How ERP Improves Lean Manufacturing

We should start with a quick definition of lean manufacturing for the uninitiated. Lean manufacturing, also referred to as “lean”, is a commitment to minimizing waste of any kind during the manufacturing process. This includes wasted time, materials, and capital. in total, there are seven sources of waste in lean manufacturing, referred to as the “7 Mudas”. ERP improves lean manufacturing by providing visibility and tools to identify wasteful processes and how your organization can continually improve processes to ensure that waste is eliminated wherever possible. Here are a few examples of how ERP improves lean manufacturing operations.

1. Reduced Transport Waste

This form of waste occurs when goods and materials are moved from one location to another, be it to a staging area, warehouse racks, or shipping docks. These activities utilize machinery, operators, and time to complete operations, all of which cost money. Bringing no added value to the manufacturer or customer, this is a non-revenue generating activity. As such, fewer hours spent in material handling phases of operation means fewer resources wasted. ERP improves lean manufacturing in this case by providing tools that enable more intelligent means of production and efficient logistics activities. Scheduling and monitoring capabilities, as well as equipment utilization visibility and inventory tracking, give teams the insight they need to see where resources are being committed and which steps in a process can be expedited or cut out of the equation entirely.

2. Reduced Inventory Waste

If you’re a Make-to-Stock (MTS) or Mixed-Mode manufacturing business, chances are you expect to have a certain level of raw materials and product maintained in inventory. Make-to-Order (MTO) operations, not so much. However, at any level, having raw materials and semi-finished/finished product tied up in inventory means capital is tied up in inventory. Unless you’re stockpiling for a doomsday scenario, too much inventory is a bad sign. ERP systems provide the framework for achieving maximum efficiency, such as with Just-in-Time (JIT) manufacturing. Just as supermarkets have refined the optimal replenishment cycles for produce, so too can manufacturers remove these sub-par production planning and distribution practices to keep production constantly moving. ERP improves lean manufacturing in this case by providing tools for forecasting accuracy, historical data for sales and products, setting min/max stock levels, and even allowing for automated reordering directives.

3. Less Motion Waste

Motion waste applies to equipment and personnel and occurs in cases where any type of motion or effort occurs in a process that does not add value. Plant layout is the biggest culprit in contributing to motion waste. This is especially so if it impacts material handling activities due to traffic bottlenecks or excessive wear on machinery like forklifts. While it’s not generally feasible to redesign a production floor without halting production, ERP improves lean manufacturing in this case by providing data on machinery utilization and job planning and scheduling on the production floor. With visibility into what processes are taking more time or what machines are working at less-than-optimum efficiency, manufacturers can collaborate with engineers and suppliers to ensure their facilities are achieving maximum efficiency.

 4. Less Time Wasted Waiting

If nothing is happening, time is being wasted. This can be the result of production bottlenecks, machine downtime, production teams not in sync or waiting on decision-critical data. Fortunately, ERP improves lean manufacturing in this case by providing teams with one source of data that everyone can rely on and retrieve when necessary. It helps to identify bottlenecks, plan jobs and schedule more efficiently, as well as facilitate decision making with the data needed to execute on mission-critical strategies.

how erp improves lean manufacturing scheduling

5. Avoiding Over-production

The Big One when it comes to the 7 wastes, overproduction contributes to all other forms of waste in lean manufacturing. In short, it means you are making more of a product than consumers require or goods are produced before they are needed, leaving them to sit in inventory. Supply chain management, procurement, and demand planning are both the cause and solution of overproduction. Fortunately, ERP improves lean manufacturing in this case by delivering purpose-built tools to enable better supply chain management, automating the procurement process and accurately forecasting demand based on historical data and industry trends.

how erp improves lean manufacturing production

6. Avoiding Over-processing

In the case of over processing, you are putting in work that has no value. For example, on the production floor, you’re painting the inside of a car fender that will never be seen by anyone by a mechanic. This activity adds no value for the customer and serves only to take more valuable time away from your production team. Not to mention, paint ain’t free. Over-processing carries over to your field service and sales teams, too. Time wasted with manual entry can cost you valuable time. It can even cost you a customer if that manual entry results in order errors. Fortunately, ERP improves lean manufacturing in this case by automating such processes. You can click a single button and have a quote automatically turned into a Bill of Materials (BOM). Further insights deliver critical information on your production goals and sales KPIs.

7. Avoiding Defects

Defects don’t just waste time and materials, they waste your customers’ time and patience. Going even further, defective products that make it off the shop floor and into those customers’ homes or facilities reduces your industry reputation. For these reasons, defects are a high-priority waste that needs to be tackled. Unfortunately, it’s not always an easy task. ERP improves lean manufacturing in this case by completing checks and aligning production against standards you’ve set in the system. Products and processes that don’t conform raise flags so that your teams can address these instances before they become issues.

About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions, Inc. is an ERP consulting firm, NetSuite Solution Provider and Epicor Platinum Partner that offers professional services in business consulting, project management, and software implementation. Whether undertaking full-scale implementation, integration, and renovation of existing systems or addressing the emerging challenges in corporate and operational growth, Encompass provides a specialized approach to every client’s needs. As experts in identifying customer requirements and addressing them with the right solutions, we ensure our clients are equipped to match the pace of Industry.


Traditionally, the procurement process requires a great deal of manual effort as businesses commit resources to find and acquire goods, services, or work from external sources. These agreements require further attention as contracts need to be drawn, terms agreed to, and those agreements managed throughout the life of the manufacturer/supplier relationship. This often extends far beyond one source to incorporate many external suppliers who can fulfill needs when another supplier cannot or for materials of varying quality and composition. The process is one that has been most often achieved through a tendering or competitive bidding process. Fortunately, modern procurement automation solutions have enabled manufacturers to hand off many of their manual tasks to self-guided systems. The resulting procurement process improvement frees valuable internal resources for business-critical decision-making and strategizing efforts. Our partners at SourceDay have developed these industry-leading procurement automation solutions for use in an array of manufacturing and supply chain scenarios.

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SourceDay Procurement Automation Solutions

SourceDay Procurement Automation Solutions For Buyers And Suppliers

For suppliers, Managing customers’ needs can be a daunting task. SourceDay allows you to handle it all in one convenient place. Purchase order management and buyer/supplier collaboration solutions work together to eliminate headaches that come with managing an extensive list of customers. What’s even more attractive is the fact that SourceDay’s procurement automation solutions are free for suppliers.

For buyers, maintaining an effective and intuitive collaboration process with suppliers brings many challenges. when parts are being ordered in vast quantities the sheer volume of parts being ordered and so much relying on those parts arriving perfectly, supplier relationships are critical. A delay, an error, poor quality materials or miscommunication can have detrimental implications with ripple effects that impact the end customer.

