Software targets aerospace and defense manufacturers.

Press Release Summary:

With multi-level work breakdown structures, Epicor for Aerospace and Defense provides means to break large project into separate phases, and then track and cost each phase as it applies to contract as whole. XML, EDI, and Database translation engines coupled with data integration functionality provide collaboration between trading partners in supply chain. Demand management functionality enables manufacturers to plan and forecast demand and integrate supply chain to satisfy demand.

Original Press Release:

Epicor® Vantage Soars with New Features for Aerospace and Defense

Epicor for Aerospace and Defense Offers Enhanced Project Management, Demand Management, Enhanced RFID and EDI Support

CHICAGO, IMTS 2006, Booth D-3125, Sept. 6 / -- Epicor Software Corporation (NASDAQ:EPIC), a leading provider of enterprise business software solutions for the midmarket and divisions of the Global 1000, today introduced new features and functionality to address specific requirements of aerospace and defense manufacturers in its latest release of Epicor Vantage, the company's 100-percent service-oriented architecture (SOA) end-to-end global manufacturing solution (See: Epicor Delivers Far Reaching New Functionality to Vantage).

The new offering, Epicor for Aerospace and Defense (A&D), is a comprehensive enterprise solution designed to enable manufacturers in this industry to improve operational visibility and efficiency. Currently Epicor has roughly 150 customers in the aerospace and defense industry -- an industry that analyst research projects 11% are planning to implement some flavor of ERP in at least part of their enterprise during 2006.(1)

"Aerospace and defense manufacturers face a challenging landscape with strict regulatory requirements, pervasive supplier consolidation and intense competition on a global scale," said Rod Winger, director of product marketing for manufacturing and supply chain management solutions at Epicor. "Epicor for A&D offers the tools to eliminate supply chain inefficiencies, meet regulatory requirements and deliver greater operational control and visibility."

New Functionality Offers Enhanced Project Management and Advanced EDI
New capabilities aimed at meeting the needs of aerospace and defense manufacturers, include enhanced project management and advanced Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) capabilities as well as enhanced supply chain management capabilities and robust business process management (BPM). Specifically, Epicor has added support for multi-level work breakdown structures (WBS) to its manufacturing solution. This provides the means to break a large project into separate phases, and then track and cost each phase as it applies to the contract as a whole. The system allows material costs and inventory to be associated with a project, for precise tracking of costs.

Extended EDI functionality is delivered through an alliance with TIE Commerce Software. The powerful XML, EDI, and Database translation engines coupled with flexible data integration functionality provide for greater collaboration between trading partners in the supply chain, increased efficiency, and reduced costs. The EDI solution simplifies data sharing by removing the key restriction-allowing data exchange in any format with a fully automated and integrated system.

Vantage puts robust BPM functionality in the hands of the business user, providing powerful capabilities to modify business processes as needed to increase business agility and responsiveness. Using a wizard-driven interface, business users can assign business rules that define how the system handles transactions in response to various parameters and conditions, including advanced processes orchestrated with Epicor Service Connect for graphically mapping process flows and orchestrating transactions to eliminate non-value added steps and streamline virtually any process both within Epicor solutions as well as connectivity to external applications or processes.

New demand management functionality enables manufacturers to easily plan and forecast demand and integrate the supply chain to satisfy this demand and manage long-term Just-in-Time (JIT) contracts. The system handles creation, analysis, manipulation and reconciliation of cumulative records for customer releases.

Epicor for A&D offers full support of barcode labeling and handheld transactions. Upon the completion of a pre-determined list of transactions, the system will automatically print user definable barcode labels. This new functionality supports enterprises that re-label product upon return or need to address industry-specific or customer-specific labeling requirements. Support for handheld transactions enables manufacturers to leverage RFID devices to quickly and efficiently enter transactional data into the system by scanning barcodes on the shop floor.

EDAC Technologies Corporation (IMTS Booth D-4553), a manufacturer of precision components serving the aerospace industry for over 50 years and an Epicor Vantage customer, says "Epicor Vantage does a fantastic job of allowing our business units to do business the way they want to -- the flexibility of Vantage is extremely important to us and the reason we continue to rely on Epicor for our ERP solution."

About Epicor Software Corporation
Epicor is a global leader dedicated to providing integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), supply chain management (SCM) and professional services automation (PSA) software solutions to midmarket companies and divisions of the Global 1000. Founded in 1984, Epicor serves over 20,000 customers in more than 140 countries, providing solutions in over 30 languages. Employing innovative service-oriented architecture (SOA) and Web services technology, Epicor delivers end-to-end, industry-specific solutions for manufacturing, distribution, retail, hospitality and services that enable companies to drive increased efficiency, improve performance and build competitive advantage. Epicor solutions provide the scalability and flexibility to meet today's business challenges, while empowering enterprises for even greater success tomorrow. Epicor offers a comprehensive range of services with its solutions, providing a single point of accountability to promote rapid return on investment and low total cost of ownership. Epicor's worldwide headquarters are located in Irvine, California with offices and affiliates around the world. For more information, visit

Epicor and Vantage are registered trademarks of Epicor Software Corporation. Other trademarks referenced are the property of their respective owners. The product and service offerings depicted in this document are produced by Epicor Software Corporation.

(1) Source: AMR Research, "A&D IT Budgets To Increase to 5.8% of Revenue in 2006" (Sept. 28, 2005 - M. Taffe)

CONTACT: Lisa Preuss of Epicor Software Corporation, +1-949-585-4535,

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