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Micro-verticals, Channels, and New Technologies for Infor Supply Chain
If you are evaluating supply chain solutions in 2014, Infor’s offerings are worth another look, particularly if you have not looked at how Infor is using its

scm micro usbat  True|(mouseoverheight)356^} Figure 1. Infor SCM Portfolio Infor’s technology and other major strategies are being tapped to enhance these supply chain offerings. While the Infor ION technology will enable event management, for example, Infor is envisioning that the channel will enhance and extend Infor’s micro-vertical strategy (for example, development of S&OP for the healthcare vertical). Infor seems to have a good story on supply chain planning (SCP), with its Advanced Planning, Advanced

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Supply Chain Management (SCM)

Supply chain management (SCM) solutions include applications for managing supplier, manufacturer, wholesaler, retailer, and customer business processes. Addressing demand management, warehouse management, international trade logistics, transportation execution, and many other issues for a complete solution, this knowledge base will support your evaluation of an SCM suite. 

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TEC Highlights Report: Infor LN


Infor LN is built to provide companies with a strategic platform for growth and innovation. It is 1) a best-in-class operational enterprise resource planning (ERP) system; 2) specialized by industry to support micro-vertical suites; and 3) optimized for complex, global operations.

Infor LN is a complete business solution that supports a broad range of vertical markets, including industrial manufacturing, distribution, high tech, aerospace and defense, equipment, automotive, and maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) service providers. Being built for these industries means that the product is especially strong in the supply chain management (SCM), manufacturing management, project lifecycle management, and service lifecycle management functional areas.

The latest version of Infor’s ERP product Infor LN, version 10.3, was presented to Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) in a multi-hour, scripted demonstration. TEC was able to see first-hand the product’s user interface, usability, customization, and underlying business. TEC also saw the product in action, executing a suite of real-world business process scenarios.

The investments made by Infor in Infor LN over the past few years have yielded a refreshing, modern ERP system. This report reviews the product’s highlights in terms of functionality and usability, and notes Infor LN’s key differentiators in the highly competitive ERP solution market.

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FinancialForce Supply Chain Management (SCM)


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