Infor LN Overview
Infor LN (previously Baan) is a powerful software solution that offers a wide range of capabilities to help manufacturers remain competitive in today’s fast-paced business environment.
With the ability to efficiently manage end-to-end processes, from shop floor operations to forecasting and strategic planning, manufacturers can rely on Infor LN to streamline their operations and increase productivity.
Additionally, Infor LN is available both on-premises and in the cloud, providing manufacturers with the flexibility they need to meet the changing demands of their business.
The key benefits of Infor LN are its industry-specific functionality combined with cost-effective deployment. With specialized versions for industries such as aerospace and defense, automotive, and industrial enterprise, manufacturers can be confident that they are using an enterprise resource planning solution that is tailored to their unique needs.
The high-tech, industry-specific functionality of Infor LN includes capabilities such as supply chain planning, quality control, and aftermarket service, which can help manufacturers to improve their operational efficiency, reduce costs, and deliver high-quality products and services to their customers.
Another important feature of Infor LN is its ability to support Smart Manufacturing and Industry 4.0 principles through augmented analytics. By leveraging advanced analytics and machine learning capabilities, Infor LN can help manufacturers to gain insights into their operations and identify areas for improvement. This can lead to more efficient production processes, higher quality products, and increased customer satisfaction.
Improve Business Processes
Overall, Infor LN is an excellent choice for multi-site manufacturing enterprises to single-site organizations who are looking to improve their operations and stay competitive in a rapidly changing business landscape. With the comprehensive functionality of Infor LN, its industry-specific capabilities, and support for Smart Manufacturing and Industry 4.0 principles, Infor LN is a powerful tool that offers ERP software customizations to help manufacturers achieve their goals and drive growth and innovation in their organizations.
Infor LN Advantages
Infor LN (previously Baan) strengths include global engineering, product configuration, projects, advanced planning, and manufacturing via cost-effective deployment:
- Projects — Solid planning, budgeting, and forecasting; Microsoft Project integration
- Multi-Site Planning — Visibility and constraints-based planning across multiple sites.
- Manufacturing — Constraints-based shop floor optimization
- Service — Fully integrated service lifecycle management, including call center, warranty, financials, depot repair
- Product Configuration — Sales and manufacturing configuration, including product lifecycle traceability.
Other Advantages of INFOR LN Include Business Process Improvement:
- A unique built-in process modeling tool within Infor LN offers quick implementations and user setup
- Single database installation facilitates global multi-site interaction and lowers TCO.
- Complete business visibility from a single screen with detailed drill-down capability
- Constraint-based multi-site planning capabilities support complex supply chain management
- Monitor metrics and gather real-time data
Infor LN Technology
Infor LN is committed to solution interoperability, innovation, and evolution across all product lines so customers can easily add, change, upgrade, or modify solutions as their business requirements change. Infor LN leverages the benefits of Infor’s leading technology platform, Infor OS, to provide a core technology strategy for your growth and innovation, now and in the future.
Infor LN OS Capabilities Provide Industry-Specific Analytics
- Integrations — Purpose-built middleware that makes integrating your enterprise systems, both Infor LN and non-Infor LN, fast and easy. You can eliminate operational silos, scale up or down to meet changing business needs, reduce the burden on IT by putting business process changes into the hands of power users, and achieve unparalleled operational efficiency.
- Collaboration — Comprehensive platform for social collaboration, business process improvement, and contextual analytics. Incorporating the most innovative social media concepts into a business environment, the Infor LN OS lets you capture vital corporate knowledge and tie communications to business processes so you can work smarter and faster.
From collaborating alongside core systems like ERP or financials to“following” people and objects, you’ll solve problems and get work done in ways you never thought possible with Infor LN.
- Analytics — Transform data into a competitive advantage. Infor LN provides industry-specific analytics, robust reporting capabilities, personalized dashboards, and workflows and alerts — all accessible from your mobile device with changes synced automatically to your desktop.
- Mobility — Access systems and information anytime, anywhere, and extends the capabilities of your core organizational systems. Unlock the power of existing enterprise solutions by seamlessly integrating mobile capabilities with your Infor LN applications and get the ability to easily build and deploy custom mobile apps to meet your specific needs.
- Extensibility – The Infor LN application development framework lets you easily design and deploy applications that enhance your core enterprise solution.
No knowledge of complex source codes or programming languages is required with Infor LN. You’ll be able to create enhancements in a fraction of the time and with far less effort than is required with traditional development approaches.
