Aspera Solutions Partners with Codeless Platforms for Ease of ERP Integration to CRM, eCommerce & more

Premium Epicor Partner Uses BPA Platform for ERP Integration Projects

Aspera Solutions signs partnership agreement with Codeless Platforms to offer additional integration and automation solution to its customers

[Oct 22nd, 2020] Codeless Platforms is pleased to announce that it has signed a partnership agreement with Aspera Solutions, an official Epicor Partner. The partnership will enable Aspera to offer integration, automation and innovative applications to its Epicor ERP customers via Codeless Platforms’ Business Process Automation (BPA) Platform.

An Epicor partner since 1999, Aspera Solutions has extensive in-depth knowledge of Epicor ERP and is currently Epicor’s International Star Partner 2019/20. The addition of Codeless Platforms’ software to its solutions offering will help Aspera Solutions enhance its Epicor implementations, saving time and money for its customers.

Matthew Lidster, Managing Director, Codeless Platforms: “Aspera Solutions is a key Epicor EMEA partner providing a comprehensive range of implementation and consultancy services, both on-premises and in the cloud. We are delighted that Aspera Solutions has joined our channel partner programme, and we look forward to working in collaboration with the company on innovative and effective Epicor ERP integration and automation projects.”

Lonan Byrne, Managing Director, Aspera Solutions: “As an Epicor partner focused on driving customer value through innovative business solutions, we prize business and technical applications that allow us to create unique, value-driven enhancements to Epicor ERP. Codeless Platforms BPA can quickly and simply facilitate the integration of Epicor ERP with other business solutions, such as CRM, eCommerce, warehouse management and more. The key benefits include faster implementation times, and lower implementation and ongoing support costs.”

For more information on how to integrate Epicor ERP with your other business systems contact paul.egan@asperasolutions.com 

About Aspera Solutions

For over 20 years, Aspera Solutions has delivered world class enterprise software solutions that drive profitability, control and collaboration within its customer sites.

With over 100 customers ranging from single site SMEs to global, multi-site corporations, we balance innovation with pragmatism. Delivering both out-of-the-box and customised Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solutions that deliver results beyond expectation.

With particular expertise in the unique business processes and operational requirements of the manufacturing and distribution sectors, our experience is built into every solution we deliver in the cloud, or on premise.

 

About Codeless Platforms

Founded in 1999, Codeless Platforms is at the forefront of rapid application development and business process automation. It has a proven track record of developing and delivering agile, flexible and robust next generation software solutions, empowering businesses to get the most from their data as well as the ability to respond to the rapidly changing business demands of today. Its knowledge of the marketplace and channel has grown in line with this development and established us as a highly experienced and reputable software company, working with partners and software vendors (Epicor, Access, Microsoft, Sage and SAP) who have the confidence to invest in Codeless Platforms. With over 450 global partners, more than 8000 customers use Codeless Platforms’ software solutions, ranging from diverse global organisations to the small local enterprise. The company is headquartered in Poole, UK, with representative offices throughout the world. Learn more at www.codelessplatforms.com

Epicor Announces New International Channel Cloud Program

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Updates to the Epicor International Channel Partner Program will empower partners to keep pace with increasing customer demand for cloud, whilst sustaining business growth

Bracknell, UK, September 28, 2020 – Epicor Software Corporation, a global provider of industry-specific enterprise software to promote business growth, announced enhanced support to its reseller network to successfully offer customers new cloud-based enterprise and SaaS solutions, while making the transition away from on-premise solutions a viable option.

Epicor has designed a new cloud commercial model for its International Channel Partner Program, which creates a solid annuity-based revenue stream, to nurture partnerships that support business growth. Partners who maintain relationships with clients and grow revenues will be rewarded with continued margins beyond the first three years of selling the product. This will help encourage resellers to embrace new offerings, such as cloud, and grow their businesses further by responding effectively to customer demands.

Whilst manufacturing customers’ spending on public cloud services continues to grow, it also creates challenges for channel partners. For example, moving customers to the cloud and away from on-premise means moving from upfront margins, and revenue streams, to monthly, or even annual, agreements. The new cloud commercial model aims to meet these challenges, and support channel partners with pressures on cashflow and revenue management, and any potential changes in the dynamics with their customers. 

Lonan Byrne, Managing Director of Aspera Solutions, commented: “As an Epicor Premium partner that has recently completed large-scale private and public cloud deployments of Epicor ERP, we heartily welcome this initiative. Our customers, especially those with multi-national operations, see clear advantages in the additional security, scalability and stability delivered by the cloud, so for Aspera this is a growth opportunity that every partner should embrace”.

