Manufacturing Software provides global management.

Press Release Summary:

Vantage v6.0 provides end-to-end manufacturing solution that addresses business needs of make-to-order (MTO) and mixed-mode manufacturers from front to back office. Offerings include OS support for Microsoft, Linux, and Unix; business activity monitoring; and Kanban Flow Manufacturing. Multi-company collaboration and support enables product to be deployed across multiple databases on one single server or across separate servers.

Original Press Release:

Epicor's Vantage 6.0 Delivers an End-to-End Solution to Manage the Global Manufacturing Enterprise

New Version Also Offers Multi-Operating System Support, Business Activity Management and Enhanced Customization and Personalization Options CHICAGO, Illinois - National Manufacturing Week (Booth #419) - March 4, 2003

- Epicor Software Corporation (NASDAQ: EPIC), a leading provider of integrated enterprise, eBusiness and collaborative commerce software solutions for midmarket companies, today announced a major upgrade to Vantage, its comprehensive integrated manufacturing solution.

Vantage 6.0, slated for general availability end of March, is a complete end-to-end manufacturing solution that addresses the core business needs of make-to-order (MTO) and mixed-mode manufacturers from front to back office. New features include multiple operating system support, business activity monitoring, Kanban Flow Manufacturing and new personalization and customization options. Additionally, Vantage 6.0 features multi-company collaboration and support for global operations aimed at meeting the increasingly global needs of manufacturers.

The new global support features appeal to a large cross section of the Vantage install base, including Minnesota-based power-train component manufacturer TEAM Industries, a Vantage 6.0 beta customer.

"TEAM is a long-time Vantage customer," explains Terry Waagmeester, TEAM's director of information services. "Our seven divisions operate independently, but must report centrally for purposes of corporate financial reporting and other enterprise-wide functions. Vantage 6.0 provides new functionality to support these requirements, as well as the ability to run Vantage from any location, in any configuration. With capabilities and customization options that support our unique requirements, Vantage is our end-to-end global manufacturing solution."

Delivering comprehensive Business Activity Monitoring capabilities, Vantage 6.0's Business Activity Dashboard provides a holistic view of manufacturing operations, providing real-time visibility of how the business is performing. This business visibility enables users to quickly identify bottlenecks in their operations so they can make changes aimed at continuous process improvement. This capability also allows the system, through user definable business rules, to proactively manage an enterprise's processes by electronically alerting and planning all those actions needed in order to fulfill the business goals.

In keeping with Epicor's focus on delivering flexible manufacturing solutions, Vantage 6.0 provides customers with multiple options for deployment, and offers support for Microsoft, Linux and Unix operating system environments. Additionally, users can customize and personalize the application through intuitive workbenches, to make the solution best-fit specific requirements, without impacting future upgrades.

Keeping in step with emerging requirements as the manufacturing industry continues to become more global in scope, Epicor has incorporated a multi-company collaboration feature within Vantage 6.0 which enables companies to sync their manufacturing operations globally. The Multi-company Collaboration module allows companies to deploy and consolidate enterprise information across multiple companies, multiple servers or multiple countries. The module also enables real-time electronic commerce and collaboration among companies or business units within an enterprise. This allows an enterprise to define how 'hands off' they wish the inter-company relationship to be.

The Multi-company Collaboration module also enables Vantage to be deployed across multiple databases on a single server or across separate servers. Regardless of configuration, Vantage 6.0 provides users with a consistent "look and feel" across the enterprise and can be centrally managed as one application.

Vantage 6.0's Multi-National Financials module includes many of the financial localizations required to deploy Vantage in most countries around the world. This encompasses the traditional Anglo-Saxon accounting methods as well as Napoleonic and the hybrid styles employed around the world. This multi-national framework also enables streamlined integration of Vantage into other accounting systems so companies can deploy Vantage while still keeping existing financial systems that may be dictated by a corporate head office.

"Vantage 6.0 continues Epicor's legacy of delivering maximum choice to our customers," said Paul Farrell, senior director of product marketing for Epicor's Manufacturing Solutions Group. "In addition to Vantage 6.0's new flexible deployment options and business activity monitoring functions, many of the new enhancements focus on supporting global collaboration. Vantage 6.0 offers manufacturers the right combination of technology to manage the global enterprise and functionality to execute on global business strategies that can deliver greater cost efficiencies and competitive edge."

About Epicor Software Corporation

Epicor is a leading provider of integrated enterprise and eBusiness software solutions for midmarket companies around the world. Founded in 1984, Epicor has over 15,000 customers and delivers end-to-end, industry-specific solutions that enable companies to immediately improve business operations and build competitive advantage in today's Internet economy. Epicor's comprehensive suite of integrated software solutions for Customer Relationship Management, Financials, Manufacturing, Supply Chain Management, Professional Services Automation and Collaborative Commerce 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, now and in the future. Epicor is headquartered in Irvine, California and has offices and affiliates around the world. For more information, visit the company's Web site at

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