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Infor unveils latest collaboration suite

Infor10 ION Workspace offers social media-style collaboration

Infor unveils latest collaboration suite
Infor Workspace applies consumer communication tools to the workplace, says Angove.

Infor has released the next generation of its collaboration application, Infor10 ION Workspace.

The application provides a social media-style platform for business users to share data and collaborate with information taken from multiple applications.

Workspace allows users to set-up profiles based on their work role, and then allows them to join and create groups, access data and work with colleagues items that are relevant to their job role.

The solution uses Infor ION middleware pull in data from Infor and other business applications, which allows user to access relevant role- and context-based information, as well as providing an enterprise search tool, as data and files, including social conversations, are tagged for context, and stored in an ION Business Vault, a repository of business documents from across the enterprise.

The application uses a single interface with a social network style, that allows users to follow each other and their activities, and to comment on posting. The interface is intended to give users a familiar interface to encourage them to make most use of it, and to aid with knowledge transfer across the enterprise.

"Today's consumer technology has helped people grow accustomed to communicating with their peers in a way that easily allows them to share information, collect feedback and make decisions," said Duncan Angove, president of Infor. "This release of Infor10 ION Workspace takes the familiar tools of consumer communication and applies them to the workplace, enabling companies to drive continuous improvement in a more collaborative, productive, social enterprise.

"Not since email was first introduced in a business context has a technological development had such potential to change the way that people work as Infor10 ION Workspace," continued Angove. "Companies that deploy Workspace can hope to achieve levels of collaboration and communication never before seen in the workplace, helping them recruit and retain young talent, excite their workforce, and drive innovation and profitability."

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