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Why Vertical Industry Expertise Is So Important?

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Jul 28, 2020 8:00:00 AM

If you follow industry news, attend prospect events, or read our partner Infor's website, you know that vertical industry expertise is a favorite topic for Infor executives, leaders, and strategists. Industry-specific functionality is part of our critical foundation and a strong differentiating feature for our software solutions, we say frequently. But, have you thought about why? Do you know where our industry expertise comes from and how we leverage it into valuable selling points? Let’s look closer at what “industry expertise” means, why we are highly focused on it as a strategy, and how it will propel Infor forward.

The backstory

To understand where we are going, it helps to know how we got here. History provides context. In the evolution of ERP solutions, there’s a long and winding road that providers and users travelled before today’s Software as a Service (SAAS) model became the accepted best practice. In early days of ERP solutions, massive monolithic solutions with complex architecture and rigid code structure were the norm. Large enterprises invested heavily and hired consultants to customize the operational features. The heavily modified systems were costly to update.

Then came cloud computing. But, for companies to take advantage of the benefits of multi-tenant cloud deployment, they needed to have their industry-specific functionality already built into the solution—so modifications wouldn’t be needed. Modifications slow down deployment and can get in the way of upgrades.

Infor had been heavily investing into industry-specific features of the core ERP solutions. The solutions contain the functionality needed for industry specific applications—making it easier to migrate to the cloud.

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Topics: ERP, Fashion & Retail, Food & Beverage, Infor M3, Fashion & Apparel, Enterprise Resource Planning, CloudSuite Food & Beverage, Cloudsuite Fashion & Apparel, Infor M3 ERP

Why Accelerate Product Innovation With PLM? Here Are 6 Reasons.

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Jul 9, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Food and beverage manufacturers need to take a fresh approach to how they do business. Why? Increasing consumer demand for greater product innovation and transparency, ever-increasing quality and compliance pressures, tighter profit margins, new channel opportunities, and a dynamic workforce are just some of the factors that are shifting market dynamics.

New Food Magazine hosted an Infor Webinar on how Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) can improve innovation.

During this webinar Keurig Dr Pepper provided a great customer case, where Bob Wimpfheimer told us how they needed a software solution that could help develop new products quickly, produce these products using the best possible formulas, and maintain full compliance with all regulatory requirements.

Additionally, the Webinar highlighted several areas where companies can find business evidence to justify their interest in PLM, here listed as questions:

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Topics: Food & Beverage, CloudSuite Food & Beverage, Infor Cloudsuite Process PLM, Infor PLM

Supply Chain Management: What’s Next For Food and Beverage — Part Two

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Jul 2, 2020 8:00:00 AM

In part one of this post we discussed the smartest ways to gain global visibility and respond to volatility in a food and beverage supply chain. And here in part two we will cover how to embrace the best technology. Addressing these key challenges can have a profound and positive impact on your entire supply chain—from procurement to manufacturing to delivery.

When you're looking at building a better foundation to address the challenges you may be facing within your overall organization, there's a number of solutions to consider. These aren't necessarily always the options that fall into what you’d expect to be a supply chain solution, but they all overlap within your overall supply chain and will help drive effectiveness and efficiency.

The first example is formula management. Many companies want to ascertain that it’s creating the right products for the right country as there may be limitations from a global perspective of where you can sell a product. Trying to manage this manually is challenging. Being able to respond to inquiries from customers and prospects around the globe requires quite a robust formula management solution.

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Topics: Food & Beverage, Supply Chain, Supply Chain Visibility, CloudSuite Food & Beverage

Is It Time For An Enterprise Software Update? Part 4-Ensure Success

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Apr 27, 2020 8:00:00 AM
 
 

A Panel Discussion on how to ensure success of your Enterprise Software Update/Upgrade

Updating your enterprise systems to ensure your growing business needs and challenges for today and tomorrow. 

April 30, 2020
11 am CST

Your business continues to evolve because of changing customer needs, global supply chains, digital manufacturing, technology advancements, mergers and acquisitions, and other important drivers. Is your ERP system keeping up?

Join us for this 20-minute virtual panel discussion as we focus on what are the critical success factors for ensuring you successfully manage the update/upgrade of your Enterprise Software

REGISTER NOW

 

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Topics: ERP, Manufacturing, Food & Beverage, Webinar, Process Manufacturing, Fashion & Apparel, CloudSuite Food & Beverage, Cloudsuite Fashion & Apparel, Chemical Processing

Is It Time For An Enterprise Software Update? Part 3-Ensure Success

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Apr 17, 2020 8:00:00 AM
 
 

A Panel Discussion on how to ensure success of your Enterprise Software Update/Upgrade

Updating your enterprise systems to ensure your growing business needs and challenges for today and tomorrow. 

