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Infor Bolsters PLM for Process Manufacturers

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Infor adds product lifecycle management capabilities for food and beverage process manufacturers with Optiva on a  cloud-based deployment

Cloud applications business, Infor, announced Infor Optiva version 11.2 offering a more streamlined, cloud-based approach to product lifecycle management (PLM). The newest version provides a PLM solution for process manufacturing organisations, featuring a flexible and transparent user interface and an enhanced user experience.

Infor Optiva is designed to help provide PLM leadership with stronger formula management, more advanced project management and an easier-to-use Workflow Wizard that can help simplify business processes and data gathering. Infor Optiva 12.0 is integrated with Infor Ming.le, a social platform, through Infor ION, a purpose-built middleware to help provide collaboration with customers and suppliers throughout the PLM process.  Infor Optiva 12.0 is available as single-tenant hosted offering or as cloud-based deployment through the Infor Food & Beverage Suite, using Infor M3, an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution. The solution includes an improved web client to help enhance search performance and is built on HTML 5 web architecture.

The Wizard feature has been implemented to allow users to launch and complete workflow tasks, create formulas, items, projects and product specifications and help simplify the essential data gathering processes. Infor Optiva 12.0 also features a customizable homepage that has been redesigned to improve usability for mobile applications and accommodate the Wizards feature. Infor Optiva 12.0 offers over 60 major enhancements that build upon Infor product development strategies. Enhanced Advanced Project Management capabilities including a Gantt Chart feature, regulatory features including ingredient statement bolding for allergens, usability features, enhanced grids, and new formulation features including the quick calc capability to help with rapid formulation.

These new features along with more advanced project management functionality allow Infor to offer this comprehensive PLM solution for process manufacturing industries. “Process manufacturers are always seeking a competitive edge that makes them more efficient and the product lifecycle stage can assist in providing this advantage by helping products get to market faster and more cost-efficiently. Infor Optiva 12.0 is designed to help streamline processes through better collaboration, access and management tools,” said Chris Krechting, vice president, Product Lifecycle Management, Infor. “Infor is committed to investing in cutting-edge technologies to continue to enhance the PLM product suite and to strive to offer the best tools to process manufacturers.”

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