Epicor Acquires docSTAR to Gain ECM Platform

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    Digital business process transformation on a practical level always involves, to one degree or another, wrapping a workflow around multiple systems of record. To enable those transformations, Epicor Software, a provider of ERP software, this week announced it has acquired docSTAR, a provider of enterprise content management (ECM) software.

    Tom Franceski, former president and CEO of docSTAR, who is now the general manager for the document management business for Epicor, says organizations of all sizes are now starting to more aggressively reengineer processes to increase productivity. The ECM software created by docSTAR includes both workflow management and online forms software that facilitates those transformations, says Franceski.

    “Epicor is about the data,” says Franceski, “docSTAR is about the documents.”


    Franceski says Epicor will continue to offer docSTAR as a separate platform alongside its ERP software, while also looking to opportunities to integrate its ERP and ECM platforms. One of the primary examples of where ECM and ERP are being brought together to drive business transformation, notes Franceski, is the amount of focus organizations today have on accounts payable automation.

    Of course, Epicor is not the first software vendor to discover the relationship between ERP and ECM platforms. But as interest in digital business transformations continues to rise, it may very well turn out that Epicor benefits from being in the right place at the right proverbial time.


    Mike Vizard
    Mike Vizard
    Michael Vizard is a seasoned IT journalist, with nearly 30 years of experience writing and editing about enterprise IT issues. He is a contributor to publications including Programmableweb, IT Business Edge, CIOinsight and UBM Tech. He formerly was editorial director for Ziff-Davis Enterprise, where he launched the company’s custom content division, and has also served as editor in chief for CRN and InfoWorld. He also has held editorial positions at PC Week, Computerworld and Digital Review.

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