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“On a cold winter Wednesday, I joined a metal fabrication conference in the Cleveland area.  We were led to a room covered in brown; the far wall lit up by a projector.  As I unpacked my laptop, trusty notepad and pen, I was approached by a man with a jovial smile.  The feeling that I should know him welled up inside me.  After taking a second glance at my nametag, he said, “we’ve worked together, but we’ve never met face-to-face.”  He went on to tell me how years prior we collaborated on a BPM that defaulted the correct shipping address for purchase orders according to the User-ID on the PO.  “Before you built that, about once a month, these huge semi-loads would arrive at our office building, over 400 miles away from the factory.  It was extremely frustrating, but now we can laugh about it because your BPM has saved us 10’s of thousands of dollars.  It hasn’t happened since.”  He shook my hand and thanked me, as we remembered working together.  Hearing this story made me proud of what I do and where I work.”

— Another happy client • Kadant

“The straight forward approach was a relief and I appreciate how the PTS team jumped straight in despite the complex challenges we faced.  I was able to speak with Jim directly several times which provided a great amount of comfort, I never had any trouble reaching him and/or a member of his team.

The team at PTS assisted in arranging meetings in which we discussed complicated business process and procedure requirements. This sped up the improvement process significantly.  PTS’ methodology was a perfect fit to quickly and thoroughly address our needs and provide solutions.

The functional results that were produced as a result of Jim’s team were a key component in keeping operations running.  Moreover, their skills for development are extraordinary.  On top of his work, Jim’s team also provided excellent support. They dealt with questions ranging from the absolute basics to advanced easily and with an air of patience that can only be described as completely forgiving!

In short, I would have no hesitation in recommending PTS to any prospective client and I would be happy to answer any questions related to this reference.”

— Olmsted Products • Industrial Pump Industry

“Imarda has faced several business challenges recently as we have been undergoing significant growth for our i360 product. This growth has resulted in increased manufacturing volumes, and complicated BOM’s (Bill of Materials) and increased billing to be produced from an aging ERP system (Epicor® Vantage 8) that is in need of replacement.

Imarda had done an amount of work with PTS in the past and I contacted Jim from PTS in the hope this company could assist. Jim’s team jumped straight in aware of the challenges we faced. I was able to talk to Jim directly several times which provided a huge amount of comfort and even though the time zones were different I never had any issues reaching him or a member of his team. Their straight forward approach was a relief. The team at PTS assisted in arranging meetings, eliciting the answers from iMarda staff with questions backed up

Their straight forward approach was a relief. The team at PTS assisted in arranging meetings, eliciting the answers from iMarda staff with questions backed up from years of experience in Epicor®. This sped up the business improvement process significantly. Their agile methodology was a perfect fit as we needed to jump between issues often very quickly and due to the nature of our remote staff the timing of such meetings was often at short notice. The functional results that were produced as a result of Jim’s team were a key component in keeping the operations process running within Imarda.

On top of this work, Jim’s team also provided excellent support, as our lack of knowledge with Epicor® due to staff churn again left us challenged with internal support options. Jim’s team dealt with questions ranging from the absolute basics to advanced questions easily and with an air of patience that can only be described as completely forgiving!! In short, I would have no hesitation in recommending PTS.”

— Imarda • Transportation Fleet Industry
Professional Epicor® Consultants
Ever find yourself wondering if your company is getting the most out of its Epicor® investment? Our Epicor® system audits have helped companies successfully maximize their Epicor® business systems for decades. We can help you utilize Epicor® more efficiently for your specific business needs.

When you need fast results from your Epicor® ERP system, there’s no better solution than an experienced Epicor® erp consultant. Working with a professional Epicor® application consulting firm, you can streamline your system to better suit your business with the help of a dedicated specialist. From expert implementation and technical support to employee training, an Epicor® audit consultant can help, and there’s no better firm than PracticalTek. No matter the version of Epicor® audit company you are using, our consultants have experience with it. Whether it be Vista, Vantage, 9, 10, or Prophet 21, we can help!

