Epicor ERP Platform Supports Mobility and Cloud Developments
A recent article on searchmanufacturingerp.techtarget.com detailed the new release of the Epicor ERP platform and its enhanced features for international business, new mobile access, and cloud deployment options. Quoting Malcolm Fox, vice president of product marketing at Epicor, the article notes that Epicor ERP 10.1 "has new international features that will help customers adhere to local business practices, while the social collaboration capabilities will help build knowledge networks that can help manufacturers handle transitions when experienced employees move on."
The piece notes that the platform is primarily designed to meet new customer requirements for mobile access and cloud deployment. Fox states, "We initially thought that things like iPads would never make their way down to the shop floor because they were too fragile; but they’re also inexpensive and readily replaceable, particularly when you compare them to some of the devices people have bought lately. It’s the experience people expect these days."
According to Fox, Epicor ERP 10.1 is the manifestation of the company becoming "cloud first" in its thinking. Epicor has reached a cloud tipping point as far as inquiries and where prospects are oriented; though it’s not the majority of sales at this point, it’s become top-of-mind. "We’re positioned nicely because we have a single source that can be deployed on premises or in the cloud," notes Fox.
Kudos for the new platform have been coming in from users such as the Dutch-based manufacturer Boers & Co. Fine Metal Group. According to Jon Greeve, ICT manager at Boers, the company has been using the new release for months and has been impressed:
The new emphasis on mobile access designed for manufacturing is a big plus. The ability to use mobile devices on the shop floor to access data from the ERP system has been a big improvement. The issue of handheld devices is no longer an issue. We can solve it with the use of the Epicor mobile application on the devices employees already have. They can use their own smartphones to log in to Epicor and see the information that they need.
Nigel Montgomery, Gartner research director in the enterprise applications group, believes that Epicor has done well with the new approach to mobile access and the move to the cloud:
It seems that this is the right time when organizations are starting to move their manufacturing and operations to the cloud. Until now, there’s been a resistance, and there were very few that were able to do it. In some ways, because manufacturing has been left behind in the move to the cloud, companies are starting to say there’s no excuse for that and they’re starting to look at it. There’s a lot of movement toward manufacturing operations in the cloud, so the fact that [Epicor has] added capability there is a good thing.
Montgomery concludes that the new Epicor ERP 10.1 platform should “solidify Epicor’s presence” as a mid-tier manufacturing-oriented vendor.
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