We had an amazing time in Orlando, FL last week during Epicor’s annual partner training event, Ignite. The Encompass team got a firsthand look at some of the biggest developments coming to users in the near future.

The Epicor Kinetic Framework, Collaborate social tool, cloud infrastructure advancements and so much more were on display. The next six months will be full of innovative new additions to the Epicor ERP system and we can’t wait to share them with you. Keep in mind, these items are currently in development and all forward-looking information contained herein can be changed without a public update.

Epicor Kinetic Design

created with the goal in mind of transforming Epicor ERP into a first-class, cloud product, the kinetic design framework will be converting smart client screens from thick client to web client. This is the Epicor ERP browser-based architecture in action. While Epicor ERP’s deep, industry-rich functionality is its biggest draw, both the UX and UI have been seen as less attractive than younger systems. This new look and feel will change all of that. The framework will incrementally deliver transformed, customer-tested, functionality with completion estimated by 2021.

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  • Kinetic transforms how customers interact with Epicor software, making them more productive by simplifying everyday tasks.
  • Kinetic is more than a modern look and intuitive experience, it also aims to streamline and automate critical business processes to accelerate delivery.
  • Kinetic is designed to be simple, intelligent, modular, and consistent.

 

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Epicor Collaborate

The next evolution in Epicor Social Enterprise, Epicor Collaborate is a full collaboration entity within the Epicor ERP system. It allows for direct communication between colleagues and easy referencing of orders, accounts, inventory, and more. It will provide seamless integration with industry-leading collaboration tools developed by third-parties, as well.

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The embedded knowledge center will provide a means of searching across multiple knowledgebases, simply and quickly. It is an always-available resource featuring smart controls licensing and system status awareness. This invaluable tool is fully integrated into the new kinetic design framework.

Epicor Cloud ERP Update

Serving as the foundation of the new Epicor IoT hub, Epicor’s Cloud offerings are powered by Microsoft Azure. Epicor Cloud ERP is developed with continuous industry innovation, when and where users need it, while letting them focus on business growth and market leadership. In regard to safety and security, Epicor’s experts and world-leading cloud providers guide businesses as partners in cybersecurity and proactive business protection.

One of the biggest draws of Epicor ERP in the cloud is its affordability and low TCO. Epicor and Encompass take on the burden of managing technology, so the IT teams can prioritize the business and drive strategic value. As business needs change, Epicor ERP cloud adapts in tandem. Choose among flexible cloud services designed for the greatest ROI.

You can subscribe right now for live Epicor cloud ERP status updates: https://status.epicor.com

These are just a few of the items that were covered at Epicor Ignite 2019.

Encompass Awards

Last but not least, we’d like to congratulate the team on earning several awards this year.

Congratulations to Lynn for receiving Customer Account Manager of the Year. Congrats to Sean for winning the Marketing Excellence Award for the Americas. Finally, a BIG shout out to the entire team for earning us another year as Epicor Gold Partners!

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About Encompass Solutions

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

 


NASA has been busy developing advanced manufacturing technologies at its research and development labs for decades. Recently, they announced 2019 advanced manufacturing technologies that have real viability in the public sector.

2019 Advanced Manufacturing Technologies Revealed By NASA

While their advanced manufacturing technologies are initially developed for use in aerospace applications, many are applicable to an array of commercial manufacturing industries. Here are 6 exciting 2019 advanced manufacturing technologies form NASA that manufacturers may be able to apply to their operations in the near future.

Interim, In Situ Additive Manufacturing Inspection

Additive manufacturing, more colloquially known as 3D printing, has developed quickly in recent years. an array of materials and mechanisms to improve the output and efficiency of additive manufacturing technologies have emerged, with few solutions to how defects can be detected and mitigated. NASA addressed this void by developing its own additive manufacturing inspection system. utilizing infrared cameras and sensing equipment, engineers can monitor the build process in real-time, addressing defects before materials are wasted and make corrections on-the-fly.

