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If you have not already heard, the Automate Forward Trade Show and Conference is being held virtually this year. It’s one of our favorite conferences and it’s free to attend.

What is Automate Forward?

A week-long event of talks, demos, and exhibits on automation technologies.

From the event organizers – “One thing every industry has in common right now is the need to do more with less. Whether it’s less manpower or tighter budgets, demand is increasing even if resources are not. Automation is the key to not just getting through these difficult times, but to growing during them! With more than 80 speakers reviewing robotics, machine vision, motion control, artificial intelligence, and smart automation technologies, Automate Forward is the event to participate in to learn how to reach and exceed your goals.”

View the agenda

When is it?

9 AM – 5 PM EST, March 22-26, 2021

Where is it?

Anywhere you have an internet connection with your computer or mobile device.

How to attend

Register and join the event on one or all of the days’ activities.

Encompass will be participating in the event for our third year and we’re excited to be a part of this exceptional event again. Don’t forget to stop by our virtual tradeshow booth and say hello.

We hope to see you there.

About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions is a business and software consulting firm that specializes in ERP systems, EDI, and Managed Services support for Manufacturers. Serving small and medium-sized businesses since 2001, Encompass modernizes operations and automates processes for hundreds of customers across the globe. Whether undertaking full-scale implementation, integration, and renovation of existing systems, Encompass provides a specialized approach to every client’s needs. By identifying customer requirements and addressing them with the right solutions, we ensure our clients are equipped to match the pace of Industry.


Epicor has announced the upcoming Epicor ERP Cloud 11.1.100 upgrade in April 2021. Epicor ERP Cloud E11 is a major product upgrade and represents decades of the Epicor manufacturing expertise fully reimagined for today’s modern workforce and digital business. Given such depth of enhancements in this upgrade, the standard testing timeframe for customers on cadence has been extended from four weeks to seven weeks.

Epicor ERP 11 will become generally available in mid-June, 2021.

What’s New in Epicor ERP 11.1.100

More details will be released in the near future, but a few highlights include:

  • A transformed user experience
    Enjoy the fresh look and intuitive design of all your most-used screens and forms – now accessible in a web browser – as the user experience transformation is getting closer to completion.
  • Expanded capabilities of Application Studio
    Your daily users will appreciate what your power users already know – This robust low/no code toolset is more feature-rich and intuitive to help even the casual user personalize screens to work faster and smarter.
  • Improved Help & Support Panel
    With so many new features, it’s important to have quick and easy access to help when you need it. The Help & Support panel now features familiar type-ahead predictive search results and more ways to personalize your favorite topics.

Date​

Event

​Details

Tuesday, April 6, 2021 &

Wednesday​ April 7, 2021

Upgrade webinars Upgrade webinars are held, recorded, and posted as documentation in EpicWeb. Please plan to join or watch the replay so you are aware of the upgrade process. Webinar registration information will be sent mid-March.

Friday, April 9, 2021

Deadline for Flex customers 

Deadline for customers purchasing the Flex option to submit an EpicCare ticket indicating your preference to defer your upgrade to one of the alternate upgrade dates listed below

Friday, April 16, 2021 –

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Pilot system upgrade to 11.1.100.0 During this time, your Pilot system and additional environments will be unavailable while Epicor performs your upgrade, but don’t worry—your Production system will not be affected by the new release. Once it is complete, log in to your Pilot system (and other environments) to start exploring what’s new.

Friday, April 16, 2021 –

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Extended testing timeline

There are seven weeks to test in Pilot. Between the upgrade to Pilot to Production, there will be two updates for customers on cadence.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Pilot system update to 11.1.100.2 Your Pilot system and additional environments will be updated to include quality enhancements.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Pilot system update to 11.1.100.3

This will be the second and last update before the upgrade to Production

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

UBC Opt-In Deadline

  • Multitenant and Express customers (legacy cloud customers)
    If Multitenant and Express customers want Epicor to move your UBCs from your Pilot environment to your Production environment, you must submit an EpicCare  ticket to opt-in to the process. If you do not submit an EpicCare ticket to opt-in to the process, the UBCs from your Pilot environment will not be moved by Epicor to the Production environment.
  • Public Cloud customers
    Dedicated tenant customers that would like to move your UBCs from your Pilot environment to Production environment, please refer to KB0035160 for instructions, or attend the complimentary “Learn How to Manage Your Unique Business Components” course from Epicor University.

Saturday, June 5, 2021​ –

​Sunday, June 6, 2021

Production system upgrade to 11.1.100.3

Your upgrade weekend arrives! While Epicor upgrades your production system to Epicor Cloud ERP 11.1.100.3, your system will be unavailable for several hours during this time.

*Note that dates are subject to change.

