Aspera Appoints New CEO – Fergus Doyle

Oct, 2022

Aspera Solutions Announces Two Significant Management Updates

Aspera is delighted to announce two developments at senior management level within Aspera Solutions Ltd.

Lonan Byrne, founder and Managing Director of Aspera for the past 30+ years, has taken up the role of Executive Chairman. As board chairman, Lonan will continue to maintain an active role in the development of Aspera, with a focus on investment and supporting international growth.

We are also delighted to announce the appointment of Fergus Doyle as Chief Executive Officer at Aspera Solutions. With a background in mechanical engineering and extensive international industry and business managerial experience, Fergus joins Aspera with a focus on strengthening customer relationships and the growth of Aspera’s business internationally in enterprise software services.

Speaking on the announcement, Lonan Byrne commented, “It has been a privilege to lead Aspera over the past 36 years, and to witness the significant changes in IT and ERP technology in that time. We greatly value the relationships we have developed with our customers, and the opportunities they present to enhance and grow our service offerings. I fully support Fergus and the Management Team in Aspera’s customer engagements into the future.” 

“Over the next few months I look forward to connecting with our customers, prospects & partners to learn more about their specific goals, experiences, and challenges. I’m excited to take on this role and embark on this exciting journey to continue Aspera’s development as a world-class ERP solutions provider.” Fergus Doyle, CEO, Aspera Solutions

Email: fergus.doyle@asperasolutions.com

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

Epicor Names Aspera Solutions International Partner of the Year 2021

Epicor award Aspera International Partner of the Year 2021

Dublin, Ireland

November 2nd 2021

EPICOR Names Aspera Solutions International Partner of the Year 2021

Epicor, a global leader of industry-specific enterprise software and innovator in ERP solutions for manufacturing and distribution, has named Aspera Solutions as International Partner of the Year 2021. 

“Despite Covid, Aspera has managed to deliver significant year-on-year growth, deliver sustainable year-on-year performances, and successfully align with Epicor’s mission to be “The Cloud Vendor of Choice in the markets that we serve”. Aspera is successfully delivering Digital Transformation solutions on our Kinetic and P21 Platforms, for both Manufacturing and Distribution customers, and is a deserving winner of the International Partner of the Year award”.

Paul Flannery, VP of International Channel Sales, Epicor Software

An Epicor Partner since 2001, Aspera Solutions drives profitability and growth through ERP knowledge leadership within manufacturing and distribution companies. The company has built its business around the Epicor platform, and to date has completed multi-site implementations in 14 countries, across 4 continents.    

Speaking on the award, Lonan Byrne, Managing Director of Aspera Solutions commented,

“For the second time in three years, Aspera is delighted to receive this award.  In recent times, we have adapted our methods of engagement to better serve the evolving needs of our marketplace. Challenged by Covid, we’ve found new ways to deliver value and solve customer problems, and our commitment to customer success continues to lead growth in both repeat and new logo business. All of this is made possible by the talent, innovation and drive of the Aspera team. I am very proud of what they continue to achieve”.

For more information, contact Aspera or visit our news and blog feature pages.

The Industry’s Most Powerful Cloud Platform for Distributors Gets Even Stronger with Latest Release of Epicor Prophet 21

October 29, 2021

Enterprise cloud and future-focused modular design help distributors stay ahead of changing supply chain landscape 

Epicor, a global leader of industry-specific enterprise software to promote business growth, today announced the latest release of Epicor Prophet 21, the cloud-based industry productivity solution for distributors. The new release underscores the company’s continued commitment to build best-in-class Industry Cloud solutions that give distributors even more power to stay ahead of the ever-changing supply chain landscape.

Distributors have navigated an unprecedented set of challenges over the past 18 months including supply chain disruption and changing customer expectations for digital connectedness. The need for flexible, insights-driven industry productivity platforms has never been greater. According to the latest Epicor Industry Insights Report 2021, 92 percent of distributors believe that cloud would have helped them deal better with Covid-19, and 82 percent of all business leaders polled said Covid-19 had accelerated their cloud migration plans.

The latest release of Epicor Prophet 21 helps distributors address today’s challenges while optimising for the future through new cloud-based, industry-focused capabilities that help tackle complex supply chain needs and scale operations for the future.