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Benefits:
  • A reduction in false-positive readings
  • Flexibility when incorporating into existing systems
  • Reduced time, energy, and material wasted in nonconforming parts leading to significant cost-savings
  • Leverages infrared and visual cameras for thermal and spatial accuracy
Industry Applications:
  • Aerospace – complex injectors, internal coolant passage components, heat exchangers
  • Automotive –  exhaust system components
  • Medical –  orthopaedic implants

Modular Fixturing for Assembly and Welding Applications

As commercial rocket and aerospace vessel manufacturing ramps up a renewed interest in space flight and exploration, NASA’s need for faster lead and design times necessitated a modular approach to assembly and welding. These new fixtures developed at Marshall make managing metal components during assembly much easier on teams. Fixtures are adjustable, facilitating use on rocket sections of varying heights and diameters. The result is rapid rocket assembly with applications in other aerospace, maritime, and other vessel manufacturing industries.

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Benefits:
  • Modular fixtures can be reused and repurposed for multiple projects of various sizes.
  • Tooling design and configuration time is reduced by half.
  • Project costs are reduced by as much as an order of magnitude.
  • Modular fixtures can enable the economical adoption of friction stir welding.
  • Modular fixtures enable large-scale rapid prototype development in a wide range of industries.
Industry Applications:
  • Maritime – Shipbuilding and assembly
  • Aerospace – Airframe assembly, commercial space launch vehicle assembly
  • Mining, Energy, Transportation/Logistics – Pressure vessel assembly

Use of Beam Deflection to Control Electron-Beam Wire Deposition

Researchers at NASA’s Langley Research Center have long been developing the 3D printing process known as EBF3, short for an electron-beam (e-beam) free-form fabrication technology. The process utilizes several mechanisms to manufacture metallic structures used in parts tooling. The process involves an electron beam gun, a dual wire feed, and computer controls that shrink the fabrication process from days or weeks, to hours. The innovation has drawn significant attention because until recently, working with printed metals was an exceedingly difficult task. This technology solves the problem of even material distribution during the printing process, satisfying NASA’s need for rapid prototyping of parts in space. The innovation has far-reaching utility in commercial industries, such as industrial welding scenarios and the fabrication of structures and components of virtually any scale.

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Benefits:
  • Stable, optimized, and uniform wire heating during the deposition process
  • Continuous and predictable deposition pattern
  • Simplifies deposition of complex geometries
  • Optimizes management of macro-level microstructural characteristics of deposited metal
  • improves the efficiency of power and feedstock used
  • Improves automated operation
Industry Applications:
  • Automotive, Aerospace, and other industrial and commercial manufacturing: Welding of metal structures
  • Automotive, Aerospace and Defense, Field-service, MRO: Free-form fabrication of complex metal components in remote locations
  • Near-net shape manufacturing and rapid prototyping
  • From Automotive and Aerospace to Sporting Goods and Medical Devices: Metal fabrication

Variable-Power Handheld Laser Torch

Just what it sounds like, this handheld laser torch helps to repair hard-to-reach engine nozzles on NASA’s space shuttles. Designed for welding and brazing metals, this variable power torch brings many unique advantages to the repair bench. for example, its power can be adjusted in real-time, at-will. Additionally, it’s unique and ergonomic design provides for enhanced precision, portability, maneuverability, and safety for the user. The tool has many potential applications in manufacturing processes for consumer items like eyeglasses frames to jewelry to more complicated structures, like medical hardware.

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Benefits:
  • Enhanced accuracy using variable lenses to adjust depending on circumstantial welding needs.
  • Increased portability and maneuverability when to brazing in small or hard-to-reach places.
  • Improved user safety with the addition of sensors and emergency switches.
  • Decreased heat affected zone by applied heat to a very localized working area, preventing damage to the welding surface.
Industry Applications:
  • Opportunities include various welding applications where real-time laser variation may be needed due to the spatial/accuracy constraints of traditional welding methods:
  • Aerospace engine repair
  • Medical hardware manufacturing
  • Plastic mold and die restoration
  • Jewelry manufacturing and repair
  • Eyeglass frame welding

High-Speed Smart Camera Detects Supersonic Inlet Shocks

Researchers at NASA’s Glenn Research Center have developed high-speed image processing technology to monitor airflow of an aircraft engine’s intake. It’s an important tool in developing technologies that make aircraft faster and more efficient. This highly-customizable camera is designed to quickly identify precise location data. Machine vision and sensing technologies are used in just about every vertical of assembly line manufacturing. This versatile edge technology has the ability to further drive efficiencies in these industries while providing greater visibility into part placement and position monitoring.