ERP systems, like Infor, SAP, NetSuite and Epicor, help companies manage their businesses from financial operations to inventory management, production and customer fulfillment. As good as ERP systems are, they all have feature gaps in functionality. Today’s ERP systems lack effective tools for managing purchase orders and suppliers. Once the ERP establishes requirements and the POs are generated, most buyers leave their ERP systems and rely on static, manual spreadsheets, emails, phone calls and faxes to handle the rest. This equates to data in the ERP system being out of sync and creates aggravation, mistakes while making it impossible for manufacturing and distribution companies to schedule production runs and forecast deliveries to their customers.

SourceDay ERP Integrations

SourceDay has developed seamless integrations alongside the most widely used ERP systems. This extends manufacturers investments in technology, amplifies the power in controlling internal and external processes, as well as boosts the functionality of existing ERP systems. By digitizing and automating supplier purchase order updates into existing ERP systems, customers receive a complete data transfer that eliminates errors and wasted time that results from manual-entry tasks, all while maintaining up-to-date data in your ERP system. Implementing SourceDay, further increases the return on existing ERP system investments.

SourceDay is able to integrate into nearly any ERP:

  • Epicor
  • Epicor Eclipse
  • Epicor Prophet 21
  • SAP
  • NetSuite
  • ECI M1
  • Exact Macola
  • Infor
  • Infor CloudSuite Industrial
  • Infor-SyteLine
  • Infor Visual
  • Microsoft Dynamics AX
  • Microsoft Dynamics NAV
  • Plex
  • QAD
  • Shoptech E2

If you don’t see your current ERP system in the list below, you can reach out using the contact us link below to confirm that your system is eligible for SourceDay ERP Integration.

Mobile SourceDay Procurement Automation Solutions

SourceDay is the only procurement management software specifically made to solve the most common challenges manufacturing and distribution companies face in managing their direct spend. Now, with the SourceDay Mobile, procurement leaders and their teams have the ability to manage procurement from anywhere at any time from their smartphones. Users will have quicker access to view, acknowledge and communicate on procurement data, where the data is being consumed, for endless collaboration. No other solution brings greater execution and visibility into the procurement and PO lifecycle while reducing risk, costs, and delays.

The benefits of mobility are felt several times over with SourceDay procurement automation solutions, including:

  • Manufacturing and distribution business flexibility that delivers agility in decision-making processes anywhere, regardless of location, country or time zones
  • Stronger and more easily managed buyer/supplier partnerships with collaboration tools that can be leveraged anytime, anywhere
  • More efficient and proactive customer support to drive supply chain performance
  • Real-time notifications delivered to your mobile devices provide the framework for immediate action and quick decision-making

About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions, Inc. is an ERP consulting firm, NetSuite Solution Provider and Epicor Platinum Partner that offers professional services in business consulting, project management, and software implementation. Whether undertaking full-scale implementation, integration, and renovation of existing systems or addressing the emerging challenges in corporate and operational growth, Encompass provides a specialized approach to every client’s needs. As experts in identifying customer requirements and addressing them with the right solutions, we ensure our clients are equipped to match the pace of Industry.


Epicor ERP 10.2.400 Release is Now Generally Available

With this latest Epicor ERP 10.2.400 release, Epicor continues to deliver on its commitment to be the cloud ERP provider of choice. Epicor announced its strategic partnership with Microsoft AzureTM in May 2018, and that relationship has deepened and evolved as Epicor’s cloud business grows globally. The momentum is undeniable—as of April 2019, there are over 500 companies leveraging Epicor ERP in the cloud, a jump of nearly 20% since the last release.

Epicor continues to make investments in its industry capabilities, with functionality that can leverage the Internet of Things (IoT) in order to connect machines and gather data across factory floors. Epicor is also still “customer-obsessed,” and have worked on modernizing and enhancing user interactions and experience throughout the entire customer journey.

Epicor continues to execute against its roadmap of investing in functionality aligned to the company’s main investment themes, with the focus of this release on Experiences, Analytics, and Industry.

Transforming The User Experience with The Epicor ERP 10.2.400 Release

Epicor has heard from its customers that one of the top areas they would like Epicor to invest in is usability. Epicor ERP 10.2.300 was the first step in a modern user experience (UX), featuring the Kinetic Design System that was introduced at Insights 2018. Kinetic is a best-in-class UX design framework that delivers a modern look and feel while improving system usability and performance. With this latest release, Epicor is introducing new mobile time and expense management applications built on the Kinetic Design System, to capture time and expense entry and approvals. Epicor has also enhanced the usability of the Gantt-based job scheduling board for a modern customer experience.

“The speed of the new Kinetic screens and interface is great. Updating ERP 10 brings new features, no challenges or downtime.”

 – Jos Greeve, Manager ICT, Boers & Co

Epicor also introduced Epicor Virtual Agent* (EVA), an intelligent digital agent embedded in the core product that enables users to get information in a quick and easy way, through voice or text. Finally, utilizing DocStar, Epicor will offer Sales Order Automation** integrated into Epicor ERP, which will reduce customer time and touchpoints, and accelerate their sales and fulfillment velocity.

Business Intelligence and Analytics

Analytics continues to be a major area of investment with Epicor ERP. With Epicor Data Analytics (EDA). New content packs have been released for both field service and preventive maintenance, as well as enhanced content packs for projects and production. Users will gain greater insights into the status of their field service team, their asset performance, as well as projects and ERP MES.

Industry Focus

Epicor continues to invest in industry capabilities. Following the Dealer Network Portal introduced in the last release, Epicor now introduces the Supplier Portal in 10.2.400, which enables manufacturing customers to manage their supplier relationships, enter purchase transactions, and process RFQs in the best-in-class Epicor Commerce Connect eCommerce solution.

Epicor has refreshed and modernized frequently-used ERP MES screens using the Kinetic Design System. Advanced MES customers will also have a common shop floor interface via the Human Machine Interface (HMI).

Perhaps the most exciting solution in Epicor ERP 10.2.400 is Epicor IoT, a module that integrates with the Microsoft® Azure IoT Hub.  This application monitors and visualizes data from sensors and other Epicor products.  Epicor IoT leverages the power of Microsoft® Azure IoT Hub with the Epicor ERP context and production data to achieve new levels of operational efficiency. Through more intelligent insights into the production and day-to-day activities of your enterprise, Epicor users can fully drive and control Internet of Things data with the industry-leading Epicor ERP solution.

Users can track and visualize dynamic inventory to help locate process bottlenecks, monitor downtime and throughput to improve asset utilization, and leverage predictive maintenance to boost quality and efficient manufacturing.

Ease of Everything

Epicor ERP 10.2.400 is primed to solve the complex challenges of your industry and position your business to grow profitably now and in the future. It contains proven solutions and processes that fit your unique business requirements. Committed to providing positive experiences for its customers, Epicor provides ease of everything—deployment, training and education, support, maintenance, and upgrades that results in greater profitability, productivity, and growth.