Check out these testimonials from our satisfied clients:
“I am very happy and honored to provide you with a reference for PracticalTek. I have been EXTREMELY happy with the work that has been provided. I have not been using them for long (just a number of months), but in a very short time frame, they have reassured me that my trust in them as a consulting business partner is well worth it. I see their knowledge of the Epicor® Product lines as being very in-depth and their staff as highly resourceful. I highly recommend them as a business consulting partner for your business and technical application needs.” -M-B Companies
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Epicor® System Support Consulting for Your Business
Epicor® erp consulting with an expert is one of the best things you can do for your company, no matter how experienced you are with the system.
New users just getting started with the ERP may need help from start to finish. With Epicor® system help implementation consultants, you can get help from installation to customization of your software, so you’re using it to its fullest potential starting day one. We can train you and your employees on the software while also streamlining your processes, maximizing your productivity and efficiency from every angle.
Experienced users using the Epicor® software for years also benefit from the help of a knowledgeable service provider such as PracticalTek. Our experienced Epicor® consultants know every detail about the newest additions and upgrades to the system, and a new perspective can help you see potential solutions you’d never considered before. An Epicor® erp consulting firm can run a complete audit of your business practices, taking an in-depth look at your current settings, key highlighted fields, and overall system status to determine the best ways to maximize your day to day.
The great thing about consulting is the fact that it can help businesses of every type, as well as experience level. Hundreds of industries benefit from the Epicor® software, and they all can benefit from a professional consultation. Just a few of the industries PracticalTek has helped in the past include:
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  • Manufacturing: From the automotive and metals market to the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry, Epicor® ERP consultant manufacturing, provides manufacturing businesses with solutions that help drive growth. Integrated, real-time data can help manufacturing plants respond quickly to constantly changing market conditions and demands, helping them stay on top of their business’ needs. We can help implement and customize Epicor® to work in the best way possible for these fast-paced environments, streamlining all of these processes to ensure that owners get the information they need when they need it with as little error and delay as possible.
  • Distribution: Distributors warehouse and transport massive amounts of equipment and product every day. Epicor® erp consultant software makes tracking all of the comings and goings as efficient as possible, linking together sales and inventory data with supplier and customer data to create holistic pictures of the distribution process, helping to identify any problem areas or issues as quickly as possible. With Epicor® consulting firms, this is even easier. PracticalTek can help your distribution business properly implement; minimizing data entry and ensuring smooth process tracking.
  • Retail: From local retailers to regional powerhouses, Epicor® consultant firm can help manage all the complexities and intricacies of the retail world. Customer and inventory tracking capabilities make the ERP a perfect fit for the retail industry, and a consultation can make the ERP software run even more smoothly in the fast-paced retail world. Everything from employee training to software optimization can help your retail business improve its profits in the incredibly competitive marketplace.
  • Services: The service industry is enormous and varied, including businesses ranging from education and financial enterprises to marketing and research companies. Epicor® ERP consulting services can help with any business in the service industry by providing comprehensive business software solutions to help manage resources and streamline operations. In combination with reporting capabilities, the Epicor® ERP software consultant can provide your service business with the incredible analytical capabilities needed to improve performance across your service territory, no matter how large or how small. However, getting there requires proper implementation, customization, and reporting, which is where an independent Epicor® implementation consultant can help.
Utilize features such as: Epicor® financial report designer, Epicor® MRP, Epicor® system audit, Epicor® project management consulting, Epicor® quick search, Epicor® Vantage consulting, Epicor® freelancing and more.
No matter your industry or the size of your business, if you’re using Epicor® software help, an experienced consulting firm can help you optimize it for your business. That’s where PracticalTek can help.
About Our Epicor® ERP Consulting Firm
PracticalTek is an independent software services provider, offering comprehensive Epicor® services to businesses across a wide variety of industries. When you choose PracticalTek, you’re choosing to partner with an independent consultant who will help you optimize your software package for your business. We are extremely proud of the quality of service our independent consultants provide, which is why we only employ the best in the business. When you work with PracticalTek, you’ll work with someone who is:
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  • Experienced: Our Epicor® consultants have more than 400+ years of combined experience with the software, making us one of the top independent Epicor® consulting companies in the United States. All of our consultants have previous experience as Epicor® trainers, meaning they know how to teach the software effectively. We guarantee all our consultants possesses the unique skills necessary to help you and your staff learn how to use your ERP and its various features to their fullest potential.
  • Knowledgeable: Our technicians and staff undergo thorough and continuous training, both in older and newer versions. Our staff constantly works to keep up to date with the latest software versions and updates, no matter the size or scope. This helps our technicians solidify their knowledge, helping them to know each version of the software from the ground up. This comprehensive understanding of the software means our consultants will know how to handle any situation.
Epicor® Consultants Focused on You
