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Infor Acquires Predictix


Infor, a leading provider of beautiful business applications specialized by industry and built for the cloud, today announced the acquisition of Predictix, a ground-breaking provider of cloud-native, predictive, and machine-learning solutions for retailers. Predictix uses next-generation data science and big data analytics to help solve some of the most complex and challenging problems faced by retailers today. Predictix will become part of Infor CloudSuite Retail, a new modern suite of enterprise applications delivered in the cloud and designed for today's retailing landscape. The acquisition comes six months after Infor announced an investment in Predictix. "The synergies between Infor and Predictix were greater than we could have hoped, and we've come to appreciate a great cultural alignment where both teams have passionate people who work hard and want to make a difference in retail and beyond," said Charles Phillips, CEO of Infor.

Infor delivers Coleman AI digital assistant - CRN - India


Infor has announced the general availability of its Infor Coleman Digital Assistant, which is designed to help maximise human work potential by enabling natural language extensibility and accessibility of Infor CloudSuite. At its annual Inforum customer conference, the company also introduced its Infor Coleman AI Platform for embedded machine learning models, which it expects to deliver in the Spring of 2019. The Infor Coleman Digital Assistant is the first in a series of new products rolled out under the Coleman AI umbrella and provides a conversational interface to the Infor OS platform, the underlying foundation of Infor CloudSuite. It offers custom skill building, a voice user experience (UX) and navigation, and natural language processing (NLP) extensibility. As a digital assistant, Coleman uses a conversational UX and NLP – with deep domain and industry knowledge – to chat, hear, talk, and in the future, it is expected to analyse images.

Infor buys Vivonet to bolster hospitality portfolio


Enterprise software vendor Infor said it plans to acquire hospitality software maker Vivonet. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Vivonet supplies point-of-sale software to a range of businesses in the hospitality space. In addition to POS, the company also makes software for kiosks, kitchen systems, payments, labor scheduling, and for food and labor cost management. Infor plans to use Vivonet to build out its hospitality portfolio with software for full and quick service restaurants, as well as hotel food and beverage micro-verticals.

Infor Announces Coleman AI Platform


Infor, a leading provider of beautiful business applications specialized by industry and built for the cloud, today announced Coleman(TM), an enterprise-grade, industry-specific AI platform for Infor CloudSuite(TM) applications. A pervasive platform that operates below an application's surface, Coleman mines data and uses powerful machine learning to improve processes such as inventory management, transportation routing, and predictive maintenance; Coleman also provides AI-driven recommendations and advice to enable users to make smarter business decisions more quickly. Coleman uses natural language processing and image recognition to chat, hear, talk, and recognize images to help people use technology more efficiently. Coleman develops a conversational relationship with the user which can be rendered in Infor Ming.le, a social collaboration platform, or a synthetic conversational user interface. User efficiency is increased as studies show humans are able to speak and hear 3-4 times as many words per minute as they can type.

Cotonificio Albini Digitizes Asset Management with Infor


Infor, a global leader in business cloud software specialized by industry, announced that Cotonificio Albini, a famous Italian brand and the largest European manufacturer of shirt fabrics, has chosen Infor CloudSuite EAM (enterprise asset management) to help digitize the corporate asset management. Implemented by Italian partner Know-How, the solution will allow the textile sector company to improve its management of the maintenance processes of the group's assets and operating personnel. Formed in 1876, with over 140 years of experience in the textile sector and a strong focus on innovation and quality culture, Cotonificio Albini manages a large portfolio of assets at its factories in Italy, Egypt and the Czech Republic. Previously, it had no IT system for controlling asset management, so the company has chosen Infor CloudSuite EAM to provide a global and unified platform with common graphics to control maintenance costs, purchasing and component replenishment. Infor CloudSuite EAM is a best-in-class business asset management software that helps to digitize and optimize maintenance operations to achieve new levels of efficiency.