Suppliers to the automotive industry are faced with a unique environment. To stay competitive, an automotive supplier must react to a complicated and ever-changing set of rules developed by the customer. These rules describe the exact methods that move product and order information through the supply chain. Automakers literally reach out and touch their suppliers at a moment’s notice to broadcast these mandates and changes in demand. Encompass EDI Consultants have deep experience with the unique set of Automotive EDI challenges faced by suppliers, including Regulatory, Logistics and ‘Release Accounting’.

Unique Aspects of Automotive EDI

This concept is captured by the term ‘Release Accounting’ and is what sets the automotive industry apart from any other with respect to EDI.

A supplier’s ability to manage the ‘Release Accounting’ process plays a key role in determining whether they are able to respond to customer changes rapidly and profitably. Those who have automated and integrated the ‘Release Accounting’ methods are well positioned for growth in the supplier community. They also report an increase in supplier ratings.

General Manufacturing rarely faces the same challenges.

Automotive EDI ‘Release Accounting’

Automotive EDI uses a radically different Order model compared to General Manufacturing (aka ‘Release Accounting’). The unique set of EDI transaction documents leveraged by this order model as well as associated activities include:

  • Weekly 830/DELFOR Forecasts
  • Daily 862/DELJIT Daily Ship Schedules
  • No, or Infrequent, 850/Orders Discrete PO’s
    • Order Releases managed using ACCUM-Shipped-to-Date totals
    • ACCUMs reset to zero annually
    • Releases frequently stated using ACCUM numbers, instead of Discrete QTYs
    • Responsibility to maintain and reconcile ACCUMs is on the Supplier
  • EDI 856/DESADV Advance Ship Notices (ASNs) are critical to the Supplier’s Monthly Performance Rating
    • Accuracy mistakes cost several points for each instance
    • Timing … typically the ASN must be sent and received within 20-30 minutes after truck departs. If not, that’s also a mistake that costs points
  • Invoicing
    • No EDI or Paper Invoices
    • Instead, Invoicing is done using Pay-On-Receipt or ERS (Evaluated Receipt Settlement)
  • Use of KanBan / Just-In-Time (JIT) Releases
    • Kanban Numbers need to be received, stored and returned on ASNs
    • Kanban Numbers typically mean more frequent changes to individual Releases
  • Releases
    • (similar to General Manufacturing) FIRM, UNFIRM, Planning Types
    • Use of Authorization Limits for FAB, RAW limits
    • This governs reimbursement level for cancellations

The Role of ERP in Addressing Automotive EDI challenges

Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) and electronic commerce play an integral part in ‘Release Accounting’. Yet translating the EDI document into human-readable form is just the beginning. How the data is used, and understanding how these unique requirements should be processed, is the essence of ‘Release Accounting’.

Every ERP System, which purports to accommodate ‘Release Accounting’ either has an internally-developed module (usually separate from the main system modules), or has developed a relationship with a 3rd-Party.

It is this 3rd-Party relationship where Encompass has a deep experience base and can help customers select the optimum methods, configurations, and integration to best align with a supplier’s business needs.

For more information on Encompass’ EDI services and Entrust EDI solution, reach out using the ‘Contact Us‘ button 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 released numerous feature enhancements, bug fixes, and improvements. Below is a breakdown of each of those release updates that Epicor users can leverage as part of this Epicor Financial Management tool.

  1. Improved Speed on Copy Paste from Excel
    • The speed for copy pasting from Excel to spreadsheets took longer for select users. The speed for performing copy paste has therefore been significantly improved.
  2. Improved Value formatting for Journal Entry lines
    • Value formatting for journal entry lines have been improved for an enhanced user experience.
  3. Improved Load speed of Organization & Workflow
    • For select users, loading organization & workflow took a few minutes. We have improved the load speed of organization & workflow to aid in a faster way of working.
  4. Default measure automatically set for New Calculation
    • This was an enhancement request by some EFP subscribers where default measure must always be automatically set for new calculation to avoid delays in starting new calculations.
  1. Sums not shown in drill down
    • Sums are now shown correctly in drill down.
  2. Adding new account to input sheet
    • For select users, Adding Account was disabled in input sheets. This has now been fixed and addition of accounts work as it should.
  3. Can ́t post when difference is zero
    • For select instances, posting was disabled when difference was zero. This has now been fixed.
  4. Workflow & Assignment level & data access scroll issue
    • For select instances, there were scroll and data access issues in assignment and workflow part. The scroll bar has now been fixed to work as it should.
  5. Missing values in variable margin bar line widget
    • The dashboard chart has been fixed and now shows the correct values.