Infor LN Modules
Materials Management for Infor LN
Procurement Module in Infor LN
Every manufacturer requires robust direct materials purchasing. Procurement provides centralized and decentralized order/contract management capabilities, smoothly handling requisitions, requests for quotations, vendor rating, purchase contracts, purchase schedules, purchase order control, returns management and consignments, and procurement statistics and history.
Sales & Order Management for Infor LN
Infor LN Sales Overview Module
The fully integrated sales solution within Infor LN deftly handles quotes, order taking, order tracking and acknowledgments, contracts, pricing, discounts, promotions, scheduling, and product configuration.
Infor applications streamline the order management process by allowing manufacturers to customize order entry procedures for different items or customers. It provides support for handling and releasing schedules (including push and pull).
Financial Management for Infor LN
Enterprise Asset Management Module
Enterprise Asset Management within Infor LN helps organizations better manage, maintain, and track their assets, as well as drive better decision-making in maintenance, inventory/warranty, uptime, risk management, and strategic planning.
Financial Overview Module
This multi-site, multi-currency, fully integrated financial component meets global GAAP standards. It allows for the reconciliation of balance sheets, profit, and loss statements, and cash flow figures over different entities. Infor LN provides a solid financial foundation with flexible, user-defined general ledger, accounts receivable, and accounts payable components.
Production Management for Infor LN
Infor LN Planning Module
This component allows discrete manufacturers to meet changing customer expectations — as well as profit, production, lead-time, and regulatory compliance objectives — with a sophisticated planning engine that consolidates multiple planning methods into one application and provides a holistic view of capacity and demand. The Infor LN ERP software planning component controls planning flow and facilitates demand planning for increased forecasting accuracy.
Product Lifecycle Management Module
Product Lifecycle Management helps maximize profit, ensure product compliance, improve business operations, and reduce time to market by optimizing every stage of the product lifecycle, from portfolio management to product development to obsolescence, so you can innovate faster.
Quality Management Module
Providing a parameter-controlled interface with sales, purchasing, and production orders, as well as with inventory, location, and lot control, Quality Management within Infor LN facilitates the automatic or manual creation of inspection orders. It blocks inventory and orders procedures until inspection results are received. It also oversees sampling and test requirements related to user-defined inspection needs.
Resource Management Module
Project and manufacturing resource management are brought together in one environment with this Infor LN component. It provides real-time control for all aspects of project manufacturing, from estimates and bids through site installation and maintenance. Integration with Microsoft® Project and Office facilitates scheduling and contracts.
Supply Chain Management for Infor LN
Freight Management Module
Manufacturers can manage their transportation needs with transport planning and freight rating for the inbound and outbound flow of goods. With Freight Management, manufacturers can select carrier and service levels at the time of order entry based on anticipated freight cost levels and transportation lead times, and they can operate their warehouse based on your transportation plan.
Supplier Relationship Management Module
Supplier Relationship Management is an electronic data interchange (EDI) and web-enabled supplier collaboration solution that facilitates lean supplier replenishment by creating a real-time interactive environment between you and your suppliers for improved communication and rapid demand fulfillment.
Supply Chain Management Module
Supply Chain Management within Infor LN helps manage the most complex supply chains with a full suite of advanced planning, warehouse management, and transportation and logistics solutions that deliver the supply chain visibility and event management you need to operate a chaos-tolerant supply chain and support profitability, competitiveness, and growth from concept to the customer.
Using barcoding and the latest radio frequency identification (RFID) technology, the Warehousing component facilitates inventory planning and inventory tracking with serial tracking of high-volume serialized items. Infor LN ERP solution also enables JIT material supply from warehouses, suppliers, and production, including the use of Kanban numbers to trigger and start multi-company warehouse transfer orders.
Customer Relationship Management for Infor LN
Customer Relationship Management Module
Customer Relationship Management enables manufacturers to make the most of every customer interaction by integrating marketing, sales, and service and creating a multi-channel, closed-loop dialogue with your customers that nurtures the customer experience.
Additional Capabilities for Infor LN
Human Capital Management Module
Human Capital Management within Infor LN ERP software helps automate and optimize the entire“recruit-to-retire” process, as well as improve competitiveness by ensuring that your staff is always aligned with demand.
Services & Support for Infor LN
Enterprise Service Management Module
Enterprise Service Management offers the functionality needed to manage the“as-built” to“as-serviced” transition with back-to-base and field-based repair, maintenance, and installation services. Included are service order control, configuration management, contract, and sub-contract management, call management, and problem-resolution tools.