Paul Flannery, VP of International Channel Sales at Epicor added: “With many companies now relying on cloud solutions to automate processes and drive efficiencies, the new Epicor International Channel Cloud Program is empowering partners to move in the direction the market is heading,” comments. “Our new cloud partner offering will help to make migration to cloud a profitable model for our international partners and enable them to not only survive—but flourish in today’s challenging marketplace.”

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 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 Aspera Solutions

For over 20 years, Aspera Solutions has delivered world class ERP solutions that drive profitability, control and collaboration. With over 100 customers ranging from single site SME’s to global, multi-site corporations, we balance innovation with pragmatism. Delivering both out of the box and customised Epicor ERP solutions that deliver results beyond expectation.

With customer and employee relationships that have lasted decades, we are passionate about delivering excellence in ERP. And, according to our customers, we make a positive impact every time we step in the door.” For more information, visit Aspera Solutions.

WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT: Aspera Solutions, Children’s Summer Art Competition 2020

A huge THANK YOU to all the kids that entered our customer summer art competition. As predicted, the level of creativity, imagination and ability shown in every entry was fantastic, and brought us a lot of joy through these weird times.

While every entry had something that made us smile, laugh or admire, we could only choose 3 winners and they are:

Category 1: 5 years and under   WINNER    Connor, Age 5 – for his brilliant MEGAMAN
Category 2: 6-10 years.             WINNER    Holly, Age 10 – for her inspired HYPNOMAN
Category 3: 11-16 years             WINNER    Hannah, age 14 – for her incredible OCTO-GIRL

Congratulations to you Connor, Holly and Hannah, your €100/£100 One4All Digital Gift Card is on the way.

Lonan & the team at Aspera Solutions




A huge THANK YOU
to all our 2020 entrants,
we hope to see you
again in 2021!

Temporary Reduction in Irish Standard VAT Rate & How to Handle this in Epicor ERP

Important Notice for all Customers with Irish Operations:

As part of the Financial Provisions (Covid-19) (No. 2) Act 2020, the Irish government has  initiated a temporary reduction in VAT rate. As a result, from 1 September 2020, a 6-month reduction in the standard rate of VAT from 23% to 21% will apply.

In general, goods and services supplied before 1 September 2020 are liable to VAT at the rate in place at the time of supply, namely 23%. A trader supplying goods and services to private individuals should always apply the VAT rate in place at the time of supply. However, where goods and services are supplied in August 2020 by a trader who is obliged to issue a VAT invoice, and that trader issues the invoice after 31 August 2020, the rate in place in September applies, namely 21%.

The following is the process for adding a new 21% VAT rate for use from September 1st 2020 by utilising the effective date functionality in Epicor 9, 10.0, 10.1 & 10.2 versions.

STEP 1: Navigate to Financial Management > Account Receivable > Setup> Tax Type
 
Step 1: Navigate to Fin Mngt, Acc's Receivable, Setup, Tax Type
STEP 2: Select your current VAT Tax ID

Step 2: Select your current VAT Tax ID

STEP 3: Select New > New Effective Rate

Step 3: Select, New, New Effective Rate

STEP 4: Enter an effective date of 01/09/2020
STEP 5: Ensure the rate type is percentage
STEP 6: Enter 21.0 into the percentage field
STEP 7: Save the record

Step 7: Save

STEP 8: Select > New > New Effective Rate
STEP 9: Enter an effective date of 01/03/2021
STEP 10: Ensure the rate type is percentage
STEP 11: Enter 23.0 into the percentage field
STEP 12: Save the record

Step 12: Save

NOTE: This setup will mean that a rate of 21% will come into effect on 01/09/2020 and on the 01/03/2021 the effective rate of 23% will come back into affect.

NB: If you are using Epicor Vantage or Vista 8.0, the effective date option is not available. You will have to set the VAT rate manually at 01/09/2020 and back on 01/03/2021.

Summer Art Competition 2020

The Aspera logo has had a facelift and to celebrate we’re organising a great competition this summer!

We’d love your kids to take our logo and re-imagine it as a superhero. Simply print out the Competition PDF and get your budding Banksy or Matisse to create their superhero figure, complete with a list of its superhero qualities & gadgets.

When complete, simply:

  1. post the entry to Leeann Matthews at Aspera Solutions
  2.  Scan & send it back via email or,
  3. Take a photo and send it to Leeann Matthews at +353 86 852 8757.
Just make sure that your entry is in by September 8th 2020.:

What’s in it for the kids?

The winner of each category will receive a €100/£100 One4All Digital Gift Card that will allow them to shop at their choice of venue, including LifeStyle Sports, Penny’s, Argos, Halfords and many more. The competition age categories are:
  • 5 years & under
  • 6-10 years
  • 11-15 years
Details on how to enter are listed below, together with the competition entry rules. Note that the competition is open to all employees within our customer sites, so spread the word and grab your Crayola’s!

