"As we know, it can be extremely challenging for any company with a large customer install base to implement such sweeping changes to their product, and the effort and skill Infor has dedicated to these projects is commendable," writes LNS Research analyst Mehul Shah after attending the recent Infor Innovation Summit 2014.
In an article headlined "The New Infor: What Should Manufacturers Expect?," Shah notes:
"The event occurred amidst a climate where manufacturing leaders are increasingly facing challenges around unifying systems, improving collaboration, and getting better visibility into performance. In a recent study, it was revealed that managing disparate systems and data sources was one of the top three challenges faced by 47% of manufacturing organizations."
"These challenges have made it very hard for manufacturers to get to a 'single version of truth' … Software companies like Infor, as a result, have been trying to help manufacturers directly address these concerns."
Here are more excerpts:
"The ability to integrate and exchange data between ERP applications and other systems has been a huge challenge for manufacturing organizations. Last year, Infor announced its ION architecture and has continued to build this architecture. With this middleware, Infor says its customers and prospects will be able to connect and exchange data through XML and APIs with any third-party system implemented in their organizations."
"With the move to cloud-based applications, building a strong ION architecture to enable integration, and developing a standardized user interface, Infor had made considerable strides in the last three years. The results of our manufacturing survey shows that over 75% of manufacturers see use cases for the cloud in manufacturing over the next 1-2 years. I believe this new direction will certainly make them more competitive in this marketplace."
"We recommend that manufacturing executives that are current Infor customers or prospects devote time and effort to educating themselves on the changes Infor has made to their applications over the last three years."
— LNS Blog, "The New Infor: What Should Manufacturers Expect?," Mehul Shah, May 1, 2014