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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 buys Norwegian consultancy Merit Globe, 250 experts join


Last week Infor announced that it has acquired Merit Globe, a Norway based provider of consulting and technology services for Infor's enterprise resource management system. With the move, Infor adds approximately 250 employees and more than 500 customers in 18 countries to its footprint. The acquired entity will be integrated into Infor Services – established earlier this year through the consolidation of the firm's consulting, support, and cloud operations – and continue to operate as an independent operation within the business unit.

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 buys retail software maker Starmount


Enterprise software vendor Infor said it has acquired Starmount to bolster CloudSuite Retail with more converged commerce offerings. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Starmount makes point-of-sale, mobile shopping, and store inventory management software for omni-channel retailers. Infor has been keenly focused on the retail industry since the launch of its Infor Retail business unit last summer. The launch coincided with a collaboration with Whole Foods Market to implement and iterate on the CloudSuite Retail platform, with Whole Foods serving as a sort of test lab for how the software could revamp its merchandising and supply chain operations.

Infor COO: 'Our customers kick ass' - Artificial Intelligence Online


Infor COO, Pam Murphy: "Our customers kick ass." At the start of Inforum 2016, Infor's Chief Operating Officer, Pam Murphy, stood on stage and announced: "Our customers kick ass." The comment reflects announcements that Infor is extending its core strategy by adding solutions tied closely to its customers' digital business transformation. Infor itself is undergoing a transformation designed to maintain relevance as the market changes. During a private conversation with the company's President, Duncan Angove, he explained Infor is thinking of potential sources of disruption to its own business: "We want to disrupt ourselves before someone else does."