Competition Categories:

There are three age categories to the competition. The winner of each category will win a €100/£100 One4All digital gift card.

Category 1: 5 years and under

Category 2: 6-10 years

Category 3: 11-15 years

 

 

Competition Prize(s):

The winner of each category will receive a One4All digital gift card to the value of either €100 or £100, depending on the winner’s location. 

 

 

Competition Judge:

The winner of each category will be judged by Aspera’s Marketing Manager, Leeann Matthews.

Competition Rules:

  1. To enter, you must be under 15 years of age by September 8th 2020.

  2. Entry is open to the children of all employees within Aspera Solutions’ customer sites.

  3. Entries must be accompanied by a current employee work email address (all entries will be verified).

  4. Entrants may submit up to four entries per individual.

  5. All entries must be original and unaided pieces of work by the entrant.

  6. When complete, simply post your entry to Aspera Solutions or scan & send it back to us via email.

  7. All entries are the property of Aspera Solutions. Aspera Solutions does not accept liability for loss or damage to any work submitted.

  8. Entries must be received before 5pm on September 8th 2020.

  9. Winners will be notified on September 10th 2020.

GOOD LUCK!

Epicor Named “Visionary” in Gartner Magic Quadrant

Gartner names Epicor as a “Visionary” in its Magic Quadrant for Cloud ERP

July 6th 2020, Dublin, Ireland… Aspera Solutions is delighted to announce that Epicor ERP has retained its “Visionary” status in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud ERP for Product-Centric Enterprises.

“ERP decision makers use this quadrant to evaluate solutions for moving their ERP business capabilities to the cloud, and as a key Epicor ERP Cloud partner in EMEA, Aspera Solutions is ideally placed to guide customers through their private, public and hybrid cloud journey,” Lonan Byrne, Managing Director, Aspera Solutions.

According to Gartner, Epicor ERP is a Cloud ERP “Visionary” for multiple reasons: 

  1. It has a strong focus on cloud and a good vision for, and understanding of, the direction of cloud technology. This focus comes through recent acquisitions of small business software such as 1 EDI Source to enhance its cloud product line.
  2. Epicor can host its ERP solution on private clouds for organisations within highly regulated industries, and on public cloud for others (contact Aspera Solutions for details).
  3. It has made progress in attracting companies larger than its traditional midsize market.
  4. Epicor has a solid operational ERP solution to support product-centric organisations, especially in the manufacturing and distribution space. Reference customers scored the product highly for its ability to deliver complex manufacturing in the cloud for the midsize and large-midsize enterprise.
  5. Reference customers indicate improved confidence in Epicor’s professional service team and their implementation support experience.
  6. Epicor demonstrates the ability to respond to customer requirements and address customers’ concerns to prioritise feature offerings in product updates.
  7. It has a large and loyal customer base and an active users’ group – Epicor Users Group (EUG) – both of which contribute to its success

Access the full report here

Announcing Epicor 10.2.600

Announving Epicro ERP 10.2.600

As your Epicor partner, Aspera Solutions is here to offer you ERP assistance and advice that will support you through the current turmoil and prepare you for growth and productivity post Covid-19.

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6 Ways to access EPICOR remotely

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As your Epicor partner, Aspera Solutions is here to offer you ERP assistance and advice that will support you through the current turmoil and prepare you for growth and productivity post Covid-19.

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Business Continuity Amidst Covid 19

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Key Message
We are deeply committed to protecting our Customers from disruption due to Covid-19. We recognise your dependence on Aspera for ERP system support & development and are committed to ensuring that your ERP system continues to support your business, working safely in line with government guidelines to protect the health of all our employees.

Lonan

We are all experiencing the social and business impact of Covid-19 and are engaged in meeting the very significant challenges to health and business continuity arising as a result. As a Customer we recognise your dependence on Aspera services for ERP system support and development during the current crisis. We are committed to ensuring that your ERP system continues to support your business, working safely in line with government guidelines to protect the health of all our employees.

Aspera policies and guidelines to mitigate the effects of Covid-19 are as follows:

 

General

  • Aspera offices in UK and Ireland remain open and we are fully operational.
  • We monitor government guidelines on a daily basis and are committed to fully implementing the advice published by the NHS in UK and HSE in Ireland.
  • We are adapting our work practices so that they align with published guidelines for social distancing, home-working and travel.
  • The majority of Aspera staff are working from home.
  • Our communications systems fully support home and remote working and are operational.
  • Staff travel is restricted to travel necessary for work, in conformance with published government advisories, and as determined by Customer requirements.

