Infor Trying Hard to Overtake Oracle, SAP in Cloud ERP
NEWS ANALYSIS: Infor claims that its cloud Enterprise Resource Planning business is growing faster than Oracle's or SAP's and it wants to grow even bigger.NEW YORK—Infor is the big Enterprise Resource Planning application company you may not have heard of, and it likes it that way. Like Avis, the No. 2 car renter to Hertz in the "We Try Harder" era, Infor is happy to tell everyone that despite trailing SAP and Oracle in business software revenue by a wide margin, it is growing faster, its products are better and its customers are more satisfied. That spirit was on display here at the company's Inforum 2016 user conference, where Infor highlighted new customer wins, product developments and strategies around the cloud and user experience. Privately held Infor, whose specialty actually may be buying ERP software firms more than anything else, announced its newest purchase, Starmount, which delivers software and services for retailers to engage with customers. This follows two other acquisitions since May, the ERP consulting firm Merit and retail demand forecasting software maker Predictix.
Another recent acquisition has resulted in the new Infor Commerce Cloud, a platform built around Infor’s CloudSuite applications and the global commerce and logistics network of GT Nexus, a 2015 acquisition. CEO Charles Phillips—a former Oracle president who took over at Infor in 2010—touted the Commerce Cloud’s ability to link buyers, sellers, financial institutions and logistic providers all in one place. "It is the Waze of global logistics," he said.