Epicor has acquired Data Interchange, a UK-based provider of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) Cloud Technologies and Managed Services

Epicor Acquires EDI Provider Data Interchange, Expanding Global Reach in Helping Customers Drive Value in the Supply Chain

Austin, TXJune 07, 2022

Epicor, a global leader of industry-specific enterprise software to promote business growth, today announced it has acquired Data Interchange, a UK-based provider of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) cloud technologies and managed services. The Data Interchange acquisition expands the reach of Epicor in European markets and adds to the company’s portfolio of B2B integration technologies, empowering customers to connect businesses and trading partners, increase efficiency, and drive value in the supply chain. Financial terms were not disclosed.

“The future of EDI is about creating more flexible and transparent supply chains that can seamlessly accommodate a wide range of inputs while ensuring automated and controllable outcomes,” said Epicor CEO Steve Murphy. “The Data Interchange acquisition gives Epicor customers an even more powerful set of cloud-based EDI solutions to streamline supply chain collaboration, simplify processes, and make data-driven decisions to identify trends and opportunities.”

As companies, particularly across European markets, manage increasing requirements for data integration across B2B supply chains, they are challenged in navigating the complexities of trading partner compliance, communications protocols, and local language support.

Data Interchange’s B2B integration solutions – including the company’s DiNet global EDI Network, Odex B2B communications platform, Darwin order processing solution, and XE EDI mapping tool – will help Epicor customers streamline their supply chain strategies, providing a single-source of truth to more closely manage supplier relationships, automate business processes, and plan for changing business needs. That includes support for European market protocols and standards such as OFTP2, EDIFACT, VDA, TRADACOMS and PEPPOL.

“Our goal at Data Interchange has always been to streamline the way EDI is delivered and presented to our customers and partners,” said Data Interchange CEO Andrew Filby. “By joining with Epicor, we’re extending our mission to help companies drive positive business outcomes by simplifying every stage of their EDI journey.”

Backed by more than 30 years of experience, Data Interchange pioneers the technology underpinning the world’s most complex supply chains with fast, accurate data exchange. A deep and experienced team and partner channel with specialists across Europe help customers in automotive, manufacturing, retail and logistics sectors optimise supply chains and trading processes, with an innovative product and services portfolio that helps customers improve their business operations.

See www.epicor.com for further details

Manufacturing Insights Report – Cloud Adoption Rates are Soaring

Manufacturing is Moving to the Cloud

Epicor asked nearly 600 industry decision-makers about cloud and why manufacturing is seeing a rapid increase in cloud ERP adoption.

The resulting report explores what is currently important to manufacturing businesses, what challenges the cloud might solve, and what companies need to make cloud adoption a success.

Content includes

  • Why manufacturing is rapidly changing

  • Why cloud is fast becoming a business necessity

  • Why security is even more important now than ever &

  • How powerful partnerships are essential for success.

 

Read the full report here

March 2022: Epicor Names Aspera its International Partner of the Year

Epicor award Aspera International Partner of the Year 2021

Epicor has named Aspera Solutions as its International Partner of the Year

Consistent performance over many years earned Aspera Solutions the coveted International Partner of the Year award, delivering strong and consistent year-over-year growth executed in each of Epicor’s strategic areas – cloud, key new accounts, migrations, add-on sales and platform sales on both Kinetic and Prophet 21 platforms.

“Congratulations to Aspera and all our winners! Partner recognition is very important to Epicor as we celebrate these achievements and international success. We thank you all for your hard work and commitment and look forward to accelerating our success over the next 12 months,” commented Andy Coussins, Senior Vice President and Head of International at Epicor.

Additional award detail can be found here: asperasolutions.com/awards

 

Join Aspera as it Demo’s Epicor Kinetic at the ERP HeadtoHead March 8-10th

If an ERP project is on your radar for 2022, then the virtual ERP HeadtoHead event (March 8th-10th, 2022) should be on your radar.


At the event, Aspera Solutions will demonstrate Epicor Kinetic ERP and Epicor Prophet 21 (for distributors), alongside 13 other vendors via 28 live ERP product demo’s. It’s the perfect opportunity to compare solutions and their potential fit to your organisation.

If you are interested in attending, feel free to use the promo code ‘AsperaDiscount2022’ to receive a 20% discount on the cost of attendance (normally £75 per person).

