EstesGroup’s mission as an Epicor Prophet 21 consultancy and cloud services provider is to help you build valuable partnerships that not only help you meet your goals but also bring you unexpected wins! With this in mind, we’re bringing a few of our best P21 consultants to Texas this August so that you can get your questions answered. Visit us at BOOTH 40 to learn the latest tips, tricks, and best practices for your enterprise resource planning (ERP) projects!
Here are five reasons to visit our Epicor Prophet 21 consultants in BOOTH 40 at P21WWUG CONNECT 2023:
1. Build industry-specific roadmaps for your ERP super users.
Don’t hit the P21 road without roadmaps that are based on real-life scenarios and success stories. Come visit our team to learn how EstesGroup customers have leveraged our expertise for ERP and IT success. Come ask to be introduced to the companies that trust us with all of their Epicor Prophet 21 needs. Our customers can save you time and money by showing you how a partnership with EstesGroup gave them not only the map but also the road to win the race against the fierce competition they face in today’s market!
Receive guidance on integrating Prophet 21 with other business systems and processes and on advancing your business with the latest technology.
Discuss strategies for inventory management, demand forecasting, supply chain optimization, and more (if you can think IT, we can do IT!).
2. Learn the trends at CONNECT 2023 and then set the trends for 2024.
Come talk to our Prophet 21 experts to gain valuable industry insights and stay updated on the latest trends in distribution. Discover why “THE CLOUD” is one of the most controversial trends shaking the industry.
Learn about strategies for digital transformation and automation in distribution.
Explore our comprehensive solution showcase to discover cutting-edge solutions tailored for distribution.
3. Get inspired to set your ERP system on fire — with the fastest cloud on the market.
Come work with our consultants to develop innovative strategies and best practices to optimize distribution operations through cutting-edge cloud-based technology. Explore EstesGroup’s track record of successful Prophet 21 implementations and cloud migrations to ECHO, our managed hosting solution.
Learn about the benefits of managed hosting services for Prophet 21 from EstesGroup.
Discover the latest advancements in cloud hosting and its impact on distribution operations.
4. Add your IONS to CONNECT 2023
CONNECTIONS. CONNECTIONS. CONNECTIONS. Booth 40 will be the ultimate place for you to network with industry peers, exchange ideas, and build valuable connections. Charge and recharge your strategies by learning from the P21WWUG community!
Get hands-on demonstrations of advanced features and functionalities of Prophet 21.
Receive personalized consultations on how to leverage Prophet 21 for business growth.
5. Hear “IT” straight from the horse’s mouth.
There’s nothing like the inspiration you feel when you hear a success story in person. Join us to learn from real-world success stories and case studies shared by our technology experts. Find EstesGroup IT road warriors in Dallas this summer, and you’ll hear stories about the distribution industry that you’ll never forget! Considering a cloud migration? Our cloud consulting team has seen it all!
Discuss specific pain points and challenges with EstesGroup’s experienced consultants.
Take advantage of exclusive knowledge (and offers!) available only at the P21WWUG CONNECT 2023 booth! (P.S. EstesGroup has earned a reputation as the most helpful Epicor Prophet 21 consultancy and cloud provider for a reason… if you can’t make it to Booth 40 this August, schedule a little time with us to hear what you missed — our ERP and IT consultants are available 24x7x365 and would love to help your business!)
Will you be at “The WWUG” this August?
Attending P21WWUG CONNECT 2023 is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for distribution industry leaders. The Prophet 21 World Wide User Group hosts this event annually. In 2023, there will be exciting new technology and third-party solutions for wholesale distribution businesses to explore.
At this year’s EstesGroup booth, you can gain knowledge, explore solutions, and connect with experts in your field. These activities will empower you to drive growth, efficiency, and success in your everyday use of Epicor Prophet 21.
P21WWUG brings together a community of like-minded professionals, including super users, consultants, and industry experts. This year’s CONNECT event offers you an excellent chance to network and exchange insights with peers using Prophet 21.
At P21WWUG CONNECT 2023, Epicor may share the latest updates, enhancements, and future development plans for Prophet 21. Super users can learn about upcoming features, improvements, and technological advancements. You will gain a competitive edge by staying informed about your software’s direction.