Enterprise Cloud for Large Distributors

Epicor Prophet 21 offers a new Epicor Cloud Enterprise Services package for large distributors looking for greater control and flexibility to manage global operations on a scalable and more secure cloud platform. New enterprise cloud services include isolated cloud infrastructure for greater autonomy, customisable upgrade schedule, additional processing capacity, more database access, and dedicated premium support expertise.

Modular Design for Growth

The latest release not only delivers new cloud capabilities, it also provides a path for customer growth that can easily adapt to evolving needs. For example, the modular design enables components to be installed and scaled out independently, making it easy to personalise and configure the Epicor Prophet 21 solution. In addition, the user experience is more productive as the flow of information between the browser and server has been optimised, retrieving information faster and making it easier to manage data. This release also reinforces the company’s commitment to global customers with enhanced functionality around regulatory requirements and tax changes.

“Our latest release of Epicor Prophet 21 focuses on building cloud momentum, ensuring that both functionality and performance are at their peak as distributors embark on their digital transformation,” said Himanshu Palsule, Epicor President and CTO. “Whether it’s to drive efficiencies, find new ways to grow revenue or make better, more informed strategic decisions, Epicor Prophet 21 allows customers to focus on what they do best to run their businesses.”

For more information on Epicor Prophet 21 or to request a demo, please contact Aspera

Epicor 2021 Industry Insights Report

What Technologies are Shaping the Success of Industry Leaders Like You?

Recently, Epicor surveyed 1,250 professionals around the world and asked what technologies are driving their company’s bottom line and growth opportunities. The results found overwhelming optimism for cloud capabilities, with 94% of the businesses surveyed declaring an interest in. cloud-based solutions over the next 12 months.

Why is Cloud gaining acceptance?

  1. Adaptability – providing the flexibility to keep technology ahead with built in scalability, simple integration, and easier compliance.
  2. Security – with improved security being the topmost recognised benefit of migration to the cloud.
  3. Future Proofing – with increased opportunities for more agility and resilience.
  4. Partnership – they key to successful cloud migration and implementation lies in working with a dedicated, experienced partner such as Aspera Solutions.

Reality V Myth

Myth: It’s difficult to migrate cloud into existing systems
Reality: 77% of those mostly on cloud say cloud is easy to integrate, with the right partner

Myth: It’s not as secure as an on-premises solution.
Reality: Almost 9 in 10 businesses believe data is safer in cloud-based solutions.

Myth: It’s not always flexible and may not meet business needs.
Reality: 93% of those mostly on cloud say it’s flexible enough to meet their business needs.

Myth: It can’t help my company comply with data regulations.
Reality: 86% of those mostly on cloud say cloud solutions help them adhere to government data regulations.

Find out how your strategy compares by downloading the full Epicor report.

ERP for Manufacturing: Epicor Kinetic 2021.1

Introducing Kinetic: The New Name of Epicor ERP

Epicor Kinetic is the cloud ERP solution built with manufacturers, for manufacturers.

Kinetic helps manufacturers accelerate growth and gain momentum to maximise profitability and position their business for the future of manufacturing.

Intuitive, Scalable, and Made for You 

Check out the Kinetic 2021.1 highlights video, including capabilities to improve experiences, meet industry requirements, adopt self-service analytics, globally comply, and simplify your move to the cloud.

Kinetic 2021.1 Highlights Video

Over 100 customers have participated in the preview program focused on experience and our controlled release programs, and the response is incredible.

“Epicor’s new web-based Kinetic ERP system provides an additional layer of flexibility to support our business. Application Studio is an intuitive, low code, drag and drop programming tool that allows us to quickly configure screens to fit our unique requirements.” – Sean Simmons, President, Tuffaloy Products Inc.

Get in touch to learn more.

 

We Are Hiring!

Join the Aspera team

Are you an ERP Project Manager or a Technical Consultant looking for a new opportunity?

Aspera Solutions is a successful, award winning ERP Consultancy serving mid-tier manufacturing, distribution, service and solution companies in EMEA. We are growing year on year and pride ourselves on innovation, knowledge leadership and value delivery of Epicor’s flagship ERP system, Epicor ERP.

In working with Aspera Solutions, you will have the opportunity to work alongside a team of innovative and value driven, ERP professionals. Currently, we are recruiting for experienced ERP Project Managers (UK) and Technical Consultants (Ireland and UK).

Candidates must have at least 5 years of hands-on experience.

Check out our careers page for full details on these roles.

Epicor Announces New International Channel Cloud Program

EPICOR ERP logo

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.