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Epicor Announces Support for Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 and Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0

  • 25 March, 2004 11:26

<p>Epicor leverages .NET technology in the development of enterprise-class solutions that provide greater flexibility, extensibility and scalability</p>
<p>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sydney – March 25th, 2004</p>
<p>Epicor Software Corporation (NASDAQ: EPIC), a leading provider of integrated enterprise software solutions for midmarket companies, has reaffirmed its support of Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 and the .NET Framework 2.0 in the development of enterprise-class midmarket software solutions that provide a rapid return on investment and lower total cost of ownership.</p>
<p>"When we embarked on the development of next-generation enterprise solutions that our 15,000 customers worldwide could leverage, the logical technology choice was Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 and the .NET Framework 2.0,” said Jason du Preez, Director, Asia Pacific for Epicor. “These technologies have enabled us to rapidly build the foundation for our Web services-based enterprise-class solutions – extending the benefits to both our enterprise and manufacturing customers at an affordable price point, while also delivering significant development cost reductions and time savings."</p>
<p>"Microsoft is pleased by Epicor’s support of Visual Studio 2005 and .NET Framework 2.0 in its development of enterprise-class solutions," said Prashant Sridharan, Senior Product Manager in the Developer and Platform Evangelism Division at Microsoft Corp. "Both Epicor’s Enterprise and Manufacturing Solutions Groups have demonstrated innovative use of Visual Studio .NET 2003 to deliver more-agile, scalable solutions that enable a lower total cost of ownership for the midmarket."</p>
<p>Enabling Rapid Application Development
During 2003, Epicor’s Enterprise Solutions Group utilised Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003 and the Microsoft .NET Framework to rapidly deliver Epicor Internet Component Environment (ICE), a complete Web services application development platform and business process management (BPM) framework. Built from the ground up as a service-oriented architecture, Epicor ICE also embeds Microsoft Visual Studio for Applications (VSA) within the Epicor ICE VSA Workbench to customise and extend Web services. Together, Microsoft Visual Studio .NET and Epicor ICE empower a company to carry out painless and cost-effective customisation that extend the performance and capability of their business applications.</p>
<p>Also introduced in 2003, Epicor for Service Enterprises is the first XML Web service enterprise service automation (ESA) solution for mid-sized, project-based businesses. Epicor for Service Enterprises uses more than 60 Web services to manage essential business processes more effectively – from resource and project planning to managing travel, expenses and billing.
Epicor’s Manufacturing Solutions Group rolled out the first phase of ‘Sonoma’ in 2003, its next-generation manufacturing strategy, recognising that customers could realise significant productivity gains with the Microsoft .NET Framework. The new solutions combine the customer driven functionality that exists in Epicor’s current solutions with the benefits of its service-oriented framework and user interface, to offer a new class of solution for midmarket manufacturers. Employing Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003 and the .NET Framework, the new Sonoma™ Class (SC) manufacturing solutions are being designed to offer customers increased levels of scalability, reliability and flexibility in implementing enterprise solutions with a natural upgrade path.</p>
<p>A Long History of Innovation
A consistent early adopter of Microsoft technologies, Epicor was one of the first enterprise application providers to have 1,000 customers running Microsoft SQL Server and was among the first companies to be certified for Microsoft BackOffice Server. Epicor was also one of the first enterprise vendors to leverage XML, the standard language of Web services. Most recently, Epicor’s CRM.NET Suite and Epicor for Service Enterprises solutions qualified for the .NET Connected Logo, which identifies solutions from Microsoft and other vendors that expose or consume Web services as a means for connecting and interoperating with disparate applications, services and devices.</p>
<p>Microsoft has recognised Epicor’s leadership and innovation as a software developer, naming Epicor as ‘ERP Solution of the Year’ for North America in 2001 and as ‘.NET Solution of the Year’ for Western Europe in 2003.</p>
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<p>Notes for Editors</p>
<p>About Epicor Software Corporation
For 20 years, Epicor has been a recognised leader dedicated to providing integrated enterprise software to midmarket companies around the world. With over 15,000 customers, Epicor delivers end-to-end, industry-specific solutions that enable companies to immediately improve business operations and build competitive advantage. Epicor's comprehensive suite of integrated software solutions for Customer Relationship Management, Financials, Manufacturing, Supply Chain Management, and Services Execution and Control provide the scalability and flexibility to support long-term growth. Epicor's solutions are complemented by a full range of services, providing single point of accountability to promote rapid return on investment and low total cost of ownership. Epicor's worldwide headquarters is located in Irvine, California, with offices and affiliates around the world. For more information, visit the company's Web site at www.epicor.com.au</p>
<p>Epicor is a registered trademark, and Sonoma Class is a trademark of Epicor Software Corporation. All other trademarks referenced are the property of their respective owners. This document includes descriptions of product functionality that is not presently available. The foregoing statements regarding anticipated new product releases and customer benefits following the use of such new products as well as statements regarding targeted release dates, anticipated feature functionality and integration with other products are "forward-looking statements" that involve risks and uncertainties and actual results may differ materially. The factors that could affect actual results include but are not limited to, unanticipated development delays, undetected software errors, competition, technical difficulties with third party products, difficulties integrating with other company products and other factors discussed in the Company’s quarterly report on Form 10-Q, for the period ending September 30, 2003, at pages 33-41. As a result of these factors the business or prospects expected by the Company as a result of this announcement may not occur. The Company undertakes no obligation to revise or update publicly any forward-looking statements.</p>
<p>Released on behalf of Epicor Software (Aust) Pty Ltd by Gotley Nix Evans Pty Ltd, Level 2, 10-18 Cliff Street, Milsons Point NSW 2061, Australia.</p>
<p>For further information please contact:
Kate Adams, Gotley Nix Evans
Phone: + 61 (0) 2 9957 5555
Email: pr@gne.com.au</p>

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