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Infor Opens New Office in Charleston, West Virginia to Serve U.S. Government Agencies

Infor is not only making strides by growing partnerships with notable businesses, but has expanded their own business by opening a new office in Charleston, West Virginia. This office will run cloud applications for U.S. Government Agencies at the federal, state, and local level, as well as with government contractors in the public sector. The company already has ties with the state, as Infor’s Coleman Artificial Intelligence Platform is named after the inspiring physicist and mathematician Katherine Coleman Johnson, whose trail-blazing work at NASA helped U.S. astronauts land on the moon. Coleman earned her bachelors in mathematics and French with the highest honors from West Virginia State College (now West Virginia State University). Additionally, Infor is partnering with Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, and with West Virginia State University in Institute, West Virginia (just northwest of Charleston), to build a pipeline of skilled talent that is trained in software engineering, cloud operations, and support services related to Infor products. These universities are part of Infor’s Education Alliance Program (EAP), which provides member organizations access to free software used in business computing, as well as hands-on technical training. U.S. Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia is pleased to have the software giant selecting the Mountain state to establish a regional office, bringing more than a hundred job opportunities to the state. The 12,000 sq/ft office anticipates bringing in 100 technical jobs to the Charleston area in software engineering, cloud operations, and consulting and support services to support its public sector customers.  It is located on the 6th floor of the 18-story Laidley Tower building at 500 Lee Street East in downtown Charleston – one block away from the Charleston Transit Center and next to numerous downtown businesses.

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Infor partnering with Oxford and Carnegie Mellon on machine learning

Infor is making great strides in the education sector by recently signing a new research partnership with the University of Oxford and extended its partnership with Carnegie Mellon University, both to study machine learning. Infor is supporting an on-going work on in-database machine learning to the Factorised Databases (FDB) Project with the Computer Science Department at Oxford in the UK. Leading the project is Oxford professor Dan Olteanu who’s goal for the FDB project is to build a scalable system for training machine learning models over relational databases. Olteanu was a consultant on development of Infor’s LogicBlox – a core part of Infor Retail’s demand forecasting, allocation, replenishment, and assortment optimization capabilities. Infor began a similar partnership with Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in October of 2018. Head of the project at Carnagie Mellon is Professor Benjamin Moseley and his work on advanced algorithms for scheduling execution graphs of declarative languages. This research is expected to improve the task scheduler of the LogicBlox platform.

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Upcoming Events February 2019

Winter meetings are beginning the Lawson User Group communities to kick off 2019!

MWLUG Winter 2019 Meeting

Hosted by: Midwest Lawson User Group
When: Thursday February 21st, 2019 from 8:00 to 3:30 (US/Central)
Location: HealthPartners 8170 33rd Avenue South Bloomington,MN 55044

Join the Midwest Lawson User Group for our 2019 Winter Meeting

There will be Special Interest Group (SIG) breakouts by functional area in the morning, then Technical, Human Capital Management, Enterprise Financial Management and Supply Chain Management breakout sessions in the afternoon.

Plenty of great prizes to award at the conclusion of the meeting!

AND

Cap off your day by joining us for a networking reception following the meeting at HealthPartners. Please join us for a couple of hours of food and drink at JTs Food and Cocktails, located just 3 minutes from HealthPartners – across from the Mall of America (former location of RedRossa)!  All beverages and appetizers are provided… this is a perfect opportunity to avoid rush hour and spend some time networking.  Join your peers, vendors and Infor Lawson employees as we continue discussion on Infor Lawson in a relaxed, fun atmosphere.

Learn more how to Connect, Discover and Engage in the Digital Concourse Community, powered by WorkOutLoud

Hosted by: WorkOutLoud
When: Tuesday, February 19th, 2019 from 12:00 to 12:30 (US/Central)

The “GoToMeeting” link will be sent to all registered members the day before the webinar.

This is a free educational webinar to help you explore your community more and better understand the power you have to increase collaboration with your community peers.

