually is anomalous. The goal of such tools is to make a good prediction of whether the security events should be tracked by human analysts, Jardim says.

“You only want to surface the events that are very clear insider threats,” he says. “The analyst is focused on high-probability events, not low-probability events.”

Predictive analytics can also be used for agencies’ data center maintenance by applying algorithms to look at compute capacity, how many users are accessing services and to assess throughput for mission-critical applications, Jardim says. Such tools can predict when a particular server will become overloaded and can help agencies preempt those events to ensure users have access to vital applications.

The Defense Department can also use predictive analytics to ensure that soldiers have enough of the right munitions and supplies in particular theaters of war and enough support logistics. “Logistics and operational maintenance take on a life-or-death consequence if I cannot ship enough munitions or vehicles into a specific theater,” Jardim says.

Qlik’s Churchill says that a customer within the Army is using predictive analytics tools to build models that support force enablement and predict the capabilities that will be needed in the future and which capabilities will be diminished, as well as the capabilities that will be required if certain scenarios arise.

The Pentagon is also working on predictive analytics tools for financial management via the Advanta workflow tool, which has brought together roughly 200 of the DOD’s enterprise business systems, Churchill says.

“How can they use predictive models to understand the propensity to have to de-obligate funds from a particular program in the future?” Churchill says. “As I am evaluating the formulation and execution of budgets, technologies like this have the ability to help those decision-makers identify the low-hanging fruit. How do I put those insights in front of people that they wouldn’t have gotten before?”

Predictive maintenance is also a key use case, especially for vehicles and other heavy equipment. Models can ingest data such as the weather and operating conditions of vehicles, not just how many hours they have been running, to determine when they will break down, Churchill says.

Source: Phil Goldstein


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Blockchain supports coronavirus response

Blockchain protects IP, tracks tires, supports coronavirus response

Customs and Border Protection tested the feasibility of using blockchain to protect intellectual property rights (IPR) information transmitted between multiple commercial companies.

In a late February statement, CBP said the proof of concept demonstrated blockchain can encrypt sensitive data and track it via an electronic ledger to protect IPR on imports, as well as the sensitive data shared among manufacturers, retailers, rights holders and importing companies.

CBP has long fought against imported counterfeit goods of all stripes, from toys and athletic wear to prescription drugs, saying they cost U.S. companies hundreds of millions of dollars every year in lost income.

The proof-of-concept blockchain connected product data correctly to the product and to the license, resulting in fewer physical examinations of products being imported, according to CBP. The seven companies participating in the test could communicate with other participants using their unique blockchain, regardless of different software used by each party, thanks to the program’s open global standards and approaches.

The supply chain for military tires

SAIC announced a blockchain pilot with The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company to secure the supply chain for aircraft and vehicle tires for the armed services and foreign military sales under the Defense Logistics Agency’s Global Tires Program. SAIC said the program has delivered more than 1.5 million tires worldwide, with a 97% fill rate.

SAIC plans to integrate data from internet-of-things sensors with smart contracts to enhance real-time supply chain track-and-trace capabilities so that participants will instantly know if weather or a mechanical breakdown delays a truckload of aircraft tires. The pilot, supported by Microsoft Azure Blockchain services, will allow participants to track, view and analyze supply chain activity, further aiding customers in making informed buying decisions.

Coronavirus support

A professor at the University of California San Diego has been studying how moving medical supply chain records to a blockchain could help anticipate shortages in health emergencies by identifying chokepoints in the delivery process.

Timothy Mackey thinks that by eliminating these hiccups in the system, public health officials and medical suppliers could more easily see which hospitals were prepared to treat COVID-19 patients and others in need of acute care, according to a report in Forbes.

Blockchain technology helped the Chinese government and medical agencies battle against the coronavirus, according to Xinhuanet, China’s official news outlet. In the first two weeks of February, at least 20 blockchain-based applications were launched to tackle the emerging challenges, including health records management, securing gated communities for residents, managing relief supplies along and tracking the logistics of epidemic prevention materials.

Drone communications

Researchers at Purdue University have received funding from NASA for a blockchain-inspired secure, scalable, distributed, and efficient communication framework to support large scale drone operations. The researchers propose an unmanned aerial vehicle traffic information exchange network to safely, securely and economically distribute UAV flight data across the network.

According to the award notice, the project will demonstrate how traffic data can be shared between UAVs and aircraft traffic controllers in a city with obstacles blocking radio signals. Additionally, the researchers said it can also provide a reliable and real-time information source for drone developers working on collision avoidance systems and route planning strategies that ensure airspace safety and efficiency.

Secure vehicle communications

The Federal Highway Administration said it expects to sponsor research into the use of blockchain technology for highway transportation. It is interested in support for secure, real-time communication for connected vehicles, freight data management, dynamic roadway asset tools that optimize routing or geofencing of roadway segments and highway pricing featuring dynamic and auction-based mechanisms.


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IoT Adoption Continues

IoT Adoption Continues to Grow at a Slow and Steady Pace

A new survey from the New Eclipse Foundation says open-source options are gaining ground, owing to the continuous growth in IoT adoption.

The Eclipse Foundation, which focuses on the Internet of Things (IoT), has released its first annual IoT Commercial Adoption survey. The survey aims to understand the IoT industry landscape by identifying the requirements, priorities, and challenges faced by enterprises. Especially those organizations that deploy and use commercial IoT solutions, including those based on open source technologies.

Moreover, the survey includes details on IoT adoption by industry, top concerns by commercial IoT adopters, and breakdowns by organizational role.

