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Monday, September 26, 2011

Infor Introduces Next Wave of Enterprise Software with Infor10

Consumer-Grade User Experience, Complete Industry Applications & Cloud Deployment Options Enabled by ION Technology

Infor, a leading provider of business application software with operations serving more than 75,000 customers, unveiled Infor10, which features a consumer-grade user experience, complete industry-specific software applications and Infor10 ION Suite, a lightweight, middleware technology that changes the way enterprise software is managed. 

"Our customers today already enjoy best-in-class applications with deep out-of-the-box functionality across a variety of highly specialized industries and micro-verticals. Infor10 sets a new standard for how work gets done. People at work have come to expect the same user experience they encounter in their everyday lives as users of Twitter, Facebook and Google. Infor10 and the Infor10 ION Suite bring that to the workplace," said Charles Phillips, CEO of Infor. "This unique combination provides our existing customers the opportunity to dramatically upgrade and extend their investments in Infor applications, and it gives new customers the next wave of enterprise software innovation they've been seeking."

ION Is the Foundation of Infor10
The Infor10 ION Suite is at the heart of Infor10. ION connects and integrates Infor and non-Infor applications, storing information in a common format and repository. ION allows information that flows among applications, analytics and social media streams to be accessed by users from their desktops, laptops and mobile devices.   

Unlike conventional middleware, the lightweight ION technology is not layered on top of existing applications, but infused into them. As a result, ION makes integrations quicker, simpler and more reliable. "ION creates the mobile, social and flexible enterprise," said Soma Somasundaram, senior vice president, Global Product Development, Infor. "Because it's lightweight and built using open standards, ION installs much faster than heavy middleware and allows customers to get up and running quickly and efficiently so they can focus on their core business." 

ION enables new and existing Infor and non-Infor applications to work as a holistic solution, helping to create streamlined workflows and end-to-end business processes, while improving system performance speed and upgrades.

"We say ION is unbreakable architecture because extensions don't break during upgrades," said Somasundaram. "Most of our customers don't want to be in the technology business. They would rather have IT be more agile and innovative, which is what ION allows them to do."

Infor10 Consumer-Grade Experience
Infor10 Workspace is the front end of Infor10 and designed to deliver a consumer-grade user experience and change the way work is done for the average enterprise user.

"Enterprise software users want to work the way they live," said Duncan Angove, president, Products and Support, Infor. "They can see what's going on in the consumer world, where social media, collaboration and mobile devices combined with beautiful design, ready-to-use applications and agile technology have substantially improved the speed, value and productivity of the consumer experience. With Infor10, we are delivering a consumer-grade user experience that begins with a beautiful user interface."

Infor10 ION Workspace unifies and presents all relevant information for each user on one screen, including role-based workflows, task and alerts, in-context business intelligence, event management, social media collaboration, consumer-like search capabilities, and business activity streams.

Infor10 Complete Industry Applications
ION also makes it possible to connect the rich functionality of leading ERP and best- in-class solutions from Infor and affiliate Lawson Software for specific industries.

Infor10 suites are targeted for Aerospace and Defense; Automotive; Chemicals; Distribution; Equipment Services, Maintenance & Rental; Fashion; Food and Beverage; General Manufacturing; Healthcare; High Tech; Hospitality; Industrial Equipment and  Machinery; and Public Sector.

"Generic one-size-fits-all software requires time-consuming configuration and doesn't address the specific needs of an industry," said Angove. "We believe that speed is the new basis for global competition, and we are building the functionality our customers need not only to address their industry issues right out of the box, but also to eliminate extensive customizations that lead to costly and risky implementations."

Infor10 Reimagines How Software is Managed
The Infor10 release also provides flexible deployment options, including Infor's CloudSuite Platform, to increase an organization's speed and agility.

Customers can run their entire solution on Infor10 CloudSuite or can keep core enterprise systems on premise, while running other applications or services in the Cloud. The Infor10 CloudSuite Platform features a unified user experience and security, and enables two-tiered, hybrid deployments.

Whether customers access functionality from a software-as-a-service (cloud) model or on-premise deployment, they get the same functionality and look-and-feel. The only difference is in how their users connect to core applications. Customers can even move from one deployment model to another, since the same application code is used for all deployment models.

About Infor
Infor is a leading provider of business software and services, helping more than 75,000 customers in 164 countries improve operations and drive growth.  To learn more about Infor10 or Infor, please visit

Friday, September 23, 2011

VAI Webinar: Learn How S2K for Food Helps Comply with FDA Safety Regulation

September 27, 2011 at 2:00pm ET

The new FDA legislation is geared toward bringing the Distributors and Manufacturers industries quality control standards to the level that currently exists in the pharmaceutical industry. According to the new act, Distributors and Manufacturers will be required to keep control of their inventory recalls and know what products were shipped to which clients. Failure to comply with the new standards will result in severe penalties and a complete recall of all shipments for that period.
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Friday, September 16, 2011

Visma, a KKR portfolio company, Invests in Acumatica

Investment and distribution agreement to accelerate adoption of Acumatica’s Cloud accounting, ERP, and CRM software worldwide.

Acumatica, a provider of Cloud ERP software, announced the close of a round of investment led by Visma, a portfolio company of an affiliate of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. In addition to the investment, Visma will help to accelerate Acumatica sales and partnership goals, through its own activities as a leading Nordic-based technology company that delivers accounting, tax, and payroll applications to hundreds of thousands of SMEs in the Nordic region and through its network. The investment will be used to help Acumatica expand its sales and marketing efforts, continue development of its leading technology platform, and secure its position as a leader in providing Cloud ERP software.
Unlike traditional software solutions, Acumatica allows clients to work from anywhere without complex client software so businesses can involve everybody while saving money on deployment and ongoing operational costs. Unlike SaaS-only providers, Acumatica allows customers to control the location of their data, the timing of upgrades, and ongoing software expenses.
“Acumatica is the only established Cloud ERP vendor with technology that gives customers the choice to deploy their software on-premise, hosted in a cloud datacenter, or purchased as a turnkey SaaS solution,” said Øystein Moan, CEO at Visma. “Our investment in Acumatica acknowledges their unique positioning within the market and our belief that Cloud technology will play a critical role in the future of ERP software. We will adapt Acumatica for the Nordic markets and distribute Acumatica to our tens of thousands of midsized customers in Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, and The Netherlands.”
Acumatica’s software delivers a complete set of solutions to cover all mid-sized business needs. This includes advanced financial features that are integrated with inventory, sales orders, purchase orders, customer management, and many other modules. A flourishing community of third party developers utilizes Acumatica’s development platform to construct fully integrated modules for manufacturing, ecommerce, payroll, EDI, point of sales, and other vertical market solutions. Acumatica has hundreds of customers in several industries including key accounts in wholesale distribution, financial services, hospitality, manufacturing, not for profit, and professional services.
“This new round of financing is important because Visma will provide the resources to help establish Acumatica as the global leader in Cloud ERP software and introduce Acumatica to several new high-quality business partners through its network," said Ezequiel Steiner, CEO of Acumatica. "A partner like Visma is a testament to our current business plan, our product roadmap, and the efforts of our channel partners as well as a vote of confidence in our ERP technology. This partnership enhances the credibility of Acumatica in the eyes of our customers."
About Visma 
Visma is the leading Nordic-based technology company that delivers mission-critical software and services, such as accounting, tax, and payroll applications, to over 300,000 SME customers in the Nordic region and the Netherlands.  The group comprises five business areas which are Visma Software, Visma BPO, Visma Commerce Solutions, Visma Retail and Visma Projects & Consulting. For additional information, please visit Visma’s website at
About Acumatica
Acumatica develops web-based ERP software that delivers the benefits of Cloud and SaaS without sacrificing customization, control, security, or speed.  Acumatica can be deployed on premise, hosted at a datacenter, or run on a Cloud computing platform.  Learn more about Acumatica’s Cloud ERP solution at

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Infor Announces InForce - Next Generation Social ERP and Marketing Built on

InForce Everywhere, InForce Order Management and InForce Marketing to Deliver 360-Degree View of Customer Data Across the Enterprise

Infor, a leading provider of business application software with operations serving more than 75,000 customers, and [NYSE: CRM], the enterprise cloud computing company, today announced that Infor will deliver three applications, built on,'s social enterprise platform. The three new InForce applications will bring the power of the back office to the front office, and throughout the social enterprise - helping customers collaborate and drive growth. Additionally, made an investment in Infor as part of the agreement.

Through the partnership, Infor will build and deliver InForce Everywhere, a native application that brings ERP data into Salesforce; InForce Order Management, a quote, order and proposal management application; and InForce Marketing, which will leverage Infor CRM Epiphany, a leader in recommendation engines, for global marketing automation technology - all on Infor will also develop additional applications on

Comments on the News
  • "Sales professionals in Infor's large manufacturing customer base need fast and easy access to the critical product and order data in our applications, and we will render that rich data in Salesforce," said Charles Phillips, CEO of Infor. "This partnership will help customers focus on building and selling great products instead of configuring databases, middleware, BI tools, or disk drives. Our customers need to automate processes in hours and days, not months and years, and skip the classic 3-by-3 ERP project - 3 years, 300 million, and 3 CIOs. They need results faster."
  • "Companies transforming themselves into social enterprises want new ways to run their business," said Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO, "Infor joins in recognizing these transformations must span across the entire company."
Available later this calendar year, InForce Everywhere will offer:
  • A 360-degree view of invoice, contacts, quotes, shipments, receivables, orders, and RMAs (return merchandise authorizations) across the enterprise.
  • A way for Salesforce users to view orders from Infor ERP applications.
  • Access to customer information and transactions from the Salesforce Sales Cloud and Service Cloud using InForce Everywhere.
  • Connection to ION, Infor's standard integration platform.
  • Salesforce Chatter, which will make all of this data social to more effectively and quickly engage with customers through features like social profiles, status updates and real-time feeds.
  • Infor's 700+ sales people and more than 800 channel partners the ability to resell bundled Salesforce CRM into more than 75,000 customers.
InForce Order Management will:
  • Deliver a comprehensive quote, order and proposal management application built on
  • Integrate with Salesforce CRM to give Sales and Service Cloud users a clear and accurate view of pricing and availability.
InForce Marketing will:
  • Offer a comprehensive global marketing automation system built on
  • Include inbound and outbound campaign management and lead maturation integrated with the Infor CRM Epiphany recommendation engine.
About Infor

Infor is a leading provider of business software and services, with operations helping more than 75,000 customers in 164 countries improve operations and drive growth. To learn more about Infor, please visit


With more than 100,000 customers, is the enterprise cloud computing company that is leading the shift to the social enterprise. Social enterprises leverage social, mobile and open cloud technologies to put customers at the heart of their business. Based on's real-time, multitenant architecture, the company's platform and application services include:
  • Salesforce Chatter, a secure, private social network for your business
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud, for sales force automation and contact management
  • Salesforce Service Cloud, for customer service and support solutions
  • Salesforce Radian6, for social media monitoring and engagement
  • Salesforce, for the most complete source of accurate business data
  • AppExchange, the leading marketplace for enterprise cloud computing applications
  •, for custom application development
  • Heroku, for building social and mobile customer apps
  •, the world's first enterprise cloud database
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