Saving on Credit Card Transactions: An Update

Are you saving on credit card transactions? If you are, great! Read on, because PayPal has upgraded the protocols used to secure all external connections made to their systems, and you may need to update your system as well.

And if you’re not saving on credit card transactions, why not? First, read our blog post on how we are able to help you do this. Second, come on back here and learn about this important update.

As we said before: as of June 30, 2017, PayPal is upgrading the protocols used to secure all external connections made to their systems. Transport Layer Security version 1.2 (TLS 1.2) and Hypertext Transfer Protocol version 1.1 (HTTP/1.1) will become mandatory for communication with PayPal. Given these changes, it is necessary to apply a patch to the Authorization Service Lite (ASL) component used by the PayPal integration with Vantage/Epicor ERP.

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Our Home in Revolution Mills

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When you love where you work, your company is only half of it: The other half is the building, the place where your desk is, where the work that drives you begins and is built. We’ll leave discussing the finer points of Feng Shui for another day, but no one can deny that your environment is a huge factor in your behavior and mood and so, your productivity.

That’s why Encompass, Inc, is based in one of the most inspiring places in Greensboro, NC: Revolution Mills. This 120-year-old textile mill was once the home of the future and countless dreams… and now it is once again.

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Encompass Solutions and National Tube Supply

As the new year begins for National Tube Supply, they get to look forward to their first full year of their brand new Epicor 10 system. It’s been a long haul for them, and us, taking nearly three years to implement after switching halfway through the installation process from Epicor 9.

The ribbon was cut on the new system on November 27, 2016, and NTS was able to start shipping and invoicing on the second day. There was only minor clean up and a few hiccups related to the customization to their system, but after three years of creation, tuning, fine tuning, and even writing their own staff user manuals, NTS hit the ground running.

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Encompass and Big Ass Solutions

Encompass Solutions was proud to be part of the recent Epicor 10 upgrade for Big Ass Solutions.

BAS were previously running the legacy Vantage system, but it was showing its age. Encompass Solutions, partnering with Saberlogic, worked closely with the BAS team to bring all the valuable custom solutions BAS had invested in over the years to streamline their system, up to date to run on Epicor ERP 10. Leveraging the technology improvements in Epicor ERP 10, BAS were able to bring MRP runs down from almost a business day, to a couple of hours on ERP 10, making the effort put in to bring the customizations onto a single technology stack well worth the effort.

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The 12 Steps of Fiscal Year Period Accuracy

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Tis the season for the 12 steps of Fiscal year planning for the 12 periods in the fiscal year, to ensure you enjoy the 12 days of Christmas.

IF

at (Financial Management/General Ledger/ Setup/Fiscal Calendar/ Selected Calendar) Latest FY = Current FY+1

THEN

Go to the Twelfth Step of Fiscal Year planning

ELSE

  1. Add a New Fiscal year
  2. Enter End Date
  3. Save
  4. Check Number of periods and closing periods for accuracy (check for period 13 requirements)
  5. Go to Actions. If a Calendar period THEN Generate Periods
  6. Check data accuracy
  7. Generate Periods
  8. Save and Exit ELSE
  9. at (Fiscal Year/Fiscal Period/List tab)
  10. Enter period date ranges needed
  11. Save and Exit
  12. Have a Happy New Year!

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Doing Nothing Costs More Than You Think

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Re-implementing new software, or even upgrading a system to the latest version may seem like a risky endeavor to most IT executives – why put a company that is “working fine” under the stress of an upgrade?

Let’s look at the return on investment on moving from a typical legacy system, to a modern system like Epicor ERP 10.

A Forrester Total Economic Impact TM Study showed significant productivity savings in invoicing and sales tax administration, and general accounting productivity increases related to creating, processing, and reporting numerous accounting entries using the Epicor ERP 10 Financials (TEI Case Study).  Epicor’s Supply chain suite provided a 15% reduction in average inventory levels, a reduction in headcount, and avoided future hiring associated with supply chain activities.

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Kaufman Container reduces overhead costs by 30% with Encompass and Epicor ERP

Kaufman Container is a leading packaging sourcing center in the United States. For the past 100 years, the company has provided packaging components, custom and stock molds, package development, quality assurance, and technical support to a wide range of customers and markets. Kaufman’s capabilities are endless, offering a variety of products including glass, plastic, aluminum, and metal containers, tubes, closures dispensing systems, celon bands, and more.

Prior to their Epicor implementation, Kaufman were running several non-integrated systems, and users were having to do each other’s jobs—for example, if inventory was needed for a job and one of the systems stated there was inventory on hand, there was no trust in any system of reference, and the material was manually verified to be there.

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It’s never too late to upgrade! Accutrex jumps 4 versions and takes on newest Epicor ERP 10.1

Accutrex, an award-winning supplier who offers superior quality products coupled with uncompromising attention to detail to the Aerospace, Military and Defense industries, recently upgraded from Vantage 8 to Epicor 10.1, with the help and expertise of Encompass Solutions.

Accutrex have established themselves as a leading source nationally and internationally for custom shims, gaskets, special OD/ID washers, metal stamping, sheet metal fabrications, kits and assemblies to the Aerospace and Military and Defense industries. As an ISO 9001:2008 and ITAR registered company, they are equipped to handle all facets of manufacturing from prototype to production in all types of industries.

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Encompass Solutions, Inc. Recognized by Epicor as Platinum Partner

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Greensboro, NC, 25 October 2016 – Encompass Solutions, Inc., has achieved Platinum Partner Status in the Epicor Channel Partner Program. Members are selected by Epicor Software Corporation based on contributions to customers, revenue generated to Epicor as well as other considerations that showcased the partners’ abilities in transforming customers to position them to grow by leveraging Epicor solutions. 

“We are honored to be recognized by Epicor as a Platinum Partner for another consecutive year as we continue to deliver excellence throughout the implementation, technical support, and training of Epicor ERP,” said Sonia Haslam, managing partner, Encompass Solutions, Inc.

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