NA Infor Channel Partner Summit: Three Days to Remember
August 25, 2011
Infor reached a new high at the North American Channel Partner Summit 2011 in Orlando, Florida, July 13–15. With the theme “Business Beyond Boundaries,” the event attracted more than 360 attendees, including 200 Channel Partners.
The 2011 summit marked a new era for Infor and our Channel Partners, with “new” dominating the kickoff session—new technologies, new markets, new branding, new leadership, new opportunities, new relationships, new growth. Infor presented key points such as product update information, the Center of Excellence availability to Channel Partners, an introduction to Infor10, and the launch of the Infor Partner Network (IPN).
During breakout sessions, with dedicated sessions for Infor10 EAM, Infor10 ERP Express (VISUAL), Infor10 ERP Business (SyteLine), Infor10 ERP Enterprise (LN), Infor10 Distribution Business (SX.e), Infor10 Distribution Express (FACTS), Infor10 Distribution iBusiness (A+), financials, System i, and LATAM partners, we discussed strategies and ways to execute those strategies. Inforians heard a different perspective on products, sales, and marketing from our Channel Partners. Our partners learned about product updates and the new IPN, as well as tips on how to boost revenues and profits with Infor products.
In the expo hall, partners could meet a number of Infor teams, learn more about the IPN, and hear from some of our other partners. Exhibitors included IPN Get Started, IPN Get Trained, ITPN Get Selling, IPN Marketing, Infor Financing, Infor EPAK, Infor Barcode, and some of our solution partners.
The most popular aspect of the Infor Channel Summit was the opportunity for everyone to network and meet colleagues face-to-face. Jared Carollo, program manager representing Infor Financing at the conference, summed it up: “It was great to connect a face with each name of everyone that I talk to and email so frequently.” Infor partners added that this was the best conference they had attended. They specifically enjoyed meeting key members of the Infor management team as well as networking with industry peers.
Once the conference wrapped up, our partners walked away energized and excited to get back to business and selling Infor products. Ed Lanko, of Infor partner company Godlan, commented, “The highlight of the conference was hearing about the dramatic improvement and investment in Infor’s products. It’s really a new era for Infor as their new leadership has a strong focus on the market as well as the partner channel.” We’ve recognized it’s time to think outside the box, question the status quo, and take our business beyond boundaries. We enjoyed seeing those of you in Florida, and look forward to seeing even more of you next year.
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Posted by Jeff Abbott, Vice President, Global Alliances and Channels, Infor