Reasons To Upgrade To Epicor 10: Scheduling
Given its relatively recent appearance on the landscape of ERP software, Epicor 10 has been generating a lot of interest, both from those already running legacy versions of Epicor and looking for an upgrade, and other businesses who haven’t yet implemented an enterprise suite. Marketed as a much faster, more usable and capable version of the manufacturing technology, we still field a lot of questions on whether the cost of the upgrade is truly worth it. That’s why we’re starting a recurring series on the Datix blog centered around reasons businesses should consider the upgrade to Epicor 10. In this first part, we’re turning our attention to the application’s capability for powerful and comprehensible production scheduling—even for users that might not be all too familiar with enterprise software or how to customize it.
No matter what area of business you’re in, be it manufacturing, services or distribution—or perhaps some combination of all of the above—the likelihood is that you’ll be using your ERP for process planning and scheduling. It’s a key component when it comes to any ERP strategy. And, as part of Epicor’s focus on creating adaptive software that can accommodate any business’ unique needs, Epicor 10 prides itself on its new advanced materials planning module that allows for complex scheduling functions without asking for huge customization or technical development. You can improve lead response time with make-to-order and engineer-to-order capabilities.
An upgrade to Epicor 10 can present a whole new world of production scheduling capability. Businesses that operate in markets with a high degree of seasonality and changeability, or are producing products for various private label brands, will find this kind of nuanced scheduling control (and ability to alter that same schedule in the blink of an eye) crucial. What’s more, Epicor 10 includes the capability for cloud scheduling—storing your processes and production plans online and in the cloud. If you do upgrade to Epicor 10 and choose to take advantage of this feature, you will be shoring up the safety of your operations in the event of a technical breakdown or a natural disaster at one or more of your manufacturing locations. Shutdowns can be particularly deadly for mid-market businesses that only run one or a few different sites—backing up production lines across the board and setting your business backs weeks or months for every lost hour of manufacturing time. However, with cloud-based Epicor 10, a production manager can still access your ERP suite (even on mobile) and retool your machines in another location or rebuild your workflow to accommodate the shutdown and keep your business afloat during the crisis. Current Epicor 10 users have noted the software’s unique ability to allow users to adapt to changing situations quickly and deftly—an invaluable quality when it comes to the often rapidly changing world of manufacturing and distribution.
Flexibility remains one of the strongest cases one can make for a business to upgrade to Epicor 10, and the suite’s ability to handle scheduling masterfully is a big part of that. If you’re currently running an older, legacy version of Epicor or Vantage ERP and have been thinking about an upgrade to Epicor 10 in order to make your enterprise software more agile, get in touch with one of consultants at Datix today. We have helped multiple businesses along the path of an upgrade and can help ease the transition, keeping your data safe and your employees comfortable on the new system.