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Infor OS Platform: A Primer

You've probably heard that the only constants in life are death and taxes. But there's undoubtedly a third constant we'd vote to add to that list: New software updates. 

That's especially true if your organization uses Infor. It's been five years since Infor first announced Infor Xi, the technology platform in which all future Infor products will be built and deployed. It differentiated itself from its competitors by focusing on the cloud, mobile-centric computing, and Artificial Intelligence. 

Today, Infor Xi has matured to Infor OS. Designed to bring productivity, business processes and Artificial Intelligence together, Infor OS has helped businesses access operational insights to fuel momentum and drive them forward.  That means that for those still using version 9.0.1 of Infor Lawson, or those deferring the upgrade, now is the time to finally make your move to reap the benefits Infor OS has to offer. 

But first, let's start with the basics. With the roll out of Infor OS comes new terminology. Here’s everything you need to know about the Infor OS platform, so you can make your first step towards upgrading.

  • Infor OS is the technology platform underneath the new version of applications delivered by Infor now known as Infor CloudSuite Financials and Supply Chain Management. We will see this referenced as Infor CloudSuite Financials (CSF). 
  • Just because the software title says CloudSuite does not mean you have to run the applications within Infor’s cloud. You have options. Even customers with a perpetual license who operate Infor on premise, or with a managed cloud services provider like Velocity, will use the product titled CSF and Supply Chain Management.
  • Lawson Business Intelligence is now known as Infor Business Intelligence. The software now includes an OLAP Cube delivered as standard.
  • Design Studio is replaced by a tool called Configuration Console.
  • The former environment upon which your S3 financial applications written in COBOL ran in v10 and prior was known as Lawson System Foundation. With Infor CSF, the technology stack is Landmark and the application code is now in Java. 
  • Many end users love the ease of use that comes with the Microsoft Add-Ins. That same functionality will persist but with new features in the next version now called Lawson Spreadsheet Designer.
  • Whereas today we talk about accessing data in tables, with Infor CloudSuite on the Infor OS platform, we will reference Business Classes which will be a select group of related tables that function as a program.

You may have noticed that one term is absent in all the above changes: Payroll. Infor Lawson is currently maintaining the core payroll engine that utilizes COBOL programs (think PR140) on top of the Lawson System Foundation. Organizations operating with all three main Infor Lawson suitesFinance, Supply Chain, and HR with Payrollwill operate with two systems: a set of modern products written in Java on landmark and the legacy payroll applications on an LSF server. The complexity for managing this type deployment for the stand-alone IT shop is increasing significantly.

One of the highly publicized features of this new modern version of Infor Lawson is the re-design of the General Ledger (GL). With Infor CSF, the GL includes dimensions of which some are defined by the software manufacturer, some by industry, but most by the end user organization. These dimensions will provide customers tremendous flexibility for roll-up reporting.  

Now that we have set the stage for Infor OS, look for our next post on the top five recommendations for preparing your pending move.