At PracticalTek, we believe in implementing processes, not software. While software poses a single solution, processes can be customized to fit any situation. That’s why our consulting services are a head above the rest.
PracticalTek takes a customized approach to your business based on its particular needs and functions. We’ll analyze your unique business processes and audit your software to see how you are currently using it, before guiding you to the services that’ll best benefit you.
Just a few of the services we provide include:
  • Implementation: Optimizing Epicor® for your business starts with implementing the software correctly from day one. At PracticalTek, our Epicor® implementation consultants ensure a high quality, error free download every time. We can help your business through the initial stages of the software setup, checking your computers for any errors or potential sources of problems to verify the software works as smoothly as possible. 
  • Customization: The Epicor® software works best when customized to your particular business. If improperly set up, the incorrect settings can simply get in the way, resulting in extra manual labor, unnecessarily repetitive data entry, data losses from human error and the loss of time and money. A few simple customizing steps, and we can save you hundreds of clicks and keystrokes. 
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At PracticalTek, we want to optimize and customize the ERP to work for you, not against you. Our certified experts can look at your current settings and make recommendations on how to improve the software for your business. You can rest easy knowing that your configuration is customized and optimized to best serve the needs of your business.
  • Training: Whether you’re a key IT professional in a Fortune 500 company or the manager of a small local business with no IT experience at all, PracticalTek can provide you with a personalized training program to help you maximize your use. Our knowledge and experience with the Epicor® software makes PracticalTek one of the best training services in the industry. We offer extensive, comprehensive and customized Epicor® training services for managerial staff, potential trainers and entry-level employees alike, providing your organization with the insight you need to maximize all of your key business processes. We can even offer these training services onsite or a remote connection – anything to make your training session convenient as possible. 
  • Reports: One of the biggest benefits to a resource planning software like Epicor® is its data gathering capabilities. However, this data means nothing if you can’t access it in the form of a readable report. If you’re using Epicor® version 10, SSRS reports are your solution. However, if you’re using earlier versions of the software, you’ll likely need a third party reporting software like Crystal Reports. Regardless of how you get your reports, PracticalTek can help set up and integrate you reporting software. Instead of deciphering difficult reports or figuring out how to change them yourself, our Epicor® consultants can help you modify and customize your reports to fit your preferences and business needs. From shipping and work-in-progress reports to delivery performance and lead-time reports, we can get you the reporting capabilities you need to optimize your business.
Whatever services you need, our highly trained staff can help. Even if you’re not quite sure what you need, we can analyze your current software, compare it to your business’ needs and provide you with a comprehensive plan for improvement, offering you a variety of optimization options from which to choose.
Benefits of Working with Consultants
Even if you’re confident in your business’ use of the Epicor® software, employing an experienced ERP consultant will still be a huge benefit. Just a few of the benefits of include:
  • Cost Effectiveness: Hiring and maintaining an employee or IT team with specialized knowledge in the Epicor® software can be extremely expensive to you and your company, especially when you’ll likely only need the extra help when implementing, upgrading or training on the software. Instead of adding more people on your payroll, hire a third-party team with extensive knowledge and expertise to work for you when you need them. It not only cuts the costs of maintaining an on-site team, but a team of experts can help you save money with streamlined processes and effective software solutions. It’s much more cost-effective for your business by a long shot! 
  • Highly Experienced: In addition to saving you money, a specialized Epicor® consulting firm can also provide you with experienced and knowledgeable service. Unlike an on-site IT team, our consultants live and breathe the Epicor® software, working with it every single day. We’ve experienced every potential error, worked with every industry and solved every process problem possible, meaning we have the experience necessary to help with any question or problem you may have. 
  • Personalized Service: The benefit of having an independent Epicor® consultant working with you is that you receive highly personalized service, working with a consultant who knows you by name. Our team wants to see you succeed, which is why we track every experience we have with you to ensure we know what works best for you and your company. This way, we can offer you the best customized ERP consulting services so you can get on with your business!
Our many happy clients can support our promise for excellent quality, cost-effective service. One of our happy clients from Kadant Black Clawson, Inc. had this to say about our services:
We have been using PracticalTek for about 8 months now to augment my 1 person Epicor® staff. We are using PracticalTek to help us with screen changes, report development, BAQ/BPM development, performance advice, solution design, system integration, and functional consulting. We have been very happy with their work. They have always been clear about work estimates and stayed within them. Their technical quality has been excellent and their cost reasonable. PracticalTek has always been able to address our requirements even in emergency situations. I would recommend PracticalTek as a partner for Epicor® technical services and continue to use them.“
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Our many happy clients can support our promise for excellent quality, cost-effective service. One of our happy clients from Kadant Black Clawson, Inc. had this to say about our services:
If you even suspect your system may harbor any inefficiencies, PracticalTek can identify and eliminate them for you. Stop letting inefficient processes hold you back and discover everything a professionally implemented Epicor® system can do for you.

