Does this IT scenario sound familiar? Your business has added new organizational systems and software on an as-needed basis over the years, but then a hard look at your platform shows you a mess of disconnected systems and information silos. Many businesses are facing this problem, which leads to inefficiencies, expensive maintenance, and major headaches. If this sounds like you, don’t worry Infor ION (Intelligent Open Network) is here to help.
Infor ION is a middleware solution that allows you to seamlessly integrate back-office systems to both Infor and third-party products, whether they’re on-premise, in the Cloud, or both. Infor ION also enables you to create workflows and alerts, making you and your organization more efficient.
Let’s take a closer look at what ION is, what makes it different from other integration platforms, and some of its many benefits.
What is Infor ION?
A cloud-native application built using HTML5 and open-source technologies, Infor ION is an example of integration platform as a service (iPaaS).Because Infor ION sits on its own cloud platform, which sets up the configurations for you, all you have to do is run the application inside it—no plug-ins required. (That being said, some plug-ins can be useful. You just need to know which ones.)
How is ION Different from Other Integration Platforms?
Infor ION allows you to add on to your existing IT environment without having to rip out and replace technologies you’ve already purchased. One of its big differentiators is its lightweight approach, allowing you to loosely couple applications together without breaking your integrations. As an added bonus, you also get event management and workflow capabilities as part of the package.
What You Get With Infor ION
When you purchase Infor ION, it comes with several different components:
Infor ION Connect
The heart of Infor ION, Infor ION Connect is a connective network that integrates Infor and other third-party applications to exchange information correctly. Even better, Infor applications operate with a standard business language, which means you won’t need to translate your data and map it, saving you time, increasing efficiency, and reducing the chance of errors.
Infor ION Process
The next step is getting into that shared data and analyzing it, which is where ION Process comes in. ION Process helps you stay connected and manage what’s happening through automation of alerts, notifications, approvals, and more.
Infor ION Workflow and Events
Infor ION Workflow and Events allows you to empower your business users to make changes without involving IT. Using Infor ION Workflow and Events, you can automatically detect exceptions and alert specific users based on predefined rules, create workflows, and automate approvals.
Connecting Your Business Data With Infor ION
Now that you understand the Infor ION platform, it’s time to look at how the magic happens. Once you connect your applications to Infor ION, business data moves between systems through business object documents (BODs), which are XML files. Using Infor Process Automation, BODs can be created and sent to Infor ION using the ION Outbox node. Typically, an Infor process automation process is initiated from an Infor applications trigger and a work unit is created with many variables that the process can access. In the end, the ION Outbox node sends the XML documents to ION, where they’re routed to Infor or the proper third-party application.
Partner With Infor ION experts
Infor ION is a powerful platform that can help you simplify your integration problems, but that power also makes it a bit tricky to set up correctly. Whether you’re getting started or simply need assistance addressing connectivity and management issues, our senior-level Infor Lawson experts are here to help.
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