Your super users can learn from experienced industry professionals who have successfully implemented Prophet 21. As an attendee, you can join sessions or panel discussions. Experts in these sessions will share their strategies, the challenges they faced, and the lessons they have learned. This will provide you with valuable insights so that you can improve your own implementation and usage of P21.
CONNECT 2023 features hands-on training sessions and workshops. These sessions can help super users deepen their understanding of Prophet 21 functionalities and explore advanced features. Learning from experts and discovering new ways to leverage the software can enhance team member skills and efficiency.
P21WWUG CONNECT 2023 provides a platform for new P21 users and super users alike. This venue facilitates collaboration and idea exchange between professionals who face similar challenges. Participants at the event can gain valuable insights and potential solutions by engaging in discussions, roundtable sessions, or informal conversations.
Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is a new software technology that has the potential, in conjunction with AI technologies, to transform business processes, policies, and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems.
RPA removes workers’ mundane, time-consuming tasks so that they can alternatively focus on innovation and creation. With RPA, software robots, rather than humans, quickly and efficiently perform data system tasks. Simple software robots can log in to data systems, locate and move files, insert and alter information in data systems, and assist in analytics and reporting.
More advanced software robots, especially if they have AI technology, can interpret, organize, and make decisions in a cognitive, human-like way. Businesses will discover that RPA technology is relatively inexpensive to implement, and it is business-ready and scalable.
A variety of different industries — in manufacturing, finance, and healthcare — can benefit from adopting RPA technology into their business operations and processes. The benefits of RPA technology are expansive, and these benefits carry over into ERP system implementations and ERP processes. Ultimately, with RPA, businesses can focus on improving their workplace atmospheres so that they are more efficient and productive.
What are the benefits of Robotic Process Automation (RPA)?
As businesses seek to automate their work flows to become more efficient and productive, Robotic Process Automation (RPA) will continue to transform workplace atmospheres and advance processes and operations while increasing production and profits. By implementing RPA technology, businesses will realize the following benefits:
RPA is initially inexpensive to implement and is ready for use, with minimal coding, by most data systems.
RPA eliminates some of the monotonous, arduous tasks that fatigue workers.
RPA eliminates human error and encourages speed, efficiency, and accuracy of repetitive tasks.
RPA adapts to meet increased production needs and ultimately reduces costs and increases production.
RPA creates a happier working atmosphere in which employees can focus on customer relations and innovation rather than mundane tasks.
RPA encourages a strong increase in rate on investment (ROI).
RPA promotes consistent compliance with industry and government standards.
RPA enhances security by eliminating human interaction with sensitive, private information.
RPA can automatically generate reports and analytics that businesses can use to improve their processes and operations.
How does Robotic Process Automation (RPA) integrate with ERP systems?
Enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems are essential for businesses to tailor their workplace atmospheres, and by utilizing Robotic Process Automation (RPA), businesses can automate and reappropriate mundane tasks to software robots rather than humans.
Users will be able to realize the full benefits of ERP systems and focus on more foundational tasks while RPA accomplishes lower-skilled, mundane tasks. ERP systems will experience similar benefits that businesses have when integrating Robotic Process Automation (RPA). Some areas that ERP operations can utilize and benefit from RPA include:
Accurate data capture and transfer
Assistance with and automation of data migration
Inventory and supply chain management
Real-time data sharing
Real-time analytics and reporting necessary for compliance
Why should businesses integrate their ERP systems with RPA technology?
Many companies are hesitant to implement Robotic Process Automation (RPA) or fear that RPA will eliminate workers. RPA is cost-effective and easy for businesses to implement and integrate into their ERP systems. RPA software increases speed, productivity, and efficiency of processes and operations while encouraging a happier workplace atmosphere.
RPA doesn’t replace humans. It certainly is more consistent and reliable, but there will always be a need for human interaction. Although RPA will eliminate many of the lower-skilled, mundane tasks that humans must perform, workers will still be responsible for higher-skilled, fundamental tasks. As RPA streamlines workplaces and ERP systems, humans will be able to focus on more complex, meaningful tasks that will help businesses grow and maximize profits.
ERP systems with integrated RPA technology encourage streamlined workplace atmospheres, innovation, competitiveness, and ultimately, business growth. RPA lets workers enjoy their coffee, innovate, and communicate with customers while it does the grunt work.
