If only for pulling off the user experience piece, the Inforum 2013 was a success, says Ray Wang, CEO of Constellation Research, who traded chit chat with Dennis at Infor’s annual user group event in Orlando with Jon behind the camera.
The guys talk about the big themes they heard discussed, including how Infor plans to engage business users. Ray sees the company as targeting the CFO sale by going after CMOs, many of whom now report directly to CFOs. Ray’s POV: with Infor managing to prove, over the last 10 years, that their programs are cheaper to run than those of Oracle or SAP, the question of cost savings has already been answered. Now it comes down to innovation.
Dennis and Ray trade information and opinions about ION and Ming.le, as well as recently announced partnerships with IBM and Amazon Redshift. Ray points out that those last two shouldn’t be compared, because IBM and Amazon cloud options are very different.
How does Ray see things 12 months out? Infor is currently targeting market leaders (5% of the overall market) with an appeal to fast followers (15% of the market) close behind. If Infor nails down those two, Ray expects we’ll soon see the long tail. At that point, the competition should start getting worried. If, Dennis adds, they aren’t already.
:42 Ray deems the Inforum a success, if only for pulling off the user experience piece
1:05 Infor is appealing to business users by going after CMOs, targeting the CFO sale
1:28 With Infor cheaper than the competition, what to do with cost savings?
2:12 The pros and cons of ION
2:48 Assessing Ming.le, Infor’s collaboration play
3:34 A roundup of Infor’s cloud announcements, including IBM and Amazon Redshift
4:15 Why Redshift shouldn’t be compared to IBM
5:07 Infor targeting market leaders and fast followers, which should concern the competition