Epicor Data Analytics (EDA), powered by Phocas, is a cloud service with powerful tools to reduce costs, identify new opportunities and speed decision-making. It allows users to stay up-to-date with the daily changes of the business and visualize data across all of your business systems from production to sales. EDA is integrated within the business intelligence and analytics feature, but since Epicor takes a modular approach, it comes at an additional cost.
Epicor Data Analytics (EDA) interface
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Meanwhile, CloudSuite Industrial simply offers predictive analytical capabilities.
As for SAP Business ByDesign, it has in-built analytical tools. It offers training on consuming insights for business users, prepares data sources for key users, extended analytics and more.
Winner: SAP Business ByDesign is the winner as it has in-built analytical capabilities.
Epicor Tax Connect delivers cloud-based compliance solutions for various transaction taxes, including sales and use, VAT, GST, excise, communications, lodging and other indirect tax types. The solution provides real-time visibility into all transactions required by tax authorities. Tax Connect integrates with Epicor ERP as well as various other solutions – so, the feature is not included in the system and it must be requested.
With Infor, the user can automatically create tax transactions. The taxation tool is undecorated but provides baseline functionality as well as process automation.
In contrast, creation of tax-related transactions isn’t included within the SAP system. However, it supports taxation through its third party integration for tax calculation, which helps users get up to date tax rates. Vertex or Avalara are available for this integration.
Winner: Epicor ERP provides the best in-built taxation capabilities. With the cloud-based solution, users can complete complex, unique transactions while they’re on the go.
Epicor ERP provides robust reporting functionality for users. The Electronic Compliance Engine (ECE) framework ensures the delivery of legally required electronic reports. In addition, reports can be made regarding HR from every angle, including regulatory compliance requirements. Business activity queries (BAQs) are built into the system to drive reports, dashboards and trackers; they’re intended to help users understand what is happening at any given moment across the entire enterprise. With Epicor Advanced MES (Mattec) production monitoring, data can be captured directly from machines and operators to extract real-time production metrics and visual analytics.
Infor CloudSuite Industrial comes with business intelligence tools, which offer financial and operational reporting. Custom reports that take into account business needs can be generated.
SAP Business ByDesign has analytics built into every process and meets reporting standards. With an emphasis on financials, the system provides users with tools to create accounting reports.
Winner: Epicor ERP has the best reporting capabilities with access to a wealth of insights, while SAP and Infor focus solely on financial reporting. In addition, Epicor provides more opportunity for configuration and in-built compliance.