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Benefits:
  • Quickly captures and processes linear images at a rate of over 900 fps
  • Highly customizable in response to digital signal transitions from low to high (positive edges) or high to low (negative edges) and permits threshold sensitivity variations
  • Compact dimensions result in a reduced size and system complexity when compared to conventional edge detection systems
  • Reliable design that is both simple and affordable, requiring very few parts
  • Efficient power usage when compared to a typical smart camera
Industry Applications:
  • Aerospace – Supersonic jets
  • General Manufacturing (assembly lines, part placement, and position monitoring) – Machine vision for quality control and OEE
  • Lane line tracking for autonomous motor vehicle control
  • Bar code scanners
  • Digital photography

Thermal Stir Welding

Researchers at NASA’s Marshall research center are developing an improved joining technology called thermal stir welding. It improves on fusion welding and friction stir welding technologies to provide superior joining methods for dissimilar materials as well as improve welding rates for existing industrial applications. Thermal Stir Welding is a technology that can easily be adapted to almost any industry that uses other forms of welding. This includes automotive parts, shipbuilding, fuel tanks, and railway manufacturing.

Apply to license this technology

Benefits:
  • Unique advantages of this technology over fusion welding or friction stir welding include the following:
  • Totally independent heating and stirring functions
  • More degrees of freedom for greater process control and optimization
  • Easy assembly-line use
  • Improved surface finish results
  • High travel rates
  • Separate heating function for easier welding of alloys with higher melting temperatures, such as steel and inconel alloys
Industry Applications:
  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Shipbuilding
  • Storage tank or cylinder manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Railway cars

About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions, Inc. is a software company. As a NetSuite Solution Provider, Suite Success Partner, and Epicor Gold Partner we offer professional services in business consulting, project management, and software implementation. Whether undertaking full-scale implementation, integration, and renovation of existing systems or addressing the emerging challenges in corporate and operational growth, Encompass provides a specialized approach to every client’s needs. As experts in identifying customer requirements and addressing them with the right solutions, we deliver business systems to fit the build.


Encompass Solutions October 2019 News And Updates

October brings about a seasonal change and Autumn is the time to start thinking about where you want to go in the new year. Upgrades, new products, new systems, marketing efforts and more are all part of the bigger picture that grows your business. Start thinking about getting things in order for the close of 2019 and begin mapping out the trajectory of your business in 2020. Keep things easy on your teams as year-end draws near and leverage these October 2019 news and updates.

Epicor Cloud ERP 10.2.500 Upgrade

The Epicor Cloud ERP is nearly two weeks away from its last large upgrade for 2019. If you are not already testing your unique business components (UBCs) in Pilot, you should be. There’s also a new opt-in/out rule regarding UBCs for customers on maintenance. If you haven’t already begun, start testing today.

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Trade Show Exhibitors: DMC 2019

We’re excited to announce our exhibition at this year’s Defense Manufacturing Conference, taking place December 2-5 in Phoenix, Arizona. Come see us at Booth #746 for the latest in Epicor ERP, EDI, Managed Services, and process improvement opportunities for your business.

Business Year-End Checklist

It is that season once again. Ensure your financial, IT, and growth plans are set for the new year with our complete year-end checklist. Read the complete year-end checklist in detail or download the simplified PDF. You may also want to watch our on-demand webinar regarding full-physical inventory best practices.

 

Epicor ICE Tools

Epicor Internet Component Environment, more commonly known as Epicor ICE, is a business system architecture. It is designed to help customers use and enhance Epicor applications at a business level, rather than a technology level. The result is minimal overhead for your business.

