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Why Should I Switch to Epicor?

Enterprise resource planning software is a powerful tool for businesses. Providing comprehensive, customizable business management on a single platform. The applications you need to run your business —  everything from sales and marketing to human resources — can run through the ERP.

Putting an ERP in place eliminates inefficiencies like duplicate data entry and increases productivity. Instead of grappling with the inefficiencies of a homegrown system, Epicor®, one of the leading software platforms, helps businesses focus on growth instead of worrying about IT infrastructure.

Epicor® is designed specifically to fit the size of your business. Without adding an enormous IT budget burden, offering industry customization, melding to the specific needs of your company. If you want to increase productivity and scalability through an ERP system, find the right partner to help you with a system audit and a custom plan of action for implementation. Practical Technology Solutions has worked with companies like 3M Corp., Ashcroft, PosiTronic, and Shearers Foods to implement Epicor®.

One client, Unique Sports Products, Inc., offers insight into Practical Technology Solutions’ Epicor expertise:

 “I definitely recommend PTS as a partner for Epicor technical services and continue to use them. I only wish I had found them sooner. I will continue to go to them for enhancements, training and consulting as there is no doubt they will help us maximize our investment and minimize our time spent implementing various Epicor solutions.” 

Analyzing Your Current System 

A survey of software buyers found that approximately 66 percent of buyers do not use an ERP system, according to Software Advice. A significant number of these buyers (44 percent) use a mishmash of different systems to achieve the same functions of an ERP. This type of system is often considered homegrown. In this case, a business’s IT staff will build parts of a system or a whole system to carry out the various functions. While building your own system in-house does save money in the short-term, business leaders will have to think ahead. What will happen once your original IT staffers leave? Will the new IT department leader know how to efficiently use and maintain a system built by someone else? Will everyone else in the company have a simple, efficient user experience with the system? Homegrown systems are often dependent on the original programmers who made it. These systems also often lack the sophistication of an ERP. For example, a homegrown system may not have customer-specific pricing.

Your business may have a homegrown ERP, but as the scale of your business increases, so does the likelihood you will outgrow the software. Of software buyers at a company not using an ERP, 27 percent report wanting to change to an ERP specifically because of company growth. Look at your business’s needs and growth trajectory needs as you analyze your current system. Does it make sense to leave behind the homegrown model?

 

Finding The Right Solution

An ERP application can be customized to fit a variety of different industries, businesses and business sizes. ERPs allow data sharing across any aspect of your business. Different modules within the system handle various aspects of day to day business. Four core areas include:

  • Accounting and finance
  • Human resources
  • Sales and marketing
  • Supply chain management

Bringing all of these different areas of your business onto one scalable, customizable platform that conforms precisely to your company’s needs can drastically improve company efficiency.

What are the advantages of enterprise resource planning? Many modules have automated functions, decreasing the amount of time your company has to spend on that particular function. Automation increases productivity. A LinkedIn post based on statistics from the Aberdeen Group found:

  • ERPs can cut operating costs by 23 percent.
  • Better productivity stemming from an ERP system can increase a company’s on-time deliveries by 24 percent.

Companies that do not use Epicor® often run into significant limits on productivity and face challenges when it comes to scalability.