For more information on this Epicor Financial Planner product release or other Epicor Kinetic Financial Management tools, reach out to Encompass using the Contact Us button 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 Insights 2022 will be taking place in Nashville, Tennessee at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center from May 23 to May 26, 2022. The full agenda, along with extended education classes, for Insights will be released in early 2022.  Below is the schedule at-a-glance so you can plan your trip to Nashville!

  • Sunday, May 22: Extended Education
  • Monday, May 23: Extended Education & Welcome Reception
  • Tuesday, May 24: Welcome Keynote, Breakout Sessions & Wine & Cheese Reception
  • Wednesday, May 25: Guest Speaker Keynote, Breakout Sessions, Evening Party
  • Thursday, May 26: Breakout Sessions

Epicor Insights Registration

Insights attendance is limited to current Epicor customers, authorized partners, and invited guests only. Early-bird discounts are available for a limited time.

Early-bird Epicor Customer / Epicor Authorized Partner rate – $1,495.00 (Early-bird pricing expires February 18, 2022)

Register for Epicor Insights 2022 by clicking HERE.

Conference Package

The Insights 2022 experience includes:

  • Welcome Reception on Monday evening, May 23, 2022

Conference activities May 24 – 26 including:

  • Learning via keynote and general sessions, breakout sessions, and hands-on labs
  • Meals including daily continental breakfast, lunch, and break refreshments
  • Epicor Solutions Pavilion exhibit hall and giveaways
  • Wine and Cheese Reception on Tuesday evening, May 24
  • Insights 2022 Dinner and Entertainment on Wednesday evening, May 25

Optional items you can add to your registration package include:

  • Additional Guest Meals Pass – $350.00
  • Additional Keynote Speaker Pass – $75.00
  • Additional Guest Final Night Dinner and Entertainment Pass – $150.00
  • Printed Eclipse Lab Book – $25.00
  • Printed Kinetic (the new name for Epicor ERP) Lab Book – $25.00
  • Printed Prophet 21 Lab Book – $25.00

Epicor Insights Hotel and Venue

This year, Epicor Insights 2022 will be held at:

Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
(615) 889-1000
2800 Opryland Dr, Nashville, TN 37214

Click here to book at the discounted rate at the Gaylord Opryland: 

Be sure to book before Wednesday, April 20, 2022 to secure your discounted rate!

  • Discounted room rate at the Gaylord is $219.00 plus a daily resort fee of $20.00 and any applicable taxes and fees
  • Daily Resort Fee of $20 plus applicable taxes will be added to each guest room. The daily resort fee includes:
    • High speed in-room wireless internet access
    • Unlimited local and domestic long-distance calls
    • Daily scheduled shuttle service to Grand Ole Opry House, Opry Mills, General Jackson Showboat & The Inn at Opryland
    • Fitness Center access
    • Bottled water (2 daily) replenished once daily with housekeeping service
    • Daily credit of up to $10 per room towards dry cleaning (credit not cumulative through stay)
    • Gaylord Springs Golf Links practice range access, daily bucket of balls and shuttle
    • Wildhorse Saloon cover charge for up to 4 guests (some restrictions may apply)
    • Opry Mills Savings Passport worth hundreds of dollars in savings

*Please note that Insights attendance is limited to current Epicor customers, authorized partners, and invited guests only.  Full conference registration includes all conference sessions, access to the Solutions Pavilion, meals, and evening events. All conference sessions and meals will take place at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center.

Please contact events@epicor.com with questions.

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.


Avalara will stop providing support for TLS versions 1.0 and 1.1. To ensure a seamless and secure experience, Avalara will only support only TLS 1.2 moving forward. Read on for details regarding system vulnerabilities and important dates relating to the changes in support.

What is TLS?

Transport Layer Security (TLS) is a cryptographic protocol designed to provide communications security over a computer network. TLS is the successor to the now deprecated Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) as a means of securing data exchanged between parties online.

Just like every other software in use today, regular updates ensure its viability and mitigation of vulnerabilities in the face of nefarious actors. The most current version of the technology is TLS 1.2.

Disabling TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 is a very common industry approach as documented in the below NSA datasheet. This is a communication protocol that many technical specialists are familiar with, so the rationale behind Avalara disabling these versions should not come as a surprise to customers and should be expected.

For additional context please see the National Security Agency’s (NSA) Cybersecurity Information datasheet.

