Often, Small and Medium-sized Businesses (SMB) get their start using home-grown systems and those they’ve pieced together for specific purposes within their operations. However, as time passes and the organization grows, those same systems don’t scale and can hinder a business’ competitiveness because of poor performance. That’s where Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) comes into the picture. An ERP system is one that integrates all your business’ essential operations into one interface, connecting the data you need to the departments that need it.

Providing both the visibility and the tools necessary to scale with growth, ERP’s triggering and automating of actions enables SMB workforces to focus on more of the front-end essentials, like sales and ordering, while the back-end is managed by powerful software modules designed to automate repetitive processes.

Modern ERP Systems Are Built With SMBs In Mind

In the past, ERP systems were more often than not implemented onsite through a complex and costly process, which required substantial resources from a business not only to erect, but also maintain. With the advent of cloud technology, such costly implementations and maintenance practices are a thing of the past. SMBs can more readily afford the costs associated with implementing an ERP system and the burdens of maintenance are assumed by the provider. This will allow SMBs to maintain competitiveness as well as direct their in-house resources to better use following the offloading of repetitive operations to the business process automation capabilities that ERP software provides.

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ERP Systems Are Accessible And Highly Beneficial To Small And Medium Businesses.

This is not to say that on-premises and hosted options are no longer available. Maybe your business would prefer an ERP solution be installed, run, and maintained within a local environment. This is the traditional approach to implementation and it is still available from virtually all providers. However, it is important to keep in mind that this is the costliest option for implementation, training, and maintenance.

Access to relevant and actionable data is another key component of ERP software that allows SMBs to operate as effectively as a larger company with more resources. Whether data is your product or helps your business run more efficiently, the business intelligence (BI) provided by ERP systems is an invaluable advantage to an enterprise of any size. Many SMBs might argue that they already have data. Maybe they have so much they don’t know what to do with it all. The response to that is: it’s not enough to have the data, you need to able to make sense of it all and then put it to use. This is the key component of ERP that makes it worth its weight in gold. The insights an ERP system can provide using your company’s data can prove invaluable. It may allow you to identify and rectify bottlenecks or more effectively target customers with marketing campaigns. By maintaining a lean staff with an efficient ERP system, your company can do more with less to accelerate growth and nurture your bottom line.

ERP Functionality And Flexibility

Consider the core components of an ERP system, which includes finances, procurement, and the like, as functionality that most businesses will want to take advantage of no matter what their given industry. Additional functionality is available in an array of tools that apply to a vast spectrum of industries.

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Modern ERP Functionality Is Available In An Array Of Tools That Apply To A Vast Spectrum Of Industries.

Manufacturers want more distribution, logistics, and robust manufacturing execution system (MES) capabilities. A food processor will want a system places more focus on the aspects of batch processing, compliance, and other pertinent operations. ERP offers businesses of all sizes the freedom to pick and choose the functionalities that apply directly to their business. With over 20 years of industry best practices incorporated into system designs, SMBs can rest assured that they are getting a comprehensive solution that addresses their individual needs.

The Human Components Of ERP

A Major hurdle in ERP selection for most SMBs is getting the executive suite on board. Key decision makers need to agree that ERP is a good move for the business. Following the proper procedure and implementation, it’s all but guaranteed a positive outcome. However, implementing an ERP solution is more than just a change in technical systems.

The implementation of an ERP system requires a mindset that your whole company must get behind. Save for a few individuals, most of your workforce may be changing the way they approach daily tasks in a big way. Many ERP systems go to great lengths to make their software as user-friendly and intuitive as possible. Training is thoughtful and extensive from providers and vendors because so much of your company’s success relies on your employees using the software as intended.

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Your Teams Will Work At Peak Performance With A Modern ERP System On Their side.

Is your workforce often on the move? do you need staff on the floor as connected as those in the office? Adopting an ERP solution with mobile functionality may be the answer you are looking for adn there are many ERP systems that excel in delivering mobile-ready solutions.