Ease of Learning – Epicor University

Epicor University focuses on a “blended” approach to learning for those upgrading to the Epicor ERP 10.2.400 release, with a suite of tools designed to appeal to all types of learning styles and needs. Start learning with the high-level Epicor ERP 10.2.400 release overview, then continue with additional targeted topic-specific Training on Demand videos, in-depth Embedded Education courses, jump into an Instructor-Led Class, or download any of the comprehensive documents and release guides. Explore all resources in Epicor Learning Center (ELC), Embedded Education, and EpicWeb***.

The new Knowledge on Demand (KOD) service is built directly into your Epicor ERP 10.2.400 solution. These short videos are usually one or two minutes long to help you solve problems quickly. Search the video library or browse by category to get the answer you need and get back to more important tasks. If you have not yet upgraded to 10.2.400 you may access the site directly via the KOD Portal.

The Epicor Learning Center (ELC) is a great addition to your company’s education toolkit. All customers, partners, and employees can access the Learning Center using their EpicWeb log in credentials. From this central education hub, users can reach the available tools to assign courses and tests, and track employee progress and comprehension.

The ELC home page is a valuable resource for new content announcements and other offerings. New with this release, you will find new content including self-paced Training on Demand videos, focusing on the essential new functionality added to the software. Epicor University also provides live virtual hands-on training on the current release of ERP. All courses are led by an Epicor University instructor in a hosted training environment. The sessions are interactive and students can participate in discussions, ask questions, and benefit from shared business case scenarios.

Ease of Upgrade

At Epicor, the firmly held belief that all users will gain significant benefit from staying current on new versions of the Epicor ERP software continues to endure. For users on the Epicor ERP 10 platform, the upgrade process is greatly simplified and allows for movement between releases without stepping through each release. For example, users can move from 10.1.400 to 10.2.400 without taking intermediate steps for the releases between.

In order to simplify the upgrade process from Vantage, Vista, and Epicor ERP 9 to ERP 10.2.400 release, Epicor has invested heavily in new tooling and services dedicated to the process of upgrading. The upgrade has been reimagined with automation and guidance tools for the entire process. Visit the Upgrade and Migration Center on EpicWeb for more information and resources.

Epicor ERP 10.2.400 Release Availability

This release is available for current customers that are already live on or currently implementing Epicor ERP 10 and who are currently subscribed to an Epicor maintenance and support plan to download via EpicWeb***. Customers on Epicor ERP 9, Vantage, or Vista and that are currently subscribed to an Epicor maintenance and support plan are able to use the established upgrade request process to gain access. Epicor strongly encourages you to review the feature summary for the 10.2.400 release and become familiar with the improvements throughout the system. Visit the Epicor ERP 10.2.400 Center on EpicWeb*** for all the latest news and content on this release.

Customer, Partner and Public Announcements

The customer and partner announcement emails are going out on Thursday, May 16, 2019 (local time). The press release was released at Insights on April 16, 2019. Epicor will be holding customer-facing regional webcasts starting on June 3 with the Americas region, with international webcasts to follow.

Get Set for Growth With The Epicor ERP 10.2.400 Release

Epicor is pleased to deliver Epicor ERP version 10.2.400, and encourages you to upgrade soon to begin reaping the benefits that will enable you to achieve greater outcomes for your business.

*Epicor Virtual Agent will go into controlled release on May 16, 2019, and is expected to be generally available on May 31, 2019

**Sales Order Automation is currently in controlled release with general availability planned in the near future; specific date to be determined.

***Please note you will need to log in using your EpicWeb credentials.

About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions, Inc. is an ERP consulting firm and Epicor Gold Partner that offers professional services in business consulting, project management, and software implementation. Whether undertaking full-scale implementation, integration, and renovation of existing systems or addressing the emerging challenges in corporate and operational growth, Encompass provides a specialized approach to every client’s needs. As experts in identifying customer requirements and addressing them with the right solutions, we ensure our clients are equipped to match the pace of Industry.


Traditionally, the procurement process requires a great deal of manual effort as businesses commit resources to find and acquire goods, services, or work from external sources. These agreements require further attention as contracts need to be drawn, terms agreed to, and those agreements managed throughout the life of the manufacturer/supplier relationship. This often extends far beyond one source to incorporate many external suppliers who can fulfill needs when another supplier cannot or for materials of varying quality and composition. The process is one that has been most often achieved through a tendering or competitive bidding process. Fortunately, modern tools have enabled manufacturers to hand off many of these manual tasks to procurement automation solutions. The resulting procurement process improvement frees valuable internal resources for business-critical decision-making and strategizing efforts. Here are our top 10 procurement automation use cases to help start automating the procurement process in your organization.

1. Direct Procurement Tasks: Minimizing The Manual

Spreadsheets, faxes, and emails have long been staples of direct procurement processes. unfortunately, the variability of the results can lead to an unreliable supply chain. There is simply too much opportunity for data entry errors, lost communications, and missed deadlines. This poor visibility in your supply chain and the procurement process can prove to be a significant hurdle to overcome and even potentially cause a halt in manufacturing and machinery. Production stoppages can cost millions in labor, expedited shipping costs, and poor customer satisfaction. By minimizing the manual entry of data and other associated tasks, procurement automation improves your business performance from the inside out.

2. Procurement Automation Elevates Supplier Performance

The benefits of working with a quality supplier cannot be overstated. suppliers are often overlooked as a critical business component as they can impact the functions of your entire organization. Unfortunately,  the manual nature of most procurement management makes it difficult to stay on top of past-due or poor-quality materials.

By operating with outdated and disparate tools, there is no visibility into supplier on-time performance and responsiveness to PO acknowledgments and confirmations. Communication between buyers, suppliers, and stakeholders turns into a moving target when what you really need is a predictable performer. Automation tools built specifically for the procurement process bring clear and reliable communication channels to the forefront while helping to reduce errors, missed deadlines, and unhappy customers.

3. Supplier Accountability Improves

Procurement automation solutions hold historical data for you to use when evaluating which suppliers are keeping in line with the standards you have set for your relationship. Scorecards keep track of what matters most, including:

  • Supplier price variance
  • On-time delivery
  • Quality
  • Responsiveness

These scorecards ensure that ISO-certified companies maintain adherence to an in-depth supplier scoring system in order to remain ISO compliant. If your suppliers are delivering below your expectations, you can see a complete history of events leading to a downgrading of their rating. This makes having conversations about delivery easy, thanks to concrete historical data you can access from anywhere.

