Mid-market enterprise resource planning software vendor Epicor has launched the latest version of its flagship product designed to provide users with a solution that is much easier to deploy and use.
Epicor 9 combines nine products on a new Web 2.0, 100 per cent service oriented architecture and .Net-based platform, according to Epicor chief marketing officer John Hiraoka.
The new product features embedded capabilities to manage customer relationship management, supplier relationship management, advanced planning and scheduling, business process management, governance, risk and compliance, and more.
Epicor has gone to lengths to integrate with Microsoft products such as Office 2007, SharePoint Server 2007, PerformancePoint Server 2007 and Windows Mobile to cut down on staff training and improve usability, according to Hiraoka.
"The ERP industry has had the stigma of creating systems that are hard to use, expensive and are not strategic weapons," he said.
"We've tied in things like Microsoft Outlook and Exchange, things people know in their everyday home environments, so instead of it being a barrier we have brought in these [tools] in a secure and scalable way."
The service oriented architecture enables Epicor to deliver the product to firms "in any model, including through the cloud" to mobile workers, argued Hiraoka.
"This allows companies to do business without barriers, whether they are geographical, technological or organisational barriers," he added.
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