Camatic Seating Taps Infor for Asian Expansion

Camatic Seating, a global manufacturer of stadium, cinema and theater seats, has selected Infor’s cloud ERP software Infor LN to power its new, complex manufacturing facility in Malaysia. Infor will help Camatic run its business in an integrated, multi-site manner. Infor LN will also manage several technology challenges, including eliminating hardware upgrade cycles and associates costs, business risks associated with in-hours IT infrastructure, shortened upgrade cycles for patches, and improved accessibility for remote working staff. As existing Infor customers, Camatic is sure that the tech giant will help them achieve their 2021 and beyond goals. Camatic planning and production control manager Jamarl Scase says of the project, “We need a solution we can rely on, and our experience with Infor and Infor LN has shown that we’ve partnered with the best in the industry. Infor’s deep industry expertise is what we value most, as we know that each solution is purpose-built for a particular industry.”


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Can ERP implementation happen remotely?

It’s no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has flipped the script for almost every industry. Common across many fields, remote work has become the ‘new normal’ for many (and still is). In the ERP (enterprise resource planning) business, remote implemantation and its effectiveness is proving its worth in this climate. Gone are onsite implementations when the new normal is remote setup. However, yet how effective is remote ERP implementation? Sean Fowles of Seidor Africa, a leading SAP Business One Reseller in Africa and a top technology integrator, shares an interesting read on ITWEB Africa of certain prerequisites one must consider before relying on remote ERP implementation.

  1. Analysis. “Successful ERP implementations begin with education. It requires organizations to develop an understanding of their business processes and to map those. This allows the team to define the business entity, who is responsible, to what standard a business process should be completed, and how the success of a business process can be determined.”
  2. Design. “Large ERP projects often have a dedicated meeting room with timelines and status updates displayed. With a remote team, this practice is still extremely useful, but it needs to be done virtually. Interactive whiteboard applications offer real-time collaboration for remote workers, enabling visualisation and promoting engagement between those involved. Similarly, HD video-conferencing units allow for face-to-face connections and create an environment where people are more likely to share innovative ideas.”
  3. Build. “Building in phases requires workflow templates, security templates, mapping templates and comprehensive reports. Collaboration and connection with the team will ensure that all members are properly enabled to complete their tasks. It’s also important to address all the ‘how-to’s’ separately with individual team members.”
  4. Test and deploy. “Consistent testing will help to keep project stakeholders engaged and interested. Plan the testing phases and create test scripts to facilitate the process.”

Should these four requirements be met, Fowler’s believes remote ERP implementation should be successful.


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Levoni Group Chooses Infor for Digital Transformation

Gruppo Levoni, a historic Italian company specializing in cured meats production, has chosen to implement Infor CloudSuite Food & Beverage, an enterprise software solution designed specifically for the food sector. Managed by Infor Gold partner Atlantic Technologies, This project will be based on Infor M3 enterprise resource planning and Infor OS operating system to create a digital transformation path for Levoni. For over 100 years Levoni has distributed its 100% Italian products to more than 10,000 delicatessens in Italy and to 50 countries around the world. Per the press release, the strong evolution and competitiveness of the market and the need to satisfy consumers who are increasingly attentive to quality, transparency and sustainability, accentuated even more by the pandemic, have led Levoni to digitize production processes. With Infor CloudSuite Food & Beverage, Levoni will be able to manage both the slaughterhouse and the cured meat production, which are very different processes, with a single tool that provides full traceability from farm to fork. Additionally, the Infor Implementation Accelerator will allow Levoni to create new processes and modify existing ones, starting from worldwide proven industry best practices, providing the agility to respond immediately to the increasingly frequent changes in the market. Furthermore, the implementation will allow Levoni to embrace the logic of an integrated ecosystem connected with employees, suppliers and collaborators, capable of managing the various aspects of demand from an increasingly aware and demanding consumer. The solution will be used by about 230 users and will allow the company to rely on a single system to manage all the group’s activities and provide a holistic view of the business.


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Three Ways To Take Cloud-Based ERP To The Next Level

A year into this ‘new normal’ of working in a remote setting, enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems are a critical technology to have for your business. ERP platforms are meeting the demands of today’s virtual workplace, providing the highest level of security, secure access to data and the opportunity to gain a competitive edge. Forbes Council Member and VAI CIO Kevin Beasly shares an article describing three ways to take cloud-based ERP to the next level.

Automate Security Functions. “To protect your organization from evolving cyberthreats, it’s essential for your cloud-based ERP services to offer automated security functions. Automated security saves time and resources so you can focus on measures like cybersecurity training your employees. Other recommended safety measures include the required use of strong password policies, multifactor authentication and biometrics — all of which can be automated.”