Addressing these issues ahead of a go-live event is the best way to ensure your success with a new ERP system. Connecting with a certified and proven consultant is a great way to map out your change management strategy in the early stages of the transition.

Tips For SMBs Considering ERP Systems

While there is no one-size-fits-all solution for any business when it comes to shopping for ERP solutions, there are a few points to consider that can narrow down your best candidates.

  1. Outlining your company’s needs will give you a good starting point from which to develop your organization’s ERP strategy. Think about the key features you need now as well as those you’d like to incorporate, or at least evaluate, for future functionality as your business grows.
  2. Your budget will be one of the most important components of the process to consider. Deployment method will factor into this as well, as onsite options will run a higher price tag than cloud-based ERP systems.
  3. Training will be a huge component of getting your workforce up to speed and identifying how much time you must spend on training your employees will go a long way into selecting a solution that is more user-ready out of the box or one that is more technical and requiring of a more thorough set-up.

This list of considerations when approaching an ERP implementation is truly extensive and we couldn’t cover them all in a single blog post. These are a few of the most important attributes to evaluate. Beyond these broad characteristics, more detailed components of an ERP system can be discussed with providers, vendors, and consultants, who are prepared to work in tandem with you to create a comprehensive strategy for your implementation.

About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions is a business and software consulting firm that specializes in ERP systems, EDI, and Managed Services support for Manufacturers and Distributors. 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.


There are a host of reasons why businesses ask the question: Do We Really Need an ERP solution? You may be asking yourself the very same regarding your business’ current state. For many growing enterprises, ERP is a “four-letter word”. However, operating within cobbled systems that demand attention with every little update or modification is like putting a Band-Aid on a bullet wound. This approach bleeds businesses dry. Addressing the shortcomings of siloed systems and preparing for growth before you’re inundated with orders, data, and paperwork by implementing an effective ERP solution will make all the difference.

Whether your apprehensions in addressing the problem stem from the associated costs, unfamiliar tech, modern information systems, employee push-back, or just the notion that you aren’t big enough to need a comprehensive solution yet, the cost of inaction could put you out of business sooner than you think. Saving that revenue from being lost by implementing a solution will capture resources and data more effectively while putting both to work toward your business’ future.

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The Best Investments You Can Make Are In Yourself And Your Business.

Time To Make A Decision

Most small businesses maintain a mindset of my system has worked for me so far, why should I change now? While it’s true this approach will work for a time, eventually, home-made solutions will be outgrown and cause more problems than they are worth. This is where the decision to implement something more robust needs to be addressed.

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The Long Wait To Implement An ERP System Is Likely Costing You More Thank You Know.

Sometimes the hardest decision and the right decision are one and the same. Just because you’ve been able to get by without a platform built specifically for businesses, doesn’t mean the decision to avoid implementing one altogether is the right one. Being lulled into the sense that because it has worked in the past and will continue to work for you into the future is nothing if not careless.

ERP As A Cost-Saving Initiative

Most who have heard of ERP software focus first and foremost on the price tag. While it’s true that these solutions are a big undertaking in terms of time and resources, they pay for themselves many times over in those resources that they save businesses day after day.

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The Costs Associated With Maintaining Dated And Siloed Systems Are Too Large To Ignore.

For instance, take KPIs that you are likely already looking at, such as order fulfillment, customer satisfaction, inventory accuracy, financial reporting, and outstanding sales. In every one of these instances, businesses utilizing an up-to-date ERP system outperform those that do not, as well as those who are using outdated ERP systems to run their operations.

Technical Advantages

Consider paper systems, like the Rolodex and filing cabinet, that have all but completely fallen out of use. These antiquated systems present the opportunity to lose, misplace, or sink time into locating valuable information. By Incorporating the digital organization principles of an ERP system, your business can function more effectively on the front-end, where sales and customer interaction reside, instead of the backend dealing with filing, forms, and paperwork.  ERP systems free up your labor pool to focus on growing your business by automating many financial and data-centric processes that can grind operations to a standstill when tackled manually.

