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Eclipse Users Group (UFO) NewsletterAugust, 2012

Thanks for taking the time to read over the articles in this August edition of the Newsletter.
The articles have helpful tips, tell you about new offerings and even give you a chance to be entered into a drawing for an American Express gift card!
The vendor partner articles tell you about their products and offer you a discount if you use their coupon during the month. The discounts end on August 31 so make sure  you read about their product to see if you are interested.
Kevin Edmondson
Newsletter Committee Chair
Eclipse Users Group/UFO Board
Change in September & October Classes
eCommerce for the 21st Century - CPC Vendor Partner
Update Your Info Enter Drawing
Modernizing Eclipse Through Integrated Best-in-Class Solutions Kore Technologies Vendor Partner
New Multi-Enroll Button on Training

Change in September and October Classes

SOE Advanced Eterm and SOE Advanced Solar Replace New Hire Dates


During the last couple of months we have placed four videos on our website for your viewing. Those videos are of the New Hire #1 & #2 Eterm and New Hire #1 & #2 Solar. You may now watch the videos any time you wish and not have to wait to help your new hires understand the basics of Eclipse.

The SOE Advanced classes are a natural extension of the New Hire sessions. We haven't presented these sessions since March and feel now is the time.

These SOE Advanced classes have been posted for registration. Click on the class title to see the outline and to register. Eclipse Users Group (UFO) Training Classes  


eCommerce for the 21st Century

The name and concept of "Yellow Pages" came about in 1883, when a printer in Cheyenne, Wyoming working on a regular telephone directory ran out of white paper and used yellow paper instead. However, it is Loren Murphy Berry who is credited for inventing the Yellow Pages as we knew it, a publisher of directories and provider of classified directory advertising.


This was a boon for many companies as they recognized the potential windfall of the possibility to reach thousands of potential customers in a new way by printing their products and services in a small column in the thick yellow book. It was the standard by which companies made themselves available to consumers, and those that did enjoyed their shares of revenue because of it. That is until Google came along.


That was then, this is now. The yellow pages may still be around, but:


Ask Yourself:   How has the Internet changed your buying habits? Your buyers and prospects have likely experienced this very same kind of change in habits as you, in both their personal buying and their work-related buying. No longer do buyers just pick up the phone and call you for information.


So, since the days when the Yellow pages ruled, what has stayed the same is that if potential buyers do not find you, they are buying somewhere else. It is where and how they find you that has changed.


A successful Web Storefront that is fully integrated with your Eclipse ERP, features intuitive navigation, on-site SOE and full Shopping Cart capabilities for easier sales from your website could be the answer.


You might naturally think to turn to Epicor for that answer, since they do offer an eCommerce application as a solution to integrate with your existing Eclipse ERP. Being "OEM", it should provide the hand in glove functionality you are looking for in a successful eCommerce solution. Maybe, maybe not.


A web order entry system requires the buyer to know what they already want, and is much different than the robust functionality needed to be successful in today's B2B eCommerce. Remember Google. It was back in 1998 that they started changing the way we shop and buy. A lot has changed over the last 14 years, but according to the chatter from Eclipse users on various message boards, Epicor's eCommerce application has not. One user's experience is that it "hasn't changed at all since I first went live on it in 1999".   


A 21st Century eCommerce Solution 


An aftermarket alternative to the OEM solution from a vendor specializing in cross-media publishing and B2B eCommerce for manufacturers and distributors might be worth looking into as well.  


eCommerce21™ from Computer Pundits Corporation is a unique B2B and B2C Web Storefront system. Its patented database-driven approach to building and updating your eCommerce information and seamless integration with your Eclipse ERP completes the circle.


Our software has over 35 patent claims for unique features and ease of use, and we are always innovating.  Every year we implement over 11,000 man hours of cutting edge improvements into our software based on industry demand, customer feedback and market trends. 


These improvements have resulted in a combination of features not found elsewhere. Features like an open CSS interface, Google-like Search by Relevance, and User Stat based Navigation are just some of the features that are not found in the OEM solution.


Being fully integrated with your Eclipse system delivers up-to-date eCommerce utility that is customer focused to encourage repeat visits as well as the potential for adding advanced capability like PunchOut integration for eProcurement.

eCommerce21™ from Computer Pundits Corporation is B2B and B2C eCommerce for the 21st century. Robust enough to provide the information buyers are demanding as they research their buying decision, but user friendly enough to get used, by you and your buyers. Visit or call 1-888-786-3487 to learn more.


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Save 5%

"As a committed Vendor Partner of the Eclipse Users Group and to encourage an increase in efficiency and productivity to maximize the return on investment in your Eclipse system, Computer Pundits Corporation is offering a 5% discount to Eclipse users that sign a contract in the month of August to implement oureCommerce21™ Web Storefront system.  Mention this coupon when you call us at 888-786-3487 or visit us online at to schedule your demo today."

Offer Expires: August 31, 2012

Update your contact info for a chance to win a $50 American Express gift card!

