Have you thought about using Infor OS in your business, but you aren’t sure about if it is right for you?
If your business is growing, then you may be looking at switching from an on-premise installation of SyteLine to a CloudSuite installation. Whatever your decision, we thought this would be a great time to discuss Infor OS with Infor recently acquiring Lighthouse. The acquisition strengthens Infor’s solution offerings around manufacturing, particularly around operations and performance.
With their MES (manufacturing execution system) offering being able to be integrated into any Infor CloudSuite ERP, this may be something that your business may want to consider.
So what do you need to know?
What is Infor OS?
Infor OS is a suite of core products that have been brought together to connect the different CloudSuites that are part of the Infor portfolio and external applications. Some of the components of Infor OS have been in existence for some time, so they are not new; they are time served in their own right! For existing SyteLine users, some of the components may be surprisingly familiar! But more on these later.
Infor OS comes into its own if you are perhaps a larger business that needs interconnectivity between different software; for example, you may use Infor CloudSuite Industrial but use a different finance system.
What are the components of Infor OS?
The suite comprises four core components and then three add-ons that you can choose to take if they suit your business needs.
The core consists of
- Infor ION & API Gateway
- Federation Services
- Infor Data Lake
- Enterprise user experience
The addons are
- Infor Mongoose
- Infor Coleman
- Infor GRC
The one that may be very familiar to all the SyteLine users out there is Mongoose, as that is the platform that SyteLine has been built on since version 7.
This product is the oldest in the suite, and several companies use it in its different forms. ION allows you to connect applications, share messages, and enable users to create workflows that can be as simple as notifications through fully automated processes.
This part of Infor OS handles security, so you can be sure that everything is kept secure across the suite. In addition, this allows you to use single sign-on, which is a bonus for users who have to access multiple software applications in their working day.
Infor Data Lake
All ERP software creates data, and the Data Lake gives you an easy and cost-effective way to manage big data. This data is then available for use by BI or other analytical applications. It also provides the perfect repository for Infor Coleman or other AI applications.
Enterprise user experience
This is the part that ties everything together. This makes sure that users only see what they need to see when they need to see it. It stops the user experience from feeling too complex or overwhelming.
Who would benefit from Infor OS?
If you are already a CloudSuite user, whether Industrial, Food & Beverage or any other CloudSuites, you may already use some of the components here.
Infor OS comes into its own if you are a bigger business with many disparate systems. While in isolation may work perfectly well, these systems could be even better if they were integrated seamlessly into one ecosystem that allows your users to work smarter rather than harder. This is also an excellent option for businesses that have growth plans. Because you are using cloud-based platforms, there is the chance to scale quickly should the need arise.
Overall, Infor OS has some great benefits for a wide range of industrial manufacturing companies, particularly those focused on growth. We will be looking at some of the components in more detail in future blogs, so be sure to check back or follow us on LinkedIn to keep up to date.
If you’re looking to move to your next growth stage, why not get in touch to see how we can support you?