Epicor Virtual Agent

What is Epicor Virtual Agent

Simplify and automate with Epicor Virtual Agent (EVA). EVA can answer questions about your data with helpful links, and perform routine tasks to save you time and effort.

An artificial intelligence (AI) powered tool

Work Faster, Do More, and Provide Better Service
Epicor Virtual Agent (EVA) is intelligence personified. An artificial intelligence (AI) powered tool for your Kinetic system (the new name for Epicor ERP), its context-aware, natural language processing (NLP) allows users to interact with EVA just like they would with any other colleague— either by talking or texting. This makes the breadth and depth of the industry-specific functionality and information available inside the system directly accessible to a larger audience —boosting productivity and efficiency and giving your company an improved return on ERP investment. But that is just one aspect of EVA. More than just a chatbot, EVA returns richly formatted information with multiple button choices for suggested next actions. EVA is powered in part by Microsoft® Azure® AI services—an affordable cloud solution that makes AI and cognitive technologies accessible and scalable for companies of all sizes. For Epicor users, the power of AI cannot be understated. Today’s digital economy is influencing the growing demands of customers and B2B buyers for prompt, personalized service and rapid order fulfillment. To keep up, companies are increasingly turning to AI and cognitive technologies. EVA solves problems today and lays a strong foundation for intelligent technologies that integrate with an Epicor system. The natural synergy of EVA and Kinetic is underscored by a survey of 1,100 CTOs and line-of-business executives who concluded1 , “Enterprise software represents the most popular— and easiest—path to AI.”
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The request “Get Addison” returns information about the customer with suggested buttons for next actions.
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The request “Show me junction plug” returns information about the part.

How EVA Works

After your system administrator has enabled EVA in your Kinetic solution, you can start using EVA—just launch the app on your device and start texting or talking. You can access parts, pricing, and other information. EVA initiates actions for you based on this information such as creating a simple quote or converting a quote to an order. When you finish your inquiries and are ready to act, either press a button, speak, or text—for example, “Create a quote for 20 of them.” Because EVA is aware of the conversation’s context, the application knows which item to quote.

Benefits

EVA Skills

Skills define the tasks that EVA can accomplish in response to a voice or text query or command. An EVA skill consists of an intent (think of it as the verb) and an entity (think of it as the noun—the object of the verb). For example, in the skill “get Addison,” the intent is “get” and the entity is the customer, “Addison.” Thanks to the NLP inherent in EVA, there are multiple ways to state the intent and entity, such as saying “show me” or “display” instead of “get.” EVA for Epicor ERP has these skills:

Parts

Customers

Suppliers

Purchase orders

Quotes

Adaptive Card Functions

When you execute an EVA skill through voice or text, quite often the response from EVA is accompanied by an adaptive card with button choices for more functions. You can also see a listing of these adaptive card functions and access them when you type or say “help” in the EVA app.

Parts and inventory

Contacts

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EVA returns the price breaks for the customer as requested.
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EVA can create a single- line quote after confirmation from the user.
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Authorized users can remove credit hold for an order via adaptive card.

Customers and sales—quotes and orders

Customers and sales—customers

Customers and sales—customers

Suppliers and purchases—suppliers

Additional Skills and Features

To continue strengthening EVA capabilities, Epicor introduced additional skills and features in more recent releases of Kinetic.

RMA Skills

New EVA skills enable you to create and submit a Return Material Authorization (RMA). Imagine your customer has a quality issue. You travel to the customer site to see the issue. With EVA, you can request an RMA for the customer, and EVA will return an RMA data card. Once you submit the RMA, Kinetic issues an RMA back to EVA and sends it to the customer.

Task Skills

As business processes become more complex and dynamic, any enterprise application needs to help keep the ball moving forward systematically, whether it is a sales opportunity or an engineering project. Task Management available within Kinetic enables you to manage and automate even the most complex business processes—not to mention paving the way to ISO certification. EVA skills for Task Management let your users easily view and create tasks anywhere—at their desk or in the field—using voice or text commands, such as:

Sales Order Skills

Sales Order Skills allow users to go straight to a specific sales order and release line with a voice or text command. An information card allows drill-down into a specific release line or you can do the same with a release line skill as shown in these examples:

Email Button

After you have asked EVA to create a single-line quote, an RMA, or a single-line purchase order, an email button is available for you to send the form to your contact right then and there. You can also use information card functions to select a sales order or AR invoice and email those too.

App Requirements

Key Features