A purchasing and inventory software designed by Bellwether Software LLC.
ePMX is a full blown robust purchasing solution. The software includes requisitions, PO's, punchOut and eCatalogs, RFQ, receiving, invoicing, inventory, asset Management, and contract management.
The software is simple to use and easy to implement as a cloud or premise hosted solution. ePMX is a powerful yet low-cost system that automates and streamlines the entire procure to pay process, with optional inventory management.
The program works. That’s about all I can say. It’s not fancy, it’s not particularly easy to use, the reports look as though they were printed from a line printer in the 1970s.
The program was originally written in Cobol, and throughout the years they’ve progressed through having a MSSQL back end, and finally to a web-MySQL based product. The web front end is sort of a double-edged sword. You don’t have to install it on any computer you want to use it on, however as many web based programs, it’s entry is limited in it’s interface. Many times you will find yourself scrolling up and down in a long Purchase Order to receive items or make changes if the line you are editing is at the bottom of the PO, and you need to scroll back up to the top to hit a button to accept the changes you have made.
The product being web based it is affected by periodic outages. These have ranged from 1/2 hour to 3 hours in duration. And, while this may not be their fault as they rely on Microsoft Azure as a platform, it is still inconvenient for the users not to be able to do their work because the program is offline. I would not say these outages are frequent, but they are annoying when they do happen.
When there is a problem they are usually quick to resolve the problem if it is something involving the interface, or an underlying data problem. Problems are usually resolved within 24-48 hours. Suggestions for improvements to the interface are not treated with as much gusto. We’ve been told that suggestions to improve the program would be considered for the next release or update, and then the issue seems to disappear.
I can’t honestly say I’ve worked with any other packages of this type so I can’t speak to how they compare against ePMX. Like I said in the beginning, the program works. What else could you ask for?
You don’t have to install it on any computers. Being web based, all you have to do is give someone the address, and create a userid/password in the application for that user.
The web interface. It’s difficult to navigate, and do large amounts of data entry. Web interruptions mean that you may end up re-entering data which can get old quickly. Reports are not very pretty or modern looking. The layout, entry, and reporting are not intuitive for a person that is not familiar with the program. Once you’re familiar with it, you’ll find yourself relying on the Automated History Card a lot, and a couple of other reports which escape me presently.