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Internet of Things, and the Data We Love

February 10, 2017

The Internet of Things is a fast growing platform of connected devices, machines and cloud technology, which is helping businesses better manage process, machines and decision making. But what is the Internet of Things (IoT)? I like to describe it as, 'Devices connected to the internet to be used for the collection and analysis of data for the automation or control of a process.' Yet the term "Internet of Things" did not come about recently. Twenty years ago, a group of MIT professors described a world where "things" are connected, sharing data. These devices will produce data that provides organizations insights that were previously out of reach. Insights facilitated by collecting and analyzing the data from connected devices, is what the Internet of Things is all about.

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It’s Time to Transform

February 08, 2017

As a Distributor you have very big challenges in front of you as the competition is increasing and margins are decreasing. You wish this were reversed but it’s not. The Cloud is driving some of this pressure as your competitors are implementing new software solutions to help them improve margins and stand out from the crowd. Maybe it’s time to look at how BI software in the Cloud, sometimes referred to as Software as a Service (SaaS), can help you.

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Put Your Head in the Cloud

January 31, 2017

Cloud computing continues to drive business transformations across the Distribution industry. And that is not marketing hype. Look at the latest industry news, you’ll find multiple stories on how the "Cloud” is changing Distribution. Some of the times for the positive and other times for the negative. If you haven’t felt the impact of the Cloud within your business you will, either in how you run it or how your competition is using it.

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Epicor Recognized in Top 10 Manufacturing Intelligence and Manufacturing ERP Solutions Providers

January 30, 2017

In 2017, manufacturers are entering new unchartered territory. And what’s needed to navigate this new world is manufacturing intelligence. This is the premise of industry commentary from Epicor CEO Joe Cowan which was featured in Manufacturing Tech Insights. Epicor was recently named one of the Top 10 Manufacturing Intelligence Solution Providers and Top 10 Manufacturing ERP Solutions Providers by the publication.

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Get the Right Insights into Your Distribution Business

January 27, 2017

Bob Dylan wrote, "If you’re not busy being born, you’re busy dying ." The same seems to be true in the context of operating a distribution business. The wholesalers who are most energized and, often, most successful, are the ones who understand that technology is a sales and profit enabler- not a cost center. They are continually looking for ways to grow their business, harvest additional competitive value from their systems, and when those systems have been maxed out, they carefully select a new system with proven potential to drive their growth for over the next several years.

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NRF 2017 Recap: New Technologies Aspire to Take Retail to the Next Level

January 26, 2017

NRF's 106th Annual Convention & EXPO was bustling this year. Nearly 35,000 of the retail industry elite gathered in New York City to sit in on hundreds of educational sessions and scan miles of the latest and greatest retail technology solutions from some 4600 vendors on the show floor.

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Epicor Rises to #1 in Top 10 ERP Report

January 26, 2017

Epicor ranked number one over a fierce set of competitors in the first annual Top 10 ERP Systems Rankings Report by Panorama Consulting Solutions, a top influencer group and leading ERP consulting firm.

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Dancing with Doubt and Confidence

January 25, 2017

If I could pick two influences that have the greatest impact on my own successes and failures in life, they would be my two dance partners, personal doubt and self-confidence.  Even though I know I have total control over these two emotional states, it’s always a struggle finding a healthy balance between the two.

 

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The Connected Retailer: Meeting Customers Where They Want to Be

January 12, 2017

Will your next customer find you or find out about you on Twitter? Facebook? Snapchat? Your own website? At your store, can they pay simply by waving their smartphone over your card terminal? If you don’t have all the answers to these questions, you’re not alone—but you will need a plan to better connect to today’s consumers. 

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Reflecting on 2016: Marvel Manufacturing Award Winner

December 30, 2016

As we end the calendar year of 2016, we wanted to highlight our Wisconsin based customer, Marvel Manufacturing. Founded in 1904, the company introduced the first vertical tilt-frame band saw in 1917 and remains the leader in the vertical tilt frame market.

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The Key to Great Instructions

December 22, 2016

Season’s Greetings All. Last weekend being the last before Christmas I am sure it was busy for all with last minute shopping and holiday nights out. Personally, I had my son’s nursery school Christmas event to attend with my family – watching young children meet Santa Claus filled everyone with festive cheer and took our minds off the freezing weather!

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Solving the Problem of Data, Debate, and Decisions

December 16, 2016

ERP helps elevate the debate with greater insight Research commissioned by Epicor reveals it is natural, even healthy, for senior management team members to have differing ideas. But it is nonetheless important to make sure these conflicts are not based on biased agendas that might hinder business growth, and are instead elevated to productive debates driven by timely, objective facts that are easily and efficiently accessed

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