When a company acquires a new manufacturing plant, it’s critical to quickly integrate the facility into the buyer’s manufacturing system.
Infor’s suite of cloud-based automotive manufacturing software can accomplish that task within four months, says John Flavin, executive vice president for Global Manufacturing Solutions. He points out that Infor’s solution also replaces spreadsheets and informal planning processes with a far more transparent and powerful system that can be deployed very quickly across multiple facilities.
Flavin adds that a cloud approach can cut a company’s typical IT costs by 30%-40%, thereby enabling people and capital to be redeployed.
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