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Insights 2018 – Epicor Customer Conference Save the Date!

Friday, December 29th, 2017

May 21-24, 2018      Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, Nashville, TN

http://www.epicor.com/customers/insights/default.aspx

Please reserve the date:

This year the Epicor Insights 2018 is being held in Nashville, TN.     Epicor Insights is a yearly gathering of over 3000 Epicor Customers, Epicor Partners, and Epicor Employees.   The Epicor conference is hosted by the Epicor Users Group and Epicor Corporation.

Why should your company send people to Insights?

  • Insights is an excellent education opportunity with all of the following brought together in one location:
    • Classes – Dozens of 60-90 minute classes are held. These classes are interactive and allow questions.   These classes are given by other Epicor Customers, Epicor Partners, and Epicor Employees.
    • Hands-On Labs – The labs are more detailed and hands-on with lab exercises to enter into Epicor and view the results. Two people share a computer to perform the exercises.
    • Extended Educations Session-These sessions are offered the Saturday and Sunday prior to the conference. These sessions are much more in-depth than the conference labs.    Each of these training sessions cost an additional $260 over the cost of the conference.  Smaller class size, product-specific training with access to technical experts.
    • Solutions Pavilion – A room where Epicor and the Epicor Alliance partners demo solutions that extend the Epicor application. This is an opportunity to meet face-to-face with personnel to answer your business and technical questions.    During pavilion hours it can be quite busy.  If it is too busy, request a meeting with the person during non-pavilion hours.
    • If your company is running an older version of Vista/Vantage or Epicor 9 this is an excellent opportunity to see the latest Epicor 10 version.
    • Calculate the cost of independent research vs. getting real-time solutions at the conference that can be implemented immediately.
    • Discount if you register four or more employees from your company
    • Opportunity to schedule One-on-One meetings with Epicor executives and subject matter experts.
  • Insights is an excellent networking opportunity.
    • The Insight conference is set up as a conference inside a conference.
      • Attendees are given color coded lanyards to identify the specific Epicor product used. This allows attendees to quickly identify people running the same software.
      • Breakfast and Lunch tables are separated so attendees can sit with people using the same Epicor product.
    • Social networking.
      • In a short amount of time you will meet other attendees using the same Epicor product that you are.
      • From questions asked in classes you will identify attendees having some of the same issues that your company is having. You will also be able to identify the attendees that have found solutions for some of these issues.   After the class, many impromptu meetings are held in the hallways based on these questions.
      • Chance to meet Epicor employees that you may have only talked to on the phone.

Early Bird conference registration ends February 17, 2018 – $1345

Discounted Hotel Group rate expires April 18, 2018

For more details go to        http://www.epicor.com/customers/insights/default.aspx

‘Petya’ Ransomware Outbreak Goes Global

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

As you are may be aware, ‘Petya’ is the latest global Ransomware outbreak.  Just a month ago it was WannaCry.  Petya does WannaCry one better.  Instead of merely encrypting all your data files on all vulnerable servers and computers on your network, it makes them unbootable without paying the ransom and even then the odds of a successful unlock are less than 50%.

If you run the latest Windows operating systems and have automatic updating turned on you should be protected from this variant.  If you don’t you may be exposed to severe risk. Regardless, Ransomware is hands down the #1 source of unexpected IT data loss and downtime and is a much more likely risk than fire or natural disaster.

How to permanently protect yourself against this and future Ransomware as well as other IT disasters such as crashed drives, human error, fire, flood etc.

This week it’s Petya but you never know what is going to happen to your IT systems or when.  We’ve seen a $2 part in a sprinkler head break and flood a server room on a Friday night leading to IT disaster.

Clients First’s EverSafe solution is a hardware, software and services solution that actively protects you against all unexpected IT downtime.  Even if some of your key applications are in the cloud, it’s likely you still have some data and systems on-premise.

EverSafe continually backs up or ‘snapshots’ your entire IT infrastructure, including your ERP software as frequently as every 5 minutes.  It actively looks at the backed up data and will send out immediate alerts to you as well as us if it detects the latest snapshot has files being affected by RansomWare.  In the event this occurs, we can track down the source machine, address the infection, while simultaneously restoring all the affected files quickly from the last unaffected backup.

