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Infor BI & Analytics

In this contribution we present a concise overview of our recently updated, independent BI & Analytics study of the software vendor Infor and its product portfolio (such as Infor Birst, Infor Coleman and Infor Landmark). Infor BI & Analytics scores better in our survey than Dundas but slightly worse than DataRobot. Infor is the strongest in business intelligence and comes out the least strong in the category artificial intelligence. Within the context of BI & Analytics, we have put together the main advantages and disadvantages of Infor BI, and arranged them by topic (BI, big data, data analytics, AI and data science). We also point out the strengths of key products such as Infor Birst, Infor Coleman and Infor Landmark et cetera.

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How does Infor BI & Analytics score on different parts?

Score of Infor BI software.Figure 1: Scorecard of the BI provider Infor. A maximum of 100% can be obtained. Source: the BI & Analytics Guide 2022. Do you need additional information about the research justification? Click here to download this guide.

In our study we looked in detail at the different products of Infor BI & Analytics software. We examined no less than 690 aspects. The chart below shows in general terms what the strengths and weaknesses are of Infor BI. Please note that Passionned Group is 100% independent of the suppliers in the research. We do not sell licenses, we do not make deals or have done business with the supplier. Among other things, we help and advise companies in the proper selection of BI tooling.

The Infor analysis was compiled by collecting large amounts of publicly accessible data and from there it was analyzed in detail. More than 2,823 documents we have reviewed (since the inception of this research) from this vendor. In this analysis process both algorithms as the critical eye of an experienced and independent specialist played an important role in performing the validation.

Infor and their complete BI & Analytics product portfolio

The software company Infor carries (a minimum of) 14 products in the realm of BI & Analytics. In order of popularity, we list the most important ones here:

What is Infor BI?

Other names by which this software product is known: Infor Business Intelligence

In this part, we describe Infor BI, including some of its features and any related products. This product group consists of Infor Coleman, Infor Landmark, Infor Data Lake, Birst Analytics, Infor BI Dashboards, Infor IoT, Infor Business Vault, Infor Business Analytics and Infor Corporate Performance Management. The Infor BI can be characterized by the following functionalities:

Do you want to know the intricacies of all the functions (100+) of Infor BI? Then order the BI & Analytics Guide™ 2022 here.

Do you want to hire an experienced Infor BI specialist?

Do you want to hire an interim Infor BI specialist who is subject matter expert and implement an Infor BI application? Or do you want implement an application for one of the related products like Infor Birst and Infor BI Dashboards? You can always call on the Infor BI specialists of Passionned Group. Indeed, hiring Infor BI developers is sometimes unnecessary and costly. Leave a message here and we will be happy to come and support you.

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Infor BI in action
Figure 2, 3 and 4: Overlying figures show the operation of Infor BI. Click on an image to enlarge it.

What is Infor Coleman?

In this section, we report the (main) characteristics of Infor Coleman, including some of its features and any related products. This product group consists of Infor Coleman AI. The Infor Coleman can be best characterized by the following functionalities:

Are you curious about all characteristics (100+) of Infor Coleman? Download directly our BI & Analytics Guide™ 2022 here.

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Infor Coleman in action
Figure 5, 6 and 7: Overlying images illustrate the functionality of Infor Coleman. Click on the image to enlarge it.

What is Infor Coleman AI?

We don’t reveal everything here but, in this paragraph, we describe the key elements of Infor Coleman AI, including some of its features and any related products. Infor Coleman AI can be best characterized by the following functionalities:

Are you now curious about all features (100+) of Infor Coleman AI? In that case open the BI & Analytics Guide™ 2022 here.

What is Infor Landmark?

We do not display here all the features but, in this paragraph, we describe the key elements of Infor Landmark, including some of its features and any related products. This product group consists of Infor Landmark Reporting. The Infor Landmark can be characterized by the following features:

Are you now curious about all characteristics (100+) of Infor Landmark? In that case open the BI & Analytics Guide™ 2022 here.

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Figure 8, 9 and 10: Various figures show the operation of Infor Landmark. Click on the image to enlarge it.

What is Infor Landmark Reporting?

We do not display here all the features but, in this paragraph, we provide a description of Infor Landmark Reporting, including some of its features and any related products. Infor Landmark Reporting can be best characterized by the following features:

Are you now curious about all elements (100+) of Infor Landmark Reporting? Open the BI & Analytics Guide™ 2022 here.

What is Infor Data Lake?