April 23, 2020
11 am CST

Your business continues to evolve because of changing customer needs, global supply chains, digital manufacturing, technology advancements, mergers and acquisitions, and other important drivers. Is your ERP system keeping up?

Join us for this 20-minute virtual panel discussion as we focus on what are the critical success factors for ensuring you successfully manage the update/upgrade of your Enterprise Software

REGISTER NOW

 

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Topics: ERP, Manufacturing, Food & Beverage, Webinar, Process Manufacturing, Fashion & Apparel, CloudSuite Food & Beverage, Cloudsuite Fashion & Apparel, Chemical Processing

Is It Time For An Enterprise Software Update? Part 2-Learn The Signs.

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Apr 13, 2020 1:52:11 PM
 
 

A Panel Discussion on How To Learn the Signs

Updating your enterprise systems to ensure your growing business needs and challenges for today and tomorrow. 

April 16, 2020
11 am CST

Your business continues to evolve because of changing customer needs, global supply chains, digital manufacturing, technology advancements, mergers and acquisitions, and other important drivers. Is your ERP system keeping up?

Join us for this 20-minute virtual panel discussion as we focus on understanding the signs to update to your Enterprise Software.

REGISTER NOW

 

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Topics: ERP, Manufacturing, Food & Beverage, Webinar, Process Manufacturing, Fashion & Apparel, CloudSuite Food & Beverage, Cloudsuite Fashion & Apparel, Chemical Processing

Is It Time For An Enterprise Software Upgrade? Part 1-Learn The Signs.

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Apr 2, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Upgrading your enterprise systems to ensure your growing business needs and challenges for today and tomorrow. 

April 9, 2020
11 am CST

Your business continues to evolve because of changing customer needs, global supply chains, digital manufacturing, technology advancements, mergers and acquisitions, and other important drivers. Is your ERP system keeping up?

Join us for this 20-minute virtual seminar as we focus on learning if it's time for your ERP System upgrade.

 

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Topics: ERP, Manufacturing, Food & Beverage, Webinar, Process Manufacturing, Fashion & Apparel, CloudSuite Food & Beverage, Cloudsuite Fashion & Apparel, Chemical Processing

Supply Chain Management: What’s Next For Food And Beverage — Part 2

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Feb 18, 2020 8:00:00 AM

In part one of this post we discussed the smartest ways to gain global visibility and respond to volatility in a food and beverage supply chain. And here in part two we will cover how to embrace the best technology. Addressing these key challenges can have a profound and positive impact on your entire supply chain—from procurement to manufacturing to delivery.

Embrace the best technology

When you're looking at building a better foundation to address the challenges you may be facing within your overall organization, there's a number of solutions to consider. These aren't necessarily always the options that fall into what you’d expect to be a supply chain solution, but they all overlap within your overall supply chain and will help drive effectiveness and efficiency.

The first example is formula management. Many companies want to ascertain that it’s creating the right products for the right country as there may be limitations from a global perspective of where you can sell a product. Trying to manage this manually is challenging. Being able to respond to inquiries from customers and prospects around the globe requires quite a robust formula management solution.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Food & Beverage, Supply Chain, CloudSuite Food & Beverage, CloudSuite

Supply Chain Management: What’s Next For Food And Beverage — Part 1

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Jan 30, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Food and beverage companies have long struggled with the unique requirements of shelf life management, complexities of batch scheduling, traceability, and many other factors. In addition, uncertainties around tariffs, sustainability initiatives, and growing regulations are some of a multitude of dynamics that will surely add even more complexity to the mix. Many of these issues and trends can have profound impact on your entire supply chain—from procurement to manufacturing to delivery.

In a recent Infor-sponsored webinar, Mike Edgett and Christine Barnhardt discussed a number of challenges as it relates to supply chain complexities in the food and beverage industry. In the webinar, we segmented the challenges into three buckets; gain global visibility, predict and respond to volatility, and embrace the best technology.

In part one of this blog post we’ll briefly go through the first two categories and part two will cover how to harness the finest technology. Click to watch the on-demand webinar for a deeper dive.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Food & Beverage, Supply Chain, CloudSuite Food & Beverage, CloudSuite

5 Reasons Infor CloudSuite PLM For Process Completes Your ERP Solution

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Jan 23, 2020 8:00:00 AM

As robust and far-reaching as ERP solutions can be, it's simply not feasible to think that they can be all-encompassing, providing complete business functionality for every aspect of an organization. The simple truth is that all ERP solutions have gaps in specialized areas such as product lifecycle management (PLM). Successful companies know that it's best to close these gaps with focused, industry-specific solutions that address the unique aspects of their business.

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Topics: Food & Beverage, Infor M3, PLM, Infor Optiva, CloudSuite Food & Beverage

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