Your Digital Concourse community keeps you informed on what is happening in your independent Infor community and provides the tools to connect and collaborate with others like you.

Learn How To…

  • Try the Forums to ask questions and receive answers from your peers
  • Follow user groups to stay up to date for best practices or announcements
  • Community search for people, groups and content
  • Connect with your peers or our successful Community Partners
  • Watch a educational videos to self educate and learn on your free time

If you know of a user community that would like to have the ability to do the same, please contact us today.

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Infor to partner with Treasury Wine Estates to optimize supply chain planning worldwide

Continuing with a fast start in 2019, Infor announced it is partnering with global wine company, Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) to implement Infor Supply Chain Management (SCM) suite.With Infor SCM, TWE will deliver an improved supply chain process and help connect its four global markets – ANZ, the Americas, Europe and Asia – for optimized planning, scheduling and reporting. “Global supply chains are becoming more complex and connected, and substantial value can be realized when these supply chains are optimized to align with business objectives,” said Helen Masters, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Infor Asia Pacific. “Our customer-centric and innovative approach will support TWE’s needs.”

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What is ADFS?

There has been a lot of confusion in the Infor client community lately over what ADFS is and what the impact of implementing it will be on the organization as a whole.
Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) is a Microsoft solution created to facilitate Single Sign-On. It provides user with authenticated access to applications like Lawson without the need to provide the password information to the application.
ADFS manages user authentication through a service hosted between the active directory and the target application. It grants access to application users by using Federated trust. The users can then authenticate their identity through Single Sign-On without having to do so on the application itself. The authentication process is usually as follows:
1) The user navigates to the Lawson URL
2) The unauthenticated user is re-directed to the ADFS service
3) The user signs into ADFS
4) ADFS service authenticates the user via the Active Directory
5) The user is then given an authentication claim (in the form of a cookie) by the ADFS
6) The user is forwarded to the Lawson application with the claim which either grants or denies access based on the federated trust service
Note: The Lawson Server never sees the password information which in the case of external applications (like a cloud implementation) is a lot more secure.
 
What are some drawbacks of implementing ADFS?
 
Although ADFS is a new requirement, it comes with a few small drawbacks that you should consider:
– The additional server license and maintenance – You will need an additional server (likely one per environment) to host ADFS
– ADFS is actually somewhat complex and this new skill set can create a new challenge for smaller clients who aren’t already using ADFS for other applications
– A standard ADFS installation is not all that secure and several steps should be taken to ensure good security. Microsoft provides these best practices recommendations: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/identity/ad-fs/deployment/best-practices-securing-ad-fs
There is also a great free e-book published by Microsoft about claims-based identity and access control: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/previous-versions/msp-n-p/ff423674(v=pandp.10)
To find out more about ADFS and how it can impact your organization, join our webinars or contact us.

STL Partners in Transformation with Infor

Sociedad Textil Lonia (STL) has partnered with Infor Retail CloudSuite and Infor GT Nexus to support its innovation and transformation initiatives. With over 800 stores in over 50 countries, and managing two leading fashion and luxury brands Purificación García and CH Carolina Herrera, STL plans to establish an Innovation Center in Barcelona to focus on customer experience in the European fashion industry. Carlos Fernández-Couto, COO, at STL says of the decision, “Our efforts, supported by Infor, will power growth for years to come, delighting our customers and empowering our employees.” Furthermore, Corey Tollefson, SVP and GM of Infor Retail, comments, “This partnership is based upon relationships, trust, and industry proven solutions such as Demand Management and Infor GT Nexus Supply Chain Network which are key strengths within our Infor Retail CloudSuite.” Infor and STL will also collaborate on the development of new customer-centric capabilities that connect the fashion and retail business process from design and production to distribution and customer management.

