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What is an End-End, Cloud-Based Suite of Enterprise Retail Applications? NRF17 Interview with Erick Rowe, VP of strategy at Infor Retail



In this NRF 2017 interview I spoke with Erick Rowe, VP of industry strategy at Infor Retail, a recently added micro-vertical suite of applications for the Retail industry.


What is an End-End, Cloud-Based Suite of Enterprise Retail Applications? NRF17 Interview with Erick Rowe, VP of strategy at Infor Retail

 

Infor was born in 2002 as Agilsys and has since evolved rapidly and made over 40 acquisitions to build a complete set of capabilities in enterprise software serving over 58 million cloud users and $2.8 B in revenues making it the 3rd largest enterprise software vendor.  The final evolution of Infor started in 2010 after a new management team lead by Charles Phillips an Oracle executive and 3 others took over and started a transformation of the technology into the Cloud culminating into what is CloudSuite now.  

The cloud back-end of Infor software is mostly running on Amazon Web Services, AWS.

One of the other key developments was the organization and focus on what Infor calls "micro-verticals" which are a level below what would be called a vertical focus.  One example of a micro-vertical is the Fashion toolset.  And in 2015 Infor started a focus on retail and has expanded rapidly from 2 team members to 900 today in a short 2 years.

Infor Retail has also grown by forming strategic partnerships with retailers such as DSW in building a Converged Commerce experience expected to be rolled out across DSW stores in the coming year.

We had a great conversation discussing different aspects of the transformation retail is undergoing and how technology is the main driving force.

 

Here is a list of the recent Info acquisitions in the retail and commerce sector:

- Infor acquired Starmount in Aug 2016 to add omni-channel "Converged Commerce" capabilities, 

- Acquired Predictix in June 2016, a ground-breaking provider of cloud-native, predictive, and machine-learning solutions for retailers.

- Infor acquired GT Nexus in August 2015, which at the time was a leading cloud-based "global commerce" platform, with customers such as Nike Inc.Adidas AGHome Depot Inc. and Procter & Gamble Co.