Monday, 01 July 2013 07:39

Infor 'bullish' says regional executive

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Enterprise software company Infor is feeling optimistic about the coming half year, especially in the Asia Pacific region. "We're very bullish," said the company's APAC president Tim Moylan.

Infor produces enterprise software, but rather than trying to be all things to all organisations, it concentrates on 13 industry sectors. The company is even more focussed in Asia Pacific, targeting fashion, food and beverage, automotive and distribution, though in Australia and New Zealand it is traditionally strong in manufacturing and the public sector.

"That [focus] allows us to get scale," explained Mr Moylan, particularly in terms of developing and maintaining deep knowledge of those industries.

In April this year, the company released Infor 10x, a major update that tied together many components and technologies across the product suite, and featured Ming.le (collaboration), ION (integration), support for custom mobile applications, embedded BI, and a new HTML5-based user interface.

Rollout of 10x across Infor's complete product lineup is expected to be completed in the second half of 2015.

Infor had a "stellar fourth quarter, both globally and at the Asia Pacific level, led by the ANZ team," Mr Moylan said. He predicted that will continue in the new financial year, noting that the coming six months are already looking good for the company: "we're grabbing market share."

Mr Moylan also noted Infor's investment in the creation of Hook and Loop, the company's design subsidiary staffed by people from the advertising, fashion, movie and games industries.

Hook and Loop gives the company an in-house capability to produce good user experiences, making it "easy for people to consume and engage with the products."

People, especially younger people, have come to expect good looking, pleasant to use software thanks to their experiences with mobile apps, and Infor believes enterprise software should be the same.

This isn't merely a 'warm and fuzzy' idea - Mr Moylan pointed out that people need minimal training to use software designed with these principles in mind.

He said Infor refers to 'beauty as a competence' and drew a parallel with the role played by Jony Ive and his team at Apple.

"It's proven to be a very positive thing for the last couple of releases [of Infor software]," he said.

Mr Moylan joined Infor in January 2013. He previously worked as SAP's president for south east Asia.

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