Many companies running Infor Baan ERP software are reaching a crucial juncture. Do they upgrade to Infor's ERP LN software, stick with their current software or expand the search to include other vendors.
When to Consider Expanding the Search Beyond ERP LN
In general, companies running Baan IV ERP software should consider expanding their search to include vendors in addition to Infor. Why? Because LN represents wholesale changes in technology, user interface and functionality. Implementation and training will probably be more akin to a new implementation than a version upgrade.
Companies in this position are - for all intents and purposes - evaluating a different product in ERP LN. Given the differences, there is no certainty that LN will be the right fit. And, even if LN is good enough, another system might prove to be an even better fit.
The credit crunch and recovery have exposed manufacturers to volatile demand. The earthquake in Japan has exposed manufacturers to volatile supply. The key to effective management of supply and demand lies in a manufacturer's planning activities.
In this series of bi-weekly tips, we break down the secrets to effective replenishment planning and shop scheduling. Pemeco Consulting is a leading vendor-agnostic provider of Supply Chain and ERP services to companies running Infor LN and Baan ERP systems. Learn about our niche speciality Infor LN and Baan ERP services and our Planning Dashboard for ERP LN and Baan.
A planning engine is a lot like a high-performance athlete. It can only perform if it’s well-trained, in shape and well-prepared. Like an athlete, if it’s only fed a steady diet of junk food, it’s simply not going to perform optimally.
Pemeco provides implementation, optimization and supply chain services to companies running Infor's ERP LN, Baan IV and Baan V systems. Our firm is vendor-agnostic and has no affiliations with Infor. Learn about our Infor services and review our Infor clients.
In my February article, ERP Buyer’s Corner: Making 2011 the Year of Success, I predicted that “some of the bigger ERP vendors [would] go acquisition hunting to quickly fill strategic gaps in their product repertoires.” This prediction has come true in spades.
A few days ago, GC Software Holdings, Inc. – an affiliate of Golden Gate Capital and Infor – agreed to acquire Lawson, another Tier II ERP vendor for about $2 billion (U.S.). The intention is to integrate the Lawson ERP suite (M3 and S3) into Infor's software suite. This acquisition follows Infor's recent integration of SunSystems, financial management software.
This recent M&A activity is likely to have both positive and negative effects on Infor's ERP LN and Baan users.
In terms of the positive – and assuming that Infor/GC Software can successfully pull off the integration – Infor's ERP LN and Baan users could achieve the following benefits: