DeltaValve Deploys Infor PLM Discrete

Infor today announced that DeltaValve has implemented Infor PLM Discrete, adding to DeltaValve's existing deployment of Infor SyteLine ERP system. 

In the discrete product lifecycle management space (PLM) space, Infor is not necessarily a best-of-breed stand-alone solution. In fact, it's quite late to the pure-play PLM party (as opposed to the differentiating capabilities it offers in the process PLM space with Optiva PLM). Still, Infor has a great opportunity within its vast discrete manufacturing ERP install base if it can demonstrate the benefits of tight integration to the LN, LX, legacy Baan (still a huge base) and BPCS (also a huge base), SyteLine, M3, and Visual ERP systems.

If Infor could replicate the level of integration between ERP and PLM that it has achieved in Baan/LN (given that former Baan Co. had acquired PLM capabilities that are the foundation of today’s Infor PLM Discrete, a.k.a. Infor PLM 8), it could relatively quickly amass a $100 million PLM business or more (which is much more than the business of, say, Arena Solutions or Omnify Software), and drive additional ERP deals. This ERP-PLM integration means a direct feed to various ERP engines such as product configurator, project costing, costing, etc., and bidirectional integration/visualization in ERP and PLM.

Deep ERP-PLM integration is much more desirable than lightweight Infor ION integration, which is common in many other intra-Infor product integrations. Namely, with ION, there is a lowest common denominator approach, whereby the level of integration will be reduced and the ability to compete with best-in-class or cheap PLM solutions will be reduced. Thus, the fact that SyteLine and Visual now also have standard ERP-PLM integration means that Infor should be able to sell PLM Discrete to a vast majority of its small-to-medium business (SMB) discrete manufacturers.

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