At Inforum 2014, Constellation Research analyst Holger Mueller found vertical industry depth, but also powerful new horizontal functionality. He shares his findings in "Event Report - Infor's Inforum - It was all about verticals, now it is getting horizontal with vertical depth."
Here are excerpts:
"A very good event for Infor and its customers. It is clear that the R&D effort goes to high return areas, where multiple / all Infor products can benefit from it investment wise. The new UIs, ION, Ming.le are shared investment. The same for the newly announced horizontal functionalities. With that Infor is changing its R&D investment strategy from leveraging great vertical functionality from acquired assets to (my speculation) building its next generation of product organically. Executives openly stated that intention for the new Financials product. This means massive investment into product …"
"… the Day 2 keynote added significant horizontal functionality plans to the agenda. Not only did Infor announce a new Financials product, … but also a new HCM product, the two being bundled into the new CloudSuite Corporate product. Head of Product Soma Somasundaram went over the design principles for the new Financials product (press release here), and they are all good ingredients for a promising future. And to be fair, Infor executives during the keynote tirelessly described additional vertical features that are planned to be part of the product. So a key focus of upcoming R&D is going to be on horizontal functionality, but coupled with deep functional depth."
"From the conversations with customers it certainly is encouraging for them to see other customers starting to run CloudSuite on AWS, and their experiences will be key for the next wave of adoption."
"The key enabler in Infor's application architecture is and remains its Infor ION product. … And ION has morphed from a file handler doing export, import and transfer of data across the Infor products into a veritable application server, which enables calling of APIs, direct data to multiple sources and allows for workflows to be executed on the data while it is in flight or to orchestrate the data flow."
"Hook & Loop keeps delivering - The creative team keeps delivering great looking user interfaces, I was particularly impressed by the new Glide touch UI."
"HCM also brand new - During the Day 2 keynote Infor's Tarik Taman showed the new look and feel and a number of interesting features for HCM. Very much Performance Management focused, complemented by the new analytical capabilities Infor has acquired with PeopleAnswers. With the latter and Workbrain, Infor has two veritable assets to build an interesting and competitive 21st century HCM product."
"Analytics played a big role at Inforum, with two data scientists getting ample room in the keynotes, on each day. It is good to see Infor investing in this key area - as analytics make the difference in the future of enterprise automation."