Infor BI & Analytics

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Author: Mark de Kort MSc
Specialist Performance Management
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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 GoodData but slightly worse than Hitachi Vantara. Of all the categories in our independent study, Infor scored the highest on business intelligence and scored the worst in big data. 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.

How does Infor BI & Analytics score on different parts?

In our study, we looked in detail at the different products of Infor BI & Analytics software. We examined no less than 720 aspects. The chart below shows the strengths and weaknesses of Infor BI, in general terms. 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.

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 2024. Do you need additional information about the research justification? Click here to download this guide.

The Infor analysis was compiled by collecting large amounts of publicly accessible data and from there it was analyzed in detail. More than 4,048 documents were 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 in our BI & Analytics Guide 2024 Image of Infor in our BI & Analytics Guide 2024In our 100% vendor-independent BI & Analytics Guide we have collected all the ins and outs of Infor for you. You get access to hundreds of (shorter) trainings, tech talks, lectures, demos, tutorials, and so on and always have the latest BI & AI news. Our guide will also help you in to further develop your knowledge about BI & Analytics.view the BI & Analytics Guide™

Infor and their complete BI & Analytics product portfolio

The software company Infor carries (a minimum of) 15 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, Infor BI Dashboards, Birst Analytics, Infor Business Vault, Infor IoT, Infor Corporate Performance Management, Infor Business Analytics, and Infor Lawson Analytics. Infor BI can be characterized by the following functionalities:

  • analysis
  • analytics
  • business intelligence
  • cube
  • dashboards
  • Microsoft Excel
  • OLAP
  • performance management
  • reporting
  • repository

Do you want to know the intricacies of all the functions (100+) of Infor BI? Then order the BI & Analytics Guide™ 2024 here.

Do you want to hire an experienced Infor BI specialist?

Do you want to hire an interim Infor BI specialist who is a subject matter expert, and implement a beautiful Infor BI application? 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
Figures 2, 3, and 4: Overlying images illustrate how Infor BI works. Click on an image to enlarge it. Credits: Infor & partners.

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. Infor Coleman can be best characterized by the following functionalities:

  • analytics
  • artificial intelligence
  • cloud computing
  • data management
  • machine learning
  • machine learning models
  • Microsoft Teams
  • natural language
  • natural language processing
  • open source

Are you curious about all characteristics (100+) of Infor Coleman? Download directly our BI & Analytics Guide™ 2024 here.

Screen shot of Infor Coleman software.
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Infor Coleman in action
Figures 5, 6, and 7: Several figures demonstrate how Infor Coleman functions. Click on the image to enlarge it. Credits: Infor & partners.

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. The tool Infor Coleman AI can be best characterized by the following functionalities:

  • algorithms
  • artificial intelligence
  • deep learning
  • JSON
  • Jupyter Notebook
  • machine learning
  • machine learning models

Are you now curious about all features (100+) of Infor Coleman AI? In that case, open the BI & Analytics Guide™ 2024 here.

Screen shot of Infor Coleman AI software.
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Infor Coleman AI in action
Figures 8, 9, and 10: Overlying images illustrate how Infor Coleman AI functions. Click on an image to enlarge it. Credits: Infor & partners.

What is Infor Landmark?

We do not display all the features here 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. Infor Landmark can be characterized by the following features:

  • analysis
  • analytics
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • java
  • Microsoft Excel
  • reporting
  • web services
  • Windows

Are you now curious about all characteristics (100+) of Infor Landmark? In that case, open the BI & Analytics Guide™ 2024 here.

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Infor Landmark in action
Figures 11, 12, and 13: Various figures show how Infor Landmark runs. Click on the image to enlarge it. Credits: Infor & partners.

What is Infor Landmark Reporting?

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

  • analytics
  • business intelligence
  • cloud computing
  • contextual data mining
  • data discovery
  • data warehousing
  • Google BigQuery
  • reporting
  • self-service data discovery
  • TensorFlow

Are you now curious about all elements (100+) of Infor Landmark Reporting? Open the BI & Analytics Guide™ 2024 here.

Screen shot of Infor Landmark Reporting software.
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Infor Landmark Reporting in action
Figures 14, 15, and 16: Overlying images illustrate how Infor Landmark Reporting works. Click on the image to enlarge it. Credits: Infor & partners.

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. The tool Infor Data Lake can be best defined by the following properties:

  • analytics
  • big data
  • dashboards
  • infrastructure
  • IoT
  • machine learning
  • real-time
  • reporting
  • repository
  • SQL

Are you curious about all elements (100+) of Infor Data Lake? In that case, open the BI & Analytics Guide™ 2024 here.