Avalara TLS 1.2 Service Changes

Effective 15 December 2021, Avalara will support only the secure Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.2 connection in Sandbox accounts. All Avalara AvaTax for Communications SaaS REST and SOAP customers, Geo customers, and SaaS Standard customers must upgrade their Sandbox accounts from TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 to TLS 1.2 before 15 December 2021. Failing to upgrade will affect the access and connection to your Avalara account.

Effective 15 January 2022, Avalara will support only the secure Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.2 connection in Production accounts. All Avalara AvaTax for Communications SaaS REST and SOAP customers, Geo customers, and SaaS Standard customers must upgrade their Production accounts from TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 to TLS 1.2 before 15 January 2022. Failing to upgrade will affect the access and connection to your Avalara account.

Important Dates for Avalara TLS 1.2 Cutover

As Avalara continues to improve our security protocols, we will no longer support TLS 1.0 and 1.1 in our REST v2 API as of March 30, 2022. Continued use of TLS 1.0 and 1.1 poses a security risk, and these protocols will no longer be supported.

Clients using these versions are expected to upgrade to support our new standards of TLS 1.2.

This deprecation will affect non-browser software, APIs and other internet infrastructure, so partners and customers who are not yet using TLS 1.2 should plan accordingly.

This change will take effect in our REST v2 API on the following dates:

Sandbox: Feb 1, 2022

Production: March 30, 2022

What Do You Need to Do as an Avalara User?

Avalara’s connectors are equipped to auto-negotiate using TLS.  You don’t need to change anything in your systems in order to use a TLS connector.

NOTE: Apple, Google, Microsoft and Mozilla will disable Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.0 and 1.1 support in their respective browsers in the first half of 2020.

    • The primary AvaTax endpoint supports TLS 1.2, 1.1, and 1.0 (1.1 and 1.0 until deprecation in first half of 2020).
    • If your connector supports TLS 1.2 they should be able to negotiate over security protocol without any issues. Please use TLS 1.2 as your default.

What happens on March 31, 2022?

Avalara will discontinue support for Transport Layer Security (TLS) versions 1.0 and 1.1 on our Production RESTv2 API endpoint on 3/31/2022.

What about the older SOAP and RESTv1 API endpoints?

Avalara will continue to support TLS 1.0 and 1.1 in SOAP and REST v1 endpoints until 12/31/22. It is strongly recommended that partners still using these legacy APIs refactor to Avalara’s REST v2 API as soon as possible. To assist with this transition, Avalara has published a Refactor Guide to provide details on moving existing supported software to Avalara’s RESTv2 API.

A general customer communication was sent out on 1/6/22, and that information is posted here.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this update, please submit a Partner Support Case using the following process:

  • If you have access to an AvaTax account, please follow these instructions. Enter “Partner support” and a description in the Subject.
  • Don’t have access to an AvaTax account? Submit a case here. Include ‘Partner support’ in the ‘What issue are you experiencing?’ field. (Important: Leave the field “Which product are you using” as “None.”)

Avalara has identified the most at-risk partner integrations running on legacy SOAP APIs and SDK’s and will be reaching out to impacted partners with specific recommendations to get these integrations TLS 1.2-compliant.

In support of the technical specialists receiving this correspondence please see the table below, which provides SDK-specific details.

SDK Language / Framework Minimum Client Version for TLS 1.2 Support Notes Current SDK TLS 1.2 Status
C# .NET Preferred .NET framework >= 4.7 (TLS 1.2 is default)

Supported in 4.6.2, 4.6.1, 4.5 with service updates, but 1.1 is default.

Preferred .NET standard version > 2.0.(TLS 1.2 is default) Supported in .NET standard version 1.6 and 2.0 (TLS 1.1 is default)

Preferred .NET framework >= 4.7 / .Net Core >= 2.1 (with default TLS1.2)

For other .NET version, registry changes (/ Windows update) are required to support TLS 1.2:

(https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dotnet/framework/network-programming/tls)

SUPPORTED
Java / Scala / JRE Java 8 recommended.

Java 7 must explicitly enable TLS 1.2.

Java 6 supports TLS 1.2 in versions 6u115 b32 and above.

Scala 2.13.4 recommended. 2.12.12 is acceptable. These versions are only compatible with Java 8+.

