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Infor helps SMEs to get started with digital supply chains

As reported in Industry Today, Infor, a leading provider of business application software serving more than 70,000 customers, has announced that it will support the auto-gration project. An edited text of the full Industry Today article follows:

FARNBOROUGH, August 10, 2011 - Infor, a leading provider of business application software serving more than 70,000 customers, today announced that the company will support auto-gration, an initiative designed to integrate small and medium enterprises (SMEs) into the digital supply chain. The project is led by the European Commission and driven by large automotive industry organizations such as Odette International, CLEPA, and CECRA.

By supporting auto-gration, Infor addresses a common SME problem. Many companies in the mid-market refuse to deploy EDI because it does not pay off. However varying requirements of different OEMs make electronic processes increasing complex as orders must be retrieved via the individual web-based portals of each OEM or tier 1 supplier before being printed, leading them back to manual, paper-based processes. Auto-gration provides SME with a unified communication standard and complementary software to link their ERP systems with OEM web portals, offering simple, cost-efficient access to consistent electronic supply chain processes.

Infor creates the necessary connection based on auto-gration's Collaborative Reference Architecture . By providing a joint, simplified XML format for data exchange, the auto-gration Message standard connects different formats used by VDA, Odette or EANCOM. Infor connects its ERP systems to the auto-gration Messaging transfer via the auto-gration Connector software module. Infor supplies this standard interface as part of the Infor ION framework so Infor customers using Infor's ION enabled ERP solutions will be able to benefit from auto-gration. Once deployed, the architecture covers all key business processes between OEMs' respective tier 1 suppliers and SMEs, including orders and delivery forecast schedules, spare parts ordering, part call orders and e-invoicing.

"Infor is one of the first enterprise software vendors to support auto-gration", says Michael Sp├Ąth, Regional Vice President Development Automotive at Infor. "We gradually want to decrease the number of variants in electronic data interchange so that diversification of standards is not an issue for suppliers. Infor currently maintains requirements of over 400 trading partners for our ERP solutions."

About Infor:
Infor is a leading provider of business software and services, helping more than 70,000 customers in 164 countries improve operations and drive growth.

Industry Today Link: http://www.industrytoday.co.uk/it/project-auto-gration-infor-helps-smes-to-get-started-with-digital-supply-chains-/6286

 

Besides Infor  many other IT service providers are actively supporting the auto-gration initiative, for the latest list please click here.

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