First Partners Achieve Micro-Vertical Specialization through New Enablement Program
NEW YORK – June 15, 2015 – Infor, the industry cloud company, today announced its new Micro-vertical Specialization Program for the Infor Partner Network (IPN), an initiative designed for partners to showcase unique strengths and capabilities with Infor solutions in specific niche markets. By awarding micro-vertical credentials, Infor is confirming that the partner organization is knowledgeable and prepared to help customers optimize their use of Infor applications in a particular market such as power generation or prepared foods manufacturing. As part of the program’s pilot, eight partners were awarded specialization designations in 15 different micro-verticals at the Infor Americas Partner Summit earlier this year. The application process is now open to Infor’s global partner community to help participating organizations benefit from increased credibility and market visibility across their areas of expertise.
This initiative coincides with the Micro-vertical Product Program (MVPP) launched by Infor in 2013, which allows partners to build industry-specific applications using Infor Mongoose, a development platform that enables users to easily design applications without knowledge of complex source code or programming languages. Together, these programs give partners the opportunity to play a critical role in helping Infor deliver comprehensive industry suites that address the unique business challenges of its customers.
“As a long-time Infor partner working with Infor CloudSuite™ Industrial (SyteLine), the Micro-vertical Specialization Program gives Copley an opportunity to capitalize on our experience with medical device manufacturers,” said Robert Lane, chief executive officer, Copley Consulting Group. “Infor recognizes the critical role of partners in providing last mile functionality across all micro-verticals, and this new initiative will only help to deepen those industry-specific capabilities for our customers.”
Infor partners Alfa-Beta Solutions, Central Data Systems, Copley Consulting Group, Guide Technologies, Maximum Computer Systems, Synergy Resources, Visual K, and Watermark Solutions have all been awarded specializations in one or more micro-verticals, including dairy, automotive, fluid power and automation, pet food, medical devices, defense contracting, power generation and oil and gas. In order to receive a micro-vertical designation, partners must submit an application demonstrating subject matter expertise and current customers in the desired niche areas. This information is then validated by Infor industry strategy leaders to help ensure the partner can provide thought leadership and commercial insights to customers. Partners receive benefits including specialized logos, preferential lead distribution, micro-vertical designation on the Infor Partner Finder, and co-marketing activities with Infor micro-vertical campaigns.
“Our customers continue to seek software solutions that address unique micro-vertical requirements to help make their businesses more flexible and adaptive in today’s changing markets,” said Michael Carrillo, enablement director, Infor Partner Network. “The need to assist customers in this endeavor was the catalyst for our creation of both the Micro-vertical Products Program and the Micro-vertical Specialization Program, both of which are designed to align Infor applications with experienced partner experts, so we can work collaboratively to help customers speed time to value and increase the return on their Infor investment.”
The IPN is a global network designed to provide the tools and resources necessary to help partners grow a profitable and sustainable business around Infor products. To learn more about the Micro-vertical Specialization Program, visit www.infor.com/partners/micro-vertical-specialization/.
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Infor is fundamentally changing the way information is published and consumed in the enterprise, helping 73,000 customers in more than 200 countries and territories improve operations, drive growth, and quickly adapt to changes in business demands. Infor offers deep industry-specific applications and suites, engineered for speed, and with an innovative user experience design that is simple, transparent, and elegant. Infor provides flexible deployment options that give customers a choice to run their businesses in the cloud, on-premises, or both. To learn more about Infor, please visit www.infor.com.
Infor customers include:
19 of the top 20 aerospace companies
10 of the top 10 high tech companies
10 of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies
22 of the 25 largest U.S. healthcare delivery networks
16 of the 20 largest U.S. cities
20 of the top 20 automotive suppliers
17 of the top 20 industrial distributors
16 of the top 20 global retailers
4 of the top 5 brewers
21 of the top 30 global banks
6 of the 10 largest global hotel brands
6 of the top 10 global luxury brands
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