4. Procurement Automation Improves Collaboration

The simplicity and clarity of purpose-built procurement automation tools represent a monumental shift in supplier performance and supply chain efficiency. These systems are designed to integrate seamlessly with your ERP system. They deliver the ability to see and react to changes in real-time from a single source of data. By automating your needs, from manual buying processes to performance analytics, business becomes streamlined at every level. You’ll find tremendous benefit through procurement automation in:

  • Collaboration – Increase collaboration between the buyer and supplier.
  • Visibility – Update data automatically in the ERP and view the information in real-time.
  • Performance – Enhance performance with more accurate information and consistent communication and alerts.
  • Transformation – Improve productivity and supplier performance with better internal resource allocation and more accurate data.

5. Purchase Order Systems Become Streamlined

Automated purchase order management systems extend the power of your ERP. This provides you with the ability to more effectively manage direct spend and buyer-supplier relationships. when purchase orders are created these systems expedite purchase order acknowledgments, track due dates, status changes, and alert your suppliers to important PO changes. All purchase order details and buyer/supplier communications can be tracked directly with each purchase order. Just like with EDI, updates are sent in real-time and immediately sync to your ERP.

6. Better Document Management

As operations expand, more trading partners and suppliers are brought into the fold. Communications, contracts, purchase orders, invoices, and a host of other documents are being routed back and forth between internal and external resources every day. Procurement automation tools will make sharing and managing all types of documents with your suppliers a hassle-free endeavor. By ensuring your suppliers automatically receive the latest revisions of manuals, prints, bill-of-materials, and specifications, they are better able to meet your needs and deliver on their obligations. Uploading your documents into these procurement automation tools will share the latest version of existing documents with your supplier automatically. NEw documents being uploaded need an initial permissions and routing protocol set up, but it’s on autopilot after that, in most cases. You can even require a supplier confirms receipt of your document and easily send reminders to suppliers who are slow to accept, further aiding in accountability and supplier performance.

7. Advance Shipment Notifications, Simplified

Completing detailed Advance Shipment Notification (ASN) documents, saving them to a given platform, and automatically sending them to buyers prior to shipment is made easy with procurement automation. The tools help buyers and receiving departments improve performance as it pertains to incoming supplier shipments with standardized barcodes and shipping labels. A quick scan of a barcode and receivers instantly know the contents of any box.

8. Superior Quality Control

Procurement automation tools track the incoming inspection of materials, placing parts in a quality queue and flagging them for review in order to simplify your quality control processes. If the item(s) fails inspection, the reviewer inputs the reasons into the tool and collaborates with the supplier to disposition the material.

9. Easy Request For Quote (RFQ) Management

Spreadsheets only slow things down when you want RFQ’s in a timely manner and intuitive layout. With procurement automation, you can send a request for quote to your suppliers to track every step of the way, automatically. A comprehensive view of every supplier on your list will allow you to make an informed decision without having to jump between multiple sheets. Tracking responses that align with best pricing and scorecard rating make it easy to compare offers and choose the suppliers who best fit your requirements.

10. Mobile Utilization Of Procurement Automation

Mobility is key for any modern organization. If you can’t make decisions on the move, you are essentially desk-bound. That means, if you’re not in the office, chances are you’re not taking action. Today, procurement automation solutions place simple and intuitive smartphone apps in your hands. These native-developed applications assist in managing procurement and purchase orders from anywhere, at any time. Leveraging quicker access to view, acknowledge, and communicate on procurement data where the data is being consumed allows you to make smarter business decisions, faster.

Want to know more about procurement automation? Get in touch with the experts at Encompass Solutions using the contact us link below. We’ll help you identify the ideal procurement automation solution for your business’ unique needs.

About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions, Inc. is an ERP consulting firm, NetSuite Solution Provider and Epicor Platinum Partner that offers professional services in business consulting, project management, and software implementation. Whether undertaking full-scale implementation, integration, and renovation of existing systems or addressing the emerging challenges in corporate and operational growth, Encompass provides a specialized approach to every client’s needs. As experts in identifying customer requirements and addressing them with the right solutions, we ensure our clients are equipped to match the pace of Industry.


While supply chains differ from one manufacturing company to the next, data still needs to be exchanged between suppliers, manufacturers, and customers. This is why Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) is such a critical component of modern manufacturing. EDI is a document exchange protocol. It involves a company’s entire digital infrastructure and is by and large considered the standard when it comes to purchase orders, invoices, shipment notices, and other documents frequently exchanged between trading partners. Here are the Top 5 EDI documents for manufacturing and why you should be implementing their use in your trading partner cycle.

First, What Is Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)?

EDI can be summarized as a process by which computer systems exchange business documents quickly and securely in a standard electronic format. Some examples of those electronic formats include those from ANSIEDIFACTTRADACOMS and ebXML. This is a simple definition but the concept of EDI documents for manufacturing extends from communications to design, as well.

an image representing transfer of edi documents for manufacturing

“While EDI is an infrastructure of a supply chain management system for QR (Quick Response) and ECR (Efficient Consumer Response), it is also a technology that supports concepts such as computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided acquisition and logistic support (CALS), a higher-level concept of CAD. EDI is based on standardization of electronic data exchange. There are many organizations that make rules for the standardization, such as ANSI (American National Standards Institute), EDIFACT (Electronic Document Interchange For Administration, Commerce and Transportation), CII (Center for the Informatization of Industry), EIAJ (Electronics Industries Association of Japan), and VICS (Voluntary Interindustry Commerce Standards Association). The rules differ depending on the types of applications for each industry that are installed on the infrastructure of EDI.”

Understand Supply Chain Management through 100 words
by Zenjiro Imaoka
Published by KOUGYOUCHOUSAKAI

The Top 5 EDI Documents For Manufacturing

From start to finish, your trading cycle is likely to include these 5 EDI documents 95 percent of the time. However, this is also dependent on your particular manufacturing industry. We’ll go more into that later. For now, here are The Top 5 EDI Documents For Manufacturing:

1. EDI 810 – Invoice

In Electronic Document Interchange (EDI), an EDI 810 is the electronic version of a traditional paper invoice. Used primarily in the manufacturing and retail industries, an EDI 810 Invoice is sent by the vendor or supplier to a retail partner or distributor to request payment for products and/or services.

utilizing the EDI 810 invoice offers several benefits to both the supplier and the purchaser. These benefits will depend on the transaction’s level of automation and integration on either party’s system. These benefits can include:

  • Increased efficiency, reduced time to complete transactions, and decreased volume of paper flow
  • Less time spent in manually submitting invoices on the supplier’s end
  • Less time spent manually entering invoices on the purchaser’s end
  • Increased resources to focus on value-added work for both supplier and purchaser
  • A significant reduction, if not outright elimination, on errors associated with manual entry
  • Reconciliation against orders/shipments to verify correct invoice amounts
  • Better order fulfillment
  • Faster payment

2. EDI 830 – Planning Schedule with Release Capability

An EDI 810 is the electronic version of a traditional paper invoice. Used primarily in the manufacturing and retail industries, an EDI 810 Invoice is sent by the vendor or supplier to a retail partner or distributor to request payment for products and/or services.

