Nothing stays still for long in our global economy. Business today is fast-paced, highly competitive, and more demanding than ever before. In order to remain competitive, enterprises must be prepared to adapt business processes quickly to reflect ever-changing market trends and demands. The business technologies of tomorrow must be intuitive, compliant and super productive. In response to this demand, Epicor has created a new concept in software: an agile, next-generation business architecture.
At Epicor, we recognised that business software requirements were changing as early as 2002 when we introduced our first business software built from the ground up using 100% service-oriented architecture (SOA) and based on Microsoft .NET technologies.
Our years of experience with service-oriented architecture and our many successful SOA offerings have resulted in a process that allows us to separate technology framework from business application in order to promote lean and efficient software development that in turn provides the agility, scalability, and extensibility needed by our customers. We call this business architecture Epicor Internet Component Environment (ICE).
We also recognised that service-oriented architecture alone was not enough to allow us to offer the type of business software that would help our customers achieve their goals and stay ahead of the competition. Epicor ICE business architecture redefines 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 that is at once designed for people, built for business, yet ready for change.
A service-oriented approach ensures an abstraction of complexities in terms of how business systems are built and operated. In a services architecture, business logic, that represents software processes is broken down into a series of loosely coupled granular "business services" which are then made available and discoverable on a network via Web services. Each service provides functionality that can be adapted to the needs of the enterprise while hiding the underlying implementation details. By exposing business processes, service architectures provide the ability to streamline those same processes, which in turn promotes agile change management.
As a true services architecture, Epicor ERP allows businesses to independently access, integrate, and substitute any function or data element in the ERP system. There are over 1200 services, each with a variety of standardised operations. Every ERP capability is represented and available a service, which in turn is used to drive integrations or support various ERP client applications.
The Epicor ICE Business Architecture goes a step further by allowing all Epicor next-generation enterprise applications to be manipulated using Epicor Business Process Management (BPM) engine and Epicor Service Connect. Epicor ICE also features the Epicor Everywhere™ Framework—a unique technology that uses XML metadata to represent all client forms and logic. That metadata is then used to deliver customisations across an enterprise and drive pure HTML client applications to desktop, tablet, and phone devices.
Epicor ICE together with Epicor productivity tools such as Epicor Service Connect and Epicor Information Worker, and Epicor next-generation enterprise applications provide a truly collaborative and dynamic business experience, offering new levels of flexibility, usability and scalability. Epicor ICE helps businesses reduce costs, increase hardware utilisation, and optimise infrastructure and server availability.
With the advent of Epicor ICE Business Architecture, today’s businesses now have 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).
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