Financial Systems News:
“Infor Is Clearly in its Stride”Posted at - 12:00 PM on Thu, May 02, 2013

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"Infor's reputation for exciting innovation is gaining," concludes Financial Systems News (FSN) editor Gary Simon in an interview with Infor CEO Charles Phillips posted April 22.

They talk about "the company's progress in rolling out its strategy aimed at building a worthy competitor to Oracle and SAP built around deep industry specialization, a more innovative culture and a determination to reverse the software industry's mistakes of the past."

Here are excerpts of Phillips' comments:

  • "… businesses are no longer tied to one or two databases — there are alternatives — and that choice is creating movement.  The other big development is the rise of the social business platform.  … when business software acts and works like an IPad, everybody wants to be involved.  As a result we are seeing a broadening of the user base and almost exponential growth in numbers of users."
  • "Beauty is about giving people access to something they really want to use. … People really value good design because it generally makes them happier and more productive."
  • "Infor's strategy continues to be centered on three main elements, namely; micro-verticals, "beauty as a competence" and loosely coupled integration."
  • "Take for example "Sky Vault," a business vault or data mart. We are seeing that organizations are having difficulty getting to business critical information on the move. So we are using Infor ION capability to extract and normalize the data from different applications and put it into the Cloud.  Then we have used Hook & Loop to design beautiful front-end dashboards for monitoring performance."
  • "We've also created a collaborative environment, which we've branded Infor Ming.le, in which users can mingle together within the application, with talking, messaging, alerting and tweeting providing a complete history and audit trail of the progress. Customers who have seen it have been blown away."
  • "… we are seeing rapid growth in mobile applications as well, even to the extent that we are sometimes demonstrating software based entirely on mobile devices."

Simon concludes: "Infor is clearly in its stride."

Read the full interview on FSN.com.

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