Scott Bader selects Infor to drive cloud upgrades across three continents including Africa

Cloud company Infor has announced that Scott Bader, the global chemical company, has selected Infor CloudSuite Chemicals. Delivered by Infor Consulting Services via a multi-tenant cloud deployment, Infor CloudSuite Chemicals, including the Infor OS platform, will replace an existing Infor M3 ERP solution. This initial, six-year agreement will help enable Scott Bader to standardise and harmonise a variety of core business functions for 380 users throughout North America, Canada, Europe, Japan, the Middle East, Australia and South Africa. 

Established in 1921, Scott Bader became the first employee-owned UK company during 1951. Now it employs almost 750 people across 7 manufacturing sites and 17 offices globally. Drawing on a century of tradition, it is a leader in the manufacturing of products for the composites, structural adhesives and functional polymer markets, offering a range of technologies and manufacturing capabilities for multiple market sectors. 

Following a thorough review of the market including customer references, Scott Bader chose Infor due to its commitment to cloud, the chemical industry vertical and the planning and production scheduling functionality of Infor CloudSuite Chemicals. As there are plans for third-party software integrations in the future, the superior integration capabilities of the Infor OS cloud operating platform were also a key factor in Scott Bader’s decision. 

Scott Bader chose a multi-tenant cloud deployment running on Amazon Web Services (AWS) to ensure the business can benefit from continual updates whilst maintaining a standardised software with minimal customisations.

The initial phase of the deployment, set to be completed during 2022, will help establish and roll out a set of standardised process templates across Scott Bader globally. This will enable Scott Bader to undertake faster, more accurate reporting across the company, improving decision-making and agility. 

“Seven strategic goals drive Scott Bader,” said Mike Findlay-Wilson, Group CIO at Scott Bader. “These include striving for excellence, developing excellent partnerships with customers and suppliers, protecting our environment and going beyond the demands of compliance. To achieve these goals, our business demands the best processes and an ability to stay continually up to date with the supporting technologies. Therefore, we have chosen to move to the cloud with Infor.”

“Chemicals leaders such as Scott Bader recognise the benefits of our industry-specific functionality in combination with the improvements that deployment in the cloud brings,” said Anwen Robinson, Infor general manager and senior vice-president for UK & Ireland. “This transition to Infor CloudSuite Chemicals is the latest stage in our relationship that will help deliver better planning, scheduling and processes to keep Scott Bader at the forefront of a demanding global market.”

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[Cloud] Phil Lewis: Ensuring Confidence with Cloud-based Warehouse Management

When companies rely on a dated warehouse management system (WMS) to run distribution centers, it’s not uncommon for the IT staff familiar with the system to move on. Unfortunately, this leaves the company without an in-house expert to manage issues as they arise. Added to this, if the original vendor is no longer supporting that version of the system, it can be incredibly difficult to get the system back up and running.

“Over time, each organisation builds the distribution ecosystem that uniquely addresses its needs. The challenge emerges when only a handful of people understand how to manage and maintain that system successfully and perhaps only one individual truly understands the complete picture,” says Phil Lewis, Infor’s VP of Solution Consulting EMEA. “With a mission critical WMS and corresponding data at the very core of the business, any scenario that puts it at risk can be detrimental to getting products out the door.”

For many organisations, the realisation that the “go-to” people who fully understand all the nuances in the business’ operations – and the systems that support them – are no longer there, comes too late. Whether this loss comes through resignation, retirement, health issues, or merger and acquisition, finding replacements when running a legacy on-premise WMS can become an exceedingly difficult task. How can organisations ensure the continuity of day-to-day operations with the potential loss of technical expertise?

One of the ways to mitigate this risk is to accelerate cloud migration. By shifting the WMS to the cloud, organisations are supported by a comprehensive solution that is continuously updated. This guards against new trends forcing upgrades to the system down the road. “A trusted cloud partner should have a substantial investment in IT personnel that would be difficult for some of the largest organisations to match. A small army is dedicated to monitoring the organisation’s WMS and its data to ensure both optimisation and protection,” adds Lewis.

A recent CIO tech priorities survey by IDG showed that “despite increased budgets and interest in new technologies that can positively impact business in the future, organisations still face familiar challenges to adoption. The top challenges that IT leaders encounter are lack of sufficient budget (48%), lack of staff (46%), and lack of skill sets (42%).” 

It’s time to shift the responsibility of managing and maintaining the organisation’s WMS over to a cloud provider with modern capabilities. “With this approach, organisations will not only create an opportunity to reset expectations and priorities for their IT staff, but also ensure their WMS always has the support it needs to stay up and running so that customers receive their orders on-time and in-full,” concludes Lewis. 

Phil Lewis is the Vice President Solution Consulting for Infor EMEA.