In this paragraph, we report the (main) characteristics of Infor Data Lake, including some of its features and any related products. Infor Data Lake can be best defined by the following properties:

Are you curious about all elements (100+) of Infor Data Lake? In that case open the BI & Analytics Guide™ 2022 here.

What is Birst Analytics?

We don’t reveal everything here but, in this paragraph, we report the (main) characteristics of Birst Analytics, including some of its features and any related products. This product group consists of Infor Birst and Birst Sales Analytics. The Birst Analytics can be characterized by the following features:

Are you now curious about all the functions (100+) of Birst Analytics? Then download our BI & Analytics Guide™ 2022 here.

What is Infor Birst?

Other names by which this software product is known: Birst

We don’t reveal everything here but, in this paragraph, we display the details of Infor Birst, including some of its features and any related products. This product can be characterized by the following features:

Do you want to know everything about all elements (100+) of Infor Birst? Open the BI & Analytics Guide™ 2022 here.

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Infor Birst in action
Figure 11, 12 and 13: Overlying figures show the operation of Infor Birst. Click on the image to magnify.

What is Birst Sales Analytics?

In this part, we report the (main) characteristics of Birst Sales Analytics, including some of its features and any related products. The Birst Sales Analytics can be best characterized by the following properties:

Do you want to know everything about all the functionalities (100+) of Birst Sales Analytics? Download directly our BI & Analytics Guide™ 2022 here.

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Figure 14, 15 and 16: Overlying images illustrate the functionality of Birst Sales Analytics. Click on the image to magnify.

What is Infor BI Dashboards?

Under this heading, we display the details of Infor BI Dashboards, including some of its features and any related products. The product Infor BI Dashboards can be best characterized by the following functionalities:

Are you now curious about all the functions (100+) of Infor BI Dashboards? Download directly our BI & Analytics Guide™ 2022 here.

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Figure 17, 18 and 19: Several images show the operation of Infor BI Dashboards. Click on the image to enlarge it.

What is Infor IoT?

In this part, we display the details of Infor IoT, including some of its features and any related products. The Infor IoT can be best characterized by the following functionalities:

Are you curious about all characteristics (100+) of Infor IoT? Then order the BI & Analytics Guide™ 2022 here.

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Figure 20, 21 and 22: These three images give a first impression of Infor IoT. Click on the image to enlarge it.

What is Infor Business Vault?

In this part, we report the (main) characteristics of Infor Business Vault, including some of its features and any related products. Infor Business Vault can be defined by the following functionalities:

Are you now curious about all characteristics (100+) of Infor Business Vault? Download directly our BI & Analytics Guide™ 2022 here.

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Infor Business Vault in action
Figure 23, 24 and 25: Various figures show the operation of Infor Business Vault. Click on the image to magnify.

What is Infor Business Analytics?

We don’t reveal everything here but, in this paragraph, we describe the key elements of Infor Business Analytics, including some of its features and any related products. This product / group of products can be best defined by the following functionalities:

Are you curious about all features (100+) of Infor Business Analytics? Download the BI & Analytics Guide™ 2022 here.

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Figure 26, 27 and 28: Various figures show the operation of Infor Business Analytics. Click on the image to enlarge it.

What is Infor Corporate Performance Management?

We do not display here all the features but, in this paragraph, we report the (main) characteristics of Infor Corporate Performance Management, including some of its features and any related products. The Infor Corporate Performance Management can be best characterized by the following properties:

Are you curious about all characteristics (100+) of Infor Corporate Performance Management? Download the BI & Analytics Guide™ 2022 here.

Innovations of Infor BI-tools and the version history

Recently, we see a negative evolution when it comes to BI & Analytics functionality. The latest innovations are in the areas of business intelligence > business intelligence platform, data connectivity > native and BI infrastructure > Application Programming Interface > REST APIs.

We reviewed Infor’s current releases of its complete product portfolio. Below you can see the structure of the history of the different versions of all the ones known to us BI & Analytics products of Infor:

Behind each product are the version numbers, the most recent versions are mentioned first.

What are the licensing costs of Infor Birst, Infor Coleman and Infor Landmark?

In many cases, it can be difficult to determine the licensing costs of Infor BI & Analytics because it depends on the country, the number of users (and/or the number of cores if you want to run it on a server), the connectors to data sources, and at what point in the year you request a quote. If you do this a few weeks before the end of Infor’s fiscal quarter, you may be in for a decent discount. In addition, nowadays it is recommended running the software in the cloud, for the most part, you only pay for your consumption then. The purchase cost of Infor Birst, Infor Coleman and Infor Landmark may not be the most important costs, but maintenance and support of course do limit your future investment scope.