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ChatGPT security concerns reveal that business owners are hesitant to let AI replace humans.
In November 2022, OpenAI introduced ChatGPT, an artificially intelligent, natural language chatbot. ChatGPT interacts with its users in uncannily humanistic and intelligent ways.
ChatGPT (Conversational Generative Pre-trained Transformer) is a new type of artificial intelligence technology that is being developed to improve the way people interact with machines. While it is intended to provide faster and more intuitive responses to queries, it also carries potential security risks, especially for business owners.
The main concern is that, due to its complex nature, it could result in the loss of private data at great cost to companies and their employees. Furthermore, the technology could lead to a lack of control over data and give hackers the power to manipulate user behavior. This could be particularly damaging to those who rely on personal data to make decisions, such as financial services.
Additionally, ChatGPT could potentially cause unintended consequences, such as decreased privacy, as well as a lack of transparency. Therefore, it is essential to understand the implications of this technology before it is put into use.
The capabilities of ChatGPT and other Artificially Intelligent (AI) platforms are truly astounding. Users can ask ChatGPT questions and expect meaningful, accurate answers. However, these advancements in AI and chatbot technology come with their own set of compliance, privacy, and cybersecurity concerns.
AI-powered chatbots are particularly vulnerable to malicious attacks, as hackers may attempt to exploit vulnerabilities in AI platforms in order to gain access to sensitive information, manipulate data, or disrupt operations.
Additionally, AI-powered chatbots may be vulnerable to social engineering attacks, wherein hackers may use techniques such as phishing, impersonation, and disinformation to gain access to systems or manipulate people.
Furthermore, AI-powered chatbots may be vulnerable to data poisoning attacks, wherein hackers may input malicious data into AI systems in order to corrupt their output.
Finally, AI-powered chatbots may be vulnerable to adversarial attacks, wherein hackers may use sophisticated methods to fool the AI system into producing incorrect results.
These attacks can be used to gain access to valuable data, disrupt operations, or even cause physical harm. As such, it is important for businesses to take the necessary steps to protect their AI platforms from potential cyber threats.
The question and answer exchange feature of a chat-based AI tool allows users to exchange information and collect personal data, making it easier to target specific audiences with tailored content.
AI security issues surface greater challenges in company data management.
Sophisticated chatbots provide an efficient way to generate content quickly, allowing users to quickly respond to customer requests or create high-quality content. As AI systems collect data, threat actors can scavenge for personal data, such as payment information or an email address. Something immediately helpful in customer relationship management soon becomes a data management nightmare.
Aside from the entertainment and educational capabilities of this new AI technology, ChatGPT and its other rival AI platforms have the potential to revolutionize the internet and working atmospheres.
In the technology realm, IT workers can use ChatGPT to enhance their development by asking the tool to quickly write or revise code. Considering the capabilities of AI platforms, it’s no wonder why companies are investing in and implementing AI technology.
However, like many other technological advances in history, AI platforms have potential privacy and cybersecurity risks. Recently, Italy, Spain, and other European countries have raised concerns about the potential privacy violations that could arise from using ChatGPT, an artificial intelligence (AI) platform. As a result, these countries have sought to introduce new regulations to ensure that ChatGPT respects the privacy of its users.
In particular, these regulations would require the platform to limit the collection, use, and disclosure of users’ personal data, as well as to ensure that users are able to access, modify, or delete the personal data they have provided to the platform. The regulations would require ChatGPT to take appropriate steps to ensure that any personal data collected is adequately protected from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. This includes implementing appropriate technical and organizational measures such as encryption, pseudonymization, and secure storage systems.
ChatGPT would also be required to provide users with clear and detailed information about how their personal data is being used, such as the purposes for which it is being collected and processed, the categories of data being collected, how long it will be stored, and who it will be shared with. Furthermore, ChatGPT would need to ensure that users are aware of their rights in relation to their personal data, including their right to access and to request rectification or deletion of their data.
Many countries have banned ChatGPT. Under the Biden administration, the United States will roll out a comprehensive national security strategy to address the growing threat of hacking and malicious use of artificial intelligence (AI) platforms. This strategy will involve the coordination of multiple federal departments and agencies, including the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. It will also require close coordination with international partners and allies, as well as the private sector and civil society organizations to ensure that the strategy is effective and comprehensive in scope.