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Want Free Sales Tax Services

Sales and use tax regulations across state lines have only become more complicated in the wake of Wayfair v. South Dakota. Fortunately, your business may qualify for free tax services in as many as 24 states. Begin the qualification process today. Want more information on the tax laws changing the nation? Download the latest Sales & Use Tax Compliance resource from our partner, Avalara. Register for the upcoming webinar on how to qualify for free tax services.

an image of the Tax compliance is a challenging undertaking for a business of any size. Regulations are changing constantly at local, state, and federal levels. Not to mention, business relationships with suppliers and customers are growing and expanding, too. All of this ties in to how tax liability is organized, calculated, and addressed. Now, what would you say to an offer that included all of these services and more, for free? Kind of a no brainer, right? Well, if your company resides in one of the 24 qualifying states, you can take advantage of this special program, free of charge. Take advantage of: • Free state registrations • Free tax calculations • Free tax returns preparation, filing and remittance • Audit assistance. Here’s how you can apply at no cost to your business. The Streamlined Sales Tax (SST) Agreement enables participating states to simplify and modernize sales tax administration, in order to substantially reduce the tax compliance burden. As one of only a few certified SST service providers, our partners at Avalara perform the above tasks. In this case, the states pay Avalara for the services, while qualifying businesses get them for free. You can start the qualification process by visiting the following link: Get free tax services in 24 states. About Streamlined Sales Tax member states

Webinar: How Dell Transformed Their Supply Chain

Our partners at SourceDay delivered the technology Dell Computers needed to bring their supply chain into the modern age. In case you missed it, you can watch the on-demand educational webinar presented by Dell on how they modernized their supply chain and improved supplier collaboration. Watch the webinar.

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About Encompass Solutions

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


Summer has arrived and we’re providing the best opportunities and strategies to help you keep cool and improve operations when the temperature rises. Better tools and improved operational efficiency mean you have more time to relax. Here are a few July 2019 News and Updates with opportunities for you to take advantage of this summer.

Get to know what Lean means in our brief overview of the manufacturing philosophy and how ERP helps eliminate waste in the workplace.

Not familiar with Industrial automation? Kicking around the idea of automating in-house processes this year? Here’s a rundown of the most often utilized forms of Industrial Automation on the factory floor. We also included a few ways ERP and EDI add to the equation.

Want a better view of corporate performance? How about a better handle on internal budgeting processes? Join us for a live webinar on Mastering the Art of Innovative Budgeting and Planning on July 18th, 2019 @ 1 PM EST.

EDI is an essential part of any company’s digital transformation. For many, it’s an industry standard that cannot be ignored. We put together an easy read on the subject of the Barriers and Benefits of EDI Implementation.

Mark your calendars for a joint webinar with Encompass Solutions and Bezlio on how you can mobilize your teams to work with your ERP data securely from anywhere, any time, online and offline. The event takes place on August 7th at 2 pm EST. Register today.

Now that Tax Season is over, how has your business been impacted by sales tax and nexus rules in the wake of Wayfair v. South Dakota? Need a more robust tax solution or just want to know more about these sweeping tax changes? Download the latest Sales & Use Tax Compliance resource from our partner, Avalara.

7 Ways ERP Improves Lean Manufacturing

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A primer on Lean for the uninitiated and how ERP combats the 7 wastes of manufacturing, improves operations, and leverages the tools you have more effectively.

Industrial Automation

A topic of conversation that manufacturers all over the globe are discussing on the shop floors of production facilities and in the board rooms of corporate offices.

Upcoming Webinar: Master the Art of Innovative Budgeting And Planning

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Join us for the live webinar on July 18th, 2019 @ 1 PM EST.

Overcome EDI Barriers

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EDI is essential for fast and fluid information exchange. Get rid of the paper and manual entry by going digital with EDI built for manufacturers.

Webinar – Mobility With Epicor ERP

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Mobilize your workforce and sales force by accessing your secure, on-premises data sources in real-time, on any mobile device, from anywhere. Join us on August 7th at 2 pm EST.

Getting Your Taxes In Order with Avalara

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Over the last year, some sweeping changes to sales tax laws have affected businesses conducting sales across state lines. Make sure you’re in compliance with the latest regulations.

Encompass July 2019 News And Updates

Encompass Solutions is happy to announce it will be helping Tensator and Process Solutions improve trading network efficiency, security, and transparency with the Encompass EnTrust EDI solution

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Epicor July 2019 News And Updates

Haven’t read up on the latest Epicor ERP update? Get to know more about the latest features and updates of Epicor ERP 10.2.400.

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Oracle NetSuite July 2019 News And Updates

NetSuite continues to develop new eCommerce extensions that carry the online retail capabilities of the platform even further.

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About Encompass Solutions

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


Now that spring cleaning is complete, it’s time to get your ship in shape for summer. We’ve got a wealth of useful resources for you to consider when improving internal processes, automating tasks, and reducing costly mistakes. Have a look at our June 2019 News And Updates for tools, techniques, and events to improve your organizational performance.

The supply chain is rife with opportunities for things to go wrong as a result of manual tasks, suppliers failing to follow-through, and a host of other issues. Automating procurement processes can save you big on time, money, and headaches.

IoT is not a buzzword, it’s part of the lexicon. These connections are opening doors for manufacturers they never thought possible. Learn more about the biggest benefits of IoT for manufacturers.

Want a better view of corporate performance? How about a better handle on internal budgeting processes? We’ve got a few budgeting best practices you’ll want to implement.

EDI is an essential part of any company’s digital transformation; for many, it’s an industry standard that cannot be ignored. Get on board and implement EDI for manufacturers to reduce time, costs, and errors.

Mark your calendars for a joint webinar with Encompass Solutions and Bezlio on how you can mobilize your teams to work with your ERP data securely from anywhere, any time, online and offline. The event takes place on August 7th at 2 pm EST. Register today.

Now that Tax Season is over, how has your business been impacted by sales tax and nexus rules in the wake of Wayfair v. South Dakota? Need a more robust tax solution or just want to know more about these sweeping tax changes? Download the latest Sales & Use Tax Compliance resource from our partner, Avalara.

Procurement Automation

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 Start automating the procurement process in your organization to realize the benefits of increased supplier accountability, improved collaboration, and automation of manual tasks.

IoT For Manufacturers

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Chances are you have come across the terms Internet of Things (IoT) or the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Get to know more about how these technologies benefit manufacturing operations.

Budgeting Process Improvement

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Getting a handle on your company’s performance can be a daunting task. Here are a few ways you can improve your budgeting processes to reflect in your overall corporate performance.

EDI For Manufacturers

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EDI is essential for fast and fluid information exchange between trading partners. Get rid of the paper and manual modes of communication by going digital with EDI built for manufacturers.

Webinar – Mobility With Epicor ERP

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Mobilize your workforce and sales force by accessing your secure, on-premises data sources in real-time, on any mobile device, from anywhere. Join us on August 7th at 2 pm EST.

Getting Your Taxes In Order with Avalara

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Over the last year, some sweeping changes to sales tax laws have affected businesses conducting sales across state lines. Make sure you’re in compliance with the latest regulations.

Encompass June 2019 News And Updates

Encompass Solutions is happy to announce it will be helping Modments, manufacturing start-up of modular homes and commercial buildings, to bring construction into the 22nd century with Epicor ERP. Stay tuned for our case study on this exciting development.

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Epicor June 2019 News And Updates

Haven’t read up on the latest Epicor ERP update? Get to know more about the latest features and updates of Epicor ERP 10.2.400.

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Oracle NetSuite June 2019 News And Updates

NetSuite’s Scott Derksen delivered a 25-minute interview on the Tearsheet podcast on why he believes ERP sits at the center of banking as a service. This comes following NetSuite’s heavy investment in resources earlier this year to target banking as a service on its robust cloud platform.

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About Encompass Solutions

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


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

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

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

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

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

Epicor ERP 10.2.400 Production Update

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

Epicor Virtual Agent (EVA)

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

Automate 2019 Recap

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

Customer Appreciation Event At Insights 2019

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

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Exclusive Epicor Discounts For Insights Attendees

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

Contact your Encompass Customer Account Manager for more details.

Encompass May 2019 News And Updates

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

Epicor May 2019 News And Updates

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

NetSuite May 2019 News And Updates

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

About Encompass Solutions

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


Insights 2019 is the annual Epicor user and partner conference that convenes each spring. It is a place where users and partners can experience first-hand training and education on the latest Epicor software and tools to empower businesses. Keynote speakers deliver insights on industry trends and where the company is directing efforts over the coming year. The manufacturing solutions being developed have a lot of users and partners excited for rollout. Read more about the biggest Epicor ERP developments in our Insights 2019 Recap below.

Insights 2019 Recap Epicor Virtual Agent  (EVA)

AI is a buzzword on the tongues and in the minds of many involved in manufacturing industries. in fact, Gartner predicts that by 2020 80% of technologies will be driven by artificial intelligence in some form. Epicor has answered that call with the rollout of the Epicor Virtual Agent, aptly named EVA. A Microsoft Azure-powered virtual assistant, EVA leverages AI to deliver insights and data in real-time to empower workforces wherever they find themselves.

Virtual assistants are nothing new. However, their ubiquitous nature has yet to be fully realized, and appropriately utilized, among traditional manufacturing operations. Gartner also believes that by 2022, enterprises utilizing Industry 4.0 technologies will have some form of a virtual assistant within the organization.

With built-in artificial intelligence, EVA is able to simplify user interactions with the ERP system and automate manual tasks to speed up operations. Text and voice cognitive skills enable EVA to transform data into visual representations. The result is an intuitive experience that allows users to complete actions on native devices with ease. The technology is powered by Natural Language Processing (NLP), a human-computer interactive technology that users can leverage from mobile devices with requests and tasks that will be addressed by the Epicor Virtual Agent. Targeted information and data to enable faster, better decision making is then delivered in real-time.

Insights 2019 Recap Epicor ERP 10.2.400 Update

Epicor ERP 10.2.400 has also been announced and will receive its full production update on the weekend or May 11th, 2019. Now it’s the time to be testing end-to-end for those customers keeping in pace with the Epicor ERP software update cadence. Among the changes coming with the Epicor ERP 10.2.400 update, users can expect to enjoy full use of and coming functionality that includes:

Experiences

Industry

  • Enhanced Project Management
  • Epicor Mobile Warehouse
  • Supplier Portal
  • MES Expansion
  • Epicor IoT

Analytics

  • Epicor Data Analytics Expansion
  • Epicor Data Discovery Expansion

Future (2019-2020)

  • UX Uplift (ongoing) Mobile Apps
  • ISV Partner Ecosystem
  • Compliance Engine
  • Enhanced BI/Analytics
  • Connected Enterprise

For more information on the updates discussed above, reach out the ERP experts at Encompass Solutions, Inc. using the contact us link below.

Exclusive Epicor Software Discounts

Encompass customers are entitled to exclusive discounts on Epicor software and services, provided they attended Insights 2019. If you were at Insights 2019 and wish to take advantage of reduced pricing on a number of Epicor ERP modules, SaaS subscriptions, and third-party integrations, get in touch with your Encompass Solutions Customer Account Manager today.

About Encompass Solutions

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


We came, we saw, it was awesome. Encompass Solutions’ participation as exhibitors and speakers at Automate 2019 gave us the perfect vantage point from which to experience the show and deliver an Automate 2019 recap.

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Automate 2019 At a Glance

Produced by the Association for Advancing Automation (A3), the show featured more than 500 exhibitors in the massive 160,000-square-feet exhibition space at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. In addition, the show hosted five educational tracks that included practical training in How to Automate, Automation Solutions & Innovation, Collaborative & Mobile Robotics, AI, Digitalization & Smart Manufacturing, Certified Vision Professional (CVP) Basic, Certified Vision Professional (CVP) Advanced, Certified Motion Control Professional (CMCP), and Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Updates. These tracks included content from introductory level to advanced topics for users, students, educators, and operators. While we delivered an introductory seminar on current automation types, robotics in use on the factory floor, and how you can get started implementing in your own facilities, we attended several breakout and advanced sessions. During each of those talks, one theme emerged over and over–ours is the age of automation.

Here are just a few more happenings from Automate 2019 in regard to new advanced robots and robot vendor developments that are rolling out into facilities worldwide.

Automation 2019 Key Takeaways

There were too many things we learned at Automate 2019 to list in one post. However, we want to share a few highlights that we think everyone needs to consider moving forward:

  • Automation is here and it’s only gaining more momentum as advancements in hardware, software, and utilization become more refined.
  • If you are not thinking about leveraging automation and robotics, you are already behind.
  • While many are expecting an economic downturn between 2020-2022, now is still the best time to begin investing in these technologies.
  • Start small. You don’t have to outfit your entire operation to remain competitive. start with one robot or one instance of automated assembly. build from there.
  • Empower your staff and involve them in the transformation that is coming.
  • Focused Automation and Robotics specializations for employees will be necessary, as there will be less and less room for unskilled staff in modernized facilities.
  • Upskilling current staff will be of greater benefit and lower cost for employers than training and onboarding new staff.=

It’s going to be a hard-fought battle to outpace competitors as automation becomes more affordable and more accessible to small and medium-sized enterprises. Start training and experimenting with automation today and you’ll be ready to weather the bout.

ERP At Automate 2019

We spoke with hundreds of users and manufacturers thinking about robotics and automation during the weeklong Automate 2019 event. While the robots and automation enclosures were captivating, to say the least, one thing few seemed to consider during that time was how they were going to connect those robotics and automated systems to the rest of their enterprise. In short, the answer is an ERP solution.

It’s one thing to install a robot on your factory floor to install windshields, make welds, or assemble PCBs. However, what are you doing with that data from your manufacturing processes? Are you even tracking it? By plugging your robotics and automation data into your ERP system, you are getting more detailed accounts of performance, quality, material and time optimization, maintenance cycles, and so much more. Everyone we spoke with, from attendees to exhibitors to organizers, agreed that ERP connectivity is an essential component of automation and robotics on the factory floor. We look forward to carrying those conversations further and urge everyone looking to automate processes or install robots in their facilities to consider the necessity for visibility and connectivity when evaluating such technologies.

About Encompass Solutions

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


April begins in jest, but we’re not fooling around when it comes to delivering the best in business systems expertise. Discover the latest in tech to manage your business with invaluable information in this April 2019 news update.

The Epicor ERP 10.2.400 release is coming soon and we’ve got a sneak peek at what main features you can expect to find when the update is released.

Ever heard of a customer self-service portal? It can make your relationships with customers more fulfilling and profitable. The capability of these portals extends to suppliers and trading partners, as well. We deliver the details on how customer self-service portals keep manufactures ahead of the competition.

When you need an ERP update or full-scale implementation yesterday, the only answer is a rapid implementation. Here are some tips to make your ERP rapid implementation smooth and successful.

Carve out some time on your calendar to see the Encompass Solutions automation and robotics presentation at Automate 2019 in Chicago, IL April 8-11. Jason Claggett will be presenting an introduction to automation and robotics with a primer on how to get started with these technologies. The presentation will take place Wednesday, April 10, from 9:00 am to 10:00 am. view the full Automate 2019 agenda, here. We will be exhibiting at Booth #9245 during the biggest automation event in the US. Come say hello, grab some swag, and discover the automation capabilities of Epicor ERP, firsthand.

Epicor ERP 10.2.400 Sneak Peek

Get a sneak peek at the latest features and tools available to users in the Epicor ERP 10.2.400 release coming soon.

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Why You Need A Customer Self-Service Portal

Deliver a more fulfilling customer experience while freeing up in-house talent with customer self-service portals.

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Automate 2019

Don’t miss this automation event in Chicago, IL April 8-11. Automate 2019 will deliver insights, education and networking opportunities surrounding automation in all its forms. Encompass Solutions will exhibit at Booth #9245  and deliver an introductory breakout session on automation and robotics with steps you can take now toward implementing in your facility.

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ERP Rapid Implementation

Taking steps to modernize your operations at every level takes time. Here’s how you can get up to speed with a modern business management system, faster.

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Customer Appreciation Event At Insights 2019

We are always looking for ways to say thank you to customers. How about food and drinks on us at Insights 2019? If attending, send sbalogh@encompass-inc.com an email with your details to put you and your team on the guest list.

Encompass April 2019 News And Updates

If you are attending Epicor Insights 2019, we hope you’ll join us for the annual Encompass Solutions Customer Appreciation Event. We’ll be serving up the tastiest bites and beverages the Mandalay Bay has to offer in the Seaside Ballroom.  contact sbalogh@encompass-inc.com for an RSVP link.

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Epicor April 2019 News And Updates

The biggest Epicor event of the year will be taking place at Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, NV from April 15th to 18th. Train, network and explore the developments revealed at this year’s event for all things Epicor.

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Oracle NetSuite April 2019 News And Updates

NetSuite’s annual conference, SuiteWorld, is happening now at Sands Las Vegas April 1-4. Join us on-site to talk about the latest developments NetSuite’s Cloud ERP solutions have to offer.

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About Encompass Solutions

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


Tax season is in full swing for many in the US. While it’s only a few months out of the year that a majority of individuals take taxes, reporting, and accounting seriously, businesses have to tackle these tasks full-time. Our March 2019 news and updates take a particular focus on automation and accounting practices that can help you solve more with less using ERP.

First, take advantage of a few best practices to help your AP department mitigate risk and automate non-revenue generating activities through your ERP system. Leverage increased efficiency, improved performance, and more resources dedicated to high-value tasks, not to mention sweet, sweet peace of mind.

What does 2019 have in store for ERP? Take a look at a few ERP trends we’ve noticed get traction. We fully expect them to make it into the mainstream this year.

Carve out some time on your calendar to see the Encompass Solutions automation and robotics presentation at Automate 2019 in Chicago, IL April 8-11. We will be exhibiting at Booth #9245 during the biggest automation event in the US.

Speaking on the topic of trends, NetSuite Senior Director for Global Manufacturing Center of Excellence, David Gustovich, gave his thoughts on 2019 manufacturing trends in a recent interview we deliver in full.

Our partners, the tax experts at Avalara, have expanded their capability in delivering the industry’s top tax automation software and content with their recent acquisition of Indix and its proprietary AI technology.

Automation In Accounts Payable

Here are a few best practices you can implement now to insulate against risk. The added benefits of automation in AP are just icing on the cake.

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2019  ERP Trends 

Interested in learning about what’s in store for ERP in 2019? Have a look at this overview of trends and digital transformation strategies taking shape for many businesses over the next year.

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Automate 2019

Don’t miss this automation event in Chicago, IL April 8-11. Automate 2019 will deliver insights, education and networking opportunities surrounding automation in all its forms. Encompass Solutions will exhibit at Booth #9245  and deliver an introductory breakout session on automation and robotics with steps you can take now toward implementing in your facility.

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Encompass Partner Avalara Acquires Indix

Avalara acquires Indix in an effort to offer the most accurate, up-to-date, and comprehensive source of global tax and product content with the help of AI.

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2019 Manufacturing Trends

NetSuite’s Senior Director for Global Manufacturing Center of Excellence, David Gustovich, sat down in a recent interview to discuss the 2019 Manufacturing Trends he expects to see take root.

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Encompass March 2019 News And Updates

If you are attending Epicor Insights 2019, we hope you’ll join us for the annual Encompass Solutions Customer Appreciation Event. We’ll be serving up the tastiest bites and beverages the Mandalay Bay has to offer. More details to come as well as an RSVP link for attendees

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Epicor March 2019 News And Updates

The biggest Epicor event of the year will be taking place at Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, NV from April 15th to 18th. Train, network and explore the developments revealed at this year’s event for all things Epicor.

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Oracle NetSuite March 2019 News And Updates

NetSuite’s annual conference, SuiteWorld, will be held at Sands Las Vegas April 1-4. Join us on-site to talk about the latest developments NetSuite’s Cloud ERP solutions have to offer.

an image of the Oracle + NetSuite logo

About Encompass Solutions

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