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Infor Coleman is a powerful artificial intelligence platform designed specifically for business users – built upon a foundation of industry-specific data. At any given moment, it can help with executing tasks, recommending next-best sales offers, and even predicting maintenance issues and adjusting production schedules accordingly. The platform is named after the inspiring physicist and mathematician Katherine Coleman Johnson, whose trail-blazing work helped U.S. astronauts land on the moon, Coleman represents a giant leap for artificial intelligence at scale.

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 Norwegian consulting firm Merit Globe AS


Enterprise software vendor Infor has acquired Merit Globe AS. Based in Norway, Merit provides consulting services for Infor's enterprise resource management system across Europe. The deal includes the acqui-hire of Merit's 240 consultants as well as Merit's portfolio of customer service technology. Infor plans to merge Merit with its Infor Services group, which was formed earlier this year as a combined outfit for all of Infor's consulting, support and cloud operations. "As our projects get larger, move beyond edge applications, and address mission critical industry processes, Infor is investing in deployment and customer service," said Charles Phillips, CEO of Infor, in a statement.

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 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.