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Adapting To Incorporate Technology Can Make Or Break The Future Of Your Business In A Competitive Marketplace

Competitive Advantages

Mobile devices, touch-interfaces, and other modern innovations have catapulted the capabilities of modern businesses. ERP software keeps remote and in-house workforces connected, as well. Add to that embedded business analytics, eCommerce support, and social business capability, and your business is primed for a competitive advantage stemming directly from its technological one.

 

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you’ll Find Yourself And Your business In A Favorable Position Thanks To The Advantages Of An ERP Solution.

 

In short, the advantages ERP solutions present can’t be ignored. ERPs help businesses build on their current success or counter shortcomings, thanks to:

  • Continuous efficiency
  • Enhanced Business Agility
  • Powerful Real-Time Insight
  • Superior Operational Control
  • Enhanced Customer Service

ERP Selection: Measure Twice, Cut Once

There are many factors for any business to consider when selecting an ERP solution. Some ERP solutions are designed for applications in food and beverage manufacturing, while others specialize in aerospace. Identifying your business’ needs and selecting an appropriate ERP solution will position you for a bright future. Partnering with a proven consultant will make the transition to and implementation of these new systems seamless and allow your workforce to hit the ground running when you’re ready to go live with your new set of tools.

About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions is a business and software consulting firm that specializes in ERP systems, EDI, and Managed Services support for Manufacturers and Distributors. 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.


Encompass Solutions’ Greensboro office had a great time last night meeting with Avalara, the makers of an amazing automated tax compliance integration, to reconnect after the new year and discuss integration opportunities with clients in need of automated tax compliance in the form of an end-to-end solution.

Update 10/23/2018: We’re hosting a special webinar next week with our partners at Avalara. The South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. Supreme Court ruling includes the biggest internet sales tax changes since 1992 and the impacts are being felt by businesses all over the United States. You can find the recording here.

Benefits of Automated Tax Compliance Software

The benefits of automated tax compliance are numerous for businesses across the globe. Encompass and Avalara help integrate this valuable service into business systems of every size that deliver advantages and peace of mind to small and medium businesses every day.

simply put, automating tax compliance and tax processes is essential for increasing accuracy and driving efficiency in today’s competitive marketplace. By incorporating automated tax compliance, your business can improve the level of transparency and conformity to the constantly changing tax laws of your country, state, region, and locality. automated tax compliance will also enable your business to minimize the burdens placed on personnel to keep up with these changing tax rules as well as the labor involved in meeting those requirements for reporting on a rolling basis. This lifted burden frees your teams up to capitalize on improved collaboration and greater creativity in solving more pressing challenges as your business grows and expands.

The savings and extra time provided by implementing automated tax compliance solutions, like those provided by Encompass and Avalara, can link your financial components to the rest of your business in ways that lend greater flexibility, visibility, and accuracy when considering new initiatives and development plans. Get in touch with us to learn more about what this invaluable technology can do for your business.

Automated Tax Compliance Software Meet-up

We make it a point to meet with our partners at least once a year and this time around Melt Kitchen and Bar was the hosting venue, which served up some exceptional appetizers and beverages throughout the evening. The restaurant is known for their crispy Brussels sprouts and decadent hot sandwiches. After ordering a few plates for our own research purposes we can definitely agree they are a must for anyone visiting. Sampling the craft brews on tap alongside good conversation kept the night’s event flowing smoothly at this local hot spot many of us will be revisiting in the future.

A picture of the Encompass Solutions team and Avalara reps sitting down for drinks and food at melt kitchen and bar in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Encompass And Avalara Get Together To Share Drinks And Appetizers While Talking Taxes.

