Finally, enterprise software pay attention to their looks

Much has been said lately of the unattractiveness of enterprise software, the hag in the crowd of breezy and polished applications. Enterprise software have come up against themselves on a rude reflective surface that are users’ feedback. It’s like they’ve let themselves go since they were born, complacent they’re more bankable for their substance than for their looks.

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But as research shows, ugly designs and clunky interfaces hurt functionality. Productivity is more committed to platforms that are easier on the eyes. Interface is a huge part of the wiles of social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook, whose looks have paid off in handsome user numbers and their founders’ net worth.

The idea may be “lookist,” but from a business perspective it’s simply “consumerist.” Taking a gander at aesthetic options is seen to improve the user base and promote easier, more intuitive software solutions. Design is the most direct winder of functionality, as visuals alert users to processes and outcomes. The initial confusion is bypassed, and company trainings for software implementation could proceed more speedily, and with the bonus of eye candies.

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Infor, the third largest enterprise software developer in the world, radically charged into the idea of more attractive enterprise solutions during Inforum 2013, its annual ball for new products and features. CEO Charles Phillips announced a facelift on its products with a newly developed interface called SoHo, which will also apply to mobile solutions.

Phillips delivered a demonstration practically wrinkling his nose at existing design interfaces developed by Infor’s competitors, including that of Oracle, his former employer. The snobbery, however, did not take long to lapse into substance, as the Infor CEO guides the crowds to a public trial of cluttered looks.

Enterprise software’s reputation for ugliness has long baffled pundits. With the industry growing, it should clean up nice to face the crowds.

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Charles Phillips
has previously served as president of Oracle Corporation prior to growing Infor as the company CEO. Find out more about enterprise software from Infor.


Infor partners with Tracker Corp. for highly efficient onboarding process

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Onboarding is the cross-functional process of assimilating employees into organizations. This management procedure has never been more important as the government continues to press for I-9 and E-Verify compliance.


An E-Verify system is an Internet-based solution that allows organizations to access an employee’s Form I-9, a record used to verify whether or not an individual is authorized to work in the country. Accessing this record is mandatory for employers in particular states and for federal contractors and subcontractors that carry the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) E-Verify clause.


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Complying with this requirement is a heavy task. Good thing Infor has partnered with Tracker Corp. to deliver a comprehensive onboarding solution that streamlines compliance to Form 1-9 and E-Verify regulations and provides companies the ability to monitor all their records at every location.


The Infor Onboarding with Tracker I-9 integration keeps the onboarding process running smoothly and as quickly as possible while raising compliance level up to virtually 100% and minimizing I-9 overhead by more than 75%. A major constituent of Infor HR Service Delivery Suite, Infor Onboarding leverages the power of Tracker I-9 to:


  • centralize management of records;
  • automate audit trails;
  • reduce errors and missed deadlines; and
  • enable remote hiring.


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These are but a few of the features of this new joint offering, which Infor customers can now experience either on-premise or in the cloud.


Both companies agree that the Tracker I-9 integration makes the Infor HR Service Delivery Suite a cohesive solution that encompasses the many critical functions of HR departments.

The integration of Tracker I-9 to Infor technology is another achievement by Infor CEO Charles Phillips. Go to this website to find out more about Infor Onboarding with Tracker I-9 integration.

Distribution FACTS: Inventory just got better

The route from fulfilling consumer demand with supplies distribution is strewn with inventory. Smoothening an operation is thus in want for flexibility in inventory management. Still, companies differ in their needs to attain or improve the latter aspect. It’s at the mention of such ‘customization’ that Infor, leading ERP software provider, comes in.

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Infor Distribution FACTS packs supply chain, performance, and fiscal management capabilities in one solution to increase the speed and efficiency of distributors, even as distribution models are always changing and the market remains to be challenging. In employing the widely encompassing 7.8 release, firms gain control of their core business practices. Multiple processes are streamlined and inventory is maximized, both chiseling away at time and cost to manufacture. Doing away with redundant and manual processes coupled with optimizing resources and inventory paves the road to revenue growth.

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Responding to 70,000 clients overall, Infor has been at the height of sales momentum since March, placing its product in the hands of 2,000 North American distributors, among which are Air-Side Equipment, Inc., George J. Howe Company, H & V Sales, Inc., JRD Sales and Service, Inc., and Keystone Electrical Supply.

CEO Jill Vass of Rice Industries already spoke up in the preliminaries: “We rely on technology like Infor Distribution FACTS to support our aggressive growth plans and help us achieve company goals.”

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With an even more sophisticated IU to run things, Infor’s solution clears the route from demand to supply by providing flexibility and functionality to the processes and inventory.

Infor, under the mandate of Charles Phillips, has been striving to offer the ERP market with the most comprehensive yet cost-effective solutions. Peruse its site and see for yourself.

Adding an arm to distribution

Infor is known for creating innovative software that target specific areas of business operations. With every release of a new program, it has never failed to disappoint. Infor Distribution FACTS suite is not far from its predecessors. Built with advanced functionality, this business solution provides enterprises with extra muscle to handle the demands of a quickly advancing market.

