A key component to Infor’s acquisition strategy is SOA – the ability to connect different systems through application program interfaces. It works like this: Infor buys a competitive ERP solution, i.e. Syteline. Infor buys a best of breed point solution, i.e. Optiva for PLM (Product Lifecycle Management). Through SOA, Infor makes the two systems work together. The result is that Syteline is now a much more competitive product with the addition of best of breed software for PLM.
Infor began demonstrating this capability in 2007. The result is that their core ERP solutions: Baan and Syteline look much more competitive. The problem is that Infor is not quite there in delivering the integration. Buyers must understand they are “early adopters” of the strategy if the integration to the “point solution” is important.