All-around the evening was a success with some great plans discussed on how to further streamline automated tax compliance for mixed mode and make to order manufacturers. Both companies are looking forward to another year of productive collaboration. Cheers to a new year with Avalara!

About Avalara

Offering end-to-end tax compliance solutions to enterprises big and small, Avalara makes automated certificate validation, storage, and management easy. Avalara’s cloud-based sales tax automation software provides accuracy for all of the 12,000+ tax jurisdictions in the United States. Avalara ensures that automating sales, tax calculation, and maintaining compliance are all possible within your existing ERP, POS, or e-commerce system.

About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions is a business and software consulting firm that specializes in ERP systems, EDI, and Managed Services support for Manufacturers and Distributors. 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.


Encompass Events

We had a busy year in 2017 and we’re happy to share a recap of Encompass events and highlights with you, in case you missed the big news.

Team retreat – Asheville NC

Our company retreats are as unique as the people on our team.  Hailing from all over the globe, when our team meets up for a company retreat, you know some amazing and exciting things will happen! This past May, our team met just outside of Asheville, NC for our bi-annual team retreat. This year’s retreat was as intense, educational, and fun as every retreat is, and we can hardly wait until the next one!

 

Customer Appreciation Reception at Epicor Insights 2017

Wine and Cheese!

Thank you to all our Customers who attended and stopped by to visit us during the biggest Epicor Customer event of the year. We loved catching up with you and we look forward to seeing you again very soon!

Kaufman Container – A day In The Life

We would like to give thanks again to Kaufman Container for hosting this open house event with us. Prospects took an up-close and personal tour of how one of our client’s, Kaufman Container, uses Epicor ERP to grow their business. 

It was an opportunity to see and speak to individuals utilizing Epicor ERP. 

Attendees toured six stations showcasing “Day in the Life” demos, depicting how employees in multiple departments are empowered to make the right decisions at the right time due to an integrated MES and ERP system.

This open house format mapped out the various ways that Epicor’s Manufacturing Suite inspires co-workers to collaborate, connect financials and databases, access reports while remote, and communicate effectively.

The Launch Of New Epicor 10.2 Was Announced During The Epicor Ignite 2017 Event   

  • E 10.2 includes a new mobile CRM app, that works with both a limited CRM license and standard licenses. 
  • UI… can make calls directly from the app
  • Epicor is folding the salesforce integration into core product with E 10.2 and adding functionality.
  • Hitachi integration is official with E 10.2
  • Built in KPIs to get customers started with the new home page format.
  • “Growth happens one customer at a time” Steve Murphy, new CEO of Epicor
  • Official announcement: https://www.epicor.com/newsroom/epicor-launches-newest-version-of-epicor-erp/

 Encompass Is Honored As Platinum Epicor Partner 2017

Encompass Solutions continues to provide ERP consulting and industry-leading development of mission-critical enterprise solutions.

The company’s focus is to be an advocate for customers facing the challenges of the market’s fierce competition and is often chosen as experts in the IT field to help enterprises achieve a technological advantage.

Encompass Events For 2018

Office Headquarters expansion: As our company grows yet again, we are going to be expanding our footprint here at Revolution Mills to a bigger office suite.

Updates and exciting news on our Encompass website: We are working hard to bring even more new products and services to the website very soon.

 

About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions is a business and software consulting firm that specializes in ERP systems, EDI, and Managed Services support for Manufacturers and Distributors. 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.


Encompass, Inc. is honored to announce our selection by the Silicon Review as one of the 50 Best Workplaces for 2017.

50 Best Workplaces For 2017

The Silicon Review has noted that our “dynamic and deeply experienced organization” is well-suited to “provide expertise in ERP and business application systems.” Our employee-centric firm gives workers an open forum for discussion because their input is valuable and constructive to the business as a whole. We invest in the professional advancement of each employee as well as foster a positive workplace community to build the trust and communication necessary to function at the high level we do.