Some of the key findings of the report are as follows:

  • Open source will penetrate IoT even further as 60% of companies will allow open source into their IoT deployment plans.
  • IoT adoption is growing; however, it is slower than the hype would indicate. Around 40% of respondents said they are deploying IoT solutions at present, and another 22% plan to start the deployment of IoT within the next two years.
  • Thirty percent of companies are planning to spend less than $100K in 2021.
  • There is a significant increase in the IoT investment, as 40% of respondents said they are aiming to shoot up IoT spending in the next fiscal year.
  • In the case of IoT deployments, hybrid clouds are taking the top spot. Cloud platforms, including AWS, Azure, and GCP, are the leading in terms of IoT implementations.

Today, markets are evolving from piecemeal implementations to more comprehensive solutions. Open-source solutions should be a core component of a company’s IoT architecture. This will majorly help in easing interoperability and save them from being locked with a single vendor. Manufacturers need to continue investing in IoT, as their competition is scaling their investment and exploring production deployments of this technology. They are implementing IoT solutions that collaborate on industrial automation, asset management, and logistics.

Some of the more innovative companies are relying on IoT technologies to improve their customer value proposition by offering preventive maintenance features. With the rollout of 5G in 2020, the adoption of IoT is going to become more extensive across industries; then, it is expected to drive the adoption of OS-based IoT tools, adding flexibility and strength to enterprise platforms.

Source: Sneha Bokil


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Epicor Ace Hardware partnership extension

Epicor and Ace Hardware Extend Strategic Partnership

The expanded partnership includes a 5-year commitment to continue an exclusive point-of-sale endorsement, support Ace Retailers, and introduce next-generation retail cloud technology.

AUSTIN, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Epicor Software Corporation, a global provider of industry-specific enterprise software to promote business growth, today announced the expansion of an exclusive partnership with Ace Hardware, the world’s largest retailer-owned hardware cooperative. Ace Hardware has officially selected Epicor Eagle as its designated point-of-sale (POS) solution, currently installed at more than 3,400 Ace Hardware stores.

Based on the success of the Epicor Eagle POS partnership that kicked off more than two decades ago, Ace Hardware has expanded the venture to include a 5-year commitment to exclusively use Epicor Eagle. Epicor’s technology and vision, along with domain expertise and deep vertical market knowledge, helped secure Ace’s decision to move forward with the partnership.

“It only made sense to expand our partnership with Epicor as we continue to build momentum as a brand and retailer. Epicor’s vision for, and commitment to, the independent retailer, coupled with its industry-specific technology, set the company apart from the rest,” said John Venhuizen, President and CEO, Ace Hardware. “Today marks the start of an expanded relationship and we’re excited about the potential and future developments that this will bring.”

This partnership underscores Epicor’s continued dedication to providing innovative and seamless solutions for its retailers. Epicor Eagle’s functionality, flexibility, and integration capabilities provide Ace retailers with the tools they need to succeed at business processes – operational efficiency, customer service, and bottom-line profitability.

“Over the past three decades, Epicor Eagle has delivered strong point-of-sale solutions to our customers. Despite the big-box competition, with this software retailers are thriving through superior customer engagement and greater efficiency – including Ace retailers,” said Steve Murphy, CEO, Epicor. “We’re delighted to continue our partnership and are proud to be the only point-of-sale software exclusively endorsed by Ace Hardware.”

About Epicor Software Corporation

Epicor Software Corporation drives business growth. We provide flexible, industry-specific software designed to fit the precise needs of our manufacturing, distribution, retail, and service industry customers. More than 45 years of experience with our customers’ unique business processes and operational requirements are built into every solution―in the cloud or on-premises. With this deep understanding of your industry, Epicor solutions dramatically improve performance and profitability while easing complexity so you can focus on growth. For more information, connect with Epicor or visit www.epicor.com.

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About Ace Hardware

Ace Hardware is the largest retailer-owned hardware cooperative in the world with more than 5,300 locally owned and operated hardware stores in approximately 70 countries. Headquartered in Oak Brook, Ill., Ace and its subsidiaries operate an expansive network of distribution centers in the U.S. and have distribution capabilities in Ningbo, China; Colon, Panama; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Since 1924, Ace has become a part of local communities around the world and known as the place with the helpful hardware folks. For more information, visit acehardware.com or newsroom.acehardware.com.

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Ace Hardware Epicor Partnership

Ace Hardware doubles down on POS partnership

Ace Hardware Corp. is expanding collaboration with Epicor Software Corp. to exclusively recommend the Epicor Eagle POS solution to its members for five years. Ace has been leveraging Epicor as a POS partner for two decades, and more than 3,400 of its 5,300-plus locally-owned and operated hardware stores in approximately 70 countries currently run Epicor Eagle. In other words, the largest retailer-owned hardware cooperative in the world is committing to a platform that supports POS, inventory and order management, and data analytics.

In addition to supporting POS operations, Epicor Eagle N Series retail business software features integrated inventory management, purchasing and receiving tools. It also provides analytical tools that enable custom reporting with intuitive, on-screen metrics such as inventory, accounts receivable, and sales.

“It only made sense to expand our partnership with Epicor as we continue to build momentum as a brand and retailer. Epicor’s vision for, and commitment to, the independent retailer, coupled with its industry-specific technology, set the company apart from the rest,” said John Venhuizen, president and CEO, Ace Hardware. “Today marks the start of an expanded relationship and we’re excited about the potential and future developments that this will bring.”

Ace Hardware is headquartered in Oak Brook, Ill. Ace and its subsidiaries operate a network of distribution centers in the U.S. and have distribution capabilities in Ningbo, China; Colon, Panama; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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Data V Tech is proud to be one of the leading ERP vendors in the Asia Pacific. We have implemented Epicor ERP for many businesses in manufacturing, distribution, and retail in Vietnam and China. For direct consultation, please feel free to contact us.