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.

Epicor and the Epicor logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Epicor Software Corporation, registered in the United States and other countries. Other trademarks referenced are the property of their respective owners. The product and service offerings depicted in this document are produced by Epicor Software Corporation.

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.

Source: Raelle Alfaro


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successful ERP upgrade

Follow these guidelines for a successful ERP upgrade project

Get a handle on the time and cost variables of upgrading an ERP system and stay laser-focused on value drivers, like analytics, that has the biggest impact on business strategy.

With large ERP vendors, such as Epicor moving to the next major release is a significant project. The following guidelines can help you ensure an ERP upgrade runs more smoothly.

First, identify the costs and benefits of the ERP upgrade and when they are likely to occur. Based on costs, time and value, maintain a composite value indicator like net present value, ROI or internal rate of return.

Expect the vendor to provide templates that drive the ERP upgrade project. These templates should also be available from consulting firms such as Accenture and Deloitte. Staff will be hard-pressed to provide all the required manpower, so consider hiring consultants.

Much of the ERP upgrade game is about how close the project will come to the decommission date, the date the vendor will retire the existing software. Most companies postpone the end dates of these projects for a year or two to give themselves adequate time to complete them but doing so risks going beyond the decommission date. Missing the decommission date is generally a bad idea.

Careful study is required to understand what the new ERP software contains and how it will affect the business. Major components to examine include the following:

  • new horizontal business processes (e.g., financials and human capital management);
  • new vertical business processes for industries such as consumer packaged goods and oil and gas;
  • middleware;
  • data warehousing; and
  • reporting, analytics and business intelligence (BI).

Business process modeling

Business process modeling (BPM) is an essential tool in any ERP upgrade project.

Start by using it to examine current ERP-driven business processes. In some cases, your company may have replaced the out-of-the-box code with custom code or used middleware to integrate custom code into the original code. Next, perform the same exercise with respect to the new ERP business processes. In the best case, the new processes will supersede what you have. Otherwise, you’ll have to reintegrate the custom code into the upgraded system using a combination of middleware integration and BPM.

All business processes are driven by data, so you will also have to map data from the existing ERP system to the upgraded software. Moreover, the upgraded system is likely to require new data as well.

Middleware

You are likely to integrate custom software as well as third-party software with the new ERP system. The ERP vendor will likely change the middleware it offers with the ERP upgrade. Therefore, it will take some preparation to manage the new middleware messaging you’ll need to get disparate software components to talk to each other.

Data warehousing, reporting, and BI

An ERP upgrade project also brings data warehousing considerations.

For one thing, the ERP vendor might offer a data warehouse for storing data in the vendor’s preferred data format. It may or may not be extensible enough to include other data.

You are likely to already have a data warehouse strategy that you’ll need to revise to reflect the changes brought by the ERP upgrade. Whether you combine the new ERP’s data warehouse with your existing data warehouses will depend entirely on your BI strategy, another key factor in an ERP upgrade project.

In fact, reporting, analytics, and BI are likely to be the greatest profit drivers of the ERP upgrade and are functions that will see dramatic improvement over the previous ERP version. Moreover, they drive how companies articulate their competitive advantage.

Operational data mapping and integration

Several data-mapping tasks will be critical in the ERP upgrade, including mapping the chart of accounts to the new ERP system, staff details to the new human capital management module and product and bill of materials data to the new manufacturing system if you’re a manufacturer. You will also need to map customer and product sales to the new CRM system and assets to the new enterprise asset management system.

Impact on strategic planning

You can certainly do strategic analysis in the current ERP system, but it is likely to improve after the ERP upgrade.

Using the new BI features and the wealth of data migrated from the existing system, you can consider questions such as the following:

  • How sensitive are customers to the current pricing approach?
  • Can the company sell its current products for less without hurting margins too much?
  • Can the current product be improved or bundled with other product components?
  • How much does customer service affect the overall strategy?
  • How can the company improve how the sales and service staff face the customer?
  • What are competitors doing, and how should the company respond?

Source: Barry Wilderman, 

is upgrading erp necessary

Is Upgrading Your ERP Necessary?

Many companies have been wondering if it is necessary to invest in upgrading their enterprise resource planning -ERP – software. Our recommendation is usually, this should only happen for the upgrade is in the best interests of the users.

For companies opting to upgrade their ERP software system, there are some things the contract needs to include. Prime among these is a specific detailing of the functionality and performance of the newer model.

Furthermore, if either the vendor or integrator is reluctant or unwilling to include these warranties in the contract, it’s best to walk away from the deal. They’re signaling they know something you don’t. However, if there is a problem down the line, these written assertions will become your best argument.

Here is the crux of the issue.

Despite their largely successful track records with more mature systems, there is a legitimate question of whether the newest generation of ERP software systems is up to the task. SAP’s S4/HANA, Oracle’s ERP cloud and Microsoft’s D365 lack the track record of their predecessor systems of supporting the complex needs of many businesses and other organizations in the private and public sectors.

Until they have demonstrated their ability to seamlessly take over from a more mature ERP software system, a user is urged to upgrade needs to proceed cautiously. If a careful, internal analysis makes a business case for upgrading, then do so. Just remember to include in the contract all of the specificity in the agreement for your legacy system.

