Encompass Solutions is pleased to announce our new technology partnership with EBizCharge, a provider of payment gateway solutions for manufacturers and other businesses.

What EBizCharge Does

EBizCharge is an out-of-the-box payment integration. The solution allows businesses to accept credit and debit card payments, send email payment reminders to customers, automate payment collections, and more. This all happens within the Epicor environment.

EBizCharge qualifies cards at the lowest rates, lowering your monthly processing costs. The solution is easy to install and requires no development activities.

The Benefits of EBizCharge 

The new partnership between Encompass and EBizCharge offers two tiers of benefits. The first comes in the form of benefits specific to Epicor users. The second includes benefits specific to Encompass customers. Here are the benefits you can leverage as both an Epicor user and Encompass customer.

Benefits for Epicor users

  • The latest data encryption and tokenization technology for maximum transaction security and PCI compliance.
  • Access to an online customer payment portal, allowing customers to pay invoices online.
  • Unlimited transactions/batch history for viewing and reporting purposes.
  • Powerful search functionality to run custom reports.
  • Ability to sort through transactions by category.
  • Immediate release of funds when issuing refunds.
  • Ability to assign users and manage access limits with ease.
  • Mobile app available for iOS and Android devices.

Benefits for Encompass customers

  • Lowered processing costs.
  • A quick and seamless transition.
  • No long-term contracts.
  • Simplified statement (one instead of two to three) and one point of contact.
  • Flat rate processing options.
  • Next-day funding options.
  • Proactive chargeback management team.
  • Access to a world-class, in-house customer support team, available 24/7 and free of charge.

if you’re ready to learn more about EBizCharge’s proprietary payment gateway, with its streamlined payment integrations backed by five-star customer support, schedule a demo, here.

About EBizCharge

EBizCharge integrates to over 100 major ERP, CRM, and accounting systems including Epicor 9 and 10. EBizCharge is the leading integrated payments platform in the United States allowing merchants to accept payments in their ERP system, power their online store, upload customer invoices to the online payment portal, and provide mobile credit card processing, unlimited transaction history, customizable reports, electronic invoicing, email payment links, secure encryption, tokenization, and more.

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.


The Epicor Data Management Tool (DMT) is an application that many Epicor ERP clients use to import information into their Epicor systems and to make mass updates. Many clients already know how to use the tool through the standard UI interface. The command line interface allows for interacting with the DMT without the need for user intervention.

The Benefit of Accessing Epicor Data Management Tool via Command Line

By allowing us to interface directly with DMT, this allows for us developers/consultants to quickly import information into Epicor. Such information that can be imported for both new and updating include:

  • Parts
  • Material Issue
  • Return Material
  • Quantity Adjustments
  • Jobs
  • Job Receipt to Inventory
  • Many More

Under normal circumstances, we would need to utilize the standard Business Objects or APIs to make these transactions and updates within the system. This can add a lot of overhead when performing a large number of transactions at a time. Pushing these through the DMT usually allows for us to process a greater number of transactions more quickly, with only the need to write the CSV file and kick off the application.

Getting started with Epicor Data Management Tool (DMT) via Command Line

Epicor provides a good amount of information regarding the DMT and the command line interface. Here is some documentation on it, so long as you have an EpicWeb account. you can find those resources, here.

The above resource provides all of the options that can be used with the DMT.exe and some basic examples. Beyond that, I would recommend anybody who would want to use this to use the DMT to create the templates for what the would want to import. By default, it automatically selects the required fields, so it’s just a matter of adding in the fields that needs to be updated/inserted.

Kicking off the DMT via a BPM is how I had originally done this for an Encompass client in Life Sciences manufacturing and I imagine that this would probably be the most universal way for it to be used. With that said, using the DMT in this way is not viable for Cloud clients as the DMT isn’t available for execution from the server side of things.

Cloud clients can still utilize the DMT, even with command line, but it would need to be through a different methodology, such as script file or through a local application that has access to the DMT install.

For more information on utilizing Epicor Data Management Tool via Command Line, reach out to Encompass using the link below.

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 major product upgrade of Epicor Kinetic 2021.1 in April 2021. This upgrade not only represents a major milestone in the advancement of manufacturing solutions from Epicor, but also a complete rebranding of the Epicor ERP solutions as Epicor Kinetic.

Epicor Kinetic 2021.1 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.

What’s New in Epicor Kinetic 2021.1

More details will be released, 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-head predictive search results and more ways to personalize your favorite topics.

Important Dates For Epicor Kinetic Upgrades

For cadence customers

Date​

Event

​Details

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Data Refresh in Pilot For all live Public Cloud customers staying on cadence, your pilot database will be automatically refreshed this day. Additional environments are not automatically refreshed, but if you would like them to be, please submit a case in EpicCare by Friday, April 9.

For implementing customers staying on cadence, your pilot database will not be automatically refreshed, unless you submit an EpicCare ticket requesting a refresh by Friday, April 9. Please note that you will not be able to have your database refreshed from Production to Pilot during the upgrade testing period.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Data Refresh in Pilot for MT/Express

For all legacy Multi-tenant and Express customers, your pilot database will be automatically refreshed this day.