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Infor Distribution FACTS is made for small-to medium-sized distribution companies. Given the extra demands and risks posed by the current corporate arena, advanced solutions like the Distribution FACTS can go a long way in helping a company maintain its position in the market.

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The product manages many aspects of a business, including warehousing, the supply chain, financials, and sales analytics. It helps eliminate redundancy and enhances efficiency by doing away with manual labor. Costs are reduced, and revenue is increased by maximizing the available resources.

Infor Distribution FACTS is currently enjoying popularity among an increasing number of customers, with 2,000 distributors across North America. Jill Vass, CEO of Rice Industries, has this to say about Infor’s product: “We rely on technology like Infor Distribution FACTS to support our aggressive growth plans and help us achieve company goals.” Aside from Rice Industries, many other companies, such as Air-Side Equipment, Inc., George J. Howe Company, and Keystone Electrical Supply, are either joining Infor’s distributors or implementing its products.

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Charles Phillips, as CEO of Infor, leads the company in creating highly innovative products that can handle the processes of particular industries. This Facebook page shares the latest on Infor and its products.

REPOST: Inforum 2013—New Speed Sessions offer quick, high-value content

Inforum 2013 is almost at the tail of spring, budding with its own innovative introductions. Take a peek at the preps:

The Hub will be the engaging, multifaceted core of the Inforum 2013 experience. We’re introducing a new and exciting type of education session—Speed Sessions— just one of many valuable components offered in this dynamic gathering space.

Speed Sessions are designed to help you maximize your time and investment in the Inforum experience. These sessions, which will take place in The Hub Learning Centers stationed throughout industry-focused neighborhoods, will offer the opportunity to gain quick, interactive bursts of knowledge on a particular product, module, or industry.

These interactive and informal discussions will offer high-value content relevant to your needs, in brief 20-minute sessions. Stay tuned for more details on what content will be available in Speed Sessions.

Browse the hundreds of other education sessions available in the session catalog today, or personalize your Inforum 2013 agenda with the session scheduler, available in early February.

Register now to take advantage of the early bird rate of $1,695 and save up to $400 on registration.

Inforum organizers have engineered speed into this year’s activities in congruence with the value for speed CEO Charles Phillips is known for the world over. Check this page for more information.

Software for small scale industries

Small-scale industries are inextricably imagined as the grittier enterprises, of pastry chefs barking orders from a dough-filled counter or chief executives of garage startups eating Chinese takeaway while watching the markets. Where technology and sophistication fit into those notions is a hideaway. Most small-scale industries are more wired than people think, and they are encumbered by the same brambly supply chains and skiddy demand predictions.

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Independent business owners are also pictured crunching numbers manually on a grease table piled with crumpled receipts. Enterprise software has not taken away this reality, but they seem to figure more often in the launching phase than in the operational phase. The trend in business launching suites offers processes such as capital and employee management.

There’s a truth to small-scale industries being more hands-on, of phone calls made here and there to suppliers, and coffee table discussions between matey partners on prospects for business expansion. But its books are no less harangued by the need for accuracy. So much of business survival relies on cutting unnecessary costs and keeping within budgets. Meanwhile, enterprise software are not the exclusive domain of multi-million accounts.

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Conceptually, these all started as watered-down systems of tracking and calculation. That they are employed more often by bigger firms is actually the reverse of basic necessity. Logically, enterprise software should work more like a gem for small-scale industries. The gap may be in the costs of taking on the soft technology while the independents wait to break even, as opposed to the heavy capitalization of huge corporations that can easily custom-fit their computerized systems to their business processes.

Charles Phillips is the CEO of enterprise software giant Infor. For more updates on the enterprise software industry, visit this Facebook page.

The business of building weapons

There is a certain necessity in war that leads to peace.  While ideologies and politicos may argue tooth and nail over which advocacy is correct, what remains constant is that the victor always has the most firepower behind it.  These include weaponry mounted on vehicles, or mobile systems created as armaments.  These include vehicles traversing land, sea, air, and space.

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Experts build armaments during war, and governments pay obscene amounts of money to hire the best and the brightest of builders.  Just like any industry, or company, for that matter, the business of building weapons is a complicated process that involves money, data, and stakeholders at every level.  It is a complication all on its own, and running this type of business demands a particularly high level of ingenuity.

For those specializing in specific areas—aeronautics, for instance—the task is particularly daunting.  Specializations entail more intensive market analytics; doubtless, these businesses exist in rather small clusters with tight competition at every turn.  Thus, the task of gathering data and arranging them into comprehensive groups need to be fast, efficient, and inexpensive.

Businesses engaged in building parts for flying craft, for instance, entail many people and even more money.  Thus, the challenge often lies in establishing standardized manufacturing processes and uniform financial reporting, as well as reducing the timeframe by which results and reports are consolidated.

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A software solution may help in this, involving centralized systems for reporting and financial consolidation.  Aside from expedited timeframes for these processes, departments and divisions are better coordinated through complete visibility from all levels.

Charles Phillips is the CEO of Infor, an enterprise solutions software company. Read more about him and Infor at