Epicor True SOA™. The New ERP?
Epicor’s implementation of a 100% services framework for intra- and
inter-application integration redefines service-oriented architecture
(SOA), which we call Epicor True SOA™, as the “new” ERP but doing it
with the "customer voice" and not the "technology voice." How often do
new and promising technologies offer so much but don’t get implemented?
In my almost 30 years in IT and ERP industry, I have seen so many ideas
not get to implementation because the attempts were misdirected, half
hearted, or just an attempt to deliver another checkbox item for the RFP
ERP systems, as such, exist on the fringe of a business as a
repository, calculator, and an outcome rather than a driver of the
"real" business. We need to connect with ERP using unstructured data
from ad hoc processes – this is how it has always been. And, with Epicor
True SOA we have the framework that enables Epicor to do this. We
remove the barriers to accessing and interacting with ERP by people
working out on the fringe and bring their data back into Epicor ERP –
things like working in a budgeting spreadsheet in Microsoft Excel™ and
having a button that uses a web service to push data into Epicor
financial management books, pushing the bill of materials out of
Pro/Engineer™ or SolidWorks™ and straight into a quote in Epicor ERP.
The key is to not have people leave the business mind-space or the
operational work-space of their real day job in order to use ERP. Until
Epicor True SOA, this wasn’t possible. One had to develop all sorts of
complicated integrations and use ERP screens to get the back office
stuff recorded and processed.
This framework also enables our partners to build mashups and
extensions to Epicor that implement the same logic, rules and
customizations as our own core applications, without the need for extra
licensing components and proprietary technologies.
With Epicor True SOA consultants and customers are equally enabled to
build desktop “widgets” that can float on other apps, or plugin in to
other apps (using scripting) and truly revolutionise how ERP is
positioned in a business. The whole ERP system should disappear into
the infrastructure, to be utilized (note I didn’t say “used”) when
needed by the workers in a business and participants in a supply chain
to leverage their work into better decisions and better outcomes for the
business and its partners.
Posted by Matt Taylor, Regional Director, China & South Korea, Epicor