Infor ERP solutions on IBM i with the IBM PureFlex System

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Today, companies spend 70 percent of IT budgets on operations and maintenance. IT systems are increasing in complexity and are a challenge to manage with limited resources. This hinders the ability of …

Today, companies spend 70 percent of IT budgets on operations and maintenance. IT systems are increasing in complexity and are a challenge to manage with limited resources. This hinders the ability of the IT team to focus on the company's top line growth and innovation strategies. Companies need to plan, buy and deploy differently with a new category of IT systems—expert integrated systems—that provide clear visibility for doing business in today's global marketplace

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  • 1. Infor ERP solutions on IBM i with the IBM PureFlex System Simplify manufacturing processes for optimum efficiency with expert integrated systems Today, companies spend 70 percent of IT budgets on operations and Highlights maintenance. IT systems are increasing in complexity and are a challenge to manage with limited resources. This hinders the ability of●● ● ● Infor applications running on an the IT team to focus on the company’s top line growth and innovation IBM PureFlex System with the IBM i oper- ating system deliver end-to-end business strategies. Companies need to plan, buy and deploy differently with a solutions tailored to the needs of manu- new category of IT systems—expert integrated systems—that provide facturing and distribution companies clear visibility for doing business in today’s global marketplace and their customers The PureFlex System architecture●● ● ● Why is visibility key today? Manufacturing is a multi-tiered process, and supports total integration across plat- each step can dramatically affect profitability. Gaining visibility into pro- forms, faster implementation and low total cost of ownership cesses and optimizing each of the steps efficiently is crucial for companies competing globally, and open up new markets. Adopting a solution to Infor ERP running on the PureFlex System automate planning, scheduling and fulfillment can streamline manufac-●● ● ● provides a simplified, easy-to-manage, high-performance IT environment for turing processes and also yield new insights that can transform decision core business applications making, reduce administration and greatly improve business efficiency. By offering an optimized hardware and software solution, the combina- tion of an IBM® PureFlex System™ configuration with Infor ERP simplifies the manufacturing environment to make this transformation possible. Using built-in virtualization across servers, storage and net- working and running the simple, reliable IBM i operating system on a POWER7® processor-based compute node within the PureFlex System, the solution is designed to simplify deployment and management and automate scaling of resources. With the PureFlex System, your Infor ERP solution is agile, efficient, simple to manage and control and allows you to continue the leverage the benefits of IBM i operating system in your organization.
  • 2. The PureFlex System is an integrated computing system— Infor has more than 30 years of experience in developing, sell-combining compute, storage, networking, virtualization and ing, implementing and supporting enterprise resource planningmanagement into a single structure. Its built-in expertise allows (ERP) solutions on IBM platforms, and this expertise providesyou to simply manage and flexibly deploy integrated patterns of a proven advantage for you. Infor tailors its solutions to thevirtual and hardware resources through integrated management specific needs of enterprise, small and midsize businesses, offer-across multiple operating platforms. Because of relentless ing specific functionality to address the unique manufacturingtesting and experimentation, a PureFlex System solution can requirements of a diverse array of clients. Infor’s IBM i-basedreduce IT complexity without compromising your flexibility ERP suites optimized for the PureFlex System are:to tune systems for your Infor ERP solution. ●● ● Infor10 ERP Discrete iEnterprise (XA), an advancedInfor is one of the world’s largest software providers for the enterprise solution for discrete manufacturers with mixedIBM i operating system, and Infor ERP solutions running mode processeson the IBM i operating system are tested and proven to work ●● ● Infor10 ERP iEnterprise (LX), a comprehensive solutiontogether seamlessly. In fact, IBM develops, fully tests and for process manufacturerspreloads the core middleware components of IBM i together ●● ● Lawson M3 ERP Enterprise, designed specifically toupfront, so you can dramatically reduce the time it takes to support organizations that are in the business to make,fully deploy your solution and maintain it with fewer staff. move, or maintain products, including distribution,Infor also continually invests in the rapid advancement of ERP equipment service management and rental, fashion, foodcapabilities on IBM i, including state of the art architecture and and beverage, and manufacturingtools built in Java. Comprehensive functionalityThis total integration provides a broad and highly stable These Infor ERP solutions provide comprehensivedatabase and middleware foundation to optimize your business functionality to address critical business processes, including:applications and keep data secure, while helping you to controlspending and staffing requirements and improve productivity. ●● ● customer relationship managementScaling resources to meet increasing business demands is ●● ● financial management and reportingso critical. The goal is to find solutions that accomplish this ●● ● quote to cashtransparently with no downtime. Infor solutions are virtually ●● ● purchase to payvirus-proof running on IBM i, and the security provided by ●● ● plan to producethis joint approach is designed to reduce downtime and keep ●● ● design to buildyour system performing at optimum levels. ●● ● business intelligence analytics and reporting ●● ● user analytics ●● ● integrated workflow 2