Integrate Third-Party Applications. “The ability to integrate third-party applications and APIs with your ERP systems expands your ability to apply advanced functions like forecasting and predictive analytics to decision making. When connecting to third-party applications and APIs, security is paramount.”

Use Predictive Analysis. “Predictive analytics use historical data, statistical algorithms and AI technology to predict future patterns. The right analytics strategy can help improve inventory management and production planning, detect fraud, optimize marketing strategies, manage risk and improve operations.”

Leverage Your ERP For Cost-Saving Results. “Investing in ERP optimization strategies can reap benefits for years to come. A 2018 study showed that the top three areas in which ERP produced ROI were reduced IT costs, inventory levels and cycle time.”


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VR FleetCare Goes for Growth with Infor and Midport

In recent news, Finnish rail maintenance leader VR FleetCare will standardize on Infor CloudSuite Industrial Enterprise as the technology platform for the digital transformation of operations throughout the Nordic and Baltic countries. This project will be implemented by local Infor partner and rail maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) industry specialist Midport Scandinavia. Per the press release, Infor CloudSuite Industrial Enterprise will enable VR FleetCare to adapt to the regulatory changes in the Finnish passenger rail transport industry and enable the sale and delivery of services to multiple rail operators. Selecting a cloud-based enterprise suite was chosen based on the functionality offered by the applications. The Infor CloudSuite Industrial Enterprise demonstrated not only rapid deployment of the software but also ensured that VR FleetCare will always be on the latest release of the software without expensive and time-consuming upgrade projects. Another vital factor in this decision was the ability of the Infor OS cloud platform to connect with third-party enterprise resource planning (ERP) and group financial software was an additional, vital factor.


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NSE Group Chooses Infor to Support Evolution of its Information System for its Activities Related to Services

Infor recently announced that NSE Group, a company specializing in the design, manufacture and maintenance of high-tech electronic equipment, has chosen Infor SyteLine as part of a project to rationalize and perpetuate its activities. The objective of the project at the beginning of the year was to replace the legacy enterprise resource planning (ERP) system set up in 2007 in NSE Group’s services business unit, which coordinates and handles the interface with customers, the supply chain operations and the repairs of consumer electronics, aeronautics and defence equipment. Per the press release, the previous solution required too many specific developments, thereby taking up time and IT resources that the group wanted to allocate to higher-value tasks. “The objective for NSE with this migration to Infor SyteLine was to be able to quickly respond to the diversification of our group’s business sectors,” says NSE Group’s project manager Sylvain Séramy. NSE Group also opted for the Infor Factory Track solution, a complete production automation solution that promotes warehouse mobility and traceability, the Infor CPQ (Configure Price Quote) pricing and quotation software, and the Infor OS (Operating Service) platform.


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Why Do Schools Need ERP Software?

School management enterprise resource planning (ERP) software platforms has proved to be a valuable place in the education systems operations. With centralized dashboards and streamlined operations that take care of the automation and technological needs, teachers – especially in this pandemic environment – an spend more time teachers and parents and students have easier experiences with their school’s online ERP platforms. Mrudul Modh, chief NetSuite Consultant of VNMT, shares an article on CoFounder Magazine showcasing more reasons why ERP software platforms would greatly benefit schools.

Automation. “ERPs are adept in automating your backend and frontend processes so that you can function with a tremendous amount of efficiency. An ERP platform would help you compile a report of the total amount of expenses you incurred in the last financial year.”

Aids with Prompt Decision Making. “One of the critical highlights of deploying an ERP platform for your school is that it helps with prompt decision making. School management ERP platforms can generate reports in bulk for administrative tasks like admission, fee payment, etc.”

Beneficial for Teachers. “When you have ERP software platform deployed, teachers can get respite from the administrative tasks placed on them. In this manner, they can concentrate on the primary functions at their disposal. From keeping a tab on attendance to uploading report cards, school ERP platforms can perform a vast range of functions.”

Advantageous for Parents. “School ERP systems comprise built-in tools that would foster a significant connection between teachers, students, and parents. Parents can avail real-time tracking of their child’s transportation, too, with ERP systems. So it is quite apparent that ERP systems help in maintaining the educational success of a school.”

Modh also points out that school ERP software platforms can also help with the course management system, which can handle everything from course scheduling to sharing the requirements of the course. School ERP software platform ultimately makes it simpler for everyone using it.


