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Israel’s Largest Furniture Group Turns to Infor to Integrate its Supply Chain

Aminach, Israel’s largest furniture company, is embarking on an enterprise resource planning (ERP) project with Infor M3. The project is being managed by Infor partner Intentia Israel and will serve 280 users across 46 stores nationwide and the manufacturing site in Israel. The furniture company chose Infor M3 due to the depth of its functionality; that it can support both Aminach’s manufacturing and commercial operations and due to the level of integration between the different modules. Aminach’s business processes were then mapped to meet the synergy requirements between all technological systems and establishing a standard of organizational work processes and supply chain management. Infor M3 will provide Aminach with a range of capabilities required by a multi-branch distributed manufacturer and marketer. These include retail chain store management, item and product infrastructure management, supply chain management, production planning and management, costing and finance management, as well as technician service system management.

 

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ERP’s Defining Characteristics, and Why Your Business Can’t Live Without Them

Technology has changed the way we operate systems these days. Enterprise resource planning (ERP) has gone further than having “the ability to deliver an integrated suite of business applications” (as defined by Gartner in 1990). The ERP landscape has evolved and while it still does what its original definition was, with the rise of postmodern ERP deployment and a shift toward third-party integration, the future of ERP as we know it hangs in the balance. Zach Hale shared an article on Softwareadvice.com that shares what ERP can do for your business and why you need to deploy an ERP system in 2020.

Common ERP modules and functions

  • Financial management. Also known as accounting, the financial management component records, processes, and organizes transactions within modules such as general ledger, accounts payable, accounts receivable, and fixed-asset tracking.
  • HR management. ERP software can automate core HR functions such as personnel tracking and benefits administration, as well as more strategic processes such as recruiting, employee evaluation, and training.
  • Inventory/supply chain management. These functions support the planning and execution of supply chain transactions to optimize inventory levels and meet customer demand, from the acquisition of raw materials to production and delivery.
  • Manufacturing resource planning (MRP). Using ERP’s manufacturing planning functionality helps to efficiently plan production based on materials, labor, and machinery.
  • Customer relationship management (CRM). Basic CRM functionality includes sales- and client-related processes such as managing contacts, leads, and cases.
  • Project management. Through their ERP system, businesses can manage projects independently so users can create plans, schedules, resource assignments, budgets, estimates, and more.

New developments and features in ERP systems

  • Third-party integration. Integration helps businesses incorporate industry-specific applications from third-party vendors into their day-to-day and tailor their system to the needs of the organization.
  • Cloud-based deployment options. In the last decade or so, ERP vendors have begun offering an alternative to on-premise deployment: a cloud-based option hosted on the vendor’s servers and accessed through any approved device with internet access.
  • Data collection and analysis. As home to virtually all your business data, ERP software can use artificial intelligence (AI) and predictive analytics to analyze performance, project future outcomes, and inform business decisions.
  • Workflow automation. ERP systems can automate repetitive tasks, create workflows that trigger processes, and send notifications to users or payment reminders to clients.

With its core functions and new developments, they represent an unprecedented leap forward for the ERP market. Businesses that implement this tech-driven system stay ahead of the curve, while those who have yet to embrace it may be on the verge of being left behind.

 

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Burton Snowboards Selects Infor to Support its Digital Transformation and Global Expansion

Infor is partnering with leading snowboard brand Burton Snowboards and will implement the Infor CloudSuite Fashion, an ERP (enterprise resource planning) system tailor-made for the fashion industry. A long-time customer of Infor, the global leader of snowboards and sports gears has expanded its Infor Nexus supply chain management capabilities to optimize inventory across channels, increase its direct-to-consumer business, operationalize its expansion to global markets, and upgrade its technology footprint to the cloud. Burton is constantly challenged to manage inventory with seasonal demand and orchestrate products across a global supply chain. Infor will enable Burton to standardize enterprise processes and optimize inventory flow from source to customer across all channels, including direct-to-consumer and e-commerce, while reducing its legacy technology footprint.

 

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Can’t Miss ERP Trends for 2020

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software has evolved and adapted to the ever-changing business needs, customer demands and enterprise innovations. Solutions Review has highlighted some major trends we should take note of in 2020.

 

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Hagebau Reduces IT Landscape Complexity with Infor

Infor recently announced it has been chosen by hagebau Handelsgesellschaft für Baustoffe mbH & Co. KG to set the course for its digitization strategy. The hagebau Group is the leading distributor for the construction and building materials industries. They have opted for opted for Infor CloudSuite Distribution Enterprise, which is designed specifically for wholesale distributors and includes predefined industry solutions for micro-verticals including building materials, wood and tiles, as well as the hagebau retail shops. With this implementation, the hagebau Group will harmonize its current 270 enterprise resource planning (ERP) instances, reduce a very complex IT landscape. According to the press release hagebau IT has been responsible for developing the ERP software. To be able to promote new digital business concepts in the retail sector, hagebau IT is focusing on a change of strategy and is bringing Infor on board as a uniform platform. With Infor and the Infor CloudSuite Distribution Enterprise, the group’s organizations benefit from uniform structures and workflows, especially with regard to purchasing, as well as faster, group-wide application deployment to better respond to changing market conditions.

