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Although I didn’t attend Inforum 2014, this is the backdrop against which I watched the keynotes via streaming video and digested the executive/analyst briefings.
“’Designing emotion into the product is now something you really have to think about explicitly and measure yourself against’, says Brad Smith, CEO of Intuit, the maker of personal finance and small-business software.” – Fortune Magazine, September 22, 2014, page 55.“
My thoughts, eyewitness reports and unsubstantiated rumors follow. I’ve included some article links at the bottom so you can get other perspectives.
We learned today that our dear friend, Matthew Allbee, passed away over the weekend after a long battle with cancer.
I just returned from Orlando, having attended Inforum 2013. Last year’s Inforum, which quickly followed the acquisition of Lawson by Infor, was really just a combination of Lawson’s annual conference (CUE) with Infor’s name and logo slapped on for good measure. This year was quite a different story. Starting with the fact that I was actually invited to attend, and helped present two different sessions.
What follows is my own analysis of the keynote/general sessions, off-the-record conversations with Infor employees and customers, and of course, my usual eyewitness reports and unsubstantiated rumors. In addition, I’ve included some article links at the bottom.
By now, you’ve probably heard the news that Dean Hager is leaving Lawson (see Key Executives Leave Lawson Software After Infor Acquisition).
Clients have been asking:
“Infor is acquiring Lawson, where do we go from here?”
For larger enterprise applications, you typically sign (and pay for) an annual maintenance agreement covering day-to-day support and/or updates. Or do you?