Friday, April 16, 2021 –

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Pilot System Upgrade to 2021.1 During this time, your Pilot system, Education environment, 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.

Sunday, April 18, 2021 –

Friday, June 4, 2021

Extended Testing Timeline

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

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Pilot System Update to 2021.1.2 Your Pilot system and additional environments will be updated to include quality enhancements.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Pilot System Update to 2021.1.3

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

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

UBC Opt-In Deadline
  • Multi-tenant and Express customers (legacy cloud customers)
    If Multi-tenant and Express customers want Epicor to move your unique business components (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 (Azure)
    Customers on the public cloud that would like to move your unique business components (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 2021.1.3

Your upgrade weekend arrives! While Epicor upgrades your Production system to Epicor Kinetic 2021.1.3, your system will be unavailable for several hours during this time.

 

Flex Customers

Date​

Event

​Details

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.

Week of June 21, 2021

Flex Option #1:
Pilot System Upgrade
For Flex Option #1 customers, your Pilot system, Education environment, 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.

Week of July 19, 2021

Flex Option #2:
Pilot System Upgrade
For Flex Option #2 customers, your Pilot system, Education environment, 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, July 24, 2021 –

Saturday, July 25, 2021

Flex Option #1
Production System Upgrade to 2021.1
Flex Option #1 customers: your upgrade weekend arrives! While Epicor upgrades your Production system to Epicor Kinetic 2021.1, your system will be unavailable for several hours during this time.

Friday, August 21, 2021 –

Saturday, August 22, 2021

Flex Option #2
Production System Upgrade to 2021.1

Flex Option #2 customers: your upgrade weekend arrives! While Epicor upgrades your Production system to Epicor Cloud ERP Kinetic 2021.1, your system will be unavailable for several hours during this time.

Note that dates are subject to change.

How To Prepare

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 2021.1.1 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 Kinetic 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 Kinetic 2021.1. 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 Steps

1. Watch the “What’s New in Epicor Kinetic 2021” Webcast Replay

The webcasts were held in early April. If you were not able to attend or need a refresher, we encourage you to watch the replay to understand how to prepare, ways to leverage the new functionality for driving business growth, and be aware of the upgrade process. The link to view on demand is coming soon!

2. Before Your Upgrade

Take a look at all of your Epicor Kinetic 2021.1 resources in Documentation – available mid-April. Particularly useful documents include:

  • What’s New via the Feature Summary
  • Upgrade Guide
  • Change list in the Release Notes document

3. During Your Testing Window 

  • Resolve any issues with your configurations
  • Test your business flow in critical areas
    *Testing tip: print customer-facing documents
  • Review daily, weekly, and monthly processes

And as a reminder, reach out to your Encompass CAM or EpicCare 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.


On Tuesday, April 6th, Epicor has announced that going forward Epicor ERP, it’s flagship software solution for manufacturing industries, will be referred to as Epicor Kinetic and defined by the new Epicor Kinetic User Experience.

As the latest product update of Epicor ERP Cloud emerges in the form of version 11, this exciting change coincides with the many enhancements to functionality and overall user experience.

Epicor ERP Becomes Epicor Kinetic

Epicor ERP will “officially” become Epicor Kinetic with the general availability release on June 10, 2021. The initial product release will be called Epicor Kinetic 2021.1.

The ideal platform for manufacturers, Epicor Kinetic is a modern solution that serves the needs of businesses that make the things that keep the world moving. The recent evolution of Epicor Kinetic reveals a great new user experience that represents the lively, energetic impact of an entire ERP solution to accelerate business’ ambitions.

Top Epicor Kinetic User Experience Benefits

Technology is ever evolving. We’re continuously innovating to deliver the modern and intuitive applications your business needs to stay competitive today and tomorrow. Discover the top user experience benefits you get when upgrading to the latest release of Epicor Kinetic.

  1. Simplicity – Attract and retain talent with modern and intuitive applications that boost productivity and simplify everyday tasks. The Epicor Design System enables a simple and delightful user interface that provides a consistent experience across applications. Reduce training and user onboarding time with embedded guided learning and contextual education tools that enable users to learn as they go.
  2. Mobility – Browser-based user experience that provides the mobility you need to keep your business running anytime, anywhere. No matter if you’re visiting a client on the field, walking through the shop floor or sitting at your desk, you’ll be able to easily access the system through the device and browser of your choice.
  3. Connectivity – Enable connections between users, business workflows and processes. Extend technology beyond power users and incentive greater internal collaboration with solutions like Epicor Collaborate, Epicor IoT, and Epicor Virtual Agent.
  4. Efficiency – Happy employees are more productive and engaged. Complete tasks in less time and optimize processes. Everything is easily accessible through the main menu and the Home Page can be personalized by user. Screens show the most relevant information and let you drill down into details with expandable panel cards as you need.
  5. Tailored Experience –  Create your own experience at a user or company level. We take system flexibility to the next level with Application Studio. Tailor applications with a best-practice approach in a low/no code environment, that is compatible with cloud and it’s upgrade resilient.

Reach out to Encompass for more information on how the Epicor Kinetic User Experience can help better manage your business today.

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.