Encompass Solutions MArch 2020 News And Updates

With Winter wrapping up and Spring on the horizon, there are some budding developments in the world of manufacturing, Epicor, and Encompass. Here are a few updates, events, and resources to consider this March.

Epicor Insights 2020

Insights 2020 is Epicor Software Corporation’s annual user conference. This event is looked forward to every year by employees, partners, and customers from around the world. If you want to have a look at the current Insights 2020 agenda, you can review all the details, here.

Don’t forget, we’ll be holding our own annual customer appreciation event at Insights with drinks and food for all our partners and colleagues in attendance.

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New Kinetic Experiences Available for Epicor ERP Cloud Customers

As we continue making progress through the Epicor Kinetic journey, more Kinetic reports and processes are now available to our Cloud ERP customers to test and provide important feedback that will help to shape Kinetic innovations.

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Epicor Patch Management Service

Encompass Managed Services enable businesses to supplement their internal functional resources with Encompass experts. Our new patch management service extends your Epicor system functionality with an iterative process. We ensure your system is always up to date and functioning at peak performance with the Encompass Patch Management Service.

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What You Need To Know About Cloud Computing

From storage to software, if you’re getting/using it over the Internet, it’s cloud computing. “Cloud” is the delivery of on-demand computing resources over the Internet. You can leverage the cloud in many ways, including the deployment of your Epicor ERP system. Learn more about the benefits and challenges associated with Cloud computing.

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Product Knowledge At The Core Of Your Company Culture

To demonstrate that you can solve a customer’s pain points, you must know technology solutions at a detailed level—you need deep product knowledge. You must also understand the specific needs of your customers so you can communicate which solutions and capabilities are most relevant to them. When you have more comprehensive knowledge on both fronts, you can communicate how your solution is differentiated, relevant, and superior on a functional level.

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Encompass Solutions & SPCA Of The Triad Donation Drive

As part of our quarterly community service initiative for Q1 2020, Encompass Solutions will be working with SPCA of the Triad to conduct a donation drive. We are gathering and requesting Food, Materials, and monetary donations to assist our local SPCA. While all of our employees are encouraged to participate, we extend our invitation to participate beyond the walls of our offices. If you’d like to help improve the lives of shelter animals and their caregivers, please join us in making a donation.

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Cycle Counts That Count Workshops

Cycle Counts That Count will help you implement better cycle counting on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis starting in April and let you potentially conduct your last ever year-end full physical inventory that same year. The final full physical will validate your efforts at daily counting and provide management with the data they need to determine when to switch to a cycle only inventory process.

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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 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.


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.

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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.


Welcome to 2019! With a new year ahead of us, we hope you are as excited as the team at Encompass Solutions for another year of opportunity, partnership, and growth. There’s a lot happening and here are a few bits of January 2019 news and updates we look forward to sharing with you.

Epicor has announced the details of its largest customer event and gathering of Epicor professionals for the year, Insights 2019.

If you missed our educational Full Physical Inventory Best Practices webinar, you can view and share the recording at your convenience, here.

Altec support has been extended for Epicor ERP. If you have not yet migrated to DocStar, you have plenty of time to consult with us at Encompass on how to best approach the new standard of document management.

Mark your calendar for the biggest automation event in the US, Automate 2019, where Encompass will be exhibiting at Booth #9245 in April 2019.

Epicor Insights 2019

The biggest Epicor event of the year has been announced and will be taking place at Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, NV from April 15th to 18th. Early bird discounts are available now.

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Epicor ERP Extends Altec Support

Epicor ERP has announced it will extend Altec support to October 31, 2019. Now is the time to talk about document management solutions if you have not already made the change.

Epicor ERP Software Update

Full Physical Inventory Best Practices

If you missed our webinar held at the end of December, you can view and share the recording at your convenience.

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Automate 2019

The biggest automation event in the US is taking place in Chicago, IL April 8th-11th, 2019. Come visit Encompass Solutions at  Booth #9245 to discuss where we can take your business

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Encompass January 2019 News And Updates

Encompass Solutions is excited to add new electronic document interchange mapping and VAN partnerships to our EDI solution for all manner of fast, reliable, and secure electronic document exchange.

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Epicor January 2019 News And Updates

Epicor’s New Dealer Network Portal delivers the tools to drive traffic to your services and products and win business with an intuitive, convenient, and secure dealer service and partnership solution.

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Oracle NetSuite January 2019 News And Updates

Oracle NetSuite continues to innovate its financial solutions as we progress into the new year. Here’s how CFOs can leverage these tools to improve performance and drive ROI with the latest business systems in the cloud.

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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.


On Monday it was announced that a U.S. Steel and United Steelworkers Union deal has been reached as a “tentative agreement”. The consensus has helped to avoid a steelworker strike that would involve more than 14,000 steelworkers in tubular operations, domestic flat-rolled steel, and ore mining facilities throughout the eastern United States.

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Steelworker Strike Update

Details of the agreement are under wraps while the proposed four-year contract is still under reviewed.

U.S. Steel President and CEO David Burritt released a written statement in which he described the agreement as “fair and in the best long-term interests” as it pertains to U.S. Steel’s and its employees’ futures. Burritt’s stamen goes on to say “Together, we’ve agreed on terms that will create certainty and stability for our many stakeholders, enable our company to implement our long-term business strategy, which includes continued, responsible investments in our people and plants, and position U.S. Steel to remain a leader in the highly competitive global steel industry.”

According to USW Local 1899 vice president Jason Fernandez, Local presidents are returning from negotiations in Pittsburgh and will take time to deliberate with union members on the best course of action. The eventual voting process will be planned to accommodate workers schedules, so it may take up to a week before a decision is made regarding whether to accept U.S. Steel’s proposed contracts or not.

Steelworker Strike Background

Negotiations have been taking place since July, leading up to the September 1st expiration date of worker contracts. Things became heated when it seemed clear that U.S. Steel would not make good on a pay raise that workers had done without over the course of three years in the interest of the company’s future. As company profits reached into the billions over the last three years, workers grew incensed that upper management showed no signs of reciprocation for the hit workers took during the last round of contract negotiations. A steelworker strike was authorized by unions across the eastern US, but never fully enacted.

ArcelorMittal, the largest steelmaker in the US, remains in talks with the USW over contract negotiations and a strike is still possible for the company’s near 16,000 steelworkers.

Steelworker Strike Effects On 2016 Midterm Elections

It has been speculated that the turmoil in the US steel industry will have a significant effect on the outcome of the midterm elections.

While president trump has imposed tariffs on aluminum and steel imports as an effort to drive demand to U.S. producers, not everyone has enjoyed the renewed activity. Jeff Astle, an employee of Universal Stainless and president of Local USW 9531, asserts the contract recently signed by his chapter to be the best he’s seen in 23 years. When asked about what’s changed, he stated, “There was once upon a time I was only working 40 hours a week, barely, but now business is thriving – we are working so many hours it’s not even funny.”

While that may be the case for a veteran of the industry, low-level workers lament that record profits of steel producers, like U.S. Steel and ArcelorMittal, have failed to trickle down. These workers represent a substantial voting bloc for the incumbent and the Republican party. Without the support of these steelworkers, an air of uncertainty hangs looms as the November elections draw near. Talks of walkouts are circling and more than 31,000 steelworkers have granted union negotiators the power to activate a strike that would affect the country’s two largest producers, U.S. Steel and ArcelorMittal. The two companies account for nearly half of all steel produced in the United States.

Material handler at Universal Stainless Henry Polite finds himself between a rock and a hard place, stating “I’m proud to be a steelworker, but I would just like to see more concern for the underdog [the workers], than just the higher-ups.”

The United Steel Workers Union summed up the sentiments of neglected workers in a statement that alleges, “Top company officials have given themselves more than $50 million in pay and bonuses since 2015 while the hourly workforce has not received a wage increase over the same period.”

When it comes to how these resentments could manifest at the polls, Soren Fanning, a history professor at Robert Morris University, alluded to 2016, when the presidential election was all but sold as, ‘we are bringing the steel industry back to Western Pennsylvania, back to America,’. Trump won by fewer than 80,000 votes in the region. Fanning suggests that “People vote their frustrations [And] right now what you’re seeing amongst steelworkers is a real sense of urgency that these promises of better conditions, more purchasing power, more health care get fulfilled and, if they don’t, they are going to go with the party of change.”

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Epicor Support Updates

We’ve been communicating with our customers over the past few months to inform them that some pretty big changes were coming their way. The changes concerned Epicor Support Updates to the company’s customer support policy. Those changes to Epicor customer support are now in effect. If you currently employ Epicor software in the operation of your enterprise, these changes could affect your level of support. Depending on your current version of ERP, you may find support considerably less comprehensive. This is a result of Epicor support rerouting resources to newer versions of ERP.

The purpose of the change is to establish support and planning for customers per release which will translate into better planning for updates, upgrades, and new releases into the future. This new path establishes a roadmap for growth and implementation of innovative tools toward for enterprises to employ alongside the developments released by Epicor.

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Epicor Customer Support Changes Are Now Live.

The results are faster and easier integration with Epicor product advancement as well as service and development commitments emerging with specialization on the latest product releases.

Under the new system, two support profiles will exist:

Active Support – any release within 2 years of general availability

  • Optimum support experience
  • latest in tech & advancements
  • ongoing software updates
  • an innovative approach to support

Sustaining Support – 2 years or more after GA (no expiration)

  • ongoing experienced support
  • tech & advancements available through upgrade
  • access to existing updates
  • Stability approach to support (planning for next active release)

You can read more about what the changes mean for you and your enterprise, here.

Encompass Can Help

If you are a current Epicor customer feel the need to supplement your support following these changes from Epicor, Encompass Solutions is here to deliver support services you need. Whether you are on track to match the stride of Epicor or set your own pace for growth, we can support your enterprise with comprehensive and managed services with a pro-active approach to customer care.

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