Epicor empowers information workers and advances productivity with the Microsoft Office Enterprise project management solution

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Epicor Software Corporation, a leading provider of enterprise business software solutions for the midmarket and divisions of Global 1000 companies, has announced enhanced bi-directional integration with the newest release of the Microsoft Office Enterprise Project Management (EPM) Solution, an end-to-end collaborative project and portfolio management environment that helps align people with business priorities to effectively manage work.

Integration of Epicor for Service Enterprises, a comprehensive ERP for Services application built using service-oriented architecture (SOA), with the Office EPM Solution enables Epicor customers to leverage the extended project and portfolio capabilities of the Office EPM family of products.  This includes Project Portfolio Management (PPM) through Microsoft Office Project Portfolio Server 2007.  The PPM capabilities provided through Microsoft Office Project Portfolio Server build on the portfolio capabilities within Epicor for Service Enterprises to meet the business requirements of both professional and internal service organisations.

Both the Epicor and Microsoft solutions are built on the Microsoft .NET platform and make use of Microsoft SharePoint technologies for collaboration and to provide a consistent experience for the end-user.

Epicor provides an enhanced experience for project-oriented information workers by delivering a seamless and end-to-end service optimization solution that makes the Office EPM functionality more of a high-use resource for a wider pool of users not just project managers, said Irwin Rodrigues, director of Project Marketing for Microsoft Corporation. Epicor has capitalised on the strength and value of the Office EPM Solution on behalf of its customers through its integration with Epicor for Service Enterprises.

 Millions of project managers around the world rely on Microsoft Office Project solutions for detailed project planning; yet these users can be isolated from the core enterprise systems, said Malcolm Fox, senior product marketing manager of Epicor.  The strong, bi-directional integration of the Office EPM Solution with Epicor for Service Enterprises provides users with the best of both worlds they can continue to undertake project planning within Office Project while leveraging essential enterprise functionality within Epicor for Service Enterprises, such as CRM, time, expense and materials management and billing.


Power of Bi-Directional Integration

The enhanced integration between Epicor for Service Enterprises and Office EPM Solution provides for greater flexibility than previously available. Project managers can initiate a project in either the Office EPM Solution or Epicor for Service Enterprises and synchronize information between the two applications during different stages of planning and completion.

As the first ERP for Services solution built on a true SOA using Microsoft .NET and Web services technology, Epicor for Service Enterprises delivers tightly embedded and extensive client-focused capabilities that enable real-time visibility into operational and financial information.  Furthermore, the solution's SOA provides the flexibility needed to adapt to shifting business demands and related process changes, without recourse to customization.

In addition to re-engineering the technical approach to the integration and improving performance, particularly for more complex work breakdown structures, a number of new features have been introduced with this release including synchronization of project schedules (activity codes, time types, regular and overtime hours), estimate to complete values and synchronization of resources, resource categories and generic resources.


About Epicor Software Corporation

Epicor, named one of FORTUNE magazines 100 Fastest-Growing Companies in 2006,  is a global leader dedicated to providing 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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