 

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Preparing for Lawson Year-End Regulatory Patching

It’s that time of year again! Infor has released the regulatory patching for Lawson. Patching affects 1099 reporting, benefits/ACA, and payroll. We have compiled some tips to help make your year-end patching experience as smooth as possible.

 

 

Migrating ERP to the cloud

The most common trend in enterprise resource planning as of late is migrating their solutions to the cloud. Dave Ives, Digital Advisory Executive at Altron Karabina, shared an article on IT Web Africa about how this migration is beneficial to organizations. With the arrival of mult-national data centers in the country, more organizations seen the benefits of the cloud and making it a standard business practice in South Africa. The business value in making the move sooner rather than later cannot be ignored. There are some challenges, however, that require a lot of obstacles to successfully run ERP in the cloud. Ives explains a couple and how to overcome it.

  • Governance rules – Ives explains, “ERP operates in a highly governed environment. This means that any business must undergo several internal processes, including streamlining redundant and outdated processes, before committing to an upgrade or migration. With this decision comes the migration of legacy data and ensuring traceability of past transactions. Migrating from an on-prem to a cloud version requires a deeper assessment. Diagnostic tools are available from certain vendors to assess the impact of upgrading, while in some cases a refactoring of the solution, adaption of the interfaces and significant process changes may be required. The tools and assessments are typically run by a trusted partner who can align to a client’s organisational requirements. The resultant diagnostics also enables the partner to understand how the ERP application has been configured for an on-premise environment and what can be adapted for a cloud-based deployment. This enables the partner to either natively port the ERP processes or reconfigure them for a cloud solution.”
  • Overcoming challenges – Says Ives in his article, “The cloud might provide the same features natively that companies had to tweak in their on-premise solutions, thereby foregoing the need to customize anything online. This is where an assessment forms an integral part of the migration plan. Tools and libraries that are available, such as the American Productivity and Quality Centre (APQC), provide standard process classification frameworks and assist in aligning to standard processes.”

 

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Japan’s Food Business Giant Watami Deploys Infor Cloud ERP for Business Standardization and Decision-making

Infor recently announced that Watami Co. Ltd. has gone live with Infor CloudSuite Food & Beverage (F&B) – the multi-tenant cloud enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution purpose-built for the F&B industry. This implementation was to improve Watami’s supply chain management (SCM) platform for its sites across Japan. At the same time, Watami will implement data-driven management with Infor Birst cloud-based business intelligence (BI) platform linked to the Infor CloudSuite solution. The Watami Group of companies operates across the food industry in restaurants and meal delivery services. Watami selected Infor CloudSuite F&B for its ability to drive business standardization through industry-specific functions and to build a platform for data analysis. This implementation has helped standardize business processes and data definitions in production management. With that, Watami is better able to advance in cost calculations and production planning.

 

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Fransen Gerrits Increases Efficiency and Optimizes Business Processes with Industry-Specific ERP

Dutch animal feed producer Fransen Gerrits recently completed a successful upgrade of Infor M3 to help automate processes and streamline efficiency. Users of the M3 enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution since 2007, Fransen Gerrits has continually expanded its capabilities to meet the evolving needs of the food and beverage industry and its customers. By upgrading M3, with the support of Infor Alfa-Beta, Fransen Gerrits will benefit from new ways to optimize business processes and increase efficiency. The press release shared Fransen Gerrits’ financial director Jori Teuwen’s statement on their company’s commitment to Infor: “I keep up-to-date with suppliers like SAP and Microsoft to see what’s available in the market, but Infor M3 is the absolute winner for us thanks to the multi-country, multi-company, intra-company and multi-currency capabilities it provides, which I have not yet seen in other solutions. This is very important to us because we often deal with inter-company cashflows. In addition, the way the database is structured is better and makes it easy to facilitate any expansion abroad.” With Infor M3, Fransen Gerrits is able to record purchasing, production, sales and financial process and is surrounded by several third-party applications that either help save costs and/or improve productivity.

 

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Impresa Pizzarotti & C. Spa Embraces Digital Transformation with Infor

Italian civil engineering and construction leader Impresa Pizzarotti & C. Spa has selected an Infor enterprise software suite based around Infor LN. Set up for 700 users, the suite incorporates enterprise resource planning (ERP), enterprise asset management (EAM) and analytics (Birst) capabilities, and will support Impresa Pizzarotti & C. Spa’s digital transformation strategy. The company will focus on process consolidation to increase visibility and better forecasting. The strategy will support expansion into new emerging markets and cement Impresa Pizzarotti & C. Spa’s position in existing territories. Impresa Pizzarotti & C. Spa chose Infor because of the capabilities of the software and its ability to scale for future growth. Additionally, Infor’s ability to facilitate best practices in corporate governance, risk management and reporting, as well as tight cost control across every customer project to support reporting and planning was exactly what the company was looking for.

 

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