Here is what you will find in this article, which we have written in the form of a Q&A. You will glean all of the information you need to know about the “end of life” for older versions of Infor ERP LN. You will learn what your options are for updating and migrating to the new Infor LN release or switching to a new solution altogether. And finally, we will take a deep dive into Infor CloudSuite. All this in order to ensure that you have the knowledge you need to make an informed decision about your next steps.

The first question is: What version of Infor ERP LN are you currently running, and why does it matter?

The answer is:
Because on June 30, 2021, Infor extended maintenance will end for specific versions of LN and Baan. Sustaining maintenance will continue for a period of time, which will be determined by Infor. We should also note that there is an additional premium for the service, and maintenance will be for pre-existing fixes only. As is always the case, this information is subject to Infor policy change.

The second question is: Which versions of Infor will be impacted by the June 30, 2021 end of support?

The answer is: Infor LN 10.2.1 and older versions of the software, including Baan, are impacted by this change. Therefore, if you are on one of these versions, June 30, 2021, is a critical date for your business. That date is less than six months away, and since migrations, upgrades, and platform changes are not accomplished overnight, it is time to decide how you are going to move forward.

The third question is: What are your options?

The answer is: In a nutshell, you have four options. You can migrate to LN 10.7 in the cloud. OR, you can upgrade to LN 10.7 on-premise. OR, you can take your chances and remain on your existing system. OR, you can migrate to a different solution altogether. But you must make a decision soon in order to be ready before June 30, 2021.

The fourth question is: Can you tell me more about the cloud option?

The answer, of course, is: Yes, if you are considering a cloud option or at the very least open to considering a cloud option, we would be delighted to tell you more about the cloud, about Infor CloudSuite, and about what it entails.

Here at Strategic Systems Group (SSG), we have been working with Infor since it was first launched in 2002. In fact, SSG performed the first US data migration to Infor ERP LN. Now, Infor has been delivering cloud-based enterprise solutions for more than ten years. Now, more than 67,000 organizations worldwide rely on Infor to help overcome market disruptions and achieve business-wide digital transformation.

The Infor cloud is built on Amazon Web Services (AWS), and AWS provides the platform for building fault-tolerant software systems. Infor cloud technologies are built to work hand in hand with AWS. Of course, with AWS, you get the reliability, security, and scalability that you need in order to feel confident about running your business on cloud-based software.

Infor CloudSuite is a vast solution that includes numerous components. Having at least a general idea of what CloudSuite can do for your company will help you make an educated decision about where you are headed and what steps you need to take between now and June 30, 2021.

The fifth question is: Can you tell me more about the Infor platform?
The answer is: Sure, the following breakdown should be helpful.

Infor® OS is a cloud operating platform that seamlessly connects services to provide a robust technology framework that serves as the foundation of innovation for the entire business ecosystem. Infor OS supports five basic components:

  • Coleman for Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Birst for Analytics
  • Infor Nexus, a supply chain network for commerce and access to the Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Cloud to support Infor’s various industry-specific suites
  • Industry for vertical last-mile features

The sixth question is: Industry-specific suites and last-mile features? Which ones?
The answer is: There are a lot of them, but since most of our clients are in Manufacturing, Distribution, and Healthcare, we will just focus on those.

Healthcare-Infor CloudSuite Healthcare is a complete software platform designed for healthcare—that encompasses a comprehensive suite of business solutions unique to healthcare, including finance, planning, and supply chain. Additional capabilities include human capital and asset management.

Distribution-CloudSuite Distribution Enterprise is a comprehensive, scalable cloud solution designed for global wholesale distributors. It is a multi-site, multi-company, multi-currency, and multi-language solution with capabilities that encompass everything from inventory and warehouse management to financials, multi-channel sales orders, purchasing, value add, and more.

Within the manufacturing sphere, we find the following:

Automotive-CloudSuite Automotive provides a comprehensive suite of industry-proven automotive solutions, including a core ERP combined with high-value extension applications such as: Shop-floor scheduling, lean production tools, OEM and complex regulatory compliance, program management, supply chain visibility, advanced procurement tools, raw materials sourcing for lower costs, planning and inventory, scheduling for all processes, MMOG requirements, high-volume production management.

Aerospace & Defense-CloudSuite Aerospace & Defense is a secure infrastructure that provides advanced capabilities relied upon by 5,500+ aerospace and defense manufacturers worldwide. Capabilities include planning and production, time tracking, non-conformance material handling, allocations of material costs, contract management, flowdown of customer requirements, overhead cost by project, and regulatory compliance tools for DFAR & DCAA audits, among others.

Chemicals-CloudSuite Chemicals conquers the unique challenges of chemical manufacturing, including planning of co-products and by-products, formula optimization, seasonality, attribute costing, regulatory compliance, quality, backflushing, catch weight, tank liquid management, traceability, and more.

There are also suites specifically designed for manufacturers of industrial machinery and equipment, as well as those in the high-tech and electronics industries.

The seventh question is: What should I do next?

The answer is: That is easy. If you want to have a solution in place before support and maintenance for your Infor LN or Baan software ends on June 30, 2021, you need to pull the trigger now. We should note that Infor CloudSuite is a subscription service, so if you go that route, CloudSuite will be the last upgrade you will ever need! So please contact SSG at (310) 539-4645 or via our contact form today!

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