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6 benefits of having Enterprise Resource Planning in your pocket

Today’s workforce is dependent on real-time, on-the-go information and connectivity. Your enterprise resource planning (ERP) system can be the key to helping your business migrate to a more mobile workplace. Mobile ERP can keep your employees informed in real-time, as well as customer communications. Tech reporter Joe Devanesan shares an article on Tech HQ explaining how many businesses may have already adopted mobile technologies, though they may not be using them correctly or to its full capabilities. Devanesan provides 6 key benefits of having Enterprise Resource Planning in your pocket and on-the-go.

  1. Flexibility. Mobile-based ERP provides unrivaled convenience in data logging by making it easy for workers to enter all relevant data accurately without re-keying the data into back-end systems.
  2. Quality Data. Mobile-based ERP can be designed to capture bad data and erase it from entering your ERP system, thus helping you to collect data more easily.
  3. Greater Productivity. Mobile-based ERP also allows companies to gain a competitive advantage by providing instant access into real-time business data, while at the same time having the capability to take necessary actions on your mobile device.
  4. More Visibility. By having the ability to anticipate the demand, companies can evaluate the status of their business and plan in real-time with the information and data they get from different points.
  5. Agile Systems. For most users of the mobile-based ERP, it will allow them to simplify strenuous and time-consuming processes that would have been tedious and repetitive.
  6. Improved Quality of Service. With instant access to relevant information regardless of where mobile workers may be, mobile-based ERP enables any queries to be resolved and data to be provided to customers immediately.

Now more than ever businesses and businesspeople must be flexible as mobility will be more prevalent in the workplace.


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Linea Light Group Chooses Infor for Digital Transformation and to Centralize the Control of the Business

Professional LED lighting and design brand Linea Light Group has implemented Infor LN as part of a digital transformation strategy. The objective of the project, which was managed by Infor partner 2WS, was to redefine the group’s information processes for better business management of its individual branches for sales. Founded in 1976, with headquarters in the province of Treviso, Italy, Linea Light Group specializes in the design and production of lighting systems and solutions for indoor and outdoor environments, and is among the first European companies to specialize in LED technology. The previous ERP (enterprise resource planning) solution was disconnected from the various systems because the company needed to define a business management model common to all subsidiaries in order to harmonize operational activities in all foreign countries in line with the head office. Per the press release, Linea Light Group identified Infor LN as an ERP solution ideally suited to the needs of manufacturing companies. 2WS supported Linea Light Group throughout the decision-making and implementation phases of the project. The Infor LN implementation was based on the definition of core models, developed for each type of branch and agency in the group, according to their specific business needs. Future plans for Linea Light Group include optimizing the general model and evaluate the extension of Infor LN to other foreign branches and agencies, such as Dubai, Russia and Spain, as well as to the Italian commercial agencies in the group.


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3 Reasons Why You Should Integrate IOT With ERP In 2021

There is a need in the business and technology world for a unified solution that integrates all business operations in one platform, which allows employees to have complete control over every resource of their organization. The latest trend is combining multiple systems and acting as a super system. CRM (customer relationship management), ERP (enterprise resource planning), AI (artificial intelligence), and VR (virtual reality) to name a few have been systems as of late to merge. Another consideration for forward thinking organizations is to amalgamate IoT (Internet of Things) and ERP to open up new doors of possibilities for operational excellence, workflow automation, and customer service. The main connection here is the handling and storing of business and customer data. The best way to stand out from the crowd is for organizations is to adopt the most advanced version of ERP systems with augmented functionalities of new-age technologies like IoT. By combining IoT and ERP, enterprises can not only differentiate their business from competitors but also fuel new revenue growth. Tech expert and CEO of Allerin Naveen Joshi shares an article on BBN Times explaining why you should integrate IOT with your ERP. Here are three reasons according to Joshi that would greatly benefit linking data between both systems.

  1. Better Quantity & Quality Data – By integrating IoT and ERP, companies can improve data availability, which can lead to operational excellence. The data accumulated due to IoT sensors will be directly fed to the ERP software. Any changes in the process are reported in real-time.
  2. Improved Interaction – With IoT coming into the picture, all information will be automatically updated in the ERP system in real-time, helping every stakeholder to stay on the same page. The ERP system will automatically operationalize the continuous influx of IoT data, thereby strengthening the communication between everyone.
  3. Business Intelligence – ERP, when armed with IoT data, will help organizations to gain vital business-related insights instantaneously. The continuous stream of data enables enterprises to carry out real-time analysis, which will help them gain actionable insights to make tactical and quick decisions that will increase the revenue generation significantly.


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