How to Prepare For The Epicor ERP Cloud 11.1.100 Upgrade

Epicor will upgrade your Pilot system and any additional environments seven weeks before Production for customers on cadence. This will provide an opportunity to explore the  functionality updates in 11.1.100 without affecting your Production system.

As a best practice, please use this time to review and make any necessary changes to your Unique Business Components (UBCs)—custom reports, BAQs, BPMs, User Interface customizations, etc.—to ensure everything continues to operate as expected. There will be more information regarding sample test plans and more that will be made available to you on EpicWeb Documentation.

Flexing Your Epicor ERP Cloud 11.1.100 Upgrade

Subscribers to the Epicor Public Cloud Flex Option can follow the same schedule, but you have the option to defer your upgrade to Epicor Cloud ERP 11.1.100. Below are the two date options for your flex upgrade. Please note the deferred upgrades still have the usual four weeks to test. If you are a Premium Flex Test subscriber, please communicate your preferences by the same deadline and process below.

Pilot ​Production
​Option 1: ​Week of June 21, 2021 ​July 24-25, 2021
​Option 2: ​Week of July 19, 2021 ​August 21-22, 2021

Pilot upgrade dates will be communicated closer to the date.

If you choose to defer, you must submit an EpicCare ticket by Friday, April 9 with your selected upgrade date (Option 1 or Option 2) and we will send you a personalized confirmation with your instructions. We must receive your deferral no later than Friday, April 9. If you do not choose to defer, we’ll keep you on cadence and automatically upgrade your system in June 2021.

Note: If you choose to defer your upgrade, you will not receive any 700.x updates after the 10.2.700.12 update. We only host the upgrade webinars on April 6 and April 7, but replays are accessible at any time afterwards as documentation on EpicWeb. If you defer, you are strongly encouraged to either attend or watch the replay so you are aware of the upgrade process.

Next Ste​​ps

Watch for additional information about the upcoming upgrade. You will be invited to join educational webinars on April 6 and April 7 to learn more about Epicor ERP 11.1.100, how to prepare, and ways to leverage the new functionality for driving business growth. Documentation will also be made available on the Epicor customer portal EpicWeb.

And as a reminder, reach out to Encompass anytime you have a question or need application support. ​​​​

About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions is a business and software consulting firm that specializes in ERP systems, EDI, and Managed Services support for Manufacturers. Serving small and medium-sized businesses since 2001, Encompass modernizes operations and automates processes for hundreds of customers across the globe. Whether undertaking full-scale implementation, integration, and renovation of existing systems, Encompass provides a specialized approach to every client’s needs. By identifying customer requirements and addressing them with the right solutions, we ensure our clients are equipped to match the pace of Industry.


This month, Encompass joined the ranks of Avalara Certified Implementation Partners. We have been implementing Avalara’s automated tax compliance software and Epicor ERP for years. It was only recently that we made things official.

A big congratulations to our own Leslie Kendall for completing the certification program and earning us a place of distinction among the Avalara and Epicor partner communities. We want to thank Avalara as well for a partnership that continues to grow and develop alongside our respective organizations. We look forward to many more years empowering manufacturers with  business management solutions.

Avalara Certified Implementation Partners

Encompass Solutions achieved Partner status by completing Avalara Solutions certification training for implementation components.

As a Certified Implementation Partner, Encompass is provided the highest level of support for their Encompass-implemented clients. This includes direct access to senior technical resources.

Encompass also enhances the implementation experience through the use of unique project management templates, Avalara implementation best practices, and access to internal tools to address the needs of  data migration, tax code mapping, and more.

How Customers Benefit

The benefits of being listed among Avalara Certified Implementation are not reserved for Encompass or Avalara exclusively. Customers relying on us for Avalara-related projects enjoy many benefits of the partnership, including:

Confidence – Avalara Certified Implementation Partners pass rigorous training, have access to tools and priority support, so you can be confident when you go live on your automated tax compliance solution.

Customer Experience- Clients benefit from a single point of contact, expert in their ERP or accounting system, familiar with tier business challenges, focused on their business success.

Time to Value – ​Implementing a tax compliance solution can be time consuming and risky. Avalara Certified Implementation Partners are trained to accelerate your time to value while minimizing your firm’s time commitment.

About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions is a business and software consulting firm that specializes in ERP systems, EDI, and Managed Services support for Manufacturers. Serving small and medium-sized businesses since 2001, Encompass modernizes operations and automates processes for hundreds of customers across the globe. Whether undertaking full-scale implementation, integration, and renovation of existing systems, Encompass provides a specialized approach to every client’s needs. By identifying customer requirements and addressing them with the right solutions, we ensure our clients are equipped to match the pace of Industry.