By Long-Time Epic Customer
Wake Forest Baptist is just the tip of the iceberg for Epic clients struggling with revenue, based on conversations I’d had with various contacts at UGM. There was quite the buzz about a large number of customers with revenue concerns who are not hitting the news. Yet.
We installed Epic years ago, but have seen a vast difference between our prior experience and a recent rollout of newer products. The method where time was taken to help us build our own system has been replaced by a rushed, prefab Model system installed by staff where even the advisers and escalation points at Epic have little knowledge of their applications. Epic has always had newer people, but it was much more common to have advisers during the install who did have experience to watch for pitfalls.
Though today’s economy is certainly a large factor in any revenue struggles, I am unsurprised by stories like Wake Forest or Maine and believe Epic should have seen some of it coming. We had enough experience with Epic to spot trouble with new products. New clients likely don’t have that built up yet, and they probably rolled off the cliff with nothing but green lights on Epic’s reviews of their install progress from newbies who didn’t know any better.
It feels like Epic tossed a winning formula in favor of a faster, cheaper install. What many of us are getting ends up being cheaper, indeed. That is a tough contrast to reconcile at UGM. After getting my ears blown out at an expensive, new, rarely-used auditorium that was just built to replace a barely older, rarely-used auditorium, Judy spoke at length about how the campus was cost-efficient and made employees more productive. Many of us are developing an alternative thesis, which is that productivity has been getting squeezed (and compromised) to support the costs of the campus.
I want to keep loving Epic. They are still good, but their services are declining. The campus strikes a nerve with many clients who justifiably wonder whether our vendor is investing in the things that made them great when we’re getting answers, solutions, fixes, and reports slower than ever.