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How to Choose Between Generic and Industry ERP Systems

To run a successful operation, every manufacturer needs a modern enterprise resource planning system to boost efficiencies and drive down costs. However, if so many options its difficult to choose. If you’re wondering whether a generic or industry-specific solution is the best fit for your business or even how to start the ERP selection process.  

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Read the Full 2021 Gartner® Magic Quadrant for Cloud ERP for Product-Centric Enterprises¹ Report—Compliments of Epicor

Independent research to inform your technology investment decisions

Kinetic (the new name for Epicor ERP) is valued by our customers as the cloud-based ERP made with manufacturers, for manufacturers. Kinetic maximizes your profitability with real-time business intelligence and an intuitive user experience.

Our large and loyal customer base trusts us to accelerate their growth and help them innovate now and into the future.

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1Gartner Inc., “Magic Quadrant for Cloud ERP for Product-Centric Enterprises” by Tim Faith, Paul Schenck, Denis Torii, Dixie John, and Abhishek Singh (August 24, 2021).

GARTNER and Magic Quadrant are registered trademarks and service mark of Gartner, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and internationally and are used herein with permission. All rights reserved.

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

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Optimise Your Metal Service Centre

Ready to take your business to the next level? This ebook shows how Epicor can help you get there. Discover how Epicor’s business productivity solution for metal services helps you meet customer needs while your staff can manage stock efficiently, minimise waste, and deal with the complexities of your operation. You’ll also learn how to:

  • Improve inventory management and reduce remnants waste
  • Build customer loyalty through better experiences fast order execution
  • Deploy across branches and scale quickly in a cloud environment
  • Empower staff with a modern experience across multiple devices

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Getting comfortable in the cloud: why manufacturers are making the move

Thinking about moving your manufacturing business to the cloud? You’re in good company. The need to differentiate and grow your manufacturing business is real—and so are the benefits of embracing the cloud. It’s a system everyone in your organization can access from anywhere, that's far more reliable and economic. In fact, with smart manufacturing solutions, the move to the cloud is as simple as working from the cloud.

Download this ebook to understand what we mean by “working in the cloud” and discover the top 10 reasons leading manufacturers choose the cloud to differentiate and grow their business.

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3 Technology Traits to Consider for Future-Proof Manufacturing

Wherever your manufacturing business is on its digital transformation journey, there’s a lot to consider. For some it’s easy for paralysis to set in. Before that happens, consider that manufacturers who are successfully driving digital transformation and growth have one thing in common—they move forward in small, smart, incremental steps.

Read the whitepaper for advice on the three technologies that should drive the next steps in transforming your business into a factory of the future.

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Technology Traits to Consider for Future-Proof Manufacturing

Wherever your manufacturing business is on its digital transformation journey, there’s a lot to consider. Businesses that successfully drive digital transformation and growth have one thing in common—they move forward in small, smart, incremental steps.

Read this ebook to discover three key trends shaping the future of manufacturing, and identify the technology traits needed to transform your business into a factory of the future.

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Push Past Common Manufacturing Challenges

When things go wrong, there are so many complex steps that must happen for a part to get in the hands of a customer. Sometimes it can feel like you’re fighting a never-ending series of fires, but tech can help. See how IIoT, analytics, and cloud hosting can allow you to break through and prosper.

  • See how to do more with less and better enable your staff to navigate the skilled labor shortage.
  • Learn how to utilize IIoT to keep shop equipment running smoothly.
  • Discover all the benefits the cloud offers.
  • Take a quick quiz to see what Industry 4.0 tech can best help your business.

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Data is the Next Frontier for Manufacturing

Data and analytics have changed the game in ways that almost seem impossible. These days, the world’s most valuable resource isn’t something that can be formed into a shape. Well, not exactly.

This eBook takes a deep dive into how data can serve your manufacturing business.

  • Learn about the three types of analytics.
  • See how data can bridge communication gaps within an organization.
  • Reimagine your research and development.
  • Create more links to your supply chain.
  • Integrate analytics with smart factory capabilities.

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How to Choose the Best Distribution ERP

How do you know the ERP software you’re evaluating is right for your organization? This white paper offers a pragmatic framework for answering the key questions in your evaluation process:

  • What are your strategic priorities and how will the ERP system help with execution?
  • What are the outcomes or goals you want to achieve and measure through an ERP system, and will the ERP software provide the right outputs to achieve these goals?
  • How do you prepare for the change required with new technology from a people and process perspective?

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Digital Transformation for Distributors

Despite its clear benefits, Digital Transformation can seem overwhelming for distributors. This playbook breaks down the Digital Transformation journey into key components for planning the work and working the plan.

  • Clarifies what it is, what it is not, and why it is more important than ever for distributors
  • Walks you through a crash course on six enabling technologies that can unlock new possibilities
  • Explains the Three Lenses for Going Digital - technology, people, and strategy – that, together, create more successful digital initiatives
  • Shows how to sequence your digital roadmap, starting with today’s improvements and eventually taking on tomorrow’s transformations

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5 Best Practices to ERP Implementation Success 

When "We've always done it this way" is just not working out.

As a manufacturer, maybe you've used the same software for years. There are issues and problems that slow production and you’ve found your best workarounds.

Still, productivity is not where it could be. An effective enterprise resource planning (ERP) system is within reach, but the thought of switching from your legacy system is daunting.

The implementation of ERP software doesn’t have to be difficult. Built by manufacturing experts, Kinetic (new name for Epicor ERP) will change the game, so you can stop running the problem and start leading the pack.

Download this white paper for five best practices to successfully implement your next ERP system— and start getting better visibility to grow your business.

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Manufacturing Industry - Turning Trends to Your Advantage

In make-to-order (MTO) manufacturing, the challenge has always been to profitably address a market of one with a customized product. Now the future of manufacturing is being re-shaped by several key trends: mass customization, lean manufacturing, the Amazon effect, globalization, and digital transformation.

To turn these trends to your advantage, you need end-to-end visibility of your manufacturing business and its value chain, so that you can:

  • Deliver a great customer experience
  • Make operations as efficient as possible
  • Drive business growth and profitability

Download our ebook now to find out more.

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