6 Actionable Takeaways from Inforum18
This year’s Inforum, held amid the backdrop of the nation’s capital, brought to life the persistent struggle software companies face: how to continuously improve user experience by constantly innovating without sacrificing quality? Part of the answer lies in putting user feedback to work, arming your partner ecosystem with the right tools to roll out implementations at a pace that’s right for our users, and learning every step of the way.
From the Show Floor
Our Velocity team was proud to join more than 4,000 participants on the show floor catching up with our customers and prospects, participating in Infor’s exclusive Partner Summit, and while sharing the floor with our customer KidsPeace as they presented the session, ‘Lean IT? No Problem: A Digital Transformation Case Study.’
Between the keynotes and breakaway sessions, it can be overwhelming to distill the key takeaways. Here is what’s top of mind for me and my team:
- Infor is in execution mode. Infor is transitioning from innovative thinking to execution. The next generation of products (other than Payroll) are generally available usable, with a tremendous focus on getting customers live and referenceable
- Infor Payroll users: Embrace your community. If you are an Infor Payroll user, local user groups are by far the best way to monitor the beta programs. The new Payroll product on Landmark is scheduled to be GA next year.
- Lean in to your adoption. Considering adopting CloudSuite (v11) over the next few years? Lean in to your adoption by adding now the proven HCM products available on v11 now. The HCM product suite will help your organization reduce manual tasks and integrate functions like recruiting and performance management into your core HR system. And, find a timeline that works for you with a flexible partner who will provide the right resource for the right workload.
- Watch large corporations for adoption trends. Koch Industries invested $2B in Infor last year. The conglomerate is adopting Infor products throughout its portfolio of companies and keeping an eye on which modules they’re implementing can help you stay updated on the products which are being refined and improved for general consumption.
- Start looking at ION as your integration layer of the future. IPA is still a wonderful product and adaptable to v10 or v11, but many future products will require ION for integrating a full stack of Infor products.
- Assess your organization’s cloud readiness and which resource is right for your workload. Keep in mind that the SaaS model isn’t for everyone. For example, organizations that like to do their own last mile functionality, have direct database access, and have complete visibility into the system are not good candidates for SaaS. If SaaS isn’t for you, fear not! There are still great options available to help you achieve your cloud adoption goals.
What we saw at Inforum this year is a confirmation that the roster of products announced in 2017 are viable solutions for the Infor community — and are now in use at companies throughout the world. Yet, despite momentum and interest in these products, more than 70% of companies we surveyed in and around the event, do not expect to adopt products like Infor CloudSuite (sometimes referred to as v11) until 2020 at the earliest.
At Velocity, we are ready to help you at any step along the way. Whether it’s understanding how to tackle barriers to supporting and adopting new Infor functionality while enhancing your Infor users knowledge base or walking through your CloudSuite or 13.4 upgrade options, we’re here to help organizations like yours unlock human potential so your businesses can evolve and become more efficient. To learn more, contact us, or call 1.888.430.9252.