FARNBOROUGH, UK, July 2013 – Infor, a leading provider of business application software serving more than 70,000 customers, has confirmed that aerospace leader BAE Systems Military Air and Information (MAI) will standardise on Infor applications as part of a business transformation project
that is expected to yield operational efficiency improvements and reduced licence costs. Currently at the solution design phase, the Infor Aerospace & Defence project is projected to go live in 2015 and will be rolled out across numerous locations in the UK.
BAE Systems Military Air and Information (MAI) business unit became aware of the potential for efficiency benefits it could obtain through rationalising its complex and customised portfolio, which consisted of several ERP systems and over a hundred supporting applications.
- Driven by a realisation that fewer applications can lead to simpler, faster, more efficient operations, a dedicated team was tasked with delivering a coherent, modern ERP platform with supporting functionality.
- The project is intended to drive transformation and help improve competitive position by delivering:
- Common processes
- One business system
- More efficient operations
- Faster decision making
- Collaborative working
- Accurate, detailed data
- Fit for purpose operations
Building on a commercial relationship lasting over 15 years, BAE Systems has selected Infor LN as the central ERP system for the MAI business unit. In addition, BAE Systems will use Infor EAM and Infor Warehouse Mobility. Analysis and reporting will be handled by Infor BI and Infor Enterprise Performance Management (EPM). The applications will be integrated using Infor ION.
BAE Systems chose Infor LN as it wanted an off-the-shelf product and sought an application that could be upgraded without the challenges inherent in upgrading more customised solutions. The solution
will be applied across the BAE Systems MAI organisation including on programmes such as Typhoon, Hawk and the F-35 Lightning II.
BAE Systems Quote
“This transformation project is born from the simple realisation that fewer applications lead to easier management and less distraction from our core activities,” said John Booth, BAE Systems’ Head of Project. “The next step in that process is to standardise on applications that do not need customisation to deliver the functionality we require, with a clear, simple upgrade path to help keep us competitive.”
“BAE Systems MAI and other defence contractors must work smarter and faster than ever before in order to reduce the cost of defence projects in the face of ever tighter margins,” said Arsenin Rodriguez, director of business consulting, aerospace and defence, Infor. “A trusted source of live, contextual information, delivered to the right person to help them make the best decisions is a cornerstone of competitive advantage. Infor provides this new level of business information to help companies like BAE Systems MAI win on the global defence stage.”
"This project validates that Infor has gained significant momentum in the aerospace and defence industry with the latest release of Info10x,” said Edward Talerico, industry director, aerospace and defence, Infor. “Our ongoing innovation and investment in enterprise applications for customers is driven by continued collaboration with customers such as BAE Systems.”
Infor is fundamentally changing the way information is published and consumed in the enterprise, helping 70,000 customers in 194 countries improve operations, drive
growth, and quickly adapt to changes in business demands. Infor offers deep industry-specific applications and suites, engineered for speed, and with an innovative user experience design that is simple, transparent, and elegant. Infor provides flexible deployment options that give customers a choice to run their businesses in the cloud, on-premises, or both. To learn more about Infor, please visit www.infor.com.