BUSINESS-SPECIFIC FEATURES DRIVE RAPID ADOPTION OF INFOR AMONG DISCRETE MANUFACTURERS

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More than 5,000 Manufacturers Chose Infor ERP SyteLine to Streamline Business Processes and Reduce Costs

Infor has announced that more than 1,000 customers have upgraded to the latest version of Infor ERP SyteLine since its launch late last year, bringing the total number of discrete manufacturers using SyteLine to more than 5,000 worldwide.  SyteLine offers the combined benefit of business-specific functionality backed by the global scale and stability of a strategic partner such as Infor. 

Infor has recently signed an additional 120 new companies such as Truck Bodies and Equipment International, Inc., Tutco, Inc. and Schenck AccurRate.  These companies and others have chosen SyteLine for its inherent functionality that helps manufacturers drive out redundancies, reduce costs, optimise business processes, and enhance operational efficiency across the entire enterprise. 

Growing demand for SyteLine is due in part to a trend in the manufacturing industry of companies expanding into emerging countries, such as China, India and Eastern Europe, and in support of corporate initiatives such as lean manufacturing. SyteLines ability to provide a comprehensive worldwide view of the business operations enables companies to more effectively source raw materials and service customers in previously untapped markets, while eliminating waste and reducing operating expenses.

Global competition and pricing pressures place an extraordinary demand on today's manufacturers to strive for new levels of efficiency, innovation, and competitiveness, said Mike Frichol, Infors vice president of global industry and product marketing.  SyteLine provides these companies with the flexibility and agility to rapidly respond to a burgeoning market and capitalise on new revenue streams.  Combined with the operational insight to anticipate what will be required in six months or a year, this can mean the difference between struggling to survive and setting the pace. 

According to industry experts, globalisation and lean manufacturing are the most important business issues manufacturers plan to address with their ERP investment. In a recent AMR report, Enterprise Resource Planning Spending Report, 2006-2007, 20 percent of respondents said that they will allocate the majority of their IT spend this year to enhancing the software that drives their manufacturing operations. 

In particular, Infor has experienced increased demand for SyteLine from manufacturers in industries such as shipbuilding, aerospace and industrial equipment and machinery.  It also supports a variety of models including make-to-order, mixed-mode and repetitive manufacturing.  With SyteLine, manufacturers can increase customer satisfaction, drive transparency through the complete value chain, and run a profitable, customer-responsive business.

SyteLine has built-in features designed for our industry, said Ron Walker, CPAC Norcross General Manager. We now know where material is located so pallet movement can be tracked, and the oldest lots can be selected first to reduce rework and rush shipments. The flexibility that SyteLine gave us was critical in allowing us to react to constantly changing customer needs and the market, while maintaining reasonable inventory levels.   

Infors strategy is to enrich the value of customers current investment in Infor solutions, extend their core ERP applications with business-specific solutions and evolve the Infor product line to produce next-generation solutions.  SyteLine users have benefitted from recent enhancements including support for the .NET platform, a new configurable user interface, and multi-site functionality. Designed to scale quickly and support a variety of manufacturing environments, SyteLine is a cost-effective solution for todays small to midsize companies.

Formed in 1998 through the merger of 10 separate businesses, Pro Mach, Inc., a premier provider of integrated packaging solutions, now operates three business units throughout North America.  The company turned to Infor in 2005 to help streamline their business processes across the entire operation.

A one-size-fits-all solution like those offered by many enterprise application vendors would have been useless to us, said Tom Scheper, ERP Project Director for Pro Mach, Inc.  SyteLine offered a way to streamline the integration of our multiple business units, ease of use, and the manufacturing-specific functionality we considered essential.

Infor ERP SyteLine is a comprehensive solution with capabilities for Design, Sell, Plan, Source, Make, Deliver, Service and Finance functions in a Microsoft .Net technology environment.  SyteLine provides flexible functionality and efficient processes which adapt to meet the unique requirements of businesses within discrete manufacturing and ensure smooth, cost-effective process execution.

 

About Infor

Infor delivers business-specific software to enterprising organisations.  With experience built in, Infors solutions enable businesses of all sizes to be more enterprising and adapt to the rapid changes of a global marketplace. With more than 70,000 customers, Infor is changing what businesses expect from an enterprise software provider.

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