In the fifteen years since our first project, Encompass has grown into a global company, turning its ‘virtual offices’ into a physical headquarters in the historic Revolution Mills district of Greensboro, NC. Over that time, Encompass’ tool box has expanded as well, forging relationships with many technology partners and allowing Encompass to offer any client the perfect solution to their needs.

About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions is a business and software consulting firm that specializes in ERP systems, EDI, and Managed Services support for Manufacturers and Distributors. 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.


Encompass Solutions, Inc. has won the Epicor Platinum Partner award in the Annual Partner Program Awards event.

Epicor Platinum Partner Award

Recipients were selected by Epicor Software Corporation based on contributions to customers, revenue generated to Epicor as well as other considerations that showcased the partners’ abilities in transforming customers to position them to grow by leveraging Epicor solutions.

“We are honored to be recognized by Epicor as Platinum Partner for another consecutive year as we continue to deliver excellence throughout the implementation, custom solutions, and training of Epicor ERP,” said Sonia Haslam, managing partner, Encompass Solutions, Inc. Encompass is also proud to integrate value-add products and offer e-business capabilities for specific projects.

Encompass expertise extends from project planning and management through the entire implementation, with a special focus on process improvement. Encompass offers a wide range of services from selection to complete implementation of state-of-the-art ERP systems, to integration and renovation of existing systems as well as analysis and solutions to corporate challenges.

“Congratulations to our Partner Program Award recipient Encompass Solutions, Inc., for enabling business growth through Epicor solutions,” said Steve Murphy, chief executive officer, Epicor Software Corporation. “Our partners are an extension of our salesforce and we are fortunate to have such a talented group of IT professionals aligned with us to support customers with business growth, innovation, and enhanced customer experience.”

Epicor Partner Program Awards

The Epicor Partner Program Awards are designed to reward Epicor Channel Partner Program members who have demonstrated their ability to serve as an extension of Epicor’s own salesforce to help businesses worldwide grow and transform. There are several different categories across different geographies in which partners are awarded, ranging from Global Partner of the Year to specific recognitions such as Rookie of the Year and Marketing Excellence.

About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions is a business and software consulting firm that specializes in ERP systems, EDI, and Managed Services support for Manufacturers and Distributors. 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.


For most of us in the enterprise software industry, we get tripped up a bit when we see the word ‘expectations.’ We tend to immediately think of them as ‘deliverables’: dashboards, customizations, reports, roadmaps that chart out tasks or future projects. Tied up into those are considerations of expenses, timelines, due dates, and beyond.

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We see those because software engineers are natural problem solvers, and those are the immediate solutions we see. Yet enterprise software ‘expectations’ go beyond these things. Let me explain.

My Hike and How It Relates To The Enterprise Software Experience

Here in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains, last-minute hiking trips seem to happen about every other month; every other weekend if the weather turns especially good. So in prep, I ordered a new pair of boots on a Friday morning. I put my trust in that the two-day priority shipping I had paid. Hopefully, it for would get them to me soon after the weekend ended, and I could leave on Wednesday morning. I was already looking at new places to see–the killer views of Rough Ridge and endless creeks below.

The Prep

So, as Mondays tend to go, I get the bad news first thing in the morning. The company I ordered my boots from sent an email. It read, i so many words, they’d be arriving by the end of the day on Wednesday. Okay, not cool: I paid for two-day shipping which I wouldn’t be getting!

I had a few options. I could shell out more money for overnight shipping or I could repeat the entire process. However, I didn’t have time to find another pair of boots that were of the right style, fit, and capabilities of the terrain I wanted to be on. What’s worse, I couldn’t delay my trip for a day.

Yeah, right.

I contact the company right away and let them know that I was worried about the delivery date, and that we needed to find out the best way to ensure that my boots made it to my doorstep by the end of Tuesday, not Wednesday. The customer service rep told me to call them back if the boots didn’t arrive by Tuesday night, because they couldn’t do anything to help until the order was late.

