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Epicor Extends Cloud-First Focus to Empower Distributors to Unleash Growth

Newest versions of Epicor Prophet 21 and Epicor Eclipse provide enhanced tools designed to improve user experience while delivering new refinements to improve distributors’ business effectiveness

Epicor Software Corporation, a global provider of industry-specific enterprise software to promote business growth, today announced the latest versions of its industry leading distribution software solutions, Epicor® Prophet 21® and Epicor® Eclipse®. Now available, the next-generation enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems are designed to fit the needs of today’s digital distributors—enabling them to take full advantage of modern, cloud-ready technologies to help them drive sales growth and increase margins.

Get current, stay current, and keep growing
With markets changing rapidly, the latest releases of Epicor Prophet 21 and Epicor Eclipse helps customers succeed by providing timely solutions to new business challenges. Keeping current with software typically involves significant time, effort, risk, and cost; however, Epicor has greatly reduced these factors by releasing the right tools and programs that make it easy to upgrade.

Cloud ready when you are with Prophet 21
The new release of Prophet 21 is a comprehensive cloud application that leverages industry-leading vertical functionality from Epicor, making it easier to deploy, use and extend while providing a completely seamless migration path to the cloud for current customers. Key improvements include Carton Packing, which especially benefits distributors doing business with and through Amazon as well as with big-box retailers, updates to Refunds and Return Merchandise Authorizations (RMAs), and added capabilities for distributors who provide value-added services in the form of manufacturing. Distributors desiring the ability to extend their systems can leverage Prophet 21’s API V2, featuring a greater depth and breadth of Interactive and Data Services API capabilities. Finally, for distributors looking to embrace the cloud, the Prophet 21 Web Application adds a number of new usability and mobility capabilities, as well as access to the system’s Service and Maintenance module.

Prophet 21 has also launched a new data analysis module, XL Connect 7. Built to function within Microsoft® Excel, XL Connect 7 provides business users greater flexibility to create more than financial reports, and provides new, real-time, automatic connectivity to all Prophet 21 data. Notable functions of XL Connect 7 also include the ability to create ad-hoc reports, functions and analysis, drill-down capabilities to provide details behind the numbers, and immediate access to the data anytime, anywhere with fully interactive reports, even when users are offline.

“The largest benefit of updating to the newest version of Prophet 21 is the ability to differentiate ourselves from our competition,” said Adam Linger, technical administrator, Stellar Industrial Supply. “Staying up to date gives us the latest tools and technology to stay on the leading edge. Keeping on the latest version helps us to continually streamline our processes and find new ways to work smarter and more efficiently. We feel confident that these efforts are producing greater efficiencies, tools, and technologies that will benefit Stellar for years to come.”

Faster decision-making with Epicor Eclipse
Epicor Eclipse users will be pleased to hear about significant improvements to the Product Data Warehouse module and Epicor Commerce Connect (ECC), in addition to the availability of Epicor Data Analytics (EDA). In the new release, the new Enhanced Product Data Warehouse has Solar screens providing easier user experiences. Additionally, process speed has been dramatically improved. Epicor Commerce Connect is fully integrated into Eclipse and provides a cloud-based B2B solution for distributors to help attract and retain customers. Online users of ECC will also be able to select an Eclipse Order Status and specify a Require-By Date as well as make payments on outstanding AR Payments.

Lastly, Epicor Data Analytics is now also available for Epicor Eclipse customers. This tool helps companies grow by providing insight into reducing costs, identifying new opportunities, and supporting specific programs—thereby speeding up decision-making.

“Distributors are looking for ways to digitally transform their business,” said Mark Jensen, director of product management, Epicor. “Distributors unwilling or unable to navigate this transformation are already seeing a financial impact; whether it is a slip in growth, a reduction in margins, fewer customers, or losing employees. Epicor enables distributors to grow, thrive and compete in a disruptive industry with these new versions of Prophet 21 and Eclipse. There is no better time than now to embrace digital transformation with Epicor.”