Infor, a leading provider of beautiful business applications specialized by industry and built for the cloud, today announced that disruptive leader in retrofit hybrid engines Vantage Power, has successfully deployed Infor CloudSuite™ Industrial. Implemented by Infor partner Inforlogic, the cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) application is expected to improve visibility throughout the supply chain, enhancing procurement as Vantage enters a stage of aggressive growth. Infor CloudSuite Industrial is also expected to improve financial reporting and enable off site access to critical production and financial information…
Based in West London, Vantage Power (VP) manufactures complete hybrid powertrains that are retrofitted to buses already on the road. By adding remote telemetry capabilities to the hybrid engine, Vantage offers customers a combination of live performance data to enable enhanced fleet management and maintenance as well as better fuel economy and reduced emissions. Following a three-year period of intensive research and development, VP now sells its engines commercially and as a result, has entered a period of rapid growth.
Following a thorough review of the ERP market, Infor CloudSuite Industrial was chosen because of the strong manufacturing functionality of the application and the expertise demonstrated by both Infor and Inforlogic. As a ‘disruptive engineering’ company, VP took the decision to look solely at cloud-based applications. This was based on the ease of management offered by cloud technology, in particular that cloud would mean VP was always on the latest versions of the software, and that Infor would ensure security and reliable off-site access to the application.
“As a young engineering company, we are in an excellent position to get the most out of the cloud,” said Alex Schey, CEO of VP. “In the first instance that means better visibility as we implement the ERP. That insight into our operations will quickly evolve as we develop new versions of the powertrains and increase our customer base, which mean we will need to have the latest functionality to help us stay on top of our dynamic supply chain. Looking further to the future, we plan to take the data from our powertrains and feed that into the ERP so we can proactively maintain the units, and offer a cost-effective and complete managed service to our customers. Cloud will be at the heart of making all of this happen.”
“Aggressive, disruptive companies such as VP combine so many of the hottest technologies right now,” said Lisa Pope, senior vice-president, CloudSuite, Infor. “From the Internet of Things providing real time data from the buses and then 3D printed replacement parts, to the dynamic supply chain that enables the cost-effective development of refined hybrid engines, cloud technology not only underpins all of these areas but ultimately helps drive growth for Vantage Power.”
“Combining the possibilities of cloud, the manufacturing pedigree of Infor CloudSuite Industrial and the deployment expertise at Inforlogic has led to a clear choice for Vantage Power,” said Chris Stock, managing director, Inforlogic. “As the company goes through aggressive growth, we look forward to supporting VP every step of the way.”