The business world at large is in a season of efficiency; and, that isn’t changing anytime soon. Customers and business owners alike want better, faster, cheaper and easier. This presents a challenge, at least theoretically, for some Epicor Eclipse users because the software originally was released in 1989. Yes, 1989 … when the first Bush president moved into the White House and Milli Vanilli was all the rage. We know Eclipse isn’t considered “hip” or “hot”; but, that doesn’t mean it needs to be replaced or retired. Epicor Eclipse is a sound piece of software that serves hard goods distributors quite well.
In an article that we wrote about Epicor’s purchase of Eclipse, we said, “The Eclipse software has impressive capabilities perfectly suited for the wholesale distribution market. It is a program that can aptly serve the needs of distributors for a long time to come.”
In addition, implementing a new ERP can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars in software, licensing and consulting, plus time lost due to training and ramp up time.
Instead of replacing Eclipse, we recommend you simply consider enhancing it … going more “electronic” so to speak. When the computer and software are doing work instead of people, and you’re eliminating paper, your business will become more streamlined. In some cases, we’ve seen automation turn a fifteen-person job into a one-person job. Electronic business operations also reduce errors and protect you in cases of fraud, or customer disputes. Yet, every day Zerion encounters Eclipse users who hardly touch the breadth of functionality that exists in the system or that easily can be added on.
For a relatively small investment of time and money, you can tap into these under-utilized features and make Eclipse seem new. Your Epicor Eclipse software can function as if it had been created for today’s business needs!
Here are ten suggestions for going electronic:
We also have developed reports, created processes for integrating with third-party vendors and written code and settings for other clients that may be useful to your business’ quest to automate operations. Here’s a link to an ever-expanding list of other ways our clients have gone electronic.
Implementing any, or all, of these changes will make your Eclipse software appear newer without incurring a massive undertaking or expense. Eclipse users don’t take advantage of these opportunities because they’re unsure of how to approach them; or, they don’t have the knowledge to do it themselves. Most of the changes do indeed require a third party like Zerion, Epicor or someone else to set it up. They also may need some custom code, settings or training. But, consultants, programmers and trainers are easily attainable and not nearly as costly as new software. And, the expense is well worth it for a more up-to-date operation!
If you’re interested in learning more about how we can help, contact us today!
Tony King is the owner of Zerion Group whose roles include sales, consulting and management of a team of 12 consultants who work directly with customers to help them achieve their business goals.