Infor, provider of business application software serving more than 70,000 customers, has announced that Oxford Instruments plc, provider of high technology tools and systems for research and industry, has chosen to implement a suite of applications from Infor to support its global operations. At the core of the suite is Infor10 ERP Business (SyteLine), an ERP solution specialised for the high tech industry, which is integrated through Infor10 ION technology with Infor10 PLM Discrete (PLM8) to help track, manage, monitor, and analyze products throughout the product lifecycle. These applications will help Oxford Instruments continue to grow by delivering standardized business processes and improving productivity across its operations in China, Germany, Japan, the United States, and the UK.
Over the next three years, Oxford Instruments will deploy ERP Business across its world-wide businesses. ERP Business replaces a portfolio of legacy systems at Oxford Instruments, and is expected to help the company improve productivity and deliver on its strategy to achieve 14 percent compound annual revenue growth by 2014.
ERP Business will help drive these benefits by supporting a set of core processes throughout Oxford Instruments including customer facing processes such as order taking. By offering improved connectivity and integration with existing applications via ION, ERP Business enables 'straight-through processing' where the various components of customer requirements are automatically sent to the relevant companies for fulfilment, without needing additional data entry.
ERP Business is designed to eliminate disparate systems, enable consistent, company-wide training to be delivered via the internet, and accelerate the integration of any further acquisitions. It will also help make it easier to transfer valuable, skilled employees between the Oxford Instruments business groups. Following a 14 month tender process, ERP Business was chosen for its ability to deliver the necessary connectivity across Oxford Instruments, as well as its industry-specific functionality and scalability.
"We have not just bought a product, we have invested in a partner and have chosen Infor because the company's expertise enables them to cover the majority of our requirements out-of-the-box," said Gary Wearing, Director of Oxford Instruments NanoScience division. "We have some demanding milestones for the time and cost of implementation, and we will be measuring productivity improvements to make sure that the application delivers. But we are confident that both the company and the technology we have chosen will help us to achieve our growth strategy."
"We have seen in the recent IDC Manufacturing Insights research that complexity continues to hamper the pursuit of profitable growth for manufacturers," said Andrew Kinder, director, product marketing, Infor. Infor10 ERP Business provides the tools that help high tech manufacturers like Oxford Instruments conquer complexity and achieve levels of business agility that allow them to continually innovate products and processes to compete, as market conditions change."