As an Epicor 9 consulting and development company
, we come across situations where customers are held back from implementing the best and most logical business process because their stock installation of Epicor doesn't have an ideal solution to fit the process. Almost every business has unique processes that make them competitive and its critical that they be able to customize Epicor 9 to make it fit those processes rather than simplify their process to fit the software.
Mobile is such a huge area of focus by ERP vendors today. And it should be. The ability to interact with an ERP right from the manufacturing floor or warehouse is critical to increasing the efficiency of these areas and ensuring that data is as close to real-time as possible. We are therefore pleased to present the release of a new extension for Epicor® 9, called Scan to Ship.
A SaberLogic client asked us to write an integration module with SalesForce.com and their ERP platform, Epicor® Vantage 8.03. When sales orders were submitted on SalesForce.com, they were then pushed into Vantage. By automating the sales order entry process entirely, they lost the ability to easily print and sent out Sales Order Acknowledgements to their customers. They needed to be able to utilize their new sales order entry system, but still send out SOA’s for each order.
The solution here posed two problems. First, we needed to automate the sending of a sales order acknowledgments from a designated customer e-mail account. Secondly, we had to determine how to have this process happen automatically as all of the processing for sales order entry are now server side, with no client machines involved.
Every business is unique and yet ERP systems must be generic enough to work with many clients. That's why the ability to customize an ERP is so important. One of our clients was replacing a legacy quoting system with a new system inside of Epicor® Vantage 8. How do you convert requests for quotes into parts with fully configured methods of manufacturing? Learn what customizations we made to Epicor® Vantage!
An Epicor® 9 ERP user who was a service provider needed to be able to easily generate invoices from sales orders that had been imported into their Epicor® system from a separate labor data collection system.
We developed a custom "Overall Equipment Effectiveness" application for a local manufacturing company. The application records employee production on a daily basis. The employee start and end times are recorded but need to be stored in a decimal value in order to interact with a legacy ERP system. We simply masked these decimal values as time values using a standard .NET TextBox control. The client later requested a tracker view, allowing administrators the ability to view and edit already posted records. This proved to be an issue as we were displaying their decimal values with no mask, i.e. 8.75 instead of 8:45, 6.25 instead of 6:15.
Updated September 14, 2016
We were developing a cycle count application for one of our customers who required that their bins be sorted into alpha-numeric order: 14B, 21G, 21L, A7B, A9A, B5A, D4E1, E16A2, E16B2, etc. In the past, they had written their own sorting algorithm for a Crystal Report and so the cycle count applications dashboard that was replacing the report would also need items sorted into these bins. The issue we had to overcome is that .NET does not have a built-in sorting algorithm for an alpha-numeric values. There are basic algorithms which can handle the sorting of a list of numbers or a list of strings. In our case however, we needed to account for both letters and numbers, with a list of varying degrees of length in each of its items.
Updated September 14, 2016
One of our Epicor 9 clients, a Northeast Ohio manufacturing company, wanted to essentially completely re-design the Epicor 9 MES. That task was going to involve creating 156 different buttons and reassigning their function. In addition, they wanted the ability to easily re-assign the buttons to fit their future needs.