"I have written in past about Infor's micro-vertical strategy and its quest with its internal design agency Hook +Loop to make enterprise software "beautiful." I saw more of that at Inforum in New Orleans this week, but I also saw signs of the messages maturing more into a focus on efficiency and value from software, writes analyst Vinnie Mirchandani in a post on his Deal Architect blog headlined "Infor: Design+Value."
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"The analytics focus was particularly pronounced with pretty visualizations, but even more of a focus on predictive analytics with MIT data jock class talent in its 'Dynamic Science Lab.'"
"To me, it was more exciting to see a focus on value from software - coming at the heels of my summer writing a book about the bloated SAP economy. Infor has taken a leaf out of the SAP sales playbook and has a Value Engineering team which focuses on payback analysis. What's different is it is also showing up in efficiency in UX. Infor talked about a paradigm it calls Clear Work and the goals are improving appeal to users, but as important to increase productivity, to decrease errors and to decrease training time. It talked about attacking the 'tyranny of the super user' - simpler functionality so organizations don't become dependent on a handful of individuals."
"CEO Charles Phillips has been quoted as saying 'Friends don't let friends build data centers.' There was significant talk of Infor's commitment to Amazon Web Services for its cloud infrastructure. Why not leverage the biggest 'super computer' with auto-scaling, Redshift, cloud trail and many other services to the benefit of your customer community?"
"Expect more breaking of boundaries from Infor."