Infor d/EPM

Infor offers a combined product portfolio comprising Infor Dynamic Enterprise Performance Management (d/EPM, formerly Infor BI) for CPM, and BIRST, a cloud-based BI platform acquired in 2017. Whereas Infor d/EPM is positioned for CPM topics such as planning and financial consolidation, BIRST provides BI and analytics functionality for pixel-perfect formatted reports, dashboards, ad hoc reporting, data mashups, analysis and data discovery.

Infor is a global US-based vendor of ERP, CRM, BI, SCM and other industry-focused business software solutions. The company was founded in 2002, has 168 offices and supports 68,000 customers worldwide. Infor is privately held by Golden Gate Capital, Koch Industries and Summit Partners.

Infor Dynamic Enterprise Performance Management (d/EPM), formerly Infor BI, the vendor’s original BI and CPM product, was initially developed by MIS long before 2002. Several acquired products were combined into Infor d/EPM, which includes components for dashboards, reporting, OLAP analysis, planning and financial consolidation. With the acquisition of Birst in 2017, Infor’s BI portfolio has been enhanced with a cloud-based BI platform for pixel-perfect formatted reports, dashboards, ad hoc reporting, data mashups, analysis and data discovery. BIRST is the strategic BI and analytics product in Infor’s business software portfolio.

Since the acquisition, Infor has changed its go-to-market and product positioning strategy significantly, splitting its portfolio into BI and CPM products. Birst is now positioned to serve BI usage scenarios and Infor d/EPM – Infor’s existing CPM product – to serve CPM usage scenarios.

Birst is Infor’s cloud-based flagship platform for BI and analysis/data discovery. The product plays a significant role in Infor’s BI and cloud strategy. Birst connects to Infor’s operational systems such as ERP and CRM, to Infor d/EPM’s underlying OLAP database, and also to non-Infor systems. One of Birst’s particular strengths is its access to many different data sources and their combination in the product’s integrated semantic layer, which is exposed to users.

In Infor’s overall portfolio, Infor d/EPM is positioned for CPM and planning, whereas the BIRST product is positioned for BI and reporting. Interestingly, and in contrast to competitors, Infor seems to reject the market trend of providing a single platform for BI and CPM for better, integrated decision-making. Instead, BI and CPM are separated into two different products. The future will tell whether superior connectivity from BIRST to Infor d/EPM will compensate for this.

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Infor d/EPM

Peer Groups Ad hoc reporting-focused products, Integrated performance management products, Large international BI vendors, OLAP analysis-focused products
VendorInfor
Number of responses33
ProductInfor Dynamic Enterprise Performance Management (d/EPM)
Offices168 offices worldwide
Employees> 15,000
Customers68,000 (in total, not only d/EPM customers)
Revenues (2018)$3.1 billion
Websitewww.infor.com