Furthermore, apart from the improvements that a necessary ERP upgrade will bring, some other points to cover include:

1 – Including all sales material as an appendix to the new contract.

2 – Detailing the specific responsibilities of the vendor, integrator and the user

3 – Drafting provisions that prevent “scope creep” without a senior person’s authorization.

4 – Removing or limiting binding arbitration clauses that may reduce your ability to recover damages from the vendor or integrator if there is a problem.

If there is an unfortunate history of ERP “train wrecks,” take steps upfront to reduce the likelihood of another one.

In nearly every aspect of running their organization, executives and senior managers are incredibly disciplined. Yet when it comes to their ERP software system, we’ve seen too many decisions made for the wrong reason. The most common seems to be viewing ERP software systems not a management solution. This is likely to result in the transformation heading straight for the rocks. It is similar to where the Sirens lured Circes and his entire crew to their demise.

Source: Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP – Marcus Harris

If you’re still unsure about the need to upgrade your ERP system, feel free to contact us and ask for direct consultation or a demo.

highlights of Epicor 10.2.400

Major features in Epicor 10.2.400

As Epicor Insights 2019 announces release 10.2.400, the version is now available in your Epicweb for download, and here are the major features:

  1. Automated Order Entry (DocStar)
  2. Connected Factory
  3. Lite MES (Kinetic)
  4. Scheduling Boards 2.0
  5. Mobile Time & Expense Mobile App
  6. Project WBS Phases Revenue Recognition
  7. OData 4.x REST v2

Automated Order Entry

epicor 10.2.400

Automated Order Entry (DocStar) enables you to create a sales order from an attachment in emails or a scanned image in Epicor. For instance, DocStar can scan a screen capture in Excel, PDF, .tif, Word Document, or other image files that contain a purchase order and then extract the relevant data. Then the data goes through a validation workflow. When it passes the requirements, Epicor will automatically create a sales order.

For further information on Sales Management, please click here

Connected Enterprise

features of epicor 10.2.400

new in epicor 10.2.400

Connected Enterprise is an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) platform for Epicor. With this feature, you can better view and track your different sites and machinery. Furthermore, it supports the Microsoft Azure IoT Hub platform.

For further information on IIoT, please click here

The list it monitors includes assets, equipment, inventory locations, as well as intelligent products.

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features of Epicor 10.2.400

updates of Epicor 10.2.400

One of the updates of Epicor 10.2.400 is the use of the Microsoft IoT hub. This hub collects data from sensors for its reporting and analytics. The MES shop floor home page then shows aggregated data and allows users to examine the performance of their equipment. Epicor users now can create rules to customize the display and set up alerts to inform them promptly the equipment status.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

release of Epicor 10.2.400

You will need to install AzureRM and IoT Cloud Rule Processor PowerShell modules to process IoT rules in the cloud.

Lite MES – Kinetic

Kinetic Design system welcomed the world last year. Several updates in Epicor 10.2.400 based on this module includes, a new mobile, and time application. Particularly, Epicor has updated its mobile screens, e.g. Sales Order Entry and MES. The current design enables better and more popular use of Epicor on mobiles and tablets.

new in Epicor 10.2.400

features of Epicor 10.2.400

highlights of Epicor 10.2.400

updates of Epicor 10.2.400

Keep following us for further information on other functionalities of Epicor 10.2.400 in the coming week.

Source of opinions and photos on Highlights of Epicor 10.2.400: EpicHelp user hasokeric

Education Services

Government Management Software

Government Management Solutions

Epicor for Government and Education provides a solid foundation upon which public sector organizations can build sound and efficient processes for budgeting, accounting, spending, and reporting. A very strong general ledger and equally capable sub-ledgers are at the core of the solution. These are complemented by additional modules that help streamline processes, including allocations, purchasing, budgeting, workflow, and document management.Equally important to public sector organizations is the initial and ongoing costs of information systems. Epicor solutions deliver high levels of flexibility and automation with lower costs for implementation and operations than other comparable solutions.

National governments and smaller government agencies face unique challenges in fiscal management, from political pressure to legislative constraints and regulatory mandates, as well as a diversity of agency specific requirements. Epicor provides the flexibility to meet agency and national level management while retaining strict control over budgets and costs.

Education Management Solutions

Educational institutions must also find ways to serve their students and faculty with fiduciary finesse, balancing strict controls with maintaining a culture of creativity, discovery, and innovation. Epicor for Government and Education provides clear and auditable controls and a collaborative environment for supporting educational reforms and breakthroughs in the sciences and other fields.

For managing expenditures, Epicor provides a unique solution that tracks commitments from multiple sources against approved budgets to provide a true picture of spending to requisitioners and approvers while they are making purchasing decisions. That level of transparency and immediacy is critical to staying on budget.

From agencies in Tanzania, Africa to the city of Saskatoon, Canada and educational organizations from elementary through post-doctorate programs, Epicor for Government and Education is behind the scenes enabling cost-effective management that allows more funds to flow where they are needed.