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SOA World Expo: Infor Open SOA Solution

Solution Interoperability and Non-Disruptive Upgrades Increase Productivity While Lowering Cost of Ownership

Infor announced it has begun delivering Infor FMS SunSystems, a global financial management solution, with built-in SOA capabilities. Used by companies spanning all industries, FMS SunSystems 5.4, which provides a strong basis for financial reporting, is now equipped for interoperability with complementary Infor and non-Infor solutions, delivering added business benefits and providing a lower total cost of ownership.

FMS SunSystems 5.4 utilizes Infor Open SOA, a unique, event-driven service-oriented architecture (SOA) framework, to provide a standards-based approach for integration of both Infor and non-Infor systems and data sources. Through Infor Open SOA, Infor customers can rapidly and economically add software applications and future component-based enhancements without the need to "rip-and-replace" software or interrupt other systems during operations, a key benefit to Infor's SOA technology.

"The reality for companies today is that they are operating many diverse software applications, and aggregating all that data to make real-time business decisions, which is a significant challenge and nearly impossible to do effectively," said Andy Birch , senior director, financial solution management, Infor. "To address this issue and deliver results to our customers while reducing IT costs, Infor has SOA enabled solutions, like FMS SunSystems, to integrate and share data throughout the enterprise not only with other Infor systems, but also with third party or in-house solutions that customers use. This ability means that Infor customers can facilitate interoperability between applications without incurring large consulting fees--it's built in connectivity."

"Infor has included many valuable enhancements in the latest release of FMS SunSystems that make the software easier to deploy to new sites and even simpler to upgrade," adds Ray Wahlen , director, accounting software, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. "We look forward to adopting future Infor applications and components, such as Advanced General Ledger, and benefiting from new reporting and analytical capabilities without disrupting our operations through Infor Open SOA."

FMS SunSystems version 5.4 is available in nine languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, German, Brazilian Portuguese, Japanese and Chinese - Simplified and Traditional. It supports Microsoft SQL Server 2005 and 2008 as well as Oracle 10g and 11g platforms.

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