  • 3. Infor Development Framework (IDF) provides users If, like many organizations, you run applications on more than360 degree access to data and maximum personalization one platform, maintaining parallel operating environments withand customization. You gain powerful new abilities to keep multiple management schemes, a PureFlex System solution canyou competitive: help you reduce management complexity. You can combine IBM POWER7 and Intel® processor-based compute nodes●● ● Low cost to upgrade. Personalization, customization and running supported versions of IBM i, Microsoft Windows, integration are unchanged from release to release, IBM AIX® and Linux in the same chassis, with shared storage which means lower cost and less risk to upgrading. and a single, integrated Flex System Manager. By providing●● ● Rapid adjustment to business conditions. You can easily modify both flexibility and simplicity, the PureFlex System can provide your application to meet rapidly changing business needs. extraordinary levels of IT control, efficiency and operating●● ● Easy management of a variety of applications. Infor ION agility so you can rapidly deploy IT services at a reduced cost. technology supports rapid and flexible integration of Infor and your own applications into a common framework. Jack Bullock, Infor Vice President and General Manager,●● ● Infor applications running on the PureFlex System deliver System i, agrees: “The IBM PureFlex System provides a end-to-end business solutions tailored to the needs of multi-platform environment that is ideal for Infor’s integrated discrete, process, and apparel manufacturers as well as industry suites, with optimized performance managed through distribution companies and their customers. an integrated management structure.” Moreover, the deep integration and central management of the comprehensive,Integration and optimization, with open-choice infrastructure system dramatically reduce the skillsflexibility – for your IT and your business and training required for managing and deploying the solution.Transform your IT and your business processes with thesimplicity, flexibility and performance of a PureFlex System Why IBM?solution combined with the legendary security and reliability of IBM has built on knowledge, expertise and technology gainedthe IBM i operating system and affordable and powerful Infor from decades of experience and investment in IT solutions forERP software. Backed by superior service and support that business problems and integrated it into the PureFlex System.make deployment and management simpler than ever before, And with a commitment to open standards you can integrateyou can benefit from: IBM solutions with other elements of your own environment with your network of partners, customers and suppliers.●● ● Agility—deliver new services faster, adapt your ERP systems as your business changes and grows With the technical and industry expertise of IBM Business●● ● Efficiency—consolidate IT resources to improve return Partners like Infor and our combined ability and skill to on investment, performance and resource utilization integrate it all together for you—along with an unwavering●● ● Simplicity—simplify deployment with pre-integrated commitment to your success—you can rely on IBM and your and pre-optimized systems, integrate multiple operation IBM PureFlex System for your Infor ERP solutions. platforms and streamline administration with unified management●● ● Control—take advantage of expertly tuned systems for reduced risk and improved reliability 3
  • 4. For more informationTo learn more about the Infor ERP solutions on IBM i with theIBM PureFlex System, please contact your IBM representativeor IBM Business Partner, or visit the following websites:●● ●●● ● © Copyright IBM Corporation 2012 Systems and Technology GroupAdditionally, IBM Global Financing can help you acquire the Route 100 Somers, NY 10589IT solutions that your business needs in the most cost-effectiveand strategic way possible. We’ll partner with credit-qualified Produced in the United States of America April 2012clients to customize an IT financing solution to suit your busi-ness goals, enable effective cash management, and improve your IBM, the IBM logo,, PureFlex System, and POWER7 are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the Unitedtotal cost of ownership. IBM Global Financing is your smartest States, other countries or both. If these and other IBM trademarked termschoice to fund critical IT investments and propel your business are marked on their first occurrence in this information with a trademarkforward. For more information, visit: symbol (® or ™), these symbols indicate U.S. registered or common law trademarks owned by IBM at the time this information was published. Such trademarks may also be registered or common law trademarks in other countries. A current list of IBM trademarks is available on the web at "Copyright and trademark information" at Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds in the United States, other countries, or both. Microsoft, Windows, Windows NT, and the Windows logo are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States, other countries, or both. Other company, product or service names may be trademarks or service marks of others. Not all offerings are available in every country in which IBM operates. The performance data discussed herein is presented as derived under specific operating conditions. Actual results may vary. THE INFORMATION IN THIS DOCUMENT IS PROVIDED “AS IS” WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUT ANY WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND ANY WARRANTY OR CONDITION OF NON-INFRINGEMENT. IBM products are warranted according to the terms and conditions of the agreements under which they are provided. Infor ERP is not IBM products or offerings. Infor ERP is sold or licensed, as the case may be, to users Infor’s terms and conditions, which are provided with the product or offering. Availability, and any and all warranties, services and support for Infor ERP is the direct responsibility of, and is provided directly to users by, Infor. Please Recycle WAS12347-USEN-00