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D. Henschen
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10/11/2013 | 8:15:02 PM
re: Exclusive: Infor Steps Up Cloud, E-Commerce Plays
He had more to say about that at launch http://ubm.io/ZK68tr. Ming.le is social meets transactions and events -- you can subscribe to events and threshold-triggered alerts. As a social tool it strikes me as a me-too -- other than the ERP/events angle.
anon4909676850
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10/10/2013 | 12:11:55 PM
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Customizations are like any other piece of code in that they become obsolete, no longer used, and need to be reviewed. Infor explicitly builds applications by microvertical and yes they have a product called LN with cable and dimension functionality that is used in alloyed metal manufacturers. That is precisely the strategy - to build ERP by industry. If you speak to their customers and you'll find that's exactly why they chose Infor over the generic ERP products. This is the one company that uses customizations for product ideas
TerryB
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10/9/2013 | 5:56:27 PM
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You are right on, Laurianne, especially in the mfg/B-to-B segment. Several units in our global company implemented BPCS (now called ERP LX by Infor). No way it could produce an invoice without a major modification to handle alloyed metal pricing. Does he really believe that exists in the standard ERP product now? In any vendor's standard ERP product not geared exclusively to selling alloyed metal wire products?
Laurianne
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10/9/2013 | 3:43:09 PM
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Retiring customizations will save money, but he makes that sound simple. Customizations hang on for business reasons.
David F. Carr
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10/9/2013 | 2:05:12 PM
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Did he say anything about Mingle, which is Infor's take on enterprise social workflow (a crowded but interesting market segment)?

I just heard a little bit about that from Infor Chief Medical Information Officer Dr.
Barry Chaiken, who was presenting concepts for social UI in healthcare at the CHIME hospital CIOs conference this week. Sounded to me like they're still at the initial concept / brainstorming phase, so I haven't written about it. But I'd be interested in how they plan to compete in the social workflow arena.


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