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Epicor to Bring On-Demand ERP to the Windows Azure

Epicor to Sharpen Its Next-Generation Epicor ICE Business Architecture With Windows Azure and SQL Azure (May 08, 2012)

LAS VEGAS, NV -- (Marketwire) -- 05/08/12 -- INSIGHTS 2012 - Epicor Software Corporation, a global leader in business software solutions for manufacturing, distribution, retail and services organizations, today announced a strategic alliance with Microsoft Corp. whereby Epicor® will use Windows Azure to expand on-demand delivery of its next-generation enterprise resource planning (ERP) suite worldwide. The Epicor ICE Business Architecture will also benefit from Windows Azure and SQL Azure.

Epicor and Microsoft share a common vision for cloud computing and building business applications that are delivered the way people want to work; virtually any place, any time on any device. With the open and flexible Windows Azure cloud platform, applications can be quickly built, deployed and managed across a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters -- using virtually any language, tool or framework.

Unveiled at Insights 2012, the third major release of Epicor ICE will provide platform as a service (PaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) offerings using Windows Azure. The flexible service-oriented architecture (SOA) of Epicor ICE provides connectivity across a wide range of Epicor business software solutions for the manufacturing, distribution, and services industries, enabling more customers to leverage Epicor Extend solutions delivered via the cloud.

Epicor first introduced Epicor ERP, its breakthrough next-generation enterprise business software solution in 2008. The solution, designed for growing companies in domestic and global markets, was built on Epicor ICE, which fused modern Web 2.0 technologies with Epicor True SOA™ -- a flexible, standards-based software architecture for creating and defining business process as reusable "services" to deliver an enabling business platform that offered new levels of flexibility, usability, and agility in support of application-to-application integration and business-to-business collaboration.

"A consistent leader in adopting forward-looking technologies from Microsoft, Epicor is now ready to take advantage of Windows Azure and SQL Azure to deliver a pre-configured virtual environment that simplifies implementation and enables more customers to use the cloud," said Walid Abu-Hadba, corporate vice president, developer and platform evangelism, at Microsoft. "The power of Windows Azure and SQL Azure will give Epicor customers and partners even more choice, flexibility and scalability with Epicor business software solutions -- whether delivered on-premise, hosted or in the cloud."

"Epicor was an early adopter of Windows Azure at its inception," said Erik Johnson, vice president, product marketing for Epicor. "And we have worked with a number of Epicor ERP customers to test the benefits of Windows Azure and SQL Azure, which we view as the next game-changers for cloud computing. We are pleased with the performance, scalability and flexibility of these technologies and look forward to leveraging the benefits of Windows Azure to provide our customers with extended capabilities and rich consumer-driven experience today's end users require."

News Facts

  • Epicor and Microsoft align to bring on-demand ERP to Windows Azure cloud
  • Epicor ICE will provide platform as a service (PaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) offerings using Windows Azure
  • Flexible business architecture to provide connectivity across a range of Epicor business software solutions via the cloud

About Epicor Software Corporation
Epicor Software Corporation is a global leader delivering business software solutions to the manufacturing, distribution, retail and services industries. With nearly 40 years of experience serving midmarket organizations and divisions of Global 1000 companies, Epicor has more than 20,000 customers in over 150 countries. Epicor enterprise resource planning (ERP), point of sale (POS), supply chain management (SCM), and human capital management (HCM) enable companies to drive increased efficiency and improve profitability. With a history of innovation, industry expertise and passion for excellence, Epicor inspires customers to build lasting competitive advantage. Epicor provides the single point of accountability that local, regional and global businesses demand. The Company's headquarters are located in Dublin, California, with offices and affiliates worldwide. For more information, visit

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This document includes descriptions of product functionality that is not presently available. This press release contains certain statements which may constitute forward-looking statements under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include statements regarding future product releases, growth prospects, and the direction and launch of future functionality and other statements that are not historical fact. These forward-looking statements are based on currently available competitive, financial and economic data together with management's views and assumptions regarding future events and business performance at the time the statements are made and are subject to risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include but are not limited to changes in the demand for Epicor's products; the timely availability and market acceptance of new products and upgrades; the impact of competitive products and pricing; the discovery of undetected software errors; changes in the financial condition of Epicor's customers; and other factors discussed in Epicor's quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended December 31, 2011 as well as its S-4 Registration Statement filed on January 11, 2012. As a result of these factors the business or prospects expected by Epicor as part of this announcement may not occur. Epicor undertakes no obligation to revise or update publicly any forward-looking statements.

Lisa Preuss
Senior Director, Public Relations
Epicor Software Corporation
+1 949 585 4235
[email protected]

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