Infor Integrates PLM and Lawson M3 ERP Enterprise

The integration of Infor10 PLM Process (Optiva) and Lawson M3 ERP Enterprise delivers improved levels of product safety and compliance tools in process manufacturing industries

New York, N.Y.—April 24, 2012—Enterprise software provider Infor now provides its Infor10 PLM Process (Optiva) integrated with the Lawson M3 ERP Enterprise to enable customers to bring products to market faster, at a lower cost and with greater confidence in their ability to navigate regulatory and statutory requirements.

Infor10 ION technology provides the platform that enables the applications to seamlessly share data and information, bringing new levels of speed and visibility to companies in process manufacturing industries such as food and beverage; chemicals; cosmetics; and personal and household goods.

The integrated applications provide a more complete solution that supports the business cycle from concept generation and product development, through to sourcing, manufacturing, sales, and finance—connecting the product development and production processes to reduce the time it takes for a new product to reach the market. Additionally, the applications share data across systems and between brands, divisions or departments, eliminating duplication and increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of development and procurement processes.

“Market pressures demand that companies launch products in an increasingly short time-frame, causing manufacturing, design and regulatory complexities,” said Venkat Rajaji, Global PLM Product Manager, Infor. “Savvy process manufacturers have identified PLM as the answer to getting ahead of the competition by bringing products to the market faster, safer and at lower cost. The integration of PLM and M3 delivers an unprecedented level of product safety and compliance tools, reducing the business risk posed by product recalls.”

Infor10 PLM Process and M3 ERP Enterprise are brought together pre-configured using Infor10 ION technology, Infor's integration platform which executes business processes and operates with a standard business language to provide a connection that is "unbreakable" by software upgrades, patches or enhancements. Additionally, Infor10 ION Workspace provides a common user interface across PLM, ERP and other Infor applications.

The integration of  Infor10 PLM Process for M3 ERP Enterprise helps ensure product safety by providing a roadmap which focuses on the needs of companies in the process manufacturing industry, including the connection between PLM and ERP to help minimize the risk of a recall; manage compliance and labeling; and reduce the impact of any product issues. By leveraging application features that manage ingredients, specifications, recipes, allergens, and nutritional information, customers can alleviate challenges in both product development and production such as compliance checks; quality control; labeling; potency and attributes; shelf life; catch weight; and traceability.