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Infor has announced the expansion of Infor Application Management Services (AMS) for its entire range of enterprise applications worldwide.
Initially established in Europe for the Infor ERP Baan solutions, AMS is a complete set of service offerings that allows customers to leverage the experience of Infor to manage, monitor and support their Infor applications and associated IT systems. Delivered by Infor Managed Services, a team of professionals with proven experience in managing Infor solutions, AMS enables organisations to lower the cost of owning and maintaining the critical applications that run their business.
Infor AMS provides customers with service programs including: application patches, upgrades and performance monitoring; system administration and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance tasks; database configuration and administration; and end-user support, including help-desks and training. Customers can also choose to host their applications through Infor Managed Services. Based upon an evaluation of each customers requirements, Infor creates and implements a tailored services program. Each engagement is backed by a Service Level Agreement (SLA), which is consistently evaluated through performance reviews.
Whether its a Fortune 500 giant or a small business, companies need solutions and services that adapt to their business needs, said Paul Pinto, vice president, Infor. Infor AMS helps companies focus on their core business, affordably and without comprising IT performance. This is just another example of Infor reducing total cost of ownership and making business software better for customers.
For over 40 years, Van den Anker B.V., based in Son, the Netherlands, has been a market leader for warehousing, treatment and distribution of chemicals products. When it selected Infor ERP Baan IV for its regional and European distribution centres in July, 2007, it also chose Infor AMS. Handling sensitive and hazardous materials demands careful management of all inbound and outbound inventory, so Van den Anker chose Infor AMS to stay focused on its core business while also ensuring availability and continuity from its ERP solution.
We are a transport company, not a technology company, said Leon Jacobs, managing director, Van den Anker. Infor is a partner whose core business is developing and implementing business software. With Infor AMS, we pay a fixed amount each month, we have a single provider that solves problems quickly, and we have guaranteed availability and continuity from our ERP solution. When you add these factors, we save time and money over managing the systems ourselves.
In addition to AMS, Infor Managed Services provides a number of other options. With Customisation Care, Infor can manage complex application customisations, including version migrations and third-party integrations, at a fixed cost. Through Supplemental Staffing, Infor can provide on-call professionals to meet any short or long-term needs for specific organizational IT needs. Infor Hosting Services provides secure, high-availability application hosting to customers at no upfront capital expenditure. Finally, Infor also offers a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) option for select products, giving customers the option to license or subscribe to software applications through the cloud.
Infor acquires and develops functionally rich software backed by thousands of domain experts and then makes it better through continuous innovation, faster implementations, global enablement, and flexible buying options. In a few short years, Infor has become one of the largest providers of business software in the world.