Charles Phillips is currently seen as a huge market innovator. His work has always been envied, especially because of the aggressiveness that is present on the market at the moment thanks to the work at Infor. Everything started with Charles Phillips previous role at Oracle. The acquisitions made then were huge. This is a strategy that continued at Infor and leads towards a constant growth that will most likely not stop in the near future.
Infor is quite different than the other companies that currently operate in the ERP sector, with Oracle and SAP as the main competitors. We can highlight 3 or 4 pretty significant differentiators. It is these differentiators that many see as being the reason why Charles Phillips is leading the company towards a success potential that is much higher than SAP and Oracle, although we are still a long way away at the moment.
An example of the differentiators appears in how many verticals appear or are potential. Infor and Charles Phillips is now interested in healthcare, retail, services and hospitality. We are faced with distribution type markets or manufacturing markets. Then, we have cloud infrastructures that are not approached as with the competition. Instead of remaining focused on building data centers, Charles Phillips, started to use systems that were already created. This is where the acquisition strategy steps in and offers exactly what Infor lacks. Some years ago we saw Phillips declaring that a part of the budget he had was invested in application functionality as opposed to creating brand new systems that would bring in overspending.
In fact, one of the biggest problems that we notice at the moment with ERP vendors is that they invest way too much in data centers. This is because of the fact that not much is obtained in return. The companies still run the data centers in an inappropriate way and end up being undersized without even realizing it that this happens. You want to be focused on making the right decisions in business. With this in mind, Infor is now being guided towards increasing efficiency and sustaining everything that is built for the benefit of the clients. Infor now uses many human services. The company actually shows this off. Thanks to the acquisitions made, we are faced with many interesting opportunities that are simply not available with the competition. This is what sets the work of Charles Phillips aside, even from when he was involved with Oracle. Instead of investing blindly in making everything better, the main focus was put on improving functionality. This brought in huge efficiency and made all operate better from the client’s point of view.
In the ERP industry we see many companies appearing and disappearing. The same can be said about the people that work in the market. Charles Phillips seems to be a name that simply does not go away and no Infor is taken to brand new heights because of the approach that he offers. It is definitely one that is interesting.