If one or more of your servers suffers a failure like a crashed hard drive, the EverSafe device can boot up a 5 minute old ‘clone’ of the affected server(s) and be online servicing your users again literally in minutes.

If you had a site disaster like a fire or flood, we can boot up the backups we are continually sending to our cloud data centers.  They will run on the EverSafe enterprise hardware in the cloud and your users can work from home or alternate locations until your facility is moved or repaired.

To learn more or see a demo, check out www.eversafe-backup.com  If you have any questions about this or any other IT related issues or needs, please contact me at mchinsky@clientsfirst-us.com

RansomWare Attacks Up 50% in Last Year

Monday, May 1st, 2017

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According to ZDNet, in THIS article, Ransomware attacks are up a whopping 50% over the last year.  They are now the #1 source of data loss and business downtime exceeding all other reasons.

This article gives you the details and even history of RansomWare which actually dates all the way back to 1989.

Ransomware creators are now working with criminal enterprises where instead of selling the Ransomware to the criminals, they take a 50% cut on all proceeds.
On average, Ransomware takes a victim offline for at least a week.  That alone could shutter many small businesses.

The rise of BitCoin has helped Ransomware.  In the earlier days, credit cards were used for payments but most major credit card processing companies banned the use of credit cards for this purpose leaving no way for the creators of Ransomware to get paid for the unlocking keys.  With BitCoin, they have a completely untraceable way of getting paid, although its orders of magnitude harder for the victim to figure out how to buy and transfer BitCoin versus using a credit card.
The best way to avoid Ransomware is via vigilence around your users Internet activities.  The usual warnings of never clicking unknown links in email or web pages.   However, its almost inevitable that someone may not be careful, or may be in a rush and it only takes one person in your office to unleash Ransomware on every computer.

Using our EverSafe! solution, you will get an immediate notification if Ransomware is detected on your network.  At that point, you can remove the Ransomware. Without EverSafe!, removing Ransomware usually leaves your data that has been encrypted, now forever destroyed.
With EverSafe!, you can just restore all of your data how it appeared only minutes before the infection, and you are back up and running with virtually no downtime or data loss.

Authorized Partner and Certified Consultants for Epicor ERP

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Clients First Business Solutions is an Epicor Gold Authorized Implementation Partner and is staffed by 100% Epicor Certified team members for Epicor ERP.

Why being an Epicor ERP Authorized Partner and Certified Consultant is important to you?

There are people and firms claiming to be Epicor consultants throughout the interwebs.  In many cases, they may be someone who had experience implementing Epicor (who knows what version) at an employer or client.  But it doesn’t make them Certified and Authorized.

Certified by Epicor means a consultant has spent literally hundreds, if not thousands of hours over years of time becoming intimately familiar with the inner workings of Epicor ERP and how to properly implement it to ensure satisfied clients.  It’s a massive investment in money and time an Authorized Partner, like Clients First must make on an annual basis to ensure that it is equipped to deliver the highest quality of services at the lowest possible cost.

By making that investment, Epicor rewards an Authorized Partner, like Clients First, with substantial and exclusive resources.  Among these include:

  • Exclusive access to new versions of the software to become trained, experience and certified on it before it is released to the public
  • Extensive interactive meetings, both in person and virtual with Epicor executives to ensure both parties understand what is needed to maximize customer satisfaction
  • Direct access to Epicor ERP documentation, source code and training in order to ensure we can support our clients.  A partner who isn’t authorized cannot access this information.  Unauthorized partners who have done so, have faced serious legal challenges and have put their clients at risk.
  • A significant voice and influence in determining what new features and functionality make it into the product in the future.  When our clients ask us for a capability, we can help ensure your voice is heard loud and clear for future releases.
  • Priority access to Epicor Technical Support.  When we need assistance we can escalate calls rapidly and have the relationships with the ‘experts’ that can get things done.
  • We are a founding member of the Epicor Partner Council and run the collaboration website.  This gives us instant access to hundreds of specialists to help recommend solutions to unique requirements and problems.  Often the results of this collaboration are received much faster and are much more useful on a practical basis than Epicor’s own technical support.
  • We are first in line to be chosen to work with Epicor Direct Sales and Service teams to help with demonstrating and implementing the solution for Epicor’s own direct clients.
  • We provide industry leading video training and demonstration resources for our clients and others at EpicorDemo.com

The Best Part of being an Authorized Partner is being able to Help you, our Client.

