LaVigne driving innovation through KODAK EMS business software, powered by Epicor

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Epicor Software Corporation has announced that LaVigne Inc., a leading commercial printer well known for its state-of-the-art technology and high-quality printing is the first company to fully implement the new KODAK EMS Business Software, powered by Epicor. 

A Massachusetts-based sheetfed, digital print and print-optimisation company, LaVigne, is running its entire operation front office, back office and production on KODAK EMS Software, based on Epicors robust manufacturing enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution.

When LaVigne selected KODAK EMS Business Software, we knew that we were buying more than software from a vendor, said Chris Wells, president and chief executive officer of LaVigne.  Kodak has acted as a partner in the fullest sense of the word, backing up a superior technology solution with consulting and technical services that have ensured the success of the product installationand our business results.  During the software implementation, Kodak also delivered lean consulting services that helped us reduce many hours of paperwork. The combination of process improvement and automation made us more efficient and has given us higher productivity gains.

Complete Business Workflow Solution for Graphic Communications Businesses

KODAK EMS Business Software is a complete business workflow solution that helps manage the totality of a graphic communications business. This scalable solution can drive production at a single site or be used to link hundreds of users across multiple facilities. EMS Software integrates with other KODAK and third-party products and offers JDF connectivity via KODAK PRINERGY Business Link Software.  Leveraging Epicors innovative Microsoft .NET-based service-oriented architecture (SOA), KODAK EMS Business Software provides a level of functionality that extends beyond traditional print MIS.

The core Epicor ERP solution, which has been extended by Kodak for EMS Software, enables users to manage the entire order cycle from sales through billing. Built on a 100% SOA, the combined Kodak and Epicor solution enables continuous performance initiatives, real-time connectivity between supply-chain applications and partners and greater business agility.

Going live at LaVigne is a critical milestone on Kodaks path to deliver a next-generation business solution for the industry, said Bob Kutschke, general manager of Kodaks Business Workflow Product Group.  Kodak is in a unique position to help print providers transition from traditional print shop orientation to that of a modern manufacturer.  KODAK EMS Business Software offers a combination of automation and business intelligence that not only helps print providers reduce costs but also to understand which jobs are best for their business. Our Estimation Module even suggests how individual jobs should be produced to best support a print providers unique business goals.

In response to increasing demand for a scalable and flexible solution designed to meet the unique business needs of the graphic communications industry, Epicor and Kodak recently extended their relationship to form a long-term alliance. 

The Kodak and Epicor alliance brings a tailor-made business management solution to the graphic communications industry, said Mark Duffell, president and chief operating officer of Epicor. Commercial printers now have a solution that offers the best of both worlds: Kodaks print industry expertise and Epicors ERP/SOA expertise. Together, Kodak and Epicor will continue to keep KODAK EMS Software focused and relevant to this dynamic industry by bringing innovative features like Epicor Information Worker functionality, that will allow users to view and update EMS and Epicor data from within Microsoft Office applications.

KODAK EMS Business Software is available directly from Kodaks Graphic Communications Group.


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.

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