From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
This article is about the software company. For the antioxidant health product, see EpiCor.
Epicor Software Corporation
Industry Computer software
Founded 1972
Headquarters Austin, Texas
Key people
Joseph L. Cowan, President, CEO
Products ERP, Retail Software
Revenue Over $960 million USD FY 2013
Owner Apax Partners
Number of employees
Website www.epicor.com

Epicor Software Corporation is a business software company based in Austin, TX[1] and was founded in 1972. The company markets business software solutions to the manufacturing, distribution, retail and services industries.

Epicor provides enterprise resource planning (ERP) such as “Epicor ERP” “Epicor Retail Suite” “Epicor HCM” and “Prophet 21,” customer relationship management (CRM), supply chain management (SCM), and human capital management (HCM) software to business customers in both Software as a Service (SaaS) and On-Premises deployment models.

Company History[edit]


Incorporated in 1972 as Triad Systems Corporation, the company was renamed Activant Solutions Inc. in 2003, and continued to grow through acquisition. In May 2011, the company was purchased by Apax Partners and merged with Epicor Software Corporation, retaining the Epicor name as a privately held company. Epicor was founded in 1984 under the name Platinum Software Corporation, and launched the first financial accounting software product designed for multi-user LAN based environments. Epicor acquired Clientele in 1997, an award-winning CRM solution, and FocusSoft, an extension to Platinum’s existing distribution solution.[2] After a year, Platinum merged with DataWorks to extend its’ manufacturing solutions and operations.[3]

In 1999, Platinum becomes Epicor Software Corporation.[4] The change in name reflected size of the company, breadth of solutions and role that solution played in an organization.


Delivered industry’s first completely Web services-based enterprise service automation solution, Epicor for Service Enterprises in 2003. The company acquired CompuNet to expand hospitality solutions; TDC solutions for supply chain execution applications; and, ROI Systems to further extend manufacturing capabilities [5]

With the acquisition of Scala business solutions in 2004, this increased the company’s global presence and integrated ERP offerings.[6]

In 2005, Epicor purchased CRS Retail to provide a comprehensive retail suite[7] then acquired NSB to expand retail offerings and position Epicor as a leader in specialty retail solutions.[8]

In late 2010, Epicor purchased privately held SPECTRUM Human Resource Systems Corporation to further deliver service from a single-point of accountability.[9]

2011 to present[edit]

In 2011, Apax Partners purchased both Activant and Epicor and merged the organizations together.[10] Pervez Qureshi, prior CEO of Activant, became CEO of the new Epicor in May, 2011.

In October 2012, Epicor acquired Solarsoft Business Systems,[11] established in 2007 from the merger of CMS Software Inc. of Toronto and XKO Software Ltd from the UK. Before the acquisition, Solarsoft acquired Progressive Solutions in June 2012.[12] On October 7, 2013, Epicor appointed Joseph L. Cowan as President and CEO.[13]

In October 2014, Epicor announces its acquisition of privately held QuantiSense, Inc., a provider of cloud and on-premises retail analytics software and services for leading specialty and department store chains.[14]

On January 6, 2015, Epicor completes acquisition of privately held ShopVisible, LLC, a dynamic provider of proven cloud retail order management and digital commerce solutions.[15]


Epicor ERP is designed for small and mid-sized businesses that span multiple companies and countries.[16]

Epicor ERP is available as a multi-tenant SaaS solution designed for midmarket manufacturers, distributors and services organizations. The software’s functionality is based on more than 20 core modules, allowing customers to manage opportunities, orders, and operations in one integrated solution.[17] For distributors, Epicor offers a full range of purchasing and inventory management, sales and order management, and warehousing capabilities. Epicor Prophet 21 is a leading enterprise software solution that combines the power of Microsoft® SQL Server® and the familiarity of Windows®. Epicor Prophet 21 offers a full range of order management, supply chain, and warehousing capabilities, built within a single business platform.

Epicor provides extended MES and manufacturing intelligence capabilities to measure, monitor and optimize production and manufacturing operations through real-time data collection, analysis and performance tracking. From raw materials to final product, Epicor software solutions offer manufacturers the greatest level of flexibility and agility possible.[18]

From recruiting and on-boarding new talent to fostering careers through talent management programs, the award-winning Epicor HCM helps you drive process improvements from the front line. Epicor HCM gives professionals the tools to track, manage and analyze employee information, and frees them to focus on the human resources projects that directly impacts company growth instead of often-repeated manual tasks.[19]

Epicor retail software solutions are designed to meet the evolving merchandise and service expectations of today’s connected, cross-channel shoppers, and the business requirements of the most demanding soft goods, hard goods and specialty retail environments. Solutions include Epicor Eagle, Epicor Catalyst, Epicor Retail Suite and Cloud Retail.


  1. ^ "Epicor Announces Corporate Office Relocation" (PDF). Epicor. Retrieved February 13, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Irvine computer firm buys Focus Soft Inc. for $27 million in stock". BizJournals. 1997. Retrieved November 10, 1997. 
  3. ^ "Definition of:DataWorks". PC Mag. Retrieved February 13, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Platinum Software Becomes Epicor". LA Times. Retrieved May 4, 1999. 
  7. ^ "Epicor Buys CRS Retail Systems For $121M". Socaltech.com. Retrieved December 7, 2005. 
  8. ^ "Epicor NSB Buy to Further Consolidate Retail Software Midmarket". Gartner.com. Retrieved December 21, 2007. 
  9. ^ "Epicor® to Acquire Spectrum Human Resource Systems Corporation". HR.com. Retrieved December 13, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Apax Partners To Merge Epicor, Activant". Information Week. Retrieved April 5, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Epicor Completes Acquisition of Solarsoft Business Systems; Reports Preliminary Fiscal 2012 Financial Results". Yahoo! Finance. Retrieved October 15, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Solarsoft Acquires Progressive Solutions". ProSales Magazine. Retrieved June 1, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Joseph L. Cowan Appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Epicor Software Corporation" (PDF). Epicor. Retrieved October 7, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Epicor Acquires QuantiSense, Extends BI and Analytics Offering". Retail Info Systems News. Retrieved October 20, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Epicor Acquires ShopVisibile". Accounting Today. Retrieved January 6, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Epicor reinvigorates its ERP offerings". ZDNet. Retrieved May 6, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Epicor Comes Up-Market with Multi-tenant SaaS ERP". Mint Jutras. Retrieved September 10, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Analyzing Epicor's Manufacturing Software Capabilities - Beyond ERP". LNS Research. Retrieved January 8, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Analyzing Epicor's Manufacturing Software Capabilities - Beyond ERP". Technology Evaluation Centers. Retrieved October 10, 2013. 

External links[edit]