What makes Infor BI & Analytics unique compared to other BI platforms

In our study, we see that Infor in the field of BI & Analytics software has a number of specific features which are characteristic. This makes Infor BI more or less unique: business intelligence platform and Microsoft Teams.

The advantages and disadvantages of Infor BI

Tag cloud of the Infor BI tools.Figure 29: Tag cloud of the strengths and weaknesses of Infor BI & Analytics

Below we listed all the advantages and disadvantages of Infor BI & Analytics, Infor Birst, Infor Coleman and Infor Landmark, et cetera. There is momentum, because: Infor may be working to improving existing and developing features that meet specific customer needs at this time (such as support for Python, Google BigQuery, Impala, Amazon Redshift, in-memory, Teradata, kubernetes, load balancing, Office 365 and Postgres). Or a certain feature is not (yet) (well) documented.

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1. Infor Business Intelligence

49%

The company has a moderate performance in our 100% vendor-independent BI & Analytics survey on the subject ‘Business Intelligence’ with a score of 49%, relative to other vendors. However, this is one of the best engineered parts of Infor. We looked at the following criteria, among others: reporting, dashboards, CRM, business intelligence platform, enterprise business intelligence and business process monitoring. In doing so, we looked at the following five products: Infor BI, Infor Birst, Birst Analytics, Infor BI Dashboards and Infor Data Lake. In total, we examined 75 features within this discipline. Would you like to learn more about the topic ‘Business Intelligence’? Then download here our BI & Analytics Guide.

2. Infor Multidimensional Models

49%

The company has a moderate performance in our 100% vendor-independent BI & Analytics survey on the section ‘Multidimensional Models’ with a score of 49%, relative to other vendors. We looked at the following criteria, among others: OLAP, DAX, MOLAP, ROLAP and tabular data models. In total, we examined 16 criteria in this category. Would you like to delve further into the topic ‘Multidimensional Models’? Then download here our BI & Analytics Guide.

3. Infor BI Infrastructure

40%

The vendor Infor has a moderate score in our objective BI & Analytics survey on the subject ‘BI Infrastructure’ with a score of 40%, relative to other vendors. We considered the following factors: infrastructure, repository, open source, web services and web server. In total, we examined 166 selection criteria within this main theme. Are you planning to specialize further in the topic ‘BI Infrastructure’? Then download here our BI & Analytics Guide 2022.

4. Infor Self-service BI

35%

Infor has a moderate performance in our study of the theme ‘Self-service BI’, given that they score 35% on this, relative to other vendors. We looked at the following criteria, among others: self-service data preparation, self-service reporting, self-service analysis, self-service data discovery, self-service data visualization, self-service data analytics and self-service data exploration. In total, we examined 16 aspects in this category. Would you like to go into more depth with the topic ‘Self-service BI’? Then download here our BI & Analytics Guide 2022.

5. Infor Decision Management

34%

The vendor Infor has a moderate score in our recently updated, independent BI & Analytics study on the subject ‘Decision Management’ with a score of 34%, relative to other vendors. The following criteria were used: performance management, decision-making platform, decision support, enterprise decision management and real-time decisioning. In total, we examined 30 features within this discipline. Would you like to go into more depth with the topic ‘Decision Management’? Then download here our BI & Analytics Guide 2022.

6. Infor Data Connectivity

31%

The vendor Infor has a moderate performance in our study on the section ‘Data Connectivity’. The score amounts to 31%, relative to other vendors. We used the following selection criteria: Sharepoint, Salesforce, Teradata, Amazon Redshift, PostgreSQL and Google BigQuery. In total, we examined 95 features within this discipline. Would you like to go into more depth with the topic ‘Data Connectivity’? Then download here our BI & Analytics Guide 2022.

7. Infor Real-time Analytics

29%

Infor has a poor score in our objective BI & Analytics survey on the section ‘Real-time Analytics’. The company scores 29% on this topic, relative to other vendors. We looked at the following criteria, among others: real-time, real-time data, near real-time, real-time insights, real-time data warehousing, real-time big data and real-time streaming data. In total, we examined 20 features within this discipline. Would you like to learn more about the topic ‘Real-time Analytics’? Then download here our BI & Analytics Guide.

