Vantage by Epicor is an easy-to-use ERP solution designed to meet the needs of make-to-order and mixed-mode manufacturing companies. Vantage is delivered out of the box with built-in workflow processes that enable manufacturers to manage the entire order cycle: from Marketing and Sales through Production and Planning, Sourcing and Procurement, Installation and Service, and finally Financial recognition. Vantage enables the whole process to be real-time and paperless. Because the entire Vantage solution streamlines the order cycle, an enterprise can maximize its resources, minimize its costs and improve profitability.

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Our graphical scheduling tools and "what if" simulation feature enable users to make realistic production schedules, execute them efficiently with the resources currently available, and react quickly and efficiently to schedule changes.

What's more, Vantage gives everyone in the organization quick access to critical business information through sophisticated reporting tools and online tracking of orders, jobs, parts, quotes, POs, customers, and accounts.

To keep information system costs at an absolute minimum, every part of Vantage is optimized for rapid installation, low training costs, simple operation, easy modification, and cost-effective expansion.

Vantage 6.0 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 multi-national needs of manufacturers.

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

"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 provides 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'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 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'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.

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