"And the Oscar goes to...." Well, maybe not quite as well known as the Academy Awards, but some of you may have noticed that Epicor picked up our first award for our next-generation ERP solution, Epicor 9 when we were named 2008 Product of the Year by Customer Interaction Solutions magazine.
It used to be that our manufacturing solutions, CRM, and Retail products were the ones that cleaned up each year when it came to silverware, and you will see from a cursory glance at our awards page that it's absolutely business as usual in that department. We can, however, now add our next-generation ERP solution into that same category as well, with Epicor 9 claiming its first significant accolade since becoming generally available in December of last year. Now we need our converged solution to get nominated for its industry specific and global capabilities as well. That will be a big focus for us in 2009.
Incidentally, the reason I was able to watch this year’s Oscar's is that the International travel I usually do this time of year has been moved out to April (see travel schedule). But although I have been closer to home, it's been hard to forget the continued effects, of all kinds, on business of increasing globalization. In speaking to some of our domestic customers, globalization has meant diversification and specialization, for instance, the move toward medical device manufacturing. My co-blogger Erik Johnson discusses this in terms of today’s increased competition, noting that SMBs “compete by differentiating themselves, exploiting market niches, and shortening time to market” in his recent blessay “What’s the Value of ERP Software.” I hope to understand more about what is driving and challenging our international customers once I hit the road next month.
Globalization was of course front and center at the Oscars, where the independent film Slumdog Millionaire swept much of what was on offer, winning eight of the golden statues, and how refreshing it was to see. Last week the film topped $200m in gross box office takings, and cost just $15m to make. I can’t help thinking that by the time Hollywood releases Slumdog III and several other Bollywood style romances to cash in on the trend, we will all be yearning for CGI and Tom Cruise again.
Up-coming topics: Next-generation ERP now; innovation in user experience; what’s on midmarket manufacturers’ minds; SOA what; Enterprise 2.0; maintaining service levels while keeping costs under control; Asia Pacific and European updates; why outsourcing belongs within the midmarket enterprises strategic arsenal .
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Posted by James Norwood, Vice President of Product Marketing, Epicor