Epicor Software Corporation, a global provider of industry-specific enterprise software to promote business growth, has announced an expanded strategic partnership with Microsoft to deliver Epicor enterprise-class solutions globally on the Microsoft Azure platform.
Epicor will initially standardise cloud deployment of its Epicor ERP and Epicor® Prophet 21 enterprise resource planning (ERP) suites on Microsoft Azure, empowering customers to drive faster growth and innovation as they move to digitally transform their businesses.
“Microsoft’s focus on the ‘intelligent cloud’ and ‘intelligent edge’ complement our customer-centric focus,” said Steve Murphy, CEO, Epicor.
“We looked at several public cloud options. Microsoft Azure offers the best foundation for building and deploying enterprise business applications that will enable our customers’ businesses to adapt and grow. We are seeing more than three-quarters of prospects ask about cloud ERP. As that deployment model becomes the norm, we are ready to enable our customers to move to the cloud with confidence leveraging the reliability, security, and scalability of Microsoft Azure.”
David Willis, Corporate Vice President at Microsoft, added: “Standardsing cloud deployment of its world-class manufacturing and distribution solutions on Microsoft Azure is a natural step for Epicor with its history of leveraging forward-looking technology to deliver the utmost value to its customers,”
“With Epicor solutions running in the cloud, customers will reap the benefits of greater agility, faster innovation, and favourable economics of Azure as they embrace digital transformation.”
Unleashing the power of Epicor on most trusted public cloud platform
For most companies, the big question is not if, but when they will adopt cloud computing for the bulk of their IT operations, including the ERP software they use to manage inventory and product manufacturing.
The Epicor and Microsoft partnership expands an already proven strategy to a global scale, as more customers can the power of Epicor ERP and Prophet 21 running on the world-leading public cloud platform.
Microsoft technologies will optimise productivity and innovation for Epicor, its customers and partners. Epicor will leverage a range of Azure technologies including Internet of Things, artificial intelligence and machine learning to deliver ready-to-use, right-sized solutions for midmarket manufacturers and distributors. Epicor also plans to explore Microsoft’s technologies for advanced search, speech-to-text, and other use cases to deliver modern human/machine interfaces that improve productivity for its customers.
Meanwhile, Epicor has unveiled its product vision for the next-generation of user interface (UI) technology and design and industry cloud platforms that will drive Epicor solutions enabling customers and partners to embrace cloud, Internet of Things, mobility, predictive analytics and other emerging technologies.
“Analysts have said that by 2020 nearly 80% of CTOs in leading organisations will facilitate the identification of emerging technologies to accomplish digital transformation,” said Himanshu Palsule, Chief Product and Technology Officer at Epicor Software.
“Our product strategy embraces the unique strengths of Epicor industry-specific platforms, underpinned by a modern service fabric and topped with cross-platform applications that achieve digital transformation and raise the bar for automation, analytics, and customer experience.”
The pillars of the Epicor product vision start with the aim to deliver leading global industry-focused ERP in the cloud through supporting customer-centric best-in-class cloud solutions fit for industry, expanding the global ERP footprint, providing global customers with easy-to-deploy solutions for evolving compliance and legislative needs, leveraging an ecosystem of solutions for vertical extensibility and enabling use of a delightful and consistent user interface model – all deployed across a global Microsoft® Azure® public cloud infrastructure.
Connected factory and warehouse of the future are within reach
Innovative ERP solutions, combined with Industry 4.0 developments, are already helping to automate production lines, streamline supply chains and provide the intelligent data manufacturers and distributors need to react quickly to changing consumer demands.
Gartner calls the entwining of people, devices, content and services the intelligent digital mesh. It’s enabled by digital models, business platforms and a rich, intelligent set of services to support digital business.
“This shift in business models is transforming how people think about the technologies they have today – systems of record are now systems of engagement, intelligence and decisions,” added Palsule.
“We’ve unveiled a true platform for innovation that delivers common shared services that power everything – with layers, design and externalization of cloud – through a collection of industry experience and reusable services that our partners and customers can build on.”
Introducing Epicor Kinetic Design common cross-platform UX framework
Unveiled to more than 3,000 customers attending the Epicor global user conference Insights 2018, Epicor Kinetic Design is a three-pronged common cross-platform user experience (UX) framework comprised of Epicor Kinetic Design, Epicor Kinetic Framework and Epicor Kinetic applications.
- Epicor Kinetic Design is a set of new user experience guidelines and patterns for building applications for Epicor solutions. Delivering unified colours, typography and icons, user interface elements and page layouts, Epicor Kinetic Design empowers partners to deliver value-added solutions consistent with Epicor usability best practices and interaction guidelines to enhance customer experience
- Epicor Kinetic Framework embodies Epicor Kinetic Design principles and lives as a website accessible by approved Epicor partners and customers. They have access to sample code and tutorials, a UI component code library, API documentation and actual code, all with web native and responsive design – working seamlessly on desktop, tablet or mobile
- Epicor Kinetic application is any application that is coded to Kinetic Design standards. Customers can catch live demonstrations of how to build basic Kinetic applications that integrate with APIs for the Epicor ERP and Epicor Prophet 21® enterprise resource planning (ERP) suites and also explore the transformative value of connected, emerging technologies in the Experience Zone at Insights 2018