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our company is looking for a erp system and we are zeroing down to epicor.
any one out there know if sharepoint is a part of their ERP application or is it seperate with an interface connected.

Reason I am asking is because we have our internal sharepoint portal addressing the needs for within the company.
If epicor has it seperate then I need to understand if we will be maintaining 2 sharepoint portals or 2 sharepoint sites.

thanks
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i'm not familiar with epicor, but i'd be surprised if it *includes* sharepoint.  it might have some kind of integration point, or connector, but it would be weird to include sharepoint in an ERP.
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zephyr hex - your response is similar to what i was thinking.

Correct me if i am wrong  (new to ERP) in general do the ERP solutions out in themarket who have SharePoint or any other application similar to it  is seperate with an interface.  So if there is a connector then it would be a seperate portal or a site.

I am thinking if its a seperate site then we would rather maintain them as 2 seperate sites that way users who need to use only ERP sharepoint site will not have access to our internal site.

thanks.

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the only way to really know is to find someone who uses Epicor (we may in the future, but we're not now), or contact them:
http://www.epicor.com/SOLUTIONS/Pages/Portal.aspx

there's contact info at the bottom of that page.

my *guess* is that they have Epicor data in SQL, and that they have a customization that integrates / connects to sharepoint.  if you look at the Portal Facts page here:
http://www.epicor.com/Host/emea/Portal%20Factsheet.pdf

the Epicor Admin panel doesn't look like sharepoint.  but the page where they show graphs, i.e.  the sharepoint page, looks like sharepoint.

and from the description in that Fact Sheet:  they have a method for accessing Epicor data and creating views (umm... sounds like SQL Management Studio. ha ha), and then publishing those views to sharepoint via web parts.  in fact, they state "Epicor web parts within sharepoint".

so... i think they have integration points with sharepoint, and some customized web parts.

what you'd need to ask them is whether or not those customizations / integration points can be installed on an existing sharepoint instance.
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zephyr_hex is correct.  Microsoft would not allow someone to 'bundle' Sharepoint with their product.  Epicor is a competitor.

You will need to contact Epicor to find out the extent of any integration they have with Sharepoint
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thank you all. we will be going ahead with a demo from Epicor.
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