The strategy will include a focus on protecting critical infrastructure, strengthening deterrence and detection capabilities, improving information sharing and collaboration, and developing new technologies to protect against malicious cyber threats and malicious AI use. The strategy will also involve enhancing international cooperation and engagement to counter malicious cyber activities, as well as increasing public and private investments in cyber security research and development.
The Biden administration will also be seeking to build public-private partnerships to improve the security of both public and private sector networks and systems. AI platforms are increasingly becoming popular due to their innovative and highly capable nature. However, these platforms are not without their risks and need to be assessed by multiple parties.
Cybercriminals are constantly looking for ways to take advantage of these platforms, targeting them in order to steal confidential information, generate malicious software, or gain access to data systems. These types of cyber attacks can have serious implications for the security of the platform and its users, resulting in the loss of valuable data, financial information, and sensitive personal information. Therefore, it is essential that organizations take the necessary steps to protect their AI platforms against these types of malicious attacks. This includes implementing robust security measures and regularly monitoring the platform for any suspicious activities. Additionally, it is important to stay up to date with the latest cybersecurity trends and technologies in order to ensure that the AI platform remains secure and protected.
Although OpenAI has programmed ChatGPT with the appropriate rules to prevent abuse, hackers have already figured out how to “jailbreak” the platform. In as little as a minute, hackers can generate malicious code for criminal intent. Prior to utilizing ChatGPT, their efforts may have taken days or even weeks.
AI-generated malware and cybersecurity attacks have already occurred. For example, hackers recently used ChatGPT to generate apps that successfully hijacked Facebook users’ accounts.
Preventing cybersecurity attacks and data breaches are of utmost importance for companies that desire to protect their sensitive data and minimize their costs, and now that hackers are using AI platforms to further their criminal activities, it is imperative, now more than ever, for companies to seek the best security solutions.
EstesGroup offers EstesCloud services to protect companies’ private data and systems from cybercriminals who may use new AI platforms for malicious intent. EstesCloud protects companies in a changing society in which AI technology is accelerating and enhancing hackers’ criminal activities. ChatGPT security is included in the private cloud and hybrid cloud infrastructures that we create for our clients.
ChatGPT security isn’t an issue when your powerful, highly capable AI and ERP tools are protected in a reputable data center. EstesGroup is ready to protect companies from hackers who use ChatGPT and other AI platforms to attempt to breach their data systems. The new AI technology will inevitably advance in the future, and as companies embrace and implement AI platforms, security solutions, like EstesCloud, will be necessary to safeguard private data and protect data systems.
EstesGroup realizes that innovation requires responsibility and security solutions, and the Estes’ team of highly skilled and dedicated professionals are ready to assist companies that seek the best cloud protection. Only time will tell how AI platforms will transform company atmospheres, but companies can rest assured that EstesGroup is ready for an artificially intelligent future.
ERP systems have traditionally had a functionality-accessibility problem: ERP systems were highly functional, but not especially accessible – they normally required desktop fat-client applications for access, and these were often hamstrung by local access requirements, making applications far from mobile.
As internet architectures became more and more robust, the possibility of web browser-based ERP became a reality, with new ERP vendors designing and building their software around the browser, and legacy vendors systems hastening to retrofit their existing ERP systems to accommodate the browser-based future.
But this introduced a new problem – one of accessibility vs security: the high levels of availability increased the possibility that threat actors could access a company’s ERP system remotely, and cause havoc to company data.
Most load balancers make it relatively easy to have an app safely deployed publicly. Normally, you run a reverse proxy server that passes traffic to your web app. This obfuscates the info for the destination of the web app and basically acts as a secure gateway to the internal resource. At EstesGroup, P21 Web UI is protected by MFA via a reverse proxy to the identity provider as well. However, administration of the Prophet 21 application introduces additional challenges. The P21 web login page contains a gear icon.
If a P21 user clicks the gear, they can access the Middleware server URL value, along with its port.
This introduces several complications:
It basically shows users a free shortcut around MFA. A clever user can copy and paste the Middleware URL and port into their browser and access the P21 application directly, avoiding the MFA.
