Epicor recently announced major changes to how they will support older versions of Epicor ERP.
Until now, they have been one of only a few major ERP vendors to support every version of the software produced. So, whether you are using Epicor Vantage or Epicor 10, you could still expect to receive the same level of support and an ongoing stream of software patches. So, what has changed?
Firstly, we will explore what Epicor have said : –
Our Support Life-cycle commitment for Epicor ERP provides a simple, predictable, manageable and reliable road-map to help you plan for your own digital transformation, while also giving you the peace of mind that Epicor will be there to support you and your business needs.
Up to 2 years for GA
2+ years from GA (no expiration)
|Access to Latest Releases *||Yes||Yes
|Security Updates **||Yes||Existing Updates Only
|Critical Patch Updates **||Yes||Existing Updates Only
|Compliance & Regulatory Updates **||Yes||Existing Updates Only
|Online Knowledge base & Content||Yes||Yes
|Application & Technical Support Service ||Full Access||Online Request Only
|Available and Response of Application & Technical Support||Standard Service Level - Targets and Hours||Potentially Modified Service
Level Targets and Hours
|New Issue Investigation (Undocumented Issues)||Yes||Available for Fee
|Customisation Service||Available for Fee||Upgrading Existing Only
|Implementation Service||Available for Fee||Not Available
|Purchase Additional Modules||Available||Not Available
|Purchase Additional Users||Available||Available
* Includes verified compatibility with most new 3rd party current product releases.
** Must be on supported operating systems, databases and hardware. All fixes are subject to approval.
If you are running a version of Epicor ERP that is older than 2 years from it’s release date, then:
Epicor is providing a transition period for some of the older releases to allow customers additional time to plan and complete their move to the latest Epicor ERP release. The first of these finishes at the end of March 2018 for those running Vista, Vantage and Epicor 9.
As well as changes to support, Epicor have published their Release Cadence (see below). Essentially a new version will be released every 18 months. This means that to maintain full support you will need to upgrade at least every 2 years i.e. every other major version.
We recommend that you start budgeting for regular upgrades. Once on the current version, it is a simpler process to stay current than to stay on one version for many years and then leap across multiple versions.
If you are on Vantage or Epicor 9, Epicor have developed tools that can help analyse your ERP environment and automate some elements of the upgrade process. We can then help you to focus on testing and updating your customisations and reports for the new version.
This policy change affects all Epicor users and we understand that you will have queries so please do not hesitate to get in touch with us to better understand your options and learn how Aspera can help you to upgrade to the latest version and stay current.
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