Screen shot of Infor Data Lake software.
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Infor Data Lake in action
Figures 17, 18, and 19: Overlying figures display how Infor Data Lake runs. Click on the image to enlarge it. Credits: Infor & partners.

What is Infor BI Dashboards?

We don’t reveal everything here but, in this paragraph, we report the (main) characteristics of Infor BI Dashboards, including some of its features and any related products. Infor BI Dashboards can be characterized by the following features:

  • analysis
  • analytics
  • Android
  • business intelligence
  • dashboards
  • infrastructure
  • iPad
  • OLAP
  • real-time
  • reporting

Are you now curious about all the functions (100+) of Infor BI Dashboards? Then download our BI & Analytics Guide™ 2024 here.

Screen shot of Infor BI Dashboards software.
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Infor BI Dashboards in action
Figures 20, 21, and 22: Several images show the operation Infor BI Dashboards functions. Click on the image to magnify. Credits: Infor & partners.

What is Birst Analytics?

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

  • analysis
  • analytics
  • analytics platform
  • business intelligence
  • data discovery
  • data modeling
  • embedded analytics
  • machine learning
  • real-time
  • reporting

Do you want to know everything about all elements (100+) of Birst Analytics? Open the BI & Analytics Guide™ 2024 here.

Screen shot of Birst Analytics software.
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Birst Analytics in action
Figures 23, 24, and 25: Overlying images illustrate how Birst Analytics operates. Click on the image to magnify. Credits: Infor & partners.

What is Infor Birst?

Other names by which this software product is known: Birst

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

  • analysis
  • analytics
  • analytics platform
  • business intelligence
  • connectivity
  • dashboards
  • data governance
  • embedded analytics
  • native
  • reporting

Do you want to know everything about all the functionalities (100+) of Infor Birst? Download directly our BI & Analytics Guide™ 2024 here.

Screen shot of Infor Birst software.
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Infor Birst in action
Figures 26, 27, and 28: Several figures demonstrate how Infor Birst operates. Click on the image to magnify. Credits: Infor & partners.

What is Birst Sales Analytics?

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

  • advanced analytics
  • analysis
  • analytics
  • business intelligence
  • CRM
  • dashboards
  • forecasting
  • native
  • reporting
  • sales analytics

Are you now curious about all the functions (100+) of Birst Sales Analytics? Download directly our BI & Analytics Guide™ 2024 here.

Screen shot of Birst Sales Analytics software.
Picture of Birst Sales Analytics tools.
Birst Sales Analytics in action
Figures 29, 30, and 31: Several images show the operation Birst Sales Analytics operates. Click on the image to enlarge it. Credits: Infor & partners.

What is Infor Business Vault?

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

  • analytics
  • business intelligence
  • cloud platform
  • data warehousing
  • Microsoft Office
  • OLAP
  • performance management
  • reporting
  • repository
  • SaaS

Are you curious about all characteristics (100+) of Infor Business Vault? Then order the BI & Analytics Guide™ 2024 here.

Screen shot of Infor Business Vault software.
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Infor Business Vault in action
Figures 32, 33, and 34: These three images give a first impression how Infor Business Vault functions. Click on the image to enlarge it. Credits: Infor & partners.

What is Infor IoT?

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

  • Amazon Web Services
  • analytics
  • business intelligence
  • cloud platform
  • IoT
  • IoT analytics
  • real-time
  • scalability
  • tiles
  • web services

Are you now curious about all characteristics (100+) of Infor IoT? Download directly our BI & Analytics Guide™ 2024 here.

Screen shot of Infor IoT software.
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Infor IoT in action
Figures 35, 36, and 37: Various figures show how Infor IoT operates. Click on the image to magnify. Credits: Infor & partners.

What is Infor Corporate Performance Management?

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

  • analysis
  • analytics
  • data management
  • financial consolidation
  • financial planning
  • forecasting
  • performance management
  • real-time
  • reporting

Are you curious about all features (100+) of Infor Corporate Performance Management? Download the BI & Analytics Guide™ 2024 here.

Screen shot of Infor Corporate Performance Management software.
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Infor Corporate Performance Management in action
Figures 38, 39, and 40: Various figures show how Infor Corporate Performance Management functions. Click on the image to enlarge it. Credits: Infor & partners.

What is Infor Business Analytics?

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

  • advanced analytics
  • analytics
  • business intelligence
  • dashboards
  • machine learning
  • reporting

Are you curious about all characteristics (100+) of Infor Business Analytics? Download the BI & Analytics Guide™ 2024 here.

