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Epicor Prophet 21 Users to Benefit From Enhanced Mobility, Accessibility and Interactivity

Epicor Software Corporation, a global leader in business software solutions for manufacturing, distribution, retail and services organizations, today announced the availability of the Epicor ICE business architecture for the Epicor Prophet 21 wholesale distribution ERP solution.

Epicor ICE is a modern and visionary technology developed by Epicor that enables Prophet 21 users with enhanced levels of mobility, accessibility, and interactivity among business applications. Epicor ICE acts as a connector and an application builder, providing distributors with access to the latest applications and technical capabilities while still taking advantage of Prophet 21’s industry-leading distribution functionality.

Building on SOA Innovation and Expertise Epicor has long believed that ERP software should evolve its functional and technological capabilities independently. Moreover, business-critical applications like ERP have to be robust platforms that enable users to easily and continuously adapt to constantly changing business scenarios. Epicor’s approach to ERP software development is designed to ensure customers stay competitive. The parallel focus on ERP functionality and Epicor ICE technology drives parallel benefits in business efficiency and agility. With the advent of Epicor ICE, businesses gained a highly sophisticated standards-based platform for low-cost integration and high-end performance that offers unprecedented user productivity and a rapid return on investment (ROI). Epicor ICE redefined business architecture by exploiting both the social and technical aspects of Web 2.0 technologies and fusing them with modern SOA to deliver a solution designed for people, built for business, yet ready for change.

“Epicor ICE brings some amazing capabilities to Prophet 21,” said Erik Johnson, vice president, technical strategy for Epicor. “With Epicor ICE, distributors can work when, where, and how they want to work — field sales representatives can manage opportunities from their smartphone, executives can analyze financial data using spreadsheets, and anyone can find data in Prophet 21 through a search engine — all without ever having to sign in to the Prophet 21 application.”

Epicor ICE brings together the necessary components to start leveraging the benefits of this new technology “out of the box,” including:

  • Enterprise Search – a search engine that brings the personal Internet experience to the workplace, providing remote employees with access to all Prophet 21 data from one simple search field
  • Dashboards – an application that allows distributors to easily push out updateable dashboards of user-specific information from Prophet 21 to mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets, or any Web browser-enabled device
  • Business Activity Queries – a tool that enables point-and-click access to the data tables in Prophet 21 for the purpose of mapping data to other applications with drag-and-drop simplicity.

“Distributors can now extend the benefits of Prophet 21 to the entire organization, even to those people who don’t typically work directly with ERP systems today,” said Kevin Roach, executive vice president and general manager, ERP Americas for Epicor. “When more employees are collaborating around your business data because they have easier access to it, you become a more informed, efficient, and innovative company. With Epicor ICE, data becomes much more relevant because information is in a view specific to the employees’ needs. They can stop making decisions based on insufficient data, and your company can work smarter and faster.”