What does Infor's next chapter look like? Analyst Brian Sommer offers his reactions to Infor's Innovation Summit for industry analysts last week in New York City in a diginomica article, "The New Chapter for Infor."
Here are excerpts:
"Under Charles Phillips' leadership, Infor has focused on modernizing its large collection of software assets. Infor ION® was the mechanism that breathed new life into the product lines, adding cloud and reporting capability along the way. More modern tools, like Infor Ming.le™, were added to incrementally improve solutions for the modern age."
"While Infor has evaluated a number of differing cloud technologies and services, the company placed its biggest bets with Amazon Web Services. AWS will be the cloud hardware and data center choice for Infor's future."
"In common with other vendors, Infor is implementing a number of open source technologies within its cloud stack. Infor recognizes that open-source products can dramatically improve the economics of their offerings."
"Infor has clearly built a migration path for a number of its on-premises customers to get cloud-enabled. … These all-new products are more than simple functional equivalents to older Infor products. … The upgrading or replacing of these prior generation products with all-new solutions would be a material functional upgrade for many customers."
"What Hook & Loop has accomplished in changing the user interface and user experiences is breathtaking compared to where many those products were."
"Infor has done the heavy technical work and now must address the experiential and emotional issues that get prospective net-new buyers to see them in a new light with a whole new set of applications."