Find out more, and register directly with the event organisers at
https://erpheadtohead.com/uk

Not sure if Epicor should be on your radar as an ERP Solution? The answer is YES, if:

  • You’re a manufacturer, distributor or services company with 100+ employees.
  • You’re looking for a vendor that provides solutions on premise, or in the cloud.
  • You want an experienced solution, that understands the nuances and needs of your specific industry.
  • You want a modern solution with remote working options, integrated social-network-style communication, automations and easier data workflow.
  • You want to work with a skilled, local implementation partner with excellent support and dedication to project success.


Leeann Matthews
Aspera Solutions

Mobile: +353 (0)86  852 8757
Landline: +353 (0)1 461 1708

Tips For Choosing an ERP Vendor – Part 1 – Narrowing Down Your Options

If you’re in the market for an ERP solution in 2022, I expect Google Search has become an ‘old friend’!

What are the pro’s and con’s of various solutions? What solutions best suit your type of business? What are the current innovations in ERP that could transform your business?

Whatever questions you’re asking, your first task is to identify what ERP solutions best suit your business. To help you along the way, we’ve compiled Aspera & Epicor’s top tips for narrowing down your ERP potentials vendor list:

  1. Start with Analyst Research
  2. Learn from Peers / Competitors – especially those in similar industries
  3. Identify your individual companies needs

1) Analyst research

ERP industry analysts like Gartner, Forrester, IDC, etc.  provide a reliable and objective analysis of ERP vendors and products. They’re plugged into the current trends and future projections of the industry, and they can provide valuable insights and unbiased opinions that you won’t get from prospective vendors. They’re also trusted names within the ERP industry, and their data is often featured or cited in publications and other studies.

An example would be Gartner’s 2021 iteration of their annual report—“Magic Quadrant for Cloud ERP for Product-Centric Midsize Enterprises”—in which they placed Epicor Software in the “Visionary” quadrant. This position is based on a full evaluation of Epicor’s global ERP solution—Kinetic. The Magic Quadrant for Cloud ERP focuses on ERP systems that are offered in a cloud services application deployment. It covers midsize enterprises across all geographies with an annual revenue between approximately $50 million and $1 billion USD.

While it’s a smart move to take analyst opinions and data into account, relying solely on them may not yield the best choice in cloud ERP for your business. Say, for example, you’re looking for the best cloud ERP system for your discrete manufacturing business. Maybe you have one or two locations, but you don’t have the infrastructure in place to support some of the more robust software solutions used by large national or international companies. An industry study will likely not narrow its focus to something for your specific needs—they’ll likely evaluate all cloud ERP systems instead of just the cross-section of software that’s a good fit for your business. Analyst lists are great for thinning out the herd, but you shouldn’t stop your search there, thats why it’s important to investigate what your competitors / peers are using.

2) Learn from Peers / Competitors

Once you’ve looked at ERP analyst reports, it’s time to see what others in your industry are saying. Getting customer references from your peers is essential, because they can tell you what software they’re using and why they selected it, as well as give honest feedback on their experience. Speaking with users in your industry helps you learn the details of how existing or desired functionality might be handled or improved by the new system. Going back to our previous example, it’s important to reach out to other small-to-midsize discrete manufacturers to find out what they’re using. Find out what they like, what they don’t like, what works, and what doesn’t.

Seeking out analyst reports and peer recommendations will provide valuable perspectives, but when it comes to choosing the best cloud ERP system, your own organisational needs and growth objectives should ultimately guide your decision.

3) Understand Your Organisation’s Unique Criteria

Ultimately, the best cloud ERP system is the one that fits your business. You have to assess your business needs and define certain criteria that only exist for your organisation or line of work.

For example, manufacturers might require an integrated whiteboard-style production scheduling application that allows production planners to do their job within the ERP system, instead of settling for disconnected spreadsheets. 

Retailers might require a solution that offers them real-time visibility into their inventory and provides a mobile point of sale (POS) system.  It’s also paramount to choose retail management software that offers an eCommerce solution.

Distributors need to look for a software system that offers front counter functionality that can automatically enter customer order information—eliminating manual processes and rekeying errors. 

These are just a couple of examples, but the point remains the same—find a cloud ERP system that fits the way you do business. 

Gather representation from every aspect of the business that will be affected by the new solution. Together, note what works well within your organisation and what needs improvement. Make a list of requirements and determine whether or not these requirements are ‘need to have’ or ‘nice to have’ elements and use this to narrow down your vendor list.

Once you’ve identified your preferred vendor list, the next step is to assess their commonalities, advantages and disadvantages.  Aspera recommends pitching the same questions to each vendor so that it is easier to make comparisons & we’ll cover that in part 2 of this blog.

Contact Aspera Solutions for clarification / support.  

 

 

 

Please note that elements of this piece are attributable to Epicor  – How to Choose the Best Cloud ERP Software