Last Step? More Like Last Straw!

They failed to offer help by addressing the problem before it occurred. Not only this, but they didn’t seem concerned that something I was depending on would not arrive in time. There was no ownership of the problem, and any urgency to create peace of mind for their customer was nonexistent.

I hung up and sat at my desk, thinking to myself, “I never want to make someone feel the way that customer service rep just made me feel.”

Then I thought, “That’s the very reason why I work here at Encompass, and why I love what I do.”

How I Contribute To The Enterprise Software Journey

My job is to ensure that every one of my customers can make it up their own ‘mountains’. They’ll need more than just the right ‘boots’. They’ll need the right boots at the right time; constant support during the climb; and, once they’ve gotten to the top, they need to know we’ll be there on the way down. That’s when ‘expectations’ goes beyond ‘deliverables’ and becomes ‘trust.’

Recently, I worked with a customer who had several important deadlines to meet and not a lot of time to make them happen. With Encompass’ vast global resources, we were able to pull together the right set of team members to help this company not only meet their urgent goals, but assist them in an implementation and go-live of Epicor 10.

When a client trusts you enough to have expectations that you’ll take them through the roughest terrain their business has ever seen, well, that’s more valuable than a good pair of hiking boots. And that’s worth a lot, take it from me: I never did get those boots on time. Trust me, there’s nothing worse than hiking up a mountain in the wrong pair of shoes.

A well-tuned ERP system delivered on-time is only half of what Encompass has to offer your business. If you’re worried you aren’t on the right ERP path, come meet us at the bottom of the mountain, and come take a hike with us.

About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions is a business and software consulting firm that specializes in ERP systems, EDI, and Managed Services support for Manufacturers and Distributors. 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.


There’s no doubt that online demos and webinars are the most efficient, easy, and on-demand way to let CFOs, CEOs and IT executives get a taste of new technology solutions. Whether they’re focused on implementing changes for growth, scalability and improved profit margins, the smart executive knows that part of winning and staying ahead in all industries is to be in the know of all IT developments in your business area. That said, we here at Encompass are delighted to present a new format, A Day In The Life event. This is a more meaningful experience, a way to see beyond what a standard PowerPoint presentation would show. After all, there is no form of communication as effective as face-to-face, in business and in many other aspects of life.

Just last month Encompass had the opportunity to host a new session of our A Day in the Life event series.

An image of a day in the life event taking place

What Is A Day In The Life Event?

A Day in the Life event is an open house format where people can see IT solutions in action and get feedback from the users.

How Does A Day In The Life Event work?

Attendees tour six stations and stay at each one for thirty minutes; each station showcases different “Day in the Life” demos and depicts how employees in multiple departments are empowered to make the right decisions at the right time due to an integrated MES and ERP system. The event offered a 360° view of the Epicor Manufacturing Suite as well as insight into how Encompass works with clients to make system recommendations, business process assessments, and overall IT support.

Encompass Solutions Holds ‘A Day In The Life Event’ At Kaufman Container

For our ‘Day in the Life Event’, local manufacturers in the Cincinnati area were invited to take an up-close, personal, and free tour of one of our Epicor clients, Kaufman Container, to see how they use Epicor ERP to grow and run their business. Being able to network with a leading packaging sourcing center in the United States with over 100 years of experience was an invaluable experience. Kaufman Container is a privately held, family-owned business which operates two key facilities in the Midwest. Prior to their Epicor implementation, Kaufman were running several non-integrated systems, and users were having to do each other’s jobs to keep things running smoothly. Now, they have streamlined their workflow and have reduced overhead cost by 30% with Epicor ERP 10.

With the face-to-face visibility of the Day in the Life event, we’re able to show all of the functionality of our systems, from Sales to Manufacturing, Production/Manufacturing Execution System (MES), Procurement, Finance, Reporting Dashboards, and more. Additionally, we were able to demonstrate the value of using MES and ERP solutions to collaborate with coworkers, connect financials and databases, access reports while remote, and communicate effectively.

