Supply chain executives gather for Infor event
Senior executives from software solutions giant Infor visited Dubai today and spoke to a bumper crowd of customers, partners and potential clients in a bid to drive interest in the company's significant portfolio of supply chain solutions.
The company, which says its is the third-largest enterprise service provider in the world - and the 10th largest software company globally - sees the Middle East as a hugely important market. And with fiscal-year 2009 turnover estimated at an impressive US$2.2 billion, not to mention a 70,000-strong roster of clients, Infor believes it has the experience and support networks to match its solutions.
"I can see clearly that linked to the economic climate, companies have stock on their hands and need to find solutions," said Olivier Rouviere, business development SCM for Infor's Southern Europe and Middle East division, who was speaking to LogisticsMiddleEast.com.
"The need is getting stronger in the Middle East as people are getting more educated - that's why I see so much opportunity for us here. Of course, we are already well embedded in the Middle East due to our association with companies like SPAN Group, who we've been working with since the mid-1990s," added Rouviere.
Among the issues discussed in the day-long forum included enterprise asset viability and operational efficiencies, as well as warehouse management and demand planning and scheduling.
"We are strong but not strong enough in the Middle East. But the maturity of the market here is such that companies are now looking for a supply chain application to help them make the right decisions," said Paul Hammond, Infor's general manager for the Middle East.
"Dubai and the Middle East is a massive hub for transport and logistics and I'm sure it's going to get even bigger in the future," he added.