8. Infor Mobile Business Intelligence

28%

The vendor Infor has a poor score in our current BI & Analytics survey on the subject ‘Mobile Business Intelligence’ with a score of 28%, relative to other vendors. We considered the following factors: push notification, mobile server, mobile analytics, mobile dashboards and mobile push notifications. In total, we examined 11 criteria in this category. Are you planning to specialize further in the topic ‘Mobile Business Intelligence’? Then download here our BI & Analytics Guide.

9. Infor Data Integration

27%

Infor has a poor score in our study on the section ‘Data Integration’, given that they score 27% on this, relative to other vendors. We looked at the following criteria, among others: data warehousing, data virtualization, data integration platform, data wrangling, cross-database joins and Extract-Transform-Load. In total, we examined 83 criteria within this section. Are you excited about the topic ‘Data Integration’? Then download here our BI & Analytics Guide.

10. Infor Big Data

27%

The vendor Infor has a poor score in our objective BI & Analytics survey of the theme ‘Big Data’ with a score of 27%, relative to other vendors. We looked at the following criteria, among others: complex data and big data processing. In total, we examined 58 criteria within this section. Would you like to delve further into the topic ‘Big Data’? Then download here our BI & Analytics Guide 2022. Or take a deep dive in the following content:

11. Infor Data Governance

25%

Infor has a poor rating in our independent BI & Analytics survey on the subject ‘Data Governance’ with a score of 25%, compared to other vendors. We used the following selection criteria: data management, data quality, data catalog, data encryption and data lineage. In total, we examined 82 selection criteria within this main theme. Would you like to learn more about the topic ‘Data Governance’? Then download here our BI & Analytics Guide.

12. Infor Analytics

25%

Infor has a poor performance in our 100% vendor-independent BI & Analytics survey on the subject ‘Analytics’. The company scores 25% on this topic, relative to other vendors. We considered the following factors: analytics platform and process analytics. In doing so, we assessed the following five products: Infor Birst, Birst Analytics, Infor Coleman, Infor BI and Infor Coleman AI. In total, we examined 127 criteria in this category. Are you excited about the topic ‘Analytics’? Then download here our BI & Analytics Guide 2022. Or take a deep dive in the following content:

13. Infor Data Discovery

24%

Infor has a poor rating in our study on the section ‘Data Discovery’, given that they score 24% on this, compared to other vendors. The following criteria were used: time series, standard deviation, data storytelling and share insights. In total, we examined 394 criteria within this section. Would you like to go into more depth with the topic ‘Data Discovery’? Then download here our BI & Analytics Study.

14. Infor Performance Optimization

22%

Infor has a poor rating in our objective BI & Analytics survey on the section ‘Performance Optimization’. The score amounts to 22%, compared to other vendors. We looked at the following criteria, among others: parallel processing, materialized views, data pipelines and cache settings. In total, we examined 29 features within this discipline. Are you planning to specialize further in the topic ‘Performance Optimization’? Then download here our BI & Analytics Guide.

15. Infor Artificial Intelligence

19%

The company has a poor score in our objective BI & Analytics survey on the section ‘Artificial Intelligence’ with a score of 19%, compared to other vendors. We considered the following factors: machine learning, R, algorithms, natural language processing, linear regression, business rules and cognitive services. In doing so, we analyzed the following four products: Infor Coleman, Infor Coleman AI, Infor Data Lake and Infor IoT. In total, we examined 171 criteria within this section. Would you like to delve further into the topic ‘Artificial Intelligence’? Then download here our BI & Analytics Study 2022.

In which sectors is Infor BI & Analytics most active?

In our current BI & Analytics survey about, we also looked at which industries a supplier moves around. These are the industries where Infor is on the road: automotive, construction, fashion, food, health care, hospitality and public sector.

Training and incompany training Infor BI & Analytics

The specialists of Passionned Group organize various training courses in the field of BI & Analytics but can also provide specific Infor training, for example as incompany. For example, you can think about the following software: Infor Birst, Infor Coleman and Infor Landmark. Of course, such training is framed with the ideas of the intelligent, data-driven organization.

Final assessment: Infor BI scores reasonably well

Infor has a extensive product portfolio with which it scores reasonably well in our BI & Analytics survey. Infor BI & Analytics innovates (approximately) at an average rate of between 6 and 15 features per year, is active (for now) in many different sectors, and growing high in the field of business intelligence.

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