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Infor hiring spree stresses product innovation

Chris Kanaracus | March 16, 2011
ERP vendor Infor is boosting its software development staff by 400 and plans to increase innovation across all products

Lawson has yet to accept the offer and some observers expect a bidding war to ensue.

Angove declined to comment on the potential merger, as well as how Infor's hiring plan may affect the company's long-expected IPO (initial public offering).

He is one of a number of ex-Oracle executives brought to Infor by its recently appointed CEO Charles Phillips, a former Oracle co-president.

Phillips is credited along with Oracle co-president Safra Catz for guiding that company's long run of acquisitions in recent years. Observers see Phillips as a key driver behind the Lawson bid as well.

Infor's announcement Wednesday also reflects the Oracle culture, according to Wang.

"The only thing at Oracle that ever mattered is, you're product [development] or sales. Everything else is overhead," he said. Even as Oracle scooped up company after company, it tended to retain the programmers, albeit reassigning some to different projects, such as the upcoming Fusion Applications, according to Wang.

 

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