It was another well-attended M3UA annual conference in Nottingham this past week. In addition to a very supportive vendor presence, the conference featured a line-up of Infor’s best speakers, demonstrating the value Infor continues to see in this user association that serves the UK, Ireland, and the Benelux Countries.
As outgoing chairman of the M3 User Association, it was an emotional event. My five years as chairman and five prior to that on the committee have been extremely rewarding. I’ve enjoyed every second of working with the committee, membership, and vendors and being in position to have a direct impact on M3 development and help customers and users via the association.
Change as a constant was a key message that resonated throughout the event as was the need to be ready for and planning for the future. Infor’s SVP and GM Simon Niesler delivered a compelling keynote outlining Infor’s strategy today and progress in FY19 in the switch to becoming a cloud company. He also shared the lowdown on an Infor IPO, which could take place as early as later this year or in 2020.
For food and beverage attendees, the key trends impacting the industry, including the need for better transparency, faster fulfillment, and keeping pace in a quickly evolving industry, were top of mind. Andrew Dalziel, senior director of industry strategy at Infor, shared how leading food and beverage companies are rethinking traditional processes to create new data-driven experiences and services.
Infor presenters also emphasized the urgency to get to 13.4 as well as their long-term commitment to M3. Avaap’s session, creating a stable foundation for your modernisation programme, was well attended and illustrated the importance of examining existing customizations and comparing what functionality is available out of the box, as well as interfaces, tools, and best practices to accelerate implementation and faster time to value. Infor reps shared that continued support for on premise M3 will be available going forward, but that to get to a compatible on prem version and be cloud-ready for the future, users need to be on 13.4 to be prepared when the next version becomes available in 2020.
For organizations operating M3, Infor is offering the maximum support time to think about strategy and modernisation of supporting infrastructure and supporting applications. Getting current reduces future risk and any organization on any version other than 13.4 needs to think about their jump to 13.4 and how they will get there.
As technology and business leaders think about what their journey looks like, a strong foundation is critical for success. What current technology and applications are in use? What does IT/IS provide the business today? What will be decommissioned? What is the business expectation on data? These and other factors impact the scope of a project and its return on investment and ultimately, it’s success.
At the end of the day, everyone attending the Nottingham M3UA event all shares a common goal. We are interested in recent and future development plans for M3 and M3 Cloud, building competitive advantage, and transforming our organizations for the future.
Ready to start your planning? Download the presentation for helpful hints of what you need to consider going forward and what should be expected in the process on the journey to cloud readiness. Want to have a dialogue about the Infor roadmap and what it means for you? Let’s connect!