The Middleware server URL and port are resolved on the P21 client side of the P21 application when logging in. This means, even though the Load Balancer can reverse proxy to the internal resource, it’s not going to be able to resolve the specific Middleware server URL on the P21 client side to complete the P21 login.
To get around these challenges, you might initially think to expose the Prophet 21 Middleware server to the internet and add a public DNS entry for it. But to directly expose P21 Middleware servers to the internet in that manner is a monumental risk. Another option is required.
To address the above issue, we do the following:
We create a middleware reverse proxy to direct traffic to the middleware servers.
We direct the P21 Web configurations to use the middleware proxy for its respective Middleware Server.
We then expose the reverse proxies to the internet, creating DNS records for each of them.
By exposing the Middleware server proxies to the internet through a public DNS instead of the middleware servers themselves, you add a line of defense to the servers, only passing that needed traffic and keeping P21 Middleware Servers from being directly internet-exposed.
Another advantage of reverse proxying is the ability to intercept direct-access attempts. Theoretically, one might try to plug in the Middleware proxy URLs publicly and get access to the P21 API or the P21 Web UI. The reverse proxy allows for the functionality to block certain endpoints, such as the API or web client. When a user sees the Middleware URL in the P21 login settings, if they try to get around MFA and plug that URL in, they get a lovely 403 page, keeping them out of the Middleware. Alternatively, you can also redirect them back to the Web UI home page.
While there are other solutions for increasing accessibility, such as accessing through a VPN, these can at times be unreliable. If you are a decentralized company, with remote employees all over the country, speeds over VPN can be less than ideal on many occasions. Obviously, there are certain risks to opening any resource to the internet. It’s important to consider the attack surface, and the associated risks. At EstesGroup, we isolate any resources open to the internet, and implement Antivirus, Firewalls, and Threat Protection for all endpoints. Along with that, oftentimes, Geofencing helps cut out a lot of noise on any resource open to the internet, to prevent overseas attackers using botnets.
Marshall Douglas, EstesGroup Systems Engineer
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Recently, I met with an Epicor Prophet 21 customer on a discovery call to review the issues they were encountering in relation to some ongoing P21 web UI slowdowns. ERP system performance is a common challenge across the ERP community, and in the Prophet 21 community, the subject of P21 performance is similarly of great importance. Coming out of the call, I thought I’d collect a few of the talking points and add a few additional P21 system performance considerations that can impact the speed and responsiveness of your Prophet 21 web UI.
Epicor Prophet 21 system performance can be a maze to navigate.
We had originally characterized the issue as a problem with the P21 API loading, and we began looking more broadly. As you might know, the Prophet 21 sits on top of Microsoft’s Internet Information Services web server platform, known colloquially as “IIS”. There are several things to consider if your P21 web server is slowing down throughout the day, and with an ERP system like P21, the issues actually affecting the performance of the Prophet 21 web interface may reside many layers below the P21 web server.
It might be helpful to initially review the composition and operation of websites. Websites are comprised of both static and dynamic pages. A static page is pre-defined on the web server and is ready to be served up. A dynamic page is generated at run time and may dynamically differ each time it is generated. In terms of HTML pages that comprise the P21 user interface, generally speaking, the P21 application pool can only respond to a certain number of requests at a time. If it is busy responding to requests for dynamic pages, then it may not have any threads left to serve the static pages. For this reason, a code problem on a dynamic page can create the illusion that the static pages are being served “slowly”. My point is, don’t rule out code or SQL. As an example, if you have 100 pages all hitting a database or API at the same time, and all 100 await a response, request 101 may be blocked until one of the first 100 requests completes.
Diagnosing the Degradation:
Beyond explicit issues like request load, there are plenty of things that you can do to help you diagnose performance problems with your Prophet 21 web application:
Load Profiles: What does your load profile look like normally? This makes a big difference – it may be that you always have an issue, but you can’t see the impact until your site receives load. You could try to test this (in staging) with something like JMeter.
Reviewing your logs: Does your application have logs? If not, you should consider adding some logging. If you already have logs, what do they say? Are there exceptions being thrown by your application? Is there something that is consistently failing?
