Before manufacturers and distributors get products to the shelf, Infor Global Solutions gets software to their computers. The company develops enterprise applications used for a wide range of business purposes that automate and link disparate functions across an organization. Uses for its products include managing inventories, tracking shipments, and managing customer interactions. Infor targets such industries as automotive, chemicals, consumer packaged goods, food processing, and pharmaceuticals. Clients have included Bristol-Myers Squibb, Cargill, Grohe, Heinz, and TRW. The company has customers in about 200 countries. Infor is controlled by a group of investors led by Golden Gate Capital and Summit Partners.
Infor has quietly but steadily built itself into a competitive vendor of enterprise software through more than 25 acquisitions since its founding in 2002. As a result, the company's product lineup covers a wide range of enterprise tasks including enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), and asset and supply chain management.
Infor has said that it is shifting its strategic focus to pursue organic growth, as the company feels that it has largely achieved the necessary scale to compete with main rivals Oracle and SAP. However, the company is still making some acquisitions. In 2012 it bought London-based Easy RMS, a provider of multitenant revenue management software delivered as a service to the hospitality industry. That year Infor also acquired Canadian reseller Group Laurier, a longtime channel partner, to improve its access to French Canadian customers. Group Laurier is based in Montreal with additional operations in Toronto. In 2011 the company bought Lawson Software, a maker of ERP and other enterprise software, in a transaction valued at around $2 billion.
Infor acquired barcode data collection software maker and partner Bridgelogix the previous year in a move to build its line of warehouse management products. The company also expanded its presence in India in 2010, opening a facility in Hyderabad to house more staff to handle remote IT services, product development, and technical support, among other functions.
Infor is increasingly targeting markets in Latin America where it has noted healthy demand; it maintains offices in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Mexico. In Asia, Infor has said that it sees a growing opportunity to sell ERP software to the public transportation market in China, in particular, as railway operators there work to expand their lines to address the urbanization of the country's population.
Key investor Golden Gate helped launch the company in 2002 when, in partnership with Parallax Capital Partners, it bought the process manufacturing software business of Systems & Computer Technology. Formerly called Agilisys, the company became Infor after acquiring German enterprise resource planning software provider Infor Business Solutions AG in 2004. – less