EDI 830 offers plenty of benefits to both the purchaser and the supplier. when implementing electronic trading of the inventory advice benefits can include:

  • Better visibility into when a product is out of stock or no longer being made and the ability to advise other actions as a result
  • Better management of e-commerce drop shipping
  • Communicates when items will be available if out of stock
  • Better forecasting when planning warehouse levels and ordering
  • Easier Management of details on eCommerce websites, for instance, when items are out of stock, quantities available, or remove the items from the website
  • Enables ordering of non-stock items and special orders

3. EDI 850 – Purchase Order (PO)

The EDI 850 Purchase Order (PO) is most commonly utilized when placing an order for goods or services. The 850 is most widely used in general merchandise, while its counterpart, the EDI 875 Purchase Order, is reserved for grocery items.

EDI 850 offers plenty of benefits to both the purchaser and the supplier. When implementing the use of electronic purchase orders, benefits can include:

  • Reduced in the volume of paper-based processes
  • Reduced time to complete transactions on both ends of trading partnerships
  • Reduced time invested in manual processes, such as order submissions and PO entry
  • Increase in value-added work as resources are freed by automation of manual processes
  • Fewer data entry errors
  • Optimized fulfillment
  • Reduced on-hand inventory for retailers

4. EDI 855 – Purchase Order (PO) Acknowledgment

An EDI 855 Purchase Order Acknowledgment is essentially an electronic version of a phone call or fax that informs the submitter of a purchase order the supplier will be filling the order as requested.

EDI 855 offers plenty of benefits to both the purchaser and the supplier. When implementing the use of a Purchase Order Acknowledgement, benefits can include:

  • Visibility into a supplier’s commitment to fulfilling an order
  • Quicker routing of acknowledgments and changes with automation
  • Improved organization of order information between suppliers and partners
  • Reduction of issues post-invoicing
  • Easy confirmation of supplier-fulfilled orders direct to end consumers

5. EDI 856 – Advance Shipment Notification (ASN)

An EDI 856 Advance Shipment Notification (ASN) is most commonly utilized as a method of shipment confirmation between a supplier and retailer. The 856 provides visibility for inbound shipments, automation of receiving, and confirmation for direct vendor-to-consumer shipments.

EDI 856 offers plenty of benefits to both the purchaser and the supplier. When implementing the use of ASN, benefits can include:

  • Increased visibility into shipment progress and contents
  • Increased shipment accuracy
  • Increased fulfillment rates
  • Easy cross-referencing between PO and shipment
  • Reduced need for safety stock

Additional EDI documents utilized by some manufacturers include those who operate Third-Party Logistics (3PL or TPL). These manufacturers often find EDI document 940 – Warehouse Shipping Order and EDI document 945 – Warehouse Shipping Advice particularly useful. In the case of Aviation and Aerospace Manufacturing industries, an EDI document 862 – Shipping Schedule is always used, while an EDI document 850 – Purchase Order (PO) is not.

Why You Should Care About EDI Documents For Manufacturing

While EDI revolves around document routing it does a whole lot more for your organization than simply sending documents electronically. The efficiency and security of electronic document interchange increase your productivity, minimize waste, and ensure the integrity of your trading cycle. Not only this, but you can add the fact that you are automating tasks that are generally non-revenue generating, which leaves more time for value-added activity in the organization. The result is more valuable partnerships, increased supplier satisfaction, and higher reliability rates of internal processes. Here are just a few of the incredible benefits of EDI:

  • Audit trails
  • Contingency planning
  • Use of acknowledgments
  • Electronic document management
  • Activities of supporting networks
  • User access controls to systems and networks
  • Cryptographic techniques for authentication and confidentiality

In short, If you plan to run an organized and efficient manufacturing business, you cannot afford to overlook the utility of implementing EDI documents for manufacturing. Fortunately, Encompass Solutions, Inc. can help you with that. For more information on Encompass Solutions’ EnTrust EDI solution, read about our Rapid EDI Implementation.

About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions, Inc. is an ERP consulting firm, NetSuite Solution Provider and Epicor Platinum Partner that offers professional services in business consulting, project management, and software implementation. Whether undertaking full-scale implementation, integration, and renovation of existing systems or addressing the emerging challenges in corporate and operational growth, Encompass provides a specialized approach to every client’s needs. As experts in identifying customer requirements and addressing them with the right solutions, we ensure our clients are equipped to match the pace of Industry.


What Is Budgeting Process Improvement?

When it comes to gauging corporate performance, the less time spent on non-revenue generating processes, the better. Unfortunately, the budgeting process is essential to proper performance and forecasting. That means mistakes can’t be afforded. Not only do you want to reduce the time and errors associated with manual budgeting in spreadsheets, but building an efficient process around your budgeting activities is of critical importance. Get rid of rigorous workflow processes and meet the growing needs for data security, data accuracy, cross-functional integration of data, and remain nimble in the face of rapid change with these strategies. Budgeting Process Improvement can be achieved with ease, simply follow the steps outlined below.

1. Define The Budgeting Process

While budgeting is primarily a financial process, it affects just about every department of a business. defining the process ensures that it is managed efficiently, frees up time, and provides financial professionals the ability to conduct meaningful analyses, improve forecasting, and respond quickly to changing needs. only after the budgeting process is defined can you begin with budgeting process improvement.

2. Identify The Infrastructure That Supports Your Budgeting Process

Understand the infrastructure that supports your process. Employees, financial and project management skills, processes, and technology are what makes your process run efficiently and ensures the steps required for execution are adhered to across the board.

3. Define Your Budget

A budget is a detailed account of your ability to conduct business processes based on available resources. An effective budget will provide enough detail to make sound decisions in both short-term and long-term scenarios. Defining the parameters of your budget will enable informed business decisions related to spending.

4. Define Relevant Performance Metrics For Your Budget

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) will help you stay focused on the goals you have set for your company. Be sure to set these KPIs at the onset of your budgeting, the resulting budget, and related processes to determine the financial health of your organization as it relates to revenue growth, earnings growth, debt reduction, and EBITDA margin.

5. Enable And Encourage Collaboration

Siloed systems and departments are characteristic of poorly organized businesses. By enabling and actively encouraging collaboration among your staff, budget-related issues can be addressed and resolved much more quickly, while new standards for your organization can be detailed, understood, adopted, and monitored more effectively.

6. Plan For Changing Conditions

The only constant is change, so plan accordingly. Businesses that are already in or want to be in a position of industry leadership need their budgeting and planning processes to be in line with this philosophy. Planning scenarios, maintaining an understanding of the latest trends, and implementing best practices all contribute to an organization’s overall financial health as a byproduct of budgeting process improvement.

7. Consider Utilizing Purpose-Built Budgeting Software

Adopting software solutions designed to increase the efficiency, accuracy, and consistency of budgeting processes yields measurable time savings for finance professionals. Industry analysts Aberdeen Group recently identified how Best-in-Class organizations use software automation solutions to increase the efficiency of budgeting and achieve tangible benefits. Corporate Performance Management (CPM) software is designed to help such organizations automate budgeting and planning processes.

Budgeting Action Items And Next Steps

Interested in learning more about what you can do to reduce the time committed to your company budgeting efforts? Want more insights and concrete data regarding your performance in the marketplace? Download the free whitepaper for these details, action items, and more. Otherwise, you can reach out to us directly using the link below for more information or a demonstration of how Corporate Performance Management (CPM) Software can improve operations for your organziation.

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About Prophix

Prophix develops innovative software that automates critical financial processes such as budgeting, planning, consolidation, and reporting—improving a company’s profitability and minimizing its risks. Thousands of forward-looking organizations in more than 90 countries use software from Prophix to gain increased visibility and insight into their business performance.

About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions, Inc. is an ERP consulting firm, NetSuite Solution Provider and Epicor Platinum Partner that offers professional services in business consulting, project management, and software implementation. Whether undertaking full-scale implementation, integration, and renovation of existing systems or addressing the emerging challenges in corporate and operational growth, Encompass provides a specialized approach to every client’s needs. As experts in identifying customer requirements and addressing them with the right solutions, we ensure our clients are equipped to match the pace of Industry.


Selecting a certified Epicor ERP partner for your enterprise software implementation, migration, service, or support is vital to protecting your technology investment. Choosing an Epicor authorized partner, like Encompass Solutions, over other technology consultants yields a better experience for your team and better results for your business.

Encompass Solutions, Inc.: A Certified Epicor ERP Partner

The Epicor Partner Network is a comprehensive sales, support, and marketing program that offers businesses significant opportunities to grow with award-winning products, training, and support in a highly competitive, dynamic marketplace. With Encompass Solutions solutions, our proven ability to drive growth, and equipping workforces with knowledge and tools necessary to succeed, Encompass SOlutions remains one of the highest ranked partners in the Certified Epicor ERP Partner program.

Epicor authorized and certified partners:

  • Have completed the Epicor certification program for the highest level of product knowledge
  • Invest in their customers’ success with Epicor solutions
  • Are fully trained on the most recent product release
  • Have direct relationships with Epicor product development, services, and support staff
  • Are informed about the latest product roadmaps, promotions, and incentives
  • Adhere to regulations set by Epicor for the protection of your business

The Epicor certification program defines learning standards, trains participants on Epicor applications, and tests their mastery of each application upon completion. Epicor certifies partners annually, so you can expect we are equipped to provide you with the best possible consulting experience and the most up-to-date information.

About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions, Inc. is an ERP consulting firm and Epicor Gold Partner that offers professional services in business consulting, project management, and software implementation. Whether undertaking full-scale implementation, integration, and renovation of existing systems or addressing the emerging challenges in corporate and operational growth, Encompass provides a specialized approach to every client’s needs. As experts in identifying customer requirements and addressing them with the right solutions, we ensure our clients are equipped to match the pace of Industry.

 


The most recent escalation of US-China Tariffs has seen a commitment from China to raise tariffs on more than $60 billion worth of goods from the US. The results are already being felt. Most notably, in the US stock market. The Dow Jones Industrial Average has fallen more than 700 points since trading began Monday morning following the announcement that China’s latest round of tariffs will go into effect on June 1, 2019. Additionally, The S&P 500 dropped by 2.6 percent and the Nasdaq Composite fell 3.5 percent.

US-China Tariffs: A Brief Background

In December of last year, President Trump introduced tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods, which resulted in a slight slowdown in the Chinese Economy. With two of the world’ largest economies in an active trade war, fears around the world of a global economic downturn quickly spread. Fortunately, fears were abated by renewed talks between the two countries over the following months. However, the economic ceasefire would soon be put aside as President Trump instated a new round of heightened tariffs on Chinese imports.

US-China Tariffs: The latest Exchange

The Chinese commitment to raise prices on US-made goods followed President Trump’s commitment to increase tariffs on more than $200 billion worth of Chinese manufactured goods last week. That round of tariffs would include more than 5,700 goods subject to as high as a 25 percent tariff, up from the previous 10 percent. Experts believe that the latest US-China tariffs will only make things worse for both economies.

Trump’s duty increase on Chinese exports came following allegations that China had backtracked on its agreement reign in the alleged theft of intellectual property and pressures to hand over technology for companies manufacturing components in China. Trump has gone so far as to threaten an additional $325 billion worth of tariffs on other Chinese products.

After the most recent developments regarding US-China tariffs, Alec Young, managing director of global markets research at FTSE Russell in New York, stated in regard to investor activity, “With the ultimate trade outcome inherently uncertain and difficult to model or predict, investors are selling first and asking questions later. Investors are increasingly worried an anticipated second-half profit rebound may now evaporate as President Trump’s threat to tariff the remaining $325bn in Chinese imports would disproportionately target consumer products like iPhones, thereby posing a greater threat to the consumption-driven US economy.”

US-China Tariffs: Who’s Affected

There are industries across the board who are affected by the ongoing trade war, particularly those incorporating steel and aluminum into their manufacturing operations. Listen firsthand to 12 top executives explain how the trade war has already affected their bottom line as far back as late 2018.

Twelve US execs explain how Trump’s trade war affects their bottom lines from CNBC.

It remains unclear just how the latest round of tariffs will affect small and medium-sized businesses, which cannot as readily absorb cost increases when compared to their larger, conglomerate counterparts. However, based on reports, many are less than optimistic in regard to the economic outlook.

About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions, Inc. is an ERP consulting firm, NetSuite Solution Provider and Epicor Platinum Partner that offers professional services in business consulting, project management, and software implementation. Whether undertaking full-scale implementation, integration, and renovation of existing systems or addressing the emerging challenges in corporate and operational growth, Encompass provides a specialized approach to every client’s needs. As experts in identifying customer requirements and addressing them with the right solutions, we ensure our clients are equipped to match the pace of Industry.


Top 10 Benefits Of IoT For Manufacturers

Chances are you have come across the terms Internet of Things (IoT) or the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). These are networks of connected devices that communicate data to a central system in order to make sense of it all. These networks consist of connected edge devices, terminals, and machines in an enterprise. The data captured through this network provides an understanding of what is successful and what is not in terms of operations and processes. The system that helps you interpret the captured data is, more often than not, your company’s ERP system. Read on to learn how you can leverage the top 10 benefits of IoT for manufacturers in your facility.