IIS Logs: Enable IIS logs if you haven’t already. Reviewing your P21 IIS logs can help you see which requests are taking the longest. You can use something like Microsoft’s Log Parser to run SQL-like queries against your logs. You may even want to dump your logs into a SQL database if that makes your P21 logs easier to review. Once you know which pages are taking the longest, you can focus some of your attention on them.
Memory: How much memory is your application pool using? A memory leak is an obvious candidate but should be quite easy to see. Use Windows’ inbuilt Performance Monitor to track memory consumed by your application pool over the day and see if this increases as the day goes on.
SQL Performance: The performance of your P21 SQL database may be an underlying cause of poor Prophet 21 user interface performance. SQL server provides a series of query structures called Dynamic Management Views, or DMVs, that can provide details about server and database health and performance. These can be very helpful in diagnosing performance issues at this level. One common DMV, sys.dm_exec_requests, can help you understand query properties such as wait_type, wait_time, blocking_session_id and the total_elapsed_time.
P21 Application Pool Connections: Check how many connections your application pool has open – using something like Microsoft’s TCPView. Your application pool will try to re-use connections where possible, but you’ll probably see a lot of open connections to your application pool. One interesting thing you can see from this is how many connections you have open to your SQL database or any external APIs your application is using.
Use an Application Performance and Monitoring Tool: Performance monitoring tools, like AppDynamics, will be able to help pinpoint slow performing parts of your code. Unfortunately, there’s a little bit of a learning curve to be able to use these tools effectively, but they can be very powerful in helping to diagnose problems with your applications.
SQL Server AutoGrowth Property: Review the property in your SQL database pertaining to AutoGrowth. You may encounter issues if the following are occurring:
1. If the database is a super-busy database, transactionally speaking.
2. If AutoGrowth is enabled.
3. The AutoGrowth default is a smaller MB amount. This may cause random slowdowns on the database engine, which could impact the API application pool response time.
One thing to test would be to set that AutoGrowth size in MB to a very large number. That way, the AutoGrowth will only happen periodically.
Look for Memory Leaks: Once I had a customer experiencing IIS performance degradation issues with a custom web application we had built that was using asp.net and Crystal runtime integration. Ultimately, the issues with IIS and the web app related to memory leaks that were not obvious at all until we started doing some deep-dive testing. You will want to consider the possibility of internal memory leaks when building a support case against the application having performance-related issues that may or may not have been resolved in minor version changes. I know IIS also plays a part in this and how it manages internal garbage disposal with application pools, so this may be an area that you need to explore as well.
As you can see, Epicor Prophet 21 system performance can be a maze to navigate. To find your way through the P21 performance maze, there are many potential paths to take, and depending on the ultimate source of the problem, many might be dead ends. But in understanding the directions one might take in navigating the many potential Prophet 21 performance issues, P21 users can hopefully find themselves at the maze’s end – and moving on to bigger and better things.
SYSPRO ERP Cloud Deployment vs. On-Premise Infrastructure
Top manufacturers and distributors are choosing private or hybrid cloud deployment for enterprise resource planning (ERP) software. This is especially true for cloud-ready ERP systems, like Epicor Prophet 21 and SYSPRO ERP. On-premise deployment can be limiting in the fast-paced world of manufacturing and distribution. Competition is fierce, cybercrime is rampant, and compliance regulations demand visibility and competition.
Fortunately, cloud deployment of ERP systems like SYSPRO offers you a competitive edge with increased visibility, improved growth potential, enhanced control, long-term scalability and affordability. Moreover, fully managed ERP hosting in a data center gives your business speed, reliability, and a written 100% uptime service level agreement (SLA).
SYSPRO cloud-ready ERP helps your business leverage data while protecting it, and a private or hybrid cloud deployment ensures scalability, security, and long-term success. For instance, you can increase control and scalability while gaining valuable insights into every part of your manufacturing or distribution business. You gain insight into everything from inventory management to customer relationship management.
Are you cloud-ready but not fully in a cloud of your own? Read on to learn more about why cloud computing is the top trend for companies running ERP software systems like SYSPRO. Business owners, leadership teams, and steering committees continue to look to managed cloud hosting partners like EstesGroup. Why? Most importantly, you can get the ERP consulting and cloud services you need with a 24x7x365 support team ready to serve you throughout your ERP deployment or cloud migration journey. This ensures a good foundation for long-term success with both your software and your technology.
