In the beginning there was Epicor Vista. Then Vantage brought a new user interface. Epicor ERP incorporated a version into the name, E9, along with major changes to underlying structure on a Progress database. With E10.0.xxx, the structure was streamlined with a switch to Microsoft SQL Server, bringing huge increases in performance and a new (modern) menu, as well.
With the first major upgrade to E10, E10.1.xxx, incremental features were added, increasing ERP’s functionality. It was faster, more polished, did more. But from a user standpoint, most basic operations worked pretty well like they did in previous generations. Order entry was order entry, was order entry.
A couple of years ago we heard rumors: get ready for some new stuff.
10.2.100 gave us new acronyms: EDD, REST. Active Home Page said hello. More ways to access data, and even other types of devices.
10.2.200, 10.2.300 came along, popping new things we could do into the mix.
Now 10.2.400 is on the horizon. And it promises a Kinetic jump in capability.
Here’s a quick overview of new features coming in the next release:
- Automated Sales Order Entry
- DocStar-enabled application allows automated entry from a scanned image or email attachment of your customer’s purchase order.
- Connected Factory
- REST-enabled communication lets EPICOR get information directly from shop floor machines and other devices via the IoT (Internet of Things).
- Lite MES
- Kinetic-enabled user interface allows MES (Manufacturing Execution System) operation via touch-screen devices such as smart phones or tablets.
- Scheduling Boards
- Kinetic-enabled versions of Job Scheduling Board, Resource Scheduling Board, and Resource Scheduling Board make it easier to drag/drop and drill down, dynamically change timelines, and schedule jobs in “what if” mode.
- Time and Expense Mobile App
- Provide the capabilities to access and maintain time and expenses via smart phones and tables, including a “read-only” offline mode.
- Project WBS Phases Revenue Recognition
- Allows revenue recognition of WBS phases independently of the entire project.
- OData 4.x and REST v2
- Tools allowing communication among many sources, including Excel spreadsheets and the Internet of Things.
All right, there’s a ton of information here, but difficult to fit into a single blog post.
In the next blog, let’s look at Sales Order Automation.