Internet of Things (IoT)

When it comes to everyday devices capable of the connectivity we are talking about, the numbers are staggering. Billions of devices exist with this capability. In fact, it is estimated that there are roughly 7 such devices for each person on the planet, totaling roughly 50bn devices by 2020.

Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

When it comes to IIoT devices, the vast majority reside in manufacturing, followed closely by healthcare and retail industries. The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) puts a focus on this interconnectivity and data provided by the terminals, sensors, and other systems on the factory floor. These data-fueled factories become “intelligent” environments, which are capable of informing enterprises from the top down. They provide visibility regarding the efficiency of factory processes and performance both in real-time and over time. In short, the data enables manufacturers to refine and improve operations with relevant and up-to-date data.

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So, how can your organization stand to benefit from making the investment in IoT connectivity? Here are the top 10 benefits of IoT for manufacturers.

1. The Connected Factory – Blindspots Begone

IoT enabled machines and endpoints are capable of communicating operational information to personnel both inside and peripheral to your organization. That includes machine operators, managers, field service personnel and even partners like suppliers, subcontractors, and OEMs. This connectivity delivers mission-critical data and information to operation managers and factory leadership on-site and out-of-office. The power to control operations and manage factory activity on a remote level increases opportunities for process optimization and automation. view the Connected Factory In Action infographic at Manufacturing Tomorrow.

2. Production Visibility – Identifying Bottlenecks And Improve Processes

When it comes to production, the continuous monitoring of processes that IoT connectivity provides will enable improvements to be made on a rolling basis. Hangtime in assembly and manufacturing operations gain particular benefit when bottlenecks are identified and adjustments can be made in nearly real-time to realize better approaches to production management and the reduction of operational costs. Additionally, part waste is reduced alongside fewer resources tied up in inventory and better overall product delivery. For some organizations, IoT connectivity will lead to a 15 percent productivity increase in delivery and supply chain performance.

3. Better Inventory Management – Find It Fast, From Anywhere

With technologies like RFID and IoT connectivity, personnel tasked with managing inventory can leverage automated asset tracking and reporting through ERP to avoid the costly mistakes that come with working within antiquated inventory tracking systems. This connectivity allows items to be tracked and the data recorded to the ERP system automatically. These performance management capabilities made possible through IoT connectivity and ERP can help organizations reduce the number of working hours committed to inventory management each month and reduce the probability of human error. Track your stock from shop to dock with IoT technologies in your facility.

4. Build A Safer Work Environment

While there are no doubts that IoT connectivity and ERP improve production on the factory floor; these technologies can also help create a safer working environment for employees. This can be in the form of vision and spatial awareness systems for human-machine interactions or wearable safety technologies your staff keep on their person throughout the day. There are several safety concerns in any manufacturing facility. IoT connected devices can communicate to larger systems within the organization of aberrations, such as too much vibration or heat being exhibited from a machine or pressure loss within piping segments, and even gas leaks that might be otherwise undetectable to human perception. Staff moving through dangerous parts of your facility can signal to connected machines that a human is in close proximity and appropriate action can be taken automatically. An employee that sustains an injury in a remote location of the facility or even off-site can receive faster care with the inclusion of IoT-connected safety equipment. These are only a handful of examples of how IoT for manufacturers can improve safety in your facility.

5. Secure Your Facilities

With a growing number of bad actors participating in malicious attacks on manufacturers across the globe, manufacturing facility security is a topic of conversation every organization should be discussing. When it comes to security, IoT provides manufacturers with a way to monitor their data coming into the system as well as going out. Terminals and end-points can signal foreign devices being connected to infrastructure, large amounts of data being moved, and individuals accessing data they otherwise shouldn’t have access to. Leveraging IoT for manufacturers can help guard against security threats to vital hardware, software, and cloud-stored data. You can even manage devices and policies throughout an enterprise from a single point using IoT connectivity. For more information on Practical Security for the Internet of things – view the infographic from Entrust.

6.Predictive Maintenance – Minimize Machine Downtime

Predictive maintenance identifies the condition of equipment while it is in-service and determines the optimal service interval. It saves time and money by completing maintenance activity only when necessary. A special focus has been placed on predictive maintenance, as opposed to preventative maintenance, more recently. This is because it allows longer periods of operation between maintenance tasks, resulting in less downtime for essential machinery. When coupled with technologies like IoT for Manufacturers, everything from vibration, voltage, temperature, and other performance indicators feed into sensing tools attached to machines. This information is interpreted and visualized by intelligent software solutions, such as ERP platforms, into updates, warnings, and alerts. Your teams can use this information to evaluate the situation and take the most appropriate action. Intelligent and connected devices assist in setting data points that indicate when a part is reaching end-of-life, too.  Automated systems can be directed to order replacement parts if none are on-site and schedule the replacement or repair in such a way that minimizes unplanned production downtime, which can cost manufacturers as much as $300,000 an hour.

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The Volvo group provides one real-world example of how an IoT-based predictive maintenance solution can predict damage to spindles, as well as identifies cracking and spalling of rotating equipment, gearing, and motor defects. The resulting improvements to OEE saw a 70 percent reduction in diagnostic time and a 25 percent reduction in repair times.

7. Predictive Forecasting – Real-Time vs. Historical Data

Today’s global economies move too quickly for manufacturers to rely on historical data to forecast demand. Weather events, materials shortages, and a host of other environmental factors can influence demand for any given product at any given time. Accurate forecasting is critical for manufacturers that want to sell as much of a product as possible without oversaturating their markets.

Take, for instance, a widget. A consumer buys a connected widget, which in turn collects data about usage, wear and tear, and overall performance. The relative data is then sent back to the manufacturer to determine what adjustments need to be made to the product for more predictable forecasts of future demand. If the product is satisfactory for customers across a wide range of environments and uses, then the average life-cycle can be taken into account and manufacturing volume can be adjusted to match. The result is more accurate demand forecasting, fewer wasted resources and stock tied up in inventory. What follows is an increase in overall customer satisfaction based on quality and deliverability when consumers return for a replacement part.

IoT for Manufacturers in this sense can go far beyond demand forecasting to include the entire supply chain with traditional forecasting, statistical bottom-up forecasting, and ship-to forecasting. Zara is one retailer using IoT to forecast demand and minimize waste.

8. Increased Energy Efficiency – A Smaller Footprint

If you didn’t already know, industries like discrete and process manufacturers are responsible for the majority of energy consumption worldwide. In fact, industrial manufacturing is responsible for consuming 54% globally delivered electricity. This leads to pretty sizable operating costs. fortunately, IoT for manufacturers can significantly increase energy efficiency in a number of ways.

initially, managers can easily identify hardware and devices that use the most energy. This information can be used in creating advanced operating profiles that tell machines when to power up and operate or power down and conserve energy. Systems draining too much power, or more than they should be, can be a sign of malfunction. IoT connectivity can highlight these abnormalities right away and address problems more immediately than if the power consumption of machinery were not being monitored. This capability keeps machines operating at peak efficiency and capacity without draining resources unnecessarily.

