Epicor Announces Alliance

Epicor Announces Alliance With Largest Provider Of Lean Manufacturing
The Advanced Manufacturing Group, a Meritage Company, And Epicor Join Forces
to Bring Customers the Most Powerful Data-driven Lean Technologies on the
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PR Newswire July 28, 2003, Monday 9:01 AM Eastern Time Epicor Software
Corporation (Nasdaq: EPIC), a leading provider of integrated enterprise
software solutions for midmarket companies, today announced the Advanced
Manufacturing Group (AMG), a Meritage Company, has joined Epicor's "Partners
for Growth" Channel Partner Program and has added Epicor's manufacturing
software solutions to its product portfolio.
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"Increasingly our customers are realizing that developing a lean enterprise
requires bridging information islands within the organization to enable
six-sigma levels of process quality, eliminate process waste, and provide
management with real-time visibility and control," said Craig Allen, vice
president of strategy and business development for AMG. "The addition of
Epicor's manufacturing solutions brings our clients industry-leading
software tools for optimizing process efficiency, enhancing quality control
and improving overall operating results.
"Epicor's midmarket strength and over 6,500 manufacturing customers
worldwide, makes its solutions a natural fit for our team of industry
experts and manufacturing process engineers, who provide technology guidance
to clients looking to reduce manufacturing costs while improving technical
Meritage Inc. is North America's largest supplier of integrated
manufacturing solutions, including lean/six-sigma process engineering,
robotics, machine tools, advanced measurement technologies, and a range of
specialty technologies designed to improve manufacturing efficiency and
throughput. AMG is a proven integrator of lean technologies to manufacturing
organizations of all sizes, from small job shops to Fortune 100 global
corporations, crossing every industry including aerospace, automotive,
semi-conductor, medical, oil & gas, energy, defense and electronics, to name
a few.

High-Performance, Lean Manufacturing Expertise
For their joint manufacturing customers, Epicor and AMG share a common
objective, to develop lean manufacturing capabilities, and optimize
manufacturing efficiency and throughput. According to AMR Research,
"Software applications complement lean manufacturing with improved data
visibility, speeding information flow for problem resolution, design
changes, quality issues, and changing customer demand." (The AMR Research
Report, January 2002, "Enhancing Lean Manufacturing with Software
Applications" by Michael Burkett)
Moving beyond theory and achieving lean results requires the appropriate
blend of people, process and technology. This alliance offers Epicor and AMG
joint customers a powerful tool in their efforts to maintain a competitive
advantage, bringing together Epicor's leading-edge manufacturing software
solutions with AMG's sixty-years of practical shop floor experience and
manufacturing expertise. Epicor manufacturing customers will benefit from
access to AMG's certified lean and six-sigma specialists, who work closely
with manufacturers to assess their specific manufacturing methods and
capabilities including, plant flow and logistics, product design,
manufacture and assembly.
AMG also brings its RaPiD(TM) Production Monitoring and Control System to
Epicor manufacturing customers. Designed to fit each manufacturer's unique
business environment, RaPiD Web-enables and monitors production equipment
and processes in real-time. Production performance data is compiled, stored
and broadcast in real-time, empowering manufacturing executives with the
information they need to streamline and optimize operational performance.
"Our relationship with AMG is unique to the industry, with a software vendor
and manufacturing engineering and equipment vendor joining forces to bring
the shop floor closer to the front office," said Mike Wingrove, director of
channel sales for Epicor's Manufacturing Solutions Group. "By integrating
its RaPiD technology with Epicor's manufacturing solutions, AMG will bring
shop floor visibility to the executive level through real-time data
collection, reporting and analysis."
About "The Advanced Manufacturing Group," a Meritage Company
A subsidiary of Meritage Inc., The Advanced Manufacturing Group in
cooperation with its Meritage distribution affiliates, serves North American
metalworking manufacturers and their global supply chain partners. With
ongoing projects in six continents, it has a growing international focus and
presence. AMG consults with manufacturers on how to realize competitive
advantage and improve operating results through lean practices, product and
process engineering, and the integration of lean manufacturing technologies.

Meritage Inc. was founded in 1999, by combining the three largest North
American machine tool sales, engineering and service companies. Meritage
Inc. is the parent company of 30 subsidiaries all dedicated to providing
high-impact solutions and top of the line equipment to the metal working
community. Meritage Inc. is a privately held company with operating centers
throughout North America, and extended operations in Europe.
About Epicor Software Corporation
Epicor is a leading provider of integrated enterprise and eBusiness software
solutions for midmarket companies around the world. Founded in 1984, Epicor
has over 15,000 customers and delivers end-to-end, industry-specific
solutions that enable companies to immediately improve business operations
and build competitive advantage in today's Internet economy. Epicor's
comprehensive suite of integrated software solutions for Customer
Relationship Management, Financials, Manufacturing, Supply Chain Management,
Professional Services Automation and Collaborative Commerce provide the
scalability and flexibility to support long-term growth. Epicor's solutions
are complemented by a full range of services, providing single point of
accountability to promote rapid return on investment and low total cost of
ownership, now and in the future. Epicor is headquartered in Irvine,
California and has offices and affiliates around the world. For more
information, visit the company's Web site at www. <http://www.> epicor.com .
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Epicor Software Corporation.
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