Next-generation ERP for multi-site business

A new enterprise resource planning (ERP) system aims to enable business anywhere: business without barriers.

Global provider of enterprise business software Epicor has launched its next-generation enterprise resource planning (ERP) program, expected to be generally available before the end of the year.

Utilising Web 2.0 concepts, it is built on adaptable and collaborative business architecture to satisfy the needs of businesses regardless of country, industry or access device: the company claims the new system will enable “business anywhere”.


The company uses the Microsoft platform, providing users with the choice of interacting with their business information through Microsoft Office programs.

Microsoft corporate vice president of developers and platform, Walid Abu-Hadba said Epicor continued its proven history of innovation with Microsoft technology by redefining the enterprise application software experience.

“We expect that the combination of Epicor and Microsoft software will enable companies to drive greater efficiencies and create new business value as users are empowered to work smarter and faster,” he said. 

Embedded capabilities enable after-the-fact integration or third-party add-ons such as customer relationship management, supplier relationship management, advanced planning and scheduling, business process management, risk and compliance and product configuration.

Additionally, support for master data management allows companies to virtualise their enterprise across plants, warehouses, sites, trading partners, companies and countries, keeping everything synchronised in real time.

The company said the new tool was a reflection of shifting industry trends.

“Business is everywhere, business is real-time, and business is always online.

“Epicor understands that the Internet and ubiquitous mobility play an essential part in the daily lives of the information-hungry global economy,” it said.

The new ERP platform is expected to support over 20 languages and countries, with progressive expansion planned to the world’s principle markets in more than 40 countries covering the Americas and the Asia Pacific region.

The applications can be accessed via a range of mobile devices, including Windows Mobile, BlackBerry and the Apple iPhone for wireless business. In addition, the company’s enterprise performance management program can be deployed direct to mobile devices and includes full search capabilities.

Companies can select options that are right for their business – choosing whether to implement on-premise, single-tenant hosted, or multi-tenant software as a service, centralised or decentralised, end-to-end or individual suites.

Epicor CEO Thomas Kelly said the new applications represented a “game-changing” opportunity for business.

“Our strategy is to provide both new and existing customers with unprecedented flexibility and choice,” Mr Kelly said. “It’s about delivering business without barriers.”

The company, founded in 1984, serves over 20,000 customers in more than 140 countries, providing programs in over 30 languages.

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