While we are partners with Epicor, our strongest partnership is with our Clients.  Hence where the origin of the name Clients First comes from.  Of course we know the details of the Epicor ERP software, but just as important we become a trusted business adviser to your company and get to know the daily works of how you do business.

Whether you select us to initially implement Epicor ERP or to complete an upgrade to the latest release, we give you extensive time with our team.  We use dedicated project managers to ensure our budgets are delivered on-time, on-budget, and with the expected functionality promised.  We ensure that everyone from your executives to your production floor are comfortable with the new solution and sees our team members as an extension of your organization.

When your system is securely hosted by us in the Microsoft Cloud or is protected by our EverSafe Disaster Recovery & Failover solution, you’ll know that we can keep your Epicor ERP system up and running 24×7 with no down time.

The comfort you get from using an Authorized Epicor ERP partner like Clients First Business solutions staffed by Epicor 100% certified experts can allow you to sleep knowing your business is in good hands.  Our existing clients feel this way and ask us to speak with them if you would like.

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Epicor Insights… Time is running out, make your plans now!

Friday, April 21st, 2017

Insights 2017—Epicor Customer Conference

May 22-25, 2017      Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, Nashville, TN

http://www.epicor.com/customers/insights/default.aspx

Make your plans now, you are running out of time:

This year the Epicor Insights 2017 is being held in Nashville, TN.     Epicor Insights is a yearly gathering of over 4000 Epicor Customers, Epicor Partners, and Epicor Employees.   The Epicor conference is hosted by the Epicor Users Group and Epicor Corporation.

Why should your company send people to Insights?

  • Insights is an excellent education opportunity with all of the following brought together in one location:
    • Classes – Dozens of 60-90 minute classes are held. These classes are interactive and allow questions.   These classes are given by other Epicor Customers, Epicor Partners, and Epicor Employees.
    • Hands-On Labs – The labs are more detailed and hands-on with lab exercises to enter into Epicor and view the results. Two people share a computer to perform the exercises.
    • Extended Educations Session-These sessions are offered the Saturday and Sunday prior to the conference. These sessions are much more in-depth than the conference labs.    Each of these training sessions cost an additional $260 over the cost of the conference.  Smaller class size, product-specific training with access to technical experts.
    • Solutions Pavilion – A room where Epicor and the Epicor Alliance partners demo solutions that extend the Epicor application. This is an opportunity to meet face-to-face with personnel to answer your business and technical questions.    During pavilion hours it can be quite busy.  If it is too busy, request a meeting with the person during non-pavilion hours.
    • If your company is running an older version of Vista/Vantage or Epicor 9 this is an excellent opportunity to see the latest Epicor 10 version.
    • Calculate the cost of independent research vs. getting real-time solutions at the conference that can be implemented immediately.
    • Discount if you register four or more employees from your company
    • Opportunity to schedule One-on-One meetings with Epicor executives and subject matter experts.
  • Insights is an excellent networking opportunity.
    • The Insight conference is set up as a conference inside a conference.
      • Attendees are given color coded lanyards to identify the specific Epicor product used. This allows attendees to quickly identify people running the same software.
      • Breakfast and Lunch tables are separated so attendees can sit with people using the same Epicor product.
    • Social networking.
      • In a short amount of time you will meet other attendees using the same Epicor product that you are.
      • From questions asked in classes you will identify attendees having some of the same issues that your company is having. You will also be able to identify the attendees that have found solutions for some of these issues.   After the class, many impromptu meetings are held in the hallways based on these questions.
      • Chance to meet Epicor employees that you may have only talked to on the phone.

The Agenda Builder portal is now available to start creating you conference agenda.    The Agenda Builder App is available to download.  With this App you can use your smartphone/iPad while at the conference to:

  • Go to your preselected classes and receive any last minute Conference changes/announcements
  • Connect with fellow attendees and exhibitors
  • Download presentations and documents

 

For more details go to        http://www.epicor.com/customers/insights/default.aspx