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EPICOR Software has announced the availability of Epicor for Service Enterprises, the first XML Web service enterprise service automation (ESA) solution for mid-sized, project-based businesses.

The solution is part of a series of industry-specific Epicor solutions built using Microsoft .NET technology and enabled by Epicor's new Internet Component Environment (ICE) platform for rapid development of Web service applications, also now available.

Epicor is a key strategic partner and leading early adopter of the Microsoft .NET Framework and Microsoft Visual Studio .NET, and now, with the current release, is the first midmarket software vendor to deliver an end-to-end Web service solution for the ESA market.

Epicor for Service Enterprises enables technology companies, internal IS departments, embedded service organisations and professional service firms to carry out complete and effective project portfolio management.

Its industry-specific capabilities, including opportunity and bid management; forecasting and planning; project engagement and delivery management; project accounting, billing and collections; sourcing and procurement; financial management; and performance management are designed to enable service firms to more effectively manage every aspect of their business.

Due to its pure Web service architecture, Epicor for Service Enterprises is part of a new breed of adaptable business software that responds in real-time to an organisation's specific processes and procedures.

Users can create and model business rules as needed without recourse to customisation to ensure Epicor for Service Enterprises supports their best practices and changing requirements, as they happen.

Epicor ICE is an application framework for the next-generation of enterprise solutions leveraging pure, granular XML Web services.

These next-generation "solution assemblies," like Epicor for Service Enterprises, deliver greater control, choice and flexibility into the hands of Epicor customers.

The Epicor ICE platform, built using Microsoft Visual Studio .NET and running on top of the Microsoft .NET Framework, enhances the value of Web service technology for midmarket businesses.

With Epicor ICE and Microsoft .NET, all of the traditional constraints of application development are eliminated.

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