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BPR/Company Configuration Reviews

  • As Epicor® consultants, we offer a business process review as a service to take a snapshot of your current database and offer guidance based on industry standards as well as best practices.
  • A BPR/Epicor® audit will include an in-depth look at current settings, key highlighted fields and your overall state to provide possible solutions to ensure that you are getting the most of your Epicor® experience.
  • Improper Company Configuration setup can lead to extra manual labor, data entry and the loss of time and money. Whether we can save you clicks or keystrokes, we want to solidify the system to work for you and not the other way around. To have an expert view your settings enables you to have a level of comfort in knowing that your configuration is well setup. Hire us to eliminate any suspect settings that are non-copasetic to a high performing ERP system.

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Training

  • Our staff of Epicor® consultants can provide training onsite or via a remote connection.
  • We have built our training documents in a way that will let companies use their own data.
  • We have witnessed an added level of understanding when the users go through the steps with data that is familiar to them. By providing formal training you can eliminate any concern that employees never received adequate training.
  • Perhaps it’s time for a refresher of how the applications and modules truly function
    Whether you are a booming mass-manufacturer or a local machine shop, we can tailor our training approach to adhere to your specific needs and deliver unparalleled results.
  • Another feature that our customers appreciate is the fact that our Epicor® consulting comes with training documentation. This way, if a user happens to encounter an issue with their daily processes, they can refer to the training documentation similar to a standard operating procedure.
  • We can follow the “train-the-trainer” approach, one on one or group training at your request.

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Epicor® Training Courses & Areas of Expertise

Admin Console
AFR
AP
AR
Asset Management
Attachments
Bank Recon
Bar Coding
Business Process Reviews (BPR)
Buyer Workbench
Case Management
Cash Management
Company Configuration Reviews
Consignment
Credit Card
Customer Connect
Customer Managed Inventory (CMI)
Currency Management
Customer Records
Cycle Counting
Dashboards
Debit Note Processing
Deferred Revenue Accounting
Demand Management
Distribution Foundations
Drop Ship
Employees
Engineering Management
Epicor® SocialField Service Module
Financial & Manufacturing
Forecasting and Forecast Pro
FRX
GL
Global Alerts
Handhelds
Implementation Camp

Information Worker
Insite Manifest
Inventory Management
Job Costing
Job Management
Job Splitting
Kanban
Landed Cost
Lot Control
Material Issue
MRP
Multi Company
Multi-Site
Navigation
Order Fulfillment
Order Management
Pack Out
Parts
Payroll
Performance Canvas
Personalization’s
Posting Engine
Preventative Maintenance
Product Configurator
Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)
Project Billing
Project Management
Purchasing Management
Quality Assurance
Quote Management
Replenishment
Requisitions
Rework
RMA
Scheduling Management
Serialization

Shipping & Receiving
Shop Floor Systems – MES
Shop Warnings
Supplier Managed Inventory (SMI)
Supplier Records
System Flow
Tax Connect
Time and Expense Entry
Trackers
Web Services
XL Connect
Year & Month End
New Implementations
GO LIVE & Post Go Live Support
1st month end support
Modify Epicor Posting Rules
Major Upgrades
Phased Implementations
Add-On Sites
General Consulting
Business Process Review and Reengineering
Trackers and Dashboards
Business Process Management (BPMs)
Custom Development
Crystal Reports
SSRS Development
Data Conversions
Installations and Patch Updates
End User Application Training
Bar Code Implementations
GL Definitions
GL Controls
Cost Accounting
Cash Cycles
Business Analyst
System Analyst
Excel Expertise

Advanced Training Courses & Areas of Expertise

Advanced Allocations
Advanced Fulfillment
Advanced GL
Advanced Handheld

Advanced MRP
Advanced Scheduling
Advanced Material Management
Advanced Planning and Scheduling

Advanced Production Management
Advanced Quality Management