 

Aspera Support

Aspera Support Services are critical for maintaining customer ERP system availability and business continuity and are fully operational. Our experienced Support Teams in UK and Ireland, working seamlessly from office or home, continue to meet all support service level commitments, backed by expertise and comprehensive systems including web-enabled Helpdesk, website/Customer Portal, VOIP, MS Teams, GotoMeeting, VPN, etc.

 

Aspera Consulting

Aspera Consulting provides ERP implementation and development services on-site and remotely, implementing new systems and enhancing live systems to improve customer business processes. Where consultant travel to site is necessary, we observe government travel advisories and customer guidelines and instructions at all times. We apply social distancing and hygiene protocols per published guidelines in UK and Ireland. In the current circumstances, we recognise customers may wish to restrict site access. We fully respect this, and our policy in respect of our own staff is to shift consulting activity from on-site to remote working where possible.

The bulk of ERP implementation activity generally falls to customer staff, under the guidance of Aspera Consulting. Most consulting activities, including training, design, data migration, customisation, user acceptance testing, etc., can be delivered effectively on-line through remote working. The current times may also create opportunity for management and key users to focus on internal business process improvement and related ERP system development.

There is no need to experience interruption of any ERP implementation or improvement activity that may be planned. We have developed a number of strategies to enable customers to continue to develop ERP effectively through remote working with Aspera consultants and we will be in contact in the coming weeks to progress this.

 

Business Continuity Plan

We are currently adapting our Business Continuity Plan in order to mitigate any impact of Covid-19 on the delivery of services to Customers. We will publish this shortly and will update you in due course.

We are deeply committed to protecting our Customers from disruption due to Covid-19. Aspera Management is available at any time to answer any queries or concerns you may wish to raise. Please contact any of the following:

Paul Cartledge, Customer Engagement Manager (UK) +44 7958 364 995  
Jenny Shirran, Customer Engagement Manager (IRL) +353 86 231 5850
Pat Walsh, Operations Manager +353 86 839 4045  
Tejas Kirtane, Consulting Manager +353 87 775 0929
Peter Grange, Support Manager +353 86 337 7009
Stephen Finn, Finance Manager +353 87 237 8315
Paul Egan, Sales Manager +353 87 299 0119
Lonan Byrne, Managing Director +353 86 608 0661

This statement is available as a News update at www.asperasolutions.com and we will continue to publish further updates as circumstances require.

 

Best regards,

Lonan Byrne
Managing Director, Aspera Solutions

ERP Synergy – Aspera Solutions and RAD Software Ltd

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January 2019, Dublin and Glasgow

RAD Software, a leading provider of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software solutions in Scotland has been acquired by Aspera Solutions.

AJ Cunningham, founder of RAD Solutions comments
“For a number of years it was clear to me that to achieve the growth that was possible for RAD Software, organic growth was not the immediate model for success. Hence, the search for a buyer that shared the same passion for great service and great products began.
From the very outset it was clear that Aspera Solutions share those same goals and put their customers and people at the heart of their service.

This common set of principles and goals sets the path for a great success for all RAD customers and employees. With increased skilled resource and capability, the vision for the future is secured and set, bringing a level of capability and knowledge unsurpassed as RAD and Aspera forge ahead as the largest Epicor ERP partner in the UK”.

Lonan Byrne, Managing Director of Aspera Solutions points out that the synergy created by the deal will enhance the service offering to the UK and Ireland customer base.

“Both organisations have exceptionally talented people and an inherent knowledge of how a well- integrated ERP solution delivers real business value. The coming together of our two teams ensures the continued delivery of the highest level of service to our customers in the UK and Ireland”

“The business drivers for investment in ERP solutions of increased complexity and regulation means that our customers require a fully integrated solution approach. Our core values ensure that Aspera Solutions engages with each of our customers in a collaborative and proactive manner. We look forward very much to working with RAD customers as we continue our growth as the leading provider of integrated ERP solutions to large and mid-sized organisations.”

About us
Aspera Solutions is a recognized knowledge leader in the design, integration, implementation and support of Enterprise Resource Planning solutions. Aspera Solutions is a certified Epicor partner in the UK and Ireland. Epicor is the leading ERP software of choice for manufacturing and manufacturing related services industries worldwide. We partner with customers in a consultative way to gain a shared understanding of how an Epicor-based EPR can support and enhance business objectives through seamless integration with business critical infrastructure.

www.asperasolutions.com

Founded in 1997, RAD Software® Ltd. initially made a name for itself as a leading provider of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software solutions and implementation services for large and mid-sized manufacturing and distribution companies in Scotland. RAD have since grown to offer IT Service Management, Field Service Management and Business Intelligence solutions to both private and public sector organisations of all types and sizes throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland.