As part of the Epicor Cloud ERP 10.2.700 Update, Epicor Cloud ERP pilot instances will upgrade to the newest release in September 2020. Read on to learn what new business value awaits and how to prepare.

What’s New In The Epicor Cloud ERP 10.2.700 Update

More details will be released as we near September 2020, but a few highlights include:

  • Cloud Read-only Data Access—Safely and securely view your data in a read-only environment. Epicor ERP Cloud Data Access is a new offering that allows for read-only access to your Epicor ERP instance. This new offering gives freedom of access while also safeguarding data security and system integrity. Access to the database will be on a read-only basis, but also near real-time (within seconds) to provide high value, whether leveraged by you directly or by ISV partners via APIs.
  • Epicor Advanced Unit of Measure—Seamlessly conduct business in a different unit of measure. A new capability, primarily aimed at the metals industry and adjacent industries, provides the ability to buy and value material in one unit of measure and transact in a different unit of measure.
  • Epicor Data Analytics (EDA) Financial Reporting—Budgeting, forecasting, and planning simplified. EDA Budgeting and Planning will provide an easy-to-use solution for budgeting, forecasting, and planning. With EDA Budgeting and Planning, you will be able to create financial budgets from scratch or prior year actuals and generate a budgeting workflow process, eliminating the need for Excel spreadsheets.
  • Epicor Kinetic—Continuing the journey to provide a modern and intuitive user experience with Epicor Kinetic. With this release, Epicor Kinetic is focused on the transformation of maintenance screens and quote to cash process forms targeting high-impact maintenance and entry screens. New enhancements will be made to Epicor Application Studio, which allows you to tailor Kinetic forms with low/no code that won’t break during an upgrade.

How To Prepare For The The Epicor Cloud ERP 10.2.700 Update

Epicor will upgrade pilot systems one month before production systems. This will provide Epicor Cloud ERP customers a chance to explore the updates in 10.2.700 without affecting production systems.

As a best practice, please use this time to review and make any necessary changes to your Unique Business Components (UBCs). This includes any custom reports, BAQs, BPMs, User Interface customizations, etc. Effective testing will ensure everything continues to operate as expected.

If you submit an EpicCare ticket for help with moving your UBCs from Pilot to Production, Epicor will do so for you during the upgrade weekend.

Important Dates

  • Friday, September 11, 2020
    Deadline for Flex customers to submit an EpicCare ticket indicating their preference to defer their upgrade to one of the alternate upgrade dates
  • What’s New in Epicor ERP Cloud 10.2.700 upgrade webinars are scheduled for mid-September. Register for one of the sessions to learn the latest about Epicor Kinetic, AppStudio, and Identity. If you cannot attend, they will be available on demand.
  • Friday, September 18, 2020 – Saturday, September 19, 2020
    Pilot system upgrade to 10.2.700. During this time, your pilot system will be unavailable while Epicor performs your upgrade, but don’t worry—your production system will not be affected by the new release. Once it is complete, log in to your pilot system and start exploring what’s new.
  • Tuesday, October 13, 2020 
    Pilot system update to 10.2.700.2 and UBC Opt-In Deadline. The final version that will be loaded into your Production system will be 10.2.700.2, so we’ll update your Pilot environment on this date. Also, if you want Epicor to move your UBCs from your Pilot environment to your Production environment, you must submit an EpicCare ticket to opt-in to the process. If you do not submit an EpicCare ticket to opt-in to the process, the UBCs from your Pilot environment will not be moved by Epicor to the Production environment.
  • Saturday, October 17, 2020 – Sunday, October 18, 2020
    Production system upgrade to 10.2.700.2. Your upgrade weekend arrives! While Epicor upgrades your production system to Epicor Cloud ERP 10.2.700.2, your system will be unavailable for several hours during this time.

 Note that dates are subject to change.

Flexing Your Upgrade

Subscribers to the Epicor Public Cloud Flex Option can follow the same schedule.

Alternatively, you have the option to defer your upgrade to Epicor Cloud ERP 10.2.700.

Below are the two date options for your flex upgrade.

                      Pilot                                                                              Production

Option 1:    Week of Dec 14, 2020                                               Jan 23-24, 2021

Option 2:    Week of Jan 18, 2021                                                Feb 20-21, 2021

If you choose to defer, you must submit an EpicCare ticket with your selected upgrade date (Option 1 or Option 2) and we will send you a personalized confirmation with your instructions. We must receive your deferral no later than Friday, September 11, 2020. If you do not choose to defer, we’ll keep you on cadence and automatically upgrade your system in September 2020.

Note: If you choose to defer your upgrade, you will not receive any 600.x updates after the 10.2.600.11 update. We only host the upgrade webinars on September 16 and September 17, but replays are accessible at any time afterwards as documentation on EpicWeb. If you defer, you are strongly encouraged to either attend or watch the replay so you are aware of the upgrade process.

About The The Epicor Cloud ERP 10.2.700 Update

The Epicor Cloud ERP 10.2.700 update is the second of two major upgrades in 2020, as part of the regular cadence and commitment to helping your business grow through innovation.

Unlike the more frequent monthly updates that are minor yet enhance your daily experience, major releases like this bring you greater usability, performance, and strategic value in a single upgrade. That’s why we give you advance notice and the opportunity to test and explore the updates in pilot before upgrading your production system.

Next Steps

Watch for additional information about the upcoming upgrade. You will be invited to join educational webinars on September 16 and September 17 to learn more about the Epicor Cloud ERP 10.2.700 update, how to prepare, and ways to leverage the new functionality for driving business growth. Documentation will also be made available on the Epicor customer portal EpicWeb. And as a reminder, reach out to EpicCare anytime you have a question or need application support.

About Encompass Solutions

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


What’s your hull?  When was the last time you dry-docked your business?  How can you leverage COVID-19 shutdowns and downturns to revitalize your core business systems to emerge stronger, faster, and leaner after the pandemic storms have passed?

If you’re like us, you’ve spent a lot of time asking critical questions about how COVID-19 will affect you, your employees, and the future of your business.   At Encompass, we’ve been talking a lot about dry dock.  When a ship needs critical work on its hull, it is pulled out of the water into a ‘dry dock’ for inspection and repairs.

This is hugely expensive.  It’s hugely inconvenient, too.  Taking a ship out of water is the equivalent of locking the doors of your business.  We all do that for holidays (fun and predictable), year-end inventories (predictable but never fun), and occasionally because life is unpredictable and sends us surprises like snowstorms and power outages.  But most of us have never shut down our businesses for an extended period of weeks or months the way a ship is taken out of the water for months in dry dock.

COVID-19 changes that.  Some of you sent staff home and locked the gates.  Some of you feel like the gates are locked anyway because your customers are sheltering in place at home.  Some of you saw your entire supply chain shut down and fall apart.  In some way or another, most of us are in dry dock right now.  It’s expensive, outside our control, and hugely inconvenient.

If we’re all dry-docked anyway, how can we take advantage of a complete system shut down and upgrade our business ‘ships?

What’s your hull? When was the last time you dry-docked your business?

If your business is a ship in dry dock, the hull represents your critical systems.  Do you have areas of your business that desperately need overhauling, but they are too integrated in your daily routine to ever take them offline?  This could be:

  • Network and server setup that impacts the security of your systems.
  • ERP modules you paid for but never implemented.
  • Part BOMs that have been inaccurate for years.
  • Financial, engineering, and manufacturing configurations that drive you and your staff crazy.
  • Cleaning up old, bad MRP data so your ERP can run MRP, scheduling, and purchasing accurately.

Encompass is using our own dry-dock time to upgrade and improve the systems that run our business.  We’re keeping staff engaged on continuous improvement projects we never have time to work on when we’re running at full capacity.  And since we are working on systems, this can all be done remotely.

What can you do to improve your systems?  Right now, your best staff members are probably sitting idle.  They’re afraid of COVID-19.  They’re afraid of losing their jobs.  And they’ve been frustrated for years because they know how to improve your systems but never have time to work on them.

How can you leverage the recent shutdowns and downturns?  Can you use idle time to revitalize your core systems?  What will make you stronger, faster, and leaner once this storm blows past?

Do you need our help?

If you’re reading this, know that Encompass chooses who we partner with.  We pick and choose customers, and we’re with you today because we fundamentally believe in your business.  We want you to survive and thrive.

If you do need help, we started preparing ‘dry dock support’ packages for our customers in late January, and we’re geared up to offer support with:

  • Remote workshops on all core Epicor modules to help your team identify best practices, plan, prep, implement, and process improvements across the system.
  • Rapid implementation of new modules. Right now is the easiest time you’ll ever have implementing scheduling, quality assurance, landed cost, and other new functionality.
  • Report development and customer and supplier communications right out of Epicor.
  • Coaching on how to optimize projects when your team is working from home.

Let us know what you need.  Or just touch base and let us know you, your team, and your families are OK.  We like you as people, and we like being in business with you.  We’re all in this together.

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 has helped modernize operations and automate processes for hundreds of customers across the globe. Whether undertaking full-scale implementation, integration, and renovation of existing systems, Encompass provides a specialized approach to every client’s needs. By identifying customer requirements and addressing them with the right solutions, we ensure our clients are equipped to match the pace of Industry.


Epicor Altec Update

Based on the communication regarding Altec support policy from December of 2017, you may be aware that we intended to discontinue the support of Altec for the ERP version 10.1.600 and above from November, 1st, 2018. If you have already migrated or signed an Altec migration order form with your Epicor account manager to migrate your solution from Altec to Epicor advance printing (APR) or to APR with DocStar solution, we greatly appreciate that, However, if you are on ERP version 10.1.600 or above and if you have not had a chance to discuss with your Epicor account manager and sign an Altec migration order form yet, we are pleased to inform you that we are extending the Altec support deadline for ERP versions 10.1.600 and above till October, 31st, 2019 to enable you to have some extra time to plan for the Altec migration. In case you did not see the communication from December of 2017, please see the details of the Altec migration program below. For more information on how this extension of Altec support affects your business, contact the experts at Encompass Solutions.

Altec Document Management And Epicor ERP

In January 2017, Epicor acquired DocStar, a leading enterprise content management (ECM) provider. Founded in 1996, DocStar provides collaborative ECM with automated Accounts Payable (AP) solutions to streamline business processes for organizations of any size. DocStar solutions are available either on-premises or as a cloud hosted service in the SaaS (software as a service) model.

DocStar customers gain control over documents, improve retention and increase efficiency with the ability to capture, store and manage any document, from any location, on any device. DocStar’s experience in providing powerful integrations with various ERP solutions, accounting systems or other lines of business applications gives companies an even better return on investment. Deeper business insights empower users to make smart decisions that positively impact the bottom line.

We are encouraging Epicor ERP customers on releases 10.1.600 or 10.2.x, or moving to 10.1.600 or 10.2.x that are also using Altec to migrate to DocStar for a number of reasons:

The DocStar solution is more comprehensive, providing an all browser-based UI, easy-to-use user experience, well-integrated single platform for capturing, storing, retrieving and collaborating with search engine-like document searching, viewing/annotation, scanning, intelligent data capture, version control, security and retention management along with a drag and drop graphical workflow and electronic form designers.

Why DocStar Over Altec For Epicor ERP

  • Now that DocStar is part of Epicor, there will continue to be coordinated development and innovation with respect to future Epicor ERP releases for tighter integration between the solutions.
  • With DocStar, customers now have the choice between a cloud or on-premises deployment with the same functionality.
  • A tighter integration between ERP and ECM solutions is key for a seamless user experience. DocStar and Epicor ERP 10.1.600/10.2.x (and all subsequent versions of Epicor ERP) are tightly integrated for document attachment management functionality (Epicor APR and Epicor APR with DocStar to store/retrieve documents from Epicor ERP). DocStar AP automation processes invoice through the DocStar workflow to validate and match against Epicor ERP 10.1.600/10.2.x data in real time and raise exceptions when needed before automatically creating invoice records in ERP 10.1.600/10.2.x. Using DocStar workflows, electronic forms, and scanning, various other processes within your organization can be streamlined and automated to continue to expand the usage of the DocStar solution suite.
  • DocStar is Epicor’s only go-forward integrated ECM and AP automation suite for Epicor ERP.

Altec To DocStar Migration FAQ

DocStar, Altec, And APM Document Management In Epicor ERP

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.


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.

a graphic of the Epicor Support Updates

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.

About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions is a business and software consulting firm that specializes in ERP systems, EDI, and Managed Services support for Manufacturers and Distributors. Serving small and medium-sized businesses since 2001, Encompass modernizes operations and automates processes for hundreds of customers across the globe. Whether undertaking full-scale implementation, integration, and renovation of existing systems, Encompass provides a specialized approach to every client’s needs. By identifying customer requirements and addressing them with the right solutions, we ensure our clients are equipped to match the pace of Industry.


The essence of reaching out for help is never an easy task. We live in a “can do” society, where independence and self-sufficiency often define who we are or at least how we are perceived by others. The acclimation of stating that you just clearly do not know the answer to an unspoken question can be daunting for some and often forbidden. Therefore, we “spin our wheels” for hours on end, attempting to solve our own issues or enlighten ourselves with the answers to our own questions. Here’s where managed services providers can step in and lighten the load or deliver clear direction that leads to clear results.

an image of encompass solutions managed services providers at their desks helping Epicor customers.

The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.

-Albert Einstein

How Managed Services Providers Can Help

How many hours can you state that you have worked on something that you had a burning question on and you either never discovered the answer, or you just chose to ignore the unanswered question- with the constellation of thought that the issue would magically disappear one day. We are all guilty of this one thing. It occurs daily- at work, at home, at school, we all experience the clouded thought/ question mark experience.

In our ever-changing technological world, we will always have questions, but how we choose to handle these unknowns is what determines our success individually, as a business and as a technology community. With this in mind, we have developed an ERP Community Support system- our Epicor Help Desk Support organization, known as Managed Services- is here to answer any and all of your Epicor questions.

As Managed Services providers, Encompass delivers a program that includes the ongoing maintenance of Epicor environments (typically a Test, Pilot, Live and Training environment), application of one off bug fixes (SCR’s), restarting application servers and setup and maintenance of user accounts.

As part of implementing this service, Encompass Solutions, Inc. will provide standardized procedures for environment management, which must be adhered to by all resources – for example, installing an SCR on a test system prior to deployment in live.  Environment refreshes can be requested and scheduled through managed service tickets.  To ensure stable operations, the SQL maintenance plan will be reviewed to ensure that preventive maintenance is taking place, consistency checks are being performed, that load balancing has been performed, and that hardware is correctly specified for optimal operations.

Beyond our Help Desk Support organization, we also provide assistance with Epicor customizations through our Incident Base Support program. In this instance, a help desk ticket would be logged by you- the end-user, and if flagged for Incident-Based Support, we would write up the requirement(s) for approval, and provide an estimate for the services which must be approved.  These requests may still be logged through the helpdesk, but will typically be quoted separately outside of Managed Services.

Encompass Solutions has a team of over 65 resources spanning 4 countries globally, with combined experience in ERP reaching over 250 years.This makes it clear that we are an ERP support organization dedicated to being much more than managed services providers.  As an Epicor certified Platinum Services partner, Encompass resources attend training and complete certifications alongside Epicor’s internal consultants, developers, and other departmental staff.  Additionally, as a partner of the highest tier and a more condensed organization, we provide not only a more personal approach to your implementation support, but an additional level of agility and resource escalation to facilitate your success.

We have been providing infrastructure support for Epicor ERP for over 15 years, on numerous platforms. With our coverage, and deep Epicor infrastructure experience, Encompass is uniquely positioned to offer effective and responsive services.  Allow us to work with you to resolve those burning ERP questions.

About Encompass Solutions

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