Infor Named Top Performance Management Vendor

Ventana Research Ranks Infor PM Top Overall Solution for Fourth Consecutive Time

Atlanta, GA, November 01, 2007 --( Infor has been recognized for the second time this year as top vendor for its Performance Management (PM) solution, Infor PM Business Process Applications (BPAs). With a score of 97.42 percent, Infor ranked again as the Overall category leader for enabling Performance Management within an organization, according to Ventana Research, the leading Performance Management research and advisory services firm. Thirteen companies were ranked for Ventana Research’s 2007 BI and Performance Management Scorecard – Midyear Update. This marks the fourth consecutive time Infor ranked as the top vendor in Ventana Research’s Scorecard.

“Organizations with the foresight to utilize Performance Management technologies have a wide range of required capabilities specific to their size, industry and corporate strategy,” said Mark Smith, CEO and EVP Research, Ventana Research. “Infor has consistently provided a solution that ensures these companies align, optimize and understand their organization’s performance.”

“Ventana Research’s rigorous analysis of Performance Management solutions underscores the strength and capabilities of Infor PM,” said Christina McKeon, director of product marketing for Infor PM solutions. “Infor PM BPAs provide the business-specific functionality and integration required to optimize business processes across an entire organization, down to the department level or an individual role.”

Infor PM BPAs are enterprise applications for strategic and operational planning, budgeting, forecasting, reporting, and consolidation. These applications can be deployed individually or in a suite configuration on a single platform.

The Ventana Research 2007 BI and Performance Management Scorecard, available this week, is a tool organizations can use to improve their understanding of how well different software and solutions may meet their PM requirements. The scorecard ranks each vendor’s and product’s compliance to the Ventana Research PerformanceCycle™ methodology, designed to ensure the alignment of an organization’s IT investment and resources with the business requirements for managing performance.

Out of three total categories, Infor ranked first in Optimize and second in Align and Understand, leading to an overall ranking of first among all vendors.
• Align: This step is focused on ensuring that the recommended actions and plans are in the direct path for reaching the goals, objectives and initiatives set out by executives and management. Infor ranking: 98.08 percent
• Optimize: This step is focused on planning for future actions and decisions to define the goals, objectives and initiatives as set out in the Align step. Infor ranking: 96.43 percent
• Understand: This step is focused on reviewing the historical performance of people and processes, enabling companies to understand how results impact the organization. Infor ranking: 97.52 percent

According to Ventana Research, companies that do not utilize a methodology for evaluating their business processes and IT investments for performance management could waste years and significant amounts of money by trying to take shortcuts and selecting approaches not fine-tuned to their organization – and perhaps never get the full benefits they expect. Any organization looking to assess, validate and improve its PM processes and systems should consider the findings of the scorecard.

About Infor
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