Beyond this, IoT connectivity can give you an energy profile of your entire facility, or many facilities. The data can then be used to create the most appropriate and efficient back-up systems to keep operations running smoothly despite adverse environmental factors. As a result, you can keep operating during tight deadlines and production schedules despite outages.

9. Improved Quality – IoT For Manufacturers’ Process Improvement

Quality can mean many things for manufacturers and their partners. Internally, improving processes through IoT devices can come from something as commonplace as alerting operators when there is too much material buildup on a machine’s end effectors or internal mechanisms. The addressing action would lead to improved machine performance, better output, and an improved process. in a temperature controlled facility, aberrant tempt reading could be the result of a door left open, poor insulation, or a faulty HVAC system component. All of which can be identified and addressed with the help of IoT connectivity.

Alternatively, connected products and goods used in the field can relay valuable data that might not have been previously tested. This can include machinery performance when used in a cold, dry climate versus the humid tropics. Even phones that fail in freezing or sweltering temperatures can tell designers and engineers what components are of substandard quality, leading to improvements in future products manufactured with those conditions taken into account.

10. Increase Operational Efficiency – Maneuver Like A Tesla, Not An Oil Tanker

IoT connected devices allow manufacturing operations and executives to utilize data flowing through their facilities to make smarter, more informed decisions. Using the information available enables the connected enterprise to undertake proactive, continuous improvement initiatives that create a more agile and stable future through both insight and action.

Truly, the benefits delivered by IoT-connected assets go beyond operational efficiency. The connected enterprise represents the next level of organizational maturity. It encapsulates predictive maintenance, higher quality products, more focused leadership, and overall organizational health. Overall, IoT for manufacturers allows staff throughout a company to work smarter, not harder, today. over the long term, cost benefits are realized many times over as upsets and disruptions in operations can be avoided entirely.

Epicor ERP IoT For Manufacturers – Workflow

Monitor equipment, assets, environmental factors, inventory locations, and their corresponding IoT data. Events and data—such as sensor and machine telemetry—flow into the Azure IoT Hub. From there, the data propagates to the IoT module of your Epicor ERP solution. Epicor IoT has an advanced rule-based engine that can detect patterns and raise alerts and notifications that propagate into Epicor ERP where they can be used to trigger business process changes like raising a maintenance suggestion when equipment degradation is detected.

Here are just some of the benefits realized when you implement Epicor ERP IoT for manufacturers:

  • Identify issues such as potential breakdowns before they happen
  • Optimize supply and reduce costs by monitoring events across your supply chain
  • Improve overall workers safety and security in the plant by monitoring the KPIs of health and safety
  • Improve decision-making by providing real-time, actionable information
  • Increase customer satisfaction and efficiencies and lower costs
  • Gain insights into the usage patterns and handling of product from customers
  • Predict issues and reduce inventory by tracking materials, equipment, and product as it moves through the supply chain

Contact Encompass Solutions, Inc. to learn more about implementing Epicor ERP IoT for manufacturers using the link below.

About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions, Inc. is an ERP consulting firm, NetSuite Solution Provider and Epicor Platinum Partner that offers professional services in business consulting, project management, and software implementation. Whether undertaking full-scale implementation, integration, and renovation of existing systems or addressing the emerging challenges in corporate and operational growth, Encompass provides a specialized approach to every client’s needs. As experts in identifying customer requirements and addressing them with the right solutions, we ensure our clients are equipped to match the pace of Industry.


May 2019 news and updates include a month packed with developments from vendors, educational sessions, and industry events that showcase how we make doing business better.

The Epicor ERP 10.2.400 release is now generally available for cloud customers, with the production update schedule for the weekend of May 11th, 2019. That leaves just under two weeks of testing time for customers scheduled to follow Epicor update cadence.

AI has become an increasing part of the overall conversation surrounding advanced technologies in the workplace.  Artificial Intelligence into the fold for Epicor customers as the Epicor Virtual Agent (EVA), an AI-powered assistant that helps small and medium-sized businesses leverage data to make informed decisions on-the-fly, makes its debut this month.

In case you missed us at Automate 2019 or our coverage of the event, here’s a quick recap of what we learned and how you can leverage the latest tech in automation and robotics to your benefit.

Exclusive Epicor ERP software discounts are available to Insights 2019 attendees. Contact your Encompass Customer Account Manager today for more details.

Epicor ERP 10.2.400 Production Update

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The Epicor ERP 10.2.400 production update is scheduled for the weekend of May 11th, 2019.

Epicor Virtual Agent (EVA)

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Epicor Virtual Agent, EVA, Availability Announced For May. Learn More About How To Empower Your Work Force With AI-Enabled ERP.

Automate 2019 Recap

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In case you missed our coverage of Automate 2019 in Chicago, IL, here is a brief recap with a few key takeaways.

Customer Appreciation Event At Insights 2019

Thank you everyone who was able to attend the Customer Appreciation Mingle with Encompass at this year’s Insights event in Las Vegas. for those of you who couldn’t make it, we look forward to connecting with you soon.

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Exclusive Epicor Discounts For Insights Attendees

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If you attended Insights 2019, you can claim exclusive discounts on licensing, SaaS subscriptions, and implementation services.

Contact your Encompass Customer Account Manager for more details.

Encompass May 2019 News And Updates

As we further develop the EnTrust EDI product, the team is expanding to accommodate demand. We’d like to welcome Andy Spak, formerly of SaberLogic, to the Encompass team as a Senior Software Developer. Happy to have you aboard, Andy!

Epicor May 2019 News And Updates

The biggest Epicor event of the year took place at Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, NV between April 15th to 18th.  The show offered opportunities to train, network and explore the developments from Epicor.

NetSuite May 2019 News And Updates

NetSuite’s annual spring conference, SuiteWorld, was a smashing success and played host to thousands of users and partners from around the world. Keynote and headlining DJ for the event, Dr. Shaquille O’Neal, sat down for a follow-up interview on how his experiences helped shape and grow is larger than life persona.

About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions, Inc. is an ERP consulting firm, NetSuite Solution Provider and Epicor Platinum Partner that offers professional services in business consulting, project management, and software implementation. Whether undertaking full-scale implementation, integration, and renovation of existing systems or addressing the emerging challenges in corporate and operational growth, Encompass provides a specialized approach to every client’s needs. As experts in identifying customer requirements and addressing them with the right solutions, we ensure our clients are equipped to match the pace of Industry.