The Eclipse Users Group website has been updated to allow a title in the Personal Information page and we need your help! Please login to the Eclipse Users Group site and select a title, from the drop down list, by the end of August and your name will be included in the drawing for a $50 American Express gift card. While you're there, please take a look at the rest of the contact info for your account and if you're an administrator for your company, please verify that other users for your company are current as well.

Title Update

Go to to update your contact info now!

Login to the website using your email address and password.

1) Click My Profile.

2) Click Personal Information.

3) Click the Drop down Arrow in the Title box and click the "Work Area" that is closest to yours. If you do not fit into any of the categories chose "Unassigned". Please send an email to with a suggested title for your work area.

4) Click Update at the bottom of the page.


Remember to complete your update in August or you won't be entered into the drawing.


Modernizing Eclipse Through Integrated
Best-in-Class Solutions

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Kore Technologies is a leading provider of integrated E-Commerce Storefront, Business Intelligence, and Enterprise Integration solutions for the Eclipse user community. We specialize in modernizing Eclipse through integrated best-in-class solutions to complement and extend the functionality of Eclipse.


Our primary solutions include the KommerceServer eCommerce suite for modern B2B/B2C webStoreFront, webPortal, and mobile web solutions; Kourier Integrator and the Eclipse Operational Data Store for turnkey, near real-time Microsoft SQL Server data warehousing; and CorVu NG business intelligence (our Rocket Software partner product) for enterprise reporting, dashboards, and data visualization.


KommerceServer eCommerce Suite

Do you want to expand your market reach, boost online sales and compete more effectively in the global market?      


KommerceServer webStoreFront can help you achieve these goals. webStoreFront is designed to support both business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) environments, and it's integrated with your Eclipse application to provide a comprehensive eCommerce solution that is modern looking, highly-functional and cost-effective.


The KommerceServer webPortal is an enterprise customer information portal that provides a complete view of information that originates from the webStoreFront and from the Eclipse application. Empower your customers with 24/7 secure, self-service access to their Eclipse order status, order history, in-transit shipments, and invoices.


Going Mobile? A mobile edition of KommerceServer webStoreFront is also available and is optimized for presentation and ease of use on a mobile device. The mobile edition is configured to work more effectively on any smart phone, so it's easier for your customers to browse, search, and buy via their mobile device.

Please visit the KommerceServer eCommerce Suite home page for more information.

Enterprise Integration and Data Warehousing

Looking for a way to Unleash Your Eclipse Data for better reporting and analysis?


Kourier Integrator with SQL Accelerator will unleash your Eclipse data and put you on the fast track to a SQL data warehouse and better Eclipse reporting.  In most cases your data warehouse can be up and running in less than a week using Kore's Fast Track Implementation program!


Add Kore's Operational Data Store (ODS) for Eclipse for a turnkey solution for building and maintaining a Microsoft SQL Server data warehouse from the Eclipse database (including the LEDGER file). And by using Kore's Net Change Technology, your data warehouse is updated in near real-time, enabling you to create time sensitive reports and dashboards for your business critical data.  


Don't forget! Kourier Integrator can help you integrate Eclipse with other business applications and databases. Popular examples include: CRM systems, Pricing and Inventory optimization, Forecasting, etc.


New Product Release Alert!

Kore recently  announced Kourier Integrator: U2 Edition Release 3.1, and it now supports RESTful Web Services, which provide the ability to access the Eclipse database in real-time. Plus, these RESTful Web Services are easily created without programming.


Please visit the Kourier Integrator home page for more information.


For more information or to schedule a personal product demonstration, please call us at
866-763-5673 or e-mail  


Kore Technologies -- "Solutions that work. People who care."

Kore Technologies is offering a 15% discount on one license of KommerceServer webStoreFront or Kourier Integrator when you call us at 866-763-5673 and mention this coupon and approve a contract by October 31, 2012.
Offer Expires: August 31, 2012

New Multi Enroll Button on Class Detail Page

We are working on making the registration process easier for all users. This is the first step of many.


Now, if you are designated as the delegate/alternate/administrator for your company on the website, you can register more than one person for a class by clicking the MULTI-ENROLL! button

Multi_Enroll Button Multi_Enroll_Contacts


That will bring up a list of the current contacts for your company. Click the check box next to each name and then click the REGISTER USERS button.

Remember that if your attendees are going to sit in a room together you need only register one person for a webinar. If they are Joining the session individually or in different locations (branches or at their desks) then each one must be registered.     

This is just the first step in the registration process enhancements. Others are in process.    

If you don't see the name of the person to be registered they must be added. Go to "My Profile"/Company Contacts/ click Add Contact/ complete the form and update. All attendees of our training must be a contact for your company.     

If you have to "Drop" a person from a class registration you will have to ask them do it individually or go to "My Profile"/Company Contacts and edit each one to drop the class.


Don't forget to use the FAQs if you have any questions. The link is in the bottom border of every page and they can be very helpful and definitely save you time trying to figure it out.


FAQ Link  


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