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Infor Retail Continues to Lead Retail Renaissance

The new year will see a continued growth in online retail and Infor is ever present in this sector. In the past year, Infor saw a 124 percent growth in cloud transactions, which helped retailers move from their legacy solutions to the modern, cloud-based retail focused solutions to further support and understand their customers. In today’s world, the mobile devices can do anything – stream entertainment, talk to friends and family, and of course, ecommerce. Today’s customer demands personal experiences from browsing to follow up communication about any purchases they make. “The concept of ‘Commerce Everywhere’ has forced retailers to dig deeper into their operations to better understand and reach target customers, partners and employees,” said Corey Tollefson, senior vice president and general manager, Infor Retail. “Infor has made significant investments since its inception to help foster the Golden Age of Retail. In this era, the physical store and its associates will take on a greater role as the store is not only a channel to purchase product but also a node in the network to ship, sell, and return products as well,” adds Erick Rowe, vice president, Infor Retail. Infor’s Retail solutions continue to support fashion, retail and grocery partners on a global scale, and will continue to help those who want to modernize operations and take advantage of the latest consumer and business technologies – mobile, social, science, and cloud.

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Liberty Speciality Steels Forges Ahead with Infor-First Policy

Infor started off 2019 by becoming a key technology supplier to Liberty Speciality Steels UK. The integrated steel producer will enfore an “Infor-First” policy and deploy the Infor Cloudsuite Industrial Enterprise throughout the organization. Infor was chosen over its competitors because of its commitment to the cloud, a competitive total cost of ownership (TCO) and the fact that Infor would not require investment in infrastructure. Speciality Steels has also invested in Infor CloudSuite HCM (including Infor Global Human Resources, Infor Talent Management, Infor Learning Management, Infor WorkForce Management), Infor Expense Management and Infor Configure Price Quote (CPQ). The applications are structured to help deliver a single ecosystem with end-to-end functionality, minimal customisations and simplified processes, which can help Speciality Steels compete at  global scale.

 

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Gilberts Airs Make-to-Order Production Benefits with Infor

Air distribution product manufacturer, Gilberts (Blackpool) Ltd. recently Infor Configure Price Quote (CPQ) in an effort to help boost capacity, enhance production and improve customer service. With Infor CloudSuite Industrial integrated in Infor CPQ, Gilberts will use the application to reduce inventory and employee training, and obtain the ability to more efficiently process orders regardless of whether they are make-to-stock or make-to-order. the manufacturer is already reaping benefits with a 50% line entry improvement on quotations and orders placed. Ian Rogers, Sales Director, Gilberts (Blackpool), comments, “As the business has grown, the quotation and subsequent order processing, particularly for more bespoke products, has become time intensive and resource hungry which were at odds with our focus on Kanban, efficiency and service.”

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Infor Winter Showcase 2019

Infor’s annual Winter Showcase is back – and with more exciting sessions than ever before!

Three information-rich days will provide you with invaluable insight that will not only enlighten you but fundamentally improve the way you work.

With exclusive access to key Infor product managers and corporate executives, you’ll benefit from compelling keynote presentations, detailed product road maps, interactive focus groups, insightful customer stories, engaging hands-on academy sessions, and more. You won’t be disappointed.

Designed specifically with you in mind, you’ll have the option to attend any or all the sessions in the following tracks. Here’s just a sample of what you’ll hear:

  • Financials
    • New Infor Treasury capabilities for optimal cash management
    • New Expense Management features such as integrated online travel booking, native mobile app, Birst reporting and optical character recognition.
  • Technology
    • How we are using Coleman AI to provide digital assistance and process automation across financials, supply management and HCM.
    • Infor Go – All your Infor applications on your handheld.
  • Supply chain management
    • Roadmap for new Supply Chain Intelligence solutions by Infor’s Dynamic Science Labs.
    • Planned Point of Use enhancements, including tissue tracking and management.
  • Human capital management
    • Changing the face of HR with the new “mobile HCM” solution
    • How we are applying industry specialization to Talent Management – and why that is good for you.

Don’t miss this chance to design a custom-built professional development experience to fit your unique needs.

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