Encompass is working to set up another open house event soon. If you’re interested in seeing how a new ERP system can revolutionize your business, checking out A Day in the Life is well worth the trip.

About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions is a business and software consulting firm that specializes in ERP systems, EDI, and Managed Services support for Manufacturers and Distributors. 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.


How Bezlio Adds Predictive Analytics And Machine Learning To ERP

I’ve always been passionate about bringing new technology to companies to help them be more competitive. An exciting emerging technology that’s got the IT/IS crowd buzzing right now is using machine learning to allow for smarter data analyzation. Companies spend a significant amount of money generating data compared to analyzing it. With the technology Bezlio is built on, we allow companies to take emerging technologies, like predictive analytics and machine learning, as they become available and leverage it regardless of the back-end system.

machine learning and predictive analytics with bezlio and epicor erp

In a recent technology article, Forbes tells us that Machine Learning is the ability for computer programs to analyze big data, extract information automatically, and learn from it. 

We are able to run Epicor ERP along with Bezlio to utilize machine learning and predictive analytics. Bezlio’s plugin architecture means that the source data can be from anything, along with a plugin available in Bezlio that utilizes the Accord.NET Framework, a very popular machine learning library.

To get to the golden Promised Land of machine learning, however, we must first walk the dark path of statistics. Seriously though: Most of the machine learning concepts were derived from past statistical analytic techniques. Even applying some simple statistics can be used with ERP data to gain better insights. I have always liked statistics because it takes the gut out of gut decisions based on incomplete data.

To learn more about Bezlio please visit the website.

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During the 2017 Bezlio Mainspring Developer Conference, Brian Ellis spoke about the subject of predictive analytics and machine learning as it relates to using it with Bezlio and any ERP or CRM.

About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions is a business and software consulting firm that specializes in ERP systems, EDI, and Managed Services support for Manufacturers and Distributors. 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 fear’s been around for a long time, definitely longer than your business has been around.

The fear doesn’t look like any one thing. In fact, it can look like anything.

It’s The Fear Of Change

It’s the fear of change. The fear of ‘IT’ and new, stranger things.

Nothing makes an organization cling to old legacy systems—costly, unsupported, outdated, and inefficient as they are—than the fear that there will be issues adapting, learning, and adopting a brand new software system.

an image of a stressed worker collapsed on his laptop. replacing obsolete systems and conquering the fear of change is essential to the success of your business. encompass solutions erp experts can help.

No matter how amazing a new system appears to your organization and your team, no one likes the disruption and stress that comes along with managing an implementation alongside the everyday tasks your team need to accomplish. The scenarios in your mind can get downright nightmarish… Maybe you can’t wait until your staff is fully onboard and trained. Maybe you’ll have to start up your new software with critical components missing, still being written and tested. Maybe your huge investment won’t work at all.

But there’s one thing scarier than all of that: A study by MIT Sloan Management Review and Capgemini Consulting finds that companies now face a digital imperative: Adopt new technologies effectively, or face competitive obsolescence. While there is consensus on the importance of adopting digital technology, most employees find the process complex and slow.

That means, if you’re facing either an upgrade or extinction, you’re going to want Encompass on your side.

Only a few ERP systems in the market incorporate the tools needed from day one so that anyone with the right workbench can get up and running quickly and successfully—and we can implement them for you. Whatever the job function, your new system will come pre-configured with all of the KPIs, reminders, reports, and value-driven dashboards for daily and strategic needs—proven from years of real-world use by thousands of people in similar roles at retail, manufacturing and distribution companies.

Get in contact with Encompass today, and let us put your fears to rest.

About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions is a business and software consulting firm that specializes in ERP systems, EDI, and Managed Services support for Manufacturers and Distributors. 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.