Java 8 recommended (with default TLS1.2)

Recommended Instructions to enable TLS1.2 in Java 7 and Java 6

SUPPORTED
JavaScript Node12 recommended. It supports OpenSSL 1.1.1, which supports TLS 1.2. Node12 also supports TLS 1.3 and will be maintained until 2022. Node12 and above recommended (EOL 04/2022) SUPPORTED
Python Behavior for Python 2.7 and 3.x is platform dependent, since calls are made to the operating system socket APIs. Both Python versions default to the highest available TLS versions. The installed version of OpenSSL may also cause variations in behavior. For example, TLSv1.1 and TLSv1.2 come with OpenSSL version 1.0.1. Recommended v3.6+, minimum 2.7.

The python community has rejected <TLS 1.2 for several years. Developers must update to TLS 1.2+ compatible versions to download/update python packages from Pypi. It’s possible to enforce TLS1.2+ connects through modifying the request package.

Recommended v3.6+

Recommended OpenSSL version 1.0.1 or higher

SUPPORTED
PHP Depends on curl & OpenSSL (v1.0.1) version of the system. OpenSSL v1.0.1 and above support TLS 1.2. Recommended PHP 5.6+. It uses CURL for making API calls and supports CURL version 7.34.0, which has default support for TLS 1.2. PHP 5.5.19 appears to be min version. PHP 5.7 defaults to TLS 1.3. Recommended PHP 5.6+

Recommended OpenSSL version 1.0.1 or higher

Recommended cURL version 7.34.0 or higher

SUPPORTED
Ruby Depends on curl & OpenSSL (v1.0.1) version of the system. OpenSSL v1.0.1 and above support TLS 1.2. Ruby 2+, ensure version of OpenSSL is 1.0.2 or greater, which supports TLS 1.2. Ruby version not strictly enforced currently. Recommended Ruby 2+

Recommended OpenSSL version 1.0.1 or higher

Recommended cURL version 7.34.0 or higher

SUPPORTED

As a certified Avalara integration partner, Encompass can help you manage the maintenance of your Avalara solution and unique business processes. For more information on our partner Avalara and Encompass support services, reach out using the contact us button 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.


Technology and business worlds are awash with talk of the latest security vulnerability posing a threat to enterprises of every size, Log4j. Learn more about the exploit and how it impacts Epicor users.

What is Log4j?

Log4j is a logging utility library for Java, and it has a zero-day exploit that allows for remote code execution. Meaning, This bug affects applications using Java and allows for malicious actors to execute external code within the application resulting in a potential takeover of the software.

How does it affect Epicor Users?

Epicor Kinetic (formerly Epicor ERP) from version 10.X onward is built using a C#/.Net framework, PHP, and MS SQL database. It does not leverage Log4j among its dependencies. However, earlier iterations of Epicor software, such as Vantage 8, did employ Java appServers and may include Log4J dependencies.

Log4j may impact third-party solutions that leverage Java, such as ECM (DocStar). Those running on-premise deployments of Epicor Kinetic ERP need to upgrade to the latest version to be fully protected. All the more reason to remain current on the latest version of Kinetic and ensure your business minimizes such vulnerabilities.

Software security vulnerabilities are emerging more frequently among globally used technologies. It’s important to bear in mind that private groups tasked with countering security risks for businesses have a more difficult time managing such widespread system vulnerabilities when compared to vendor administered SaaS models. In the case of the latter, vendors can push out patches and updates to a multitude of users concurrently. The control of configuration that on-premise deployment provides, while useful in customizing a system to the business’ specific needs, presents a precarious set of conditions in today’s modern technological landscape. On-premise users will do well to invest in InfoSec moving forward to ensure their systems remain as protected as possible.

If that investment is not one a business is willing to take on, upgrading to the cloud may be in that business’ best interest.

What is Epicor doing to address the Log4j Vulnerability?

Epicor is actively responding to the reported remote code execution vulnerability in the Apache Log4j 2 Java library. All Epicor cloud products that use Log4j have been remediated, and there is no additional action required of customers. If you operate Epicor products on-premises, please log in to EpicCare to access knowledge base articles that provide remediation instructions for each affected product. Epicor will continually publish information on Log4j to help customers address any vulnerabilities.

 “Fortunately, we use PHP and not Java, so this zero day exploit will not affect us or our customers. That said, Java is a very popular language and if your company uses Java or Java frameworks (eg. Java Spring), you should check in to make sure the Log4j library is updated, if in use, to protect against malicious hackers that will exploit this.” – Rich Murr, Chief Information Officer, Epicor Software Corporation

If Encompass can assist in any way with protecting your Epicor on premise installation, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

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.