Screen shot of Infor Business Analytics software.
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Infor Business Analytics in action
Figures 41, 42, and 43: Overlying figures display how Infor Business Analytics functions. Click on the image to make it bigger. Credits: Infor & partners.

What is Infor Lawson Analytics?

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

  • analytics
  • business intelligence
  • CRM
  • cube
  • data warehousing
  • KPI
  • OLAP
  • OLAP cubes
  • repository
  • supply chain analytics

Are you curious about all the functions (100+) of Infor Lawson Analytics? Download directly our BI & Analytics Guide™ 2024 here.

Screen shot of Infor Lawson Analytics software.
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Infor Lawson Analytics in action
Figures 44, 45, and 46: Several images show the operation Infor Lawson Analytics operates. Click on an image to magnify. Credits: Infor & partners.

Innovations of Infor BI tools and the version history

Recently, we see a positive evolution when it comes to BI & Analytics functionality. The latest innovations are in the areas of business intelligence > reporting > exception reporting, data governance > data management > data replication, and big data > massive volumes.

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:

  • Infor Birst: 2024 2023.10 2023 2022.10 2022.06 2022 7.8
  • Infor Business Analytics: 10.4.0.2
  • Infor Business Vault: 11.3.3 11.2 10.3
  • Infor Lawson Analytics: 10.2 10.1 10.0 10

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 that you run 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: qualitative analysis, customer profitability analysis, SDK, financial consolidation, and talent analytics.

The advantages and disadvantages of Infor BI

Tag cloud of the Infor BI tools.Figure 47: 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. 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 Google BigQuery, MongoDB, real-time, data quality, data storytelling, Impala, augmented analytics, Sharepoint, Linux, and Google Sheets). Or a certain feature is not (yet) (well) documented.

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1. Infor Business Intelligence

60%

The company has a good performance in our 100% vendor-independent BI & Analytics survey on the subject ‘Business Intelligence’ with a score of 60%, relative to other vendors. 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: Birst Sales Analytics, Infor Birst, Infor BI, Infor Landmark Reporting, and Infor BI Dashboards. In total, we examined 73 features within this discipline. Would you like to learn more about the topic ‘Business Intelligence’? Then download here our BI & Analytics Guide.

2. Infor Decision Management

55%

The company has a good performance in our 100% vendor-independent BI & Analytics survey on the section ‘Decision Management’ with a score of 55%, relative to other vendors. We looked at the following criteria, among others: performance management, decision support, decision-making platform, enterprise decision management, and real-time decisioning. In total, we examined 30 criteria in this category. Would you like to delve further into the topic ‘Decision Management’? Then download here our BI & Analytics Guide. Or take a deep dive in the following content:

3. Infor BI Infrastructure

49%

The vendor Infor has a moderate score in our objective BI & Analytics survey on the subject ‘BI Infrastructure’ with a score of 49%, relative to other vendors. We considered the following factors: infrastructure, repository, open source, web services, and web server. In total, we examined 162 selection criteria within this main theme. Are you planning to specialize further in the topic ‘BI Infrastructure’? Then download here our BI & Analytics Guide 2024.

4. Infor Multidimensional Models

47%

Infor has a moderate performance in our study of the theme ‘Multidimensional Models’, given that they score 47% on this, relative to other vendors. We looked at the following criteria, among others: OLAP, DAX, ROLAP, MOLAP, and tabular data models. In total, we examined 14 aspects in this category. Would you like to go into more depth with the topic ‘Multidimensional Models’? Then download here our BI & Analytics Guide 2024.

5. Infor Mobile Business Intelligence

43%

The vendor Infor has a moderate score in our recently updated, independent BI & Analytics study on the subject ‘Mobile Business Intelligence’ with a score of 43%, relative to other vendors. The following criteria were used: push notification, mobile server, mobile analytics, mobile dashboards, and mobile push notifications. In total, we examined 10 features within this discipline. Would you like to go into more depth with the topic ‘Mobile Business Intelligence’? Then download here our BI & Analytics Guide 2024.

6. Infor Data Discovery

34%

The vendor Infor has a moderate performance in our study on the section ‘Data Discovery’. The score amounts to 34%, relative to other vendors. We used the following selection criteria: time series, standard deviation, data storytelling, and share insights. In total, we examined 398 features within this discipline. Would you like to go into more depth with the topic ‘Data Discovery’? Then download here our BI & Analytics Guide 2024.