What a Private or Hybrid SYSPRO Cloud Looks Like
Manufacturers and distributors are constantly looking for ways to increase visibility, growth, control, and long-term success. One of the most effective strategies for achieving these goals is to invest in a managed hosting solution for your ERP system. SYSPRO managed hosting provides an array of benefits that can help manufacturers and distributors reach their business objectives.
Benefits of an Estes Cloud Deployment for SYSPRO ERP
An on-premise deployment might be the right decision for your business. However, EstesGroup has seen the following outcomes for manufacturers and distributors that choose to shift to managed hosting solutions. In addition to SYSPRO, we have created success stories for many other complex enterprise resource planning systems. Talk to us to learn more about successful cloud migrations in Epicor Kinetic, Epicor Prophet 21, and Sage ERP.
You can stay competitive in your industry by keeping up with digital transformation trends.
You get instant access to valuable tools that let you control and analyze security and compliance.
You can now gauge success with improved KPI tracking, benchmarking, and monitoring.
You can easily customize your business strategy with new access to remote worker enablement tools, offering employees ultimate portability.
You can quickly increase or decrease your cloud complexity with consumption-based pricing with no ingress or egress costs.
You will instantly gain a valuable external team of SYSPRO enterprise resource planning consultants and technology experts. Your internal team gets everything you need to support both immediate and long-term business goals.
What is SYSPRO in EstesCloud?
EstesCloud hosting (ECHO), also known as a private cloud for SYSPRO or hybrid cloud solutions for any ERP system, is a cloud-based service that provides businesses with the ultimate access to enterprise resource planning software and its related services. SYSPRO is a cloud-ready ERP and is easy to deploy in an external data center. Your EstesGroup data center meets your needs for everything from cybersecurity to backup and disaster recovery. EstesCloud managed cloud services help your business by taking care of your technology while also providing ERP consultants that are always just a phone call away.
With SYSPRO managed hosting, customers can enjoy the benefits of having their own dedicated server without the need to purchase or maintain hardware. The service also includes 24/7 support, automated backups, and scalability options so businesses can easily scale up or down as needed.
1. Increased Visibility
The first benefit of managed ERP hosting for SYSPRO ERP is increased visibility. Access to real-time data on operations, customers, suppliers, and inventory levels, gives manufacturers and distributors good data. You can make informed decisions quickly and accurately. This allows you to respond quickly to changes in the market or to customer demands while also staying ahead of competitors.
Additionally, with SYSPRO’s cloud-based platform, they can access this information from anywhere at any time – giving them greater flexibility when making decisions or responding to customer inquiries.
2. Improved Growth Potential
Another advantage of a hybrid cloud deployment option is improved growth potential. With a cloud-based ERP system like SYSPRO, manufacturers and distributors have the ability to scale up or down as needed. Basically, you won’t need to purchase additional hardware or software licenses. This allows you to save money while still being able to expand your operations as needed.
3. Enhanced Control
SYSPRO managed hosting also brings enhanced control over operations. Manufacturers and distributors gain complete control over their data security measures. This includes encryption protocols that help protect sensitive information from unauthorized access or misuse.
Furthermore, with its built-in disaster recovery capabilities, you can ensure that all data is backed up regularly. If there were ever an issue, your systems could be restored quickly without any disruption in service. This keeps operations running smoothly, even during unexpected events such as power outages or natural disasters.
4. Long-Term Success
Finally, one of the biggest advantages associated with a private ERP cloud is a long-term success thanks to scalability and affordability. Many private or hybrid cloud solutions operate on a pay-per-use model, enabling you to only pay for what you need when you need it. That way, you can avoid dealing with the massive upfront costs associated with purchasing the hardware and software licenses needed to maintain your own cloud network.
5. An EstesGroup Partnership
Ready to get started with a partnership that will bring you immediate access to the best SYSPRO consultants and technology experts in the nation? If you’re ready to get started with your own private or hybrid ERP cloud deployment, EstesGroup can help. We provide fully managed IT and cloud services to all companies across all industries that are using enterprise resource planning software. Connect with us and get access to a team of ERP consultants with years of experience in cloud services and managed IT. We are dedicated to helping you succeed with your ERP project.