Keywords: Social, Mobile, Analytics, Cloud Capabilities, Integration Framework, Cloud-Optimized, Data Repository.
Inforum 2013 kicked off Sunday, April 21, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, with a welcome reception for nearly 6,000 attendees from around the world and a grand opening of The Hub. Infor, a leading provider of business application software serving more than 70,000 customers globally, used Inforum 2013 to make a number of product announcements
Infor Unveils Next Generation Product Release, Infor 10x
Infor announced general availability of Infor 10x, an enterprise release that marks a major step forward in achieving the company's vision. Infor 10x unites a multi-purpose middleware platform featuring social, mobile, analytical, and cloud capabilities with Infor's industry-leading suite of solutions. All major applications feature a reinvented HTML5 user experience, the new Infor Ming.le collaboration platform, and pervasive in-context analytics embedded throughout workflows that are packaged within the Infor ION integration framework. The release combines innovation with a consumer-inspired user-experience to make business software flexible, agile and easier to use.
The modernizations that 10x delivers will influence Infor's major industry solutions, spanning 12 focus verticals as well as best-of-breed business applications for financials, human capital management (HCM), enterprise asset management (EAM), supply chain management (SCM), product lifecycle management (PLM), and customer relationship management (CRM). The release will follow a phased roll-out approach, beginning with Infor ION, Infor Ming.le, EAM, CRM, Hansen, LN and SunSystems applications. It will then be expanded into additional core-product lines over an estimated 12 to 24 month period, with rollout expected to be complete by the fall of 2015. Each release will focus on continued delivery of Infor's strategic objectives, including on-going advancement of the Infor technology platform and delivery of enhancements that increase the value to customers.
Infor 10x is equipped with ION technology, a proprietary middleware solution that serves as the cornerstone of the Infor technology platform. Designed with flexibility in mind, ION simplifies integration between both Infor and third-party applications to provide a sturdy foundation for growth. ION gives customers a state-of-the-art framework for managing business process flows, workflows, and alerts.
Infor 10x features Infor Ming.le, a comprehensive platform for social collaboration, business process improvement, and contextual analytics. Incorporating innovative social media concepts into a business environment, Infor Ming.le lets customers capture corporate knowledge, tie communications to business processes, and follow news, workflows, and content in real-time.
Infor 10x enables customers to design, build and deploy custom mobile applications to address specific business needs and integrate them with existing software applications. Infor offers a continually expanding range of mobile solutions across all of its major product lines, delivering information and giving employees untethered access to core business systems and tasks.
Infor 10x delivers pervasive, in-context business intelligence embedded throughout role-based workflows and makes it easier to put the power of analytics to work for businesses. Customers can build customized mobile dashboards that allow employees to take action on items using mobile devices, as well as present business intelligence information in highly-visual, easy-to understand ways. Infor 10x also provides access to analysis and reporting tools that extend analytics to non-technical users and help reduce the burden on IT.
Infor Announces Cloud Initiative using Amazon Web Services to Tackle Big Data with Amazon Redshift
Infor announced Infor Sky Vault, a big data initiative that leverages Infor ION, micro-vertical expertise, and dashboards developed by Infor ION BI experts and designed by Hook & Loop, Infor's Manhattan-based in-house design agency.
Corporate data is fragmented across diverse commercial, legacy, and custom applications. Using ION, customers can extract transactions formatted in industry standard XML documents and send that normalized data to the cloud for further analytics, helping them obtain meaningful insight to drive faster, better business decisions.
Recognizing these challenges, Infor is using Amazon Web Services (AWS) to enable customers to accelerate time to insight from various transactional data streams. Among the planned features of Infor Sky Vault are:
Pre-built, domain-specific business analytics, reporting and dashboards powered by Infor ION BI that incorporate industry and role best practices built on Infor ION Business Vault
Cloud-optimized data repository powered by Amazon Redshift to more quickly, easily, and securely go-live and scale as data volumes grow
Industry-leading workflow and integration platform with Infor ION to support application interoperability and data transition between on-premise and cloud
Services from Infor Consulting Services to XML enable applications via the 'ION Factory,' which provides for rapid development of integrations to third party and custom systems and applications
Infor Sky Vault is planned to launch in the second half of this year with pre-defined content for Sales, Finance, and Production. Additional functional areas and industries will be added in subsequent iterations.
To help get customers started, assessment services will be offered in conjunction with Sky Vault to determine how fast customers can go from data to insights. Packaged services will also be available to integrate additional third party and custom applications.
Infor Unveils Next-Gen Enterprise Collaboration Platform, Infor Ming.le
Infor also announced Infor Ming.le, a comprehensive platform for social collaboration, business process improvement and contextual analytics. Infor Ming.le is embedded within key systems, like ERP, Supply Chain Management (SCM), Human Capital Management (HCM), and Enterprise Asset Management (EAM), so employees across all areas of the business can communicate and collaborate, and easily follow people, assets, and processes relevant to the task at hand. Information, such as documents, plans, photos, and videos, are maintained in a centralized location with relevant activity captured to allow easy access by those who need it.
Infor Ming.le offers a user experience that resembles the most widely-used consumer social networking tools to help deliver relevant data to employees, connect colleagues by functional responsibility, and reduce reliance on less efficient processes like email. Through Infor Ming.le, users are able not only to talk about work issues, but to solve them directly in the application, which can lead to an increase in productivity.
Infor ION Technology is the Foundation for Infor Ming.le
Infor ION technology connects Infor and non-Infor applications, storing information in a common format and repository. Based on OAGIS standards, all applications using ION publish in XML, the language of the internet; and every business event or transaction processed within the ION technology produces an XML document that is stored in the Business Vault, a reservoir for transaction data from multiple business systems enabling more flexible, powerful reporting, business intelligence, and analytics. Infor Ming.le leverages the power of ION to help unify business applications and their data into a single intuitive interface that is as easy to use as Facebook or Twitter.
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