Epicor acquires specialized midmarket ERP vendor Solarsoft

The deal gives Epicor a stronger play in manufacturing and distribution

Epicor has acquired ERP (enterprise resource planning) software vendor Solarsoft Business Systems from investment firm Marin Equity Partners in a bid to increase its presence in a number of vertical industries, the companies announced Thursday. Terms of the deal, which is expected to be completed in 45 days, were not disclosed.

Solarsoft's focus is on midsized manufacturing and distribution companies, and within those categories, industries such as lumber and building materials, automotive and packaging, according to a statement. The move follows Epicor's merger last year with Activant, which also specialized in distribution.

In addition, Solarsoft has products and experience regarding process manufacturing, which refers to industries such as food and beverage and pharmaceuticals. It also will bring "data center investments that will enhance the delivery of Solarsoft and Epicor cloud-based ERP, SaaS (software as a service), hosting, and managed services offerings," according to a statement.

Epicor recently announced that its cloud-based ERP product, initially launched for very small companies, would be made available to midmarket customers.

It has about 2,000 customers and annual sales of US$90 million. The combined company will have close to $1 billion in annual revenue, cementing Epicor's place as one of the industry's largest ERP vendors after Oracle, SAP and Infor.

Solarsoft is almost "a mini version of Epicor," said analyst Ray Wang, CEO of Constellation Research.

Epicor will benefit from Solarsoft's specialized software, which caters to specialized industry needs that can't be met by a general-purpose ERP system, Wang said. For example, food and beverage companies need "traceability" for their products in order to deal with issues like food recalls, he said.

The deal also reflects how Epicor has chosen to grow its business further, Wang said.

"There are a couple of ways to go in ERP these days: Try to get really, really big with a horizontal stack or go after a lot of specialty verticals," he said. "[Customers] will still be willing to switch if you have the industry expertise."

Chris Kanaracus covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Chris' email address is Chris_Kanaracus@idg.com

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Chris Kanaracus

IDG News Service
Comments are now closed.

Latest News Articles

Most Popular Articles

Follow Us

GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Resources

Best Deals on GoodGearGuide

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?