7. Infor Performance Optimization

30%

Infor has a moderate score in our objective BI & Analytics survey on the section ‘Performance Optimization’. The company scores 30% on this topic, relative to other vendors. We looked at the following criteria, among others: parallel processing, data pipelines, materialized views, and cache settings. In total, we examined 29 features within this discipline. Would you like to learn more about the topic ‘Performance Optimization’? Then download here our BI & Analytics Guide.

8. Infor Data Integration

28%

The vendor Infor has a poor score in our current BI & Analytics survey on the subject ‘Data Integration’ with a score of 28%, relative to other vendors. We considered the following factors: data warehousing, data virtualization, data integration platform, data wrangling, cross-database joins, and Extract-Transform-Load. In total, we examined 76 criteria in this category. Are you planning to specialize further in the topic ‘Data Integration’? Then download here our BI & Analytics Guide. Or take a deep dive in the following content:

9. Infor Data Governance

25%

Infor has a poor score in our study on the section ‘Data Governance’, given that they score 25% on this, relative to other vendors. We looked at the following criteria, among others: data management, data quality, data catalog, data encryption, data lineage, and data acquisition layer. In total, we examined 91 criteria within this section. Are you excited about the topic ‘Data Governance’? Then download here our BI & Analytics Guide.

10. Infor Analytics

21%

The vendor Infor has a poor score in our objective BI & Analytics survey of the theme ‘Analytics’ with a score of 21%, relative to other vendors. We looked at the following criteria, among others: analytics platform and process analytics. In doing so, we investigated the following five products: Birst Sales Analytics, Infor Birst, Infor BI, Infor Landmark Reporting, and Infor IoT. In total, we examined 130 criteria within this section. Would you like to delve further into the topic ‘Analytics’? Then download here our BI & Analytics Guide 2024. Or take a deep dive in the following content:

11. Infor Real-time Analytics

20%

Infor has a poor rating in our independent BI & Analytics survey on the subject ‘Real-time Analytics’ with a score of 20%, compared to other vendors. We used the following selection criteria: real-time, real-time data, near real-time, real-time insights, and real-time data warehousing. In total, we examined 19 selection criteria within this main theme. Would you like to learn more about the topic ‘Real-time Analytics’? Then download here our BI & Analytics Guide.

12. Infor Data Connectivity

20%

Infor has a poor performance in our 100% vendor-independent BI & Analytics survey on the subject ‘Data Connectivity’. The company scores 20% on this topic, relative to other vendors. We considered the following factors: Sharepoint and PostgreSQL. In total, we examined 91 criteria in this category. Are you excited about the topic ‘Data Connectivity’? Then download here our BI & Analytics Guide 2024.

13. Infor Self-service BI

20%

Infor has a poor rating in our study on the section ‘Self-service BI’, given that they score 20% on this, compared to other vendors. The following criteria were used: self-service data preparation, self-service reporting, self-service analysis, self-service data discovery, self-service data analytics, self-service data visualization, and self-service data exploration. In total, we examined 14 criteria within this section. Would you like to go into more depth with the topic ‘Self-service BI’? Then download here our BI & Analytics Study.

14. Infor Artificial Intelligence

17%

Infor has a poor rating in our objective BI & Analytics survey on the section ‘Artificial Intelligence’. The score amounts to 17%, compared to other vendors. We looked at the following criteria, among others: machine learning, R, algorithms, natural language processing, linear regression, business rules, and cognitive services. In doing so, we investigated the following products: Infor Coleman. In total, we examined 181 features within this discipline. Are you planning to specialize further in the topic ‘Artificial Intelligence’? Then download here our BI & Analytics Guide. Or take a deep dive in the following content:

15. Infor Big Data

15%

The company has a poor score in our objective BI & Analytics survey on the section ‘Big Data’ with a score of 15%, compared to other vendors. We considered the following factors: streaming, unstructured data, sensors, Blob storage, sensor data, big data integration, and big data processing. In doing so, we analyzed the following products: Infor Data Lake. In total, we examined 59 criteria within this section. Would you like to delve further into the topic ‘Big Data’? Then download here our BI & Analytics Study 2024.

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In which sectors is Infor BI & Analytics most active?

In our objective BI & Analytics survey, we also found out at which industries a supplier moves around. These are the industries where Infor is on the road: aviation, fashion, food, hospitality, manufacturing, and utilities.

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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 in-company. In these sessions, we investigate multiple software programs and their features including 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 minimal product portfolio with which it scores reasonably well in our BI & Analytics survey. Infor BI & Analytics innovates (approximately) at an average rate of more than 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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