Speakerbus chooses Force 9 and Epicor to migrate ERP system

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Speakerbus plc has selected Force 9 Business Solutions to assist with the process of updating its current enterprise resource planning (ERP) system.

Speakerbus plc will be switching its ERP system from Infors MAX and Hornbills Supportworks to Irvine, CA-based Epicor Software Corporations Vantage, a comprehensive ERP suite recognised for its capability to enable manufacturing users to maximise operational efficiency.  Speakerbus plc will be utilising the experienced team of consultants from Force 9 to assist in the implementation process.

We chose to work with the Force 9 team as they have extensive knowledge of our business processes and our current implementation, said Richard Trbger Operations Director at Speakerbus.  They have invested heavily in developing skills and tools to ease the transition from MAX to Vantage, which will help us to minimise the disruption of the migration process.

We are absolutely delighted that Speakerbus have chosen us as the supplier of their new ERP system, commented Derek Sanderson, managing director of Force 9.  Since SSA Global announced in 2005 that it would no longer be developing the MAX ERP solution, we decided to look at viable migration options for existing users and we are thrilled that Speakerbus have endorsed our view that Epicors Vantage is the natural replacement system.

Force 9 looked at a considerable number of alternative vendors and products to find one that offered the best fit for the MAX user community, said Mark Fielden, who runs the MAX User Group.  By choosing Vantage, and its subsequent adoption by Speakerbus, they have demonstrated a clear alternative migration path for MAX users.

We are delighted with the selection of Force 9 and Epicors Vantage business solution by Speakerbus, said Harry Mowat, Director, Channel Sales for Epicor in EMEA.  We chose to work with Force 9 because of their skills and comprehensive knowledge of the MAX ERP software. As part of the Force 9 team, we believe we can help their customers, and others within the MAX user community, transition to Vantage, an ERP solution which delivers a true service-oriented architecture (SOA) suited to manufacturing operations of all types.

Manufacturers around the world rely on Vantage, a complete end-to-end manufacturing system that addresses the core business needs of make-to-order and mixed-mode manufacturers. The modular suite has built-in workflows managing the entire order cycle including Marketing, Sales, Production and Planning, Sourcing and Procurement, Installation and Service, through to financial recognition.


About Speakerbus

Speakerbus plc is a leading provider of high quality voice and video mission critical communications. Established in 1984 the company has grown as a result of their willingness to adapt providing tailored, cost competitive solutions to their customer base.

Their products and services deliver broadcast quality voice and video in real time, with instant connectivity and comprehensive management capabilities across global networks. They are supported by an internationally respected service and support organisation offering 24hr backup.


About Epicor Software Corporation

Epicor, named one of FORTUNE magazines 100 Fastest-Growing Companies in 2006, is a global leader dedicated to providing integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), supply chain management (SCM) and professional services automation (PSA) software solutions to midmarket companies and divisions of the Global 1000.  Founded in 1984, Epicor serves over 20,000 customers in more than 140 countries, providing solutions in over 30 languages.  Employing innovative service-oriented architecture (SOA) and Web services technology, Epicor delivers end-to-end, industry-specific solutions for manufacturing, distribution, retail, hospitality and services that enable companies to drive increased efficiency, improve performance and build competitive advantage.  Epicor solutions provide the scalability and flexibility to meet today's business challenges, while empowering enterprises for even greater success tomorrow.  Epicor offers a comprehensive range of services with its solutions, providing a single point of accountability to promote rapid return on investment and low total cost of ownership.  Epicors worldwide headquarters are located in Irvine, California with offices and affiliates around the world.  


About Force 9 Businesses Solutions

Force 9 Business Solutions was formed in 2005 by a group of Independent MAX consultants. Force 9 has the largest team of MAX consultants in the UK; all with at least 10 years experience of helping companies implement and use enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems effectively. All but one of the Force 9 team worked directly for MAX International prior to its acquisition by SSA in 2001.

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