As the economy begins to rebound, manufacturing activity is starting to accelerate. Unfortunately, most of it is taking place in relatively small companies with little access to sophisticated management software.
Epicor wants to change that with the launch today of Epicor Express, a software-as-a-service implementation of its recently revamped suite of ERP applications designed specifically for manufacturing companies.
According to Chad Meyer, director of product marketing for Epicor, there are somewhere between 800,000 and 1 million manufacturing companies that manage their operations using spreadsheets, accounting software from Quicken and paper-based systems.
Meyer contends that the cost of not only ERP software, but the underlying IT infrastructure, has prevented many of these companies from embracing more sophisticated IT-enable business processes. Epicor's SaaS offering allows customers to pay only for the software they need, a model like that of CRM vendors such as Salesforce.com
Over time, Meyer expects to see blended cloud computing models as enteprise computing evolves. But for now, Meyer says most of the interest in Epicor Express will be from companies that only need a lightweight version of the company's core ERP suite for manufacturing.