Infor M3, Infor SyteLine and Infor LN placed in Leader Quadrant of Nucleus Research's latest Technology Value Matrix for Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP).
Vendors are evaluated on their depth of functionality and usability across the spectrum of capabilities provided, including cloud, embedded analytics, content and collaboration abilities, mobile, and a clear migration path.
"There is nothing 'magic' about the Nucleus Value Matrix, which measures value based on usability and functionality. Three Infor products showed great value and momentum," said Rebecca Wettemann, vice president of research, Nucleus Research. "Infor's LN ERP solution is targeted at enterprise and midmarket businesses in industrial machinery and equipment, general manufacturing and distribution, high tech, automotive, and aerospace and defense. Support for global financials and compliance as well as strong capabilities for service lifecycle management, project management, and supply chain management are functionality differentiators for Infor LN. Overall, Infor LN has benefited from the investments Infor has made in ION, user interface, and micro-vertical capabilities to reduce customizations, which ease the path for future upgrades and reduce ongoing support and maintenance burdens."
The report also notes that Infor M3 has moved into the Leaders Quadrant of the matrix for the first time, largely because of customer wins and increasing momentum. Investments of note included a new application with specific micro-vertical functionality to support the planning process for fresh food manufacturers, UpgradeX, Infor M3 version 13.2 with upgraded solutions for six industries, and the announcement of Infor CloudSuite™.
Infor SyteLine 9, which was introduced in November, is also recognized. "From a usability perspective, SyteLine 9 introduces an innovative meshing of Infor's classic interface and SyteLine's new modern user interface. Infor is promoting the new user interface to manufacturers but is offering the capability to allow managers and principals to select the workers who will use the new UI and who will remain using the old UI," continued Wettemann. "This will enable companies who want to take advantage of the new functional capabilities of this upgrade to do so with less disruption of users."