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Liberty Steel Forges Future Growth with Infor

Steel News - Published on Wed, 14 Aug 2019

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Liberty Speciality Steel, which has business units in some of the UK’s industrial heartlands, with sites in Stocksbridge, Rotherham, Fort William, Hartlepool, Scunthorpe, Sheffield and Bolton, is using cloud-provided software from Infor to fire its growth. The speciality steelmaker was formerly owned by Tata Steel, and when it was sold to Liberty House in 2017, it had to replace SAP systems covering finance, HR and engineering under a stark 12-month deadline. Mr Chris Smith, CIO at Liberty Specialty Steel brought in to direct the IT transition, said that “If you think about it, it’s not vastly different having a recipe for a tuna sandwich or for an ingot of steel. It’s still a process.” He said that each of the company’s sites produces a different range of products, and they also have a complex ecosystem of different enterprise resource planning systems.

Mr Smith said that “When it came to the technology choice, we were, in a sense, tired of SAP. We looked at Oracle, but it did not present so well, and was more expensive than Infor.”

As for the Amazon Web Services cloud infrastructure behind Infor, Smith said that “If it’s good enough for the US military, it’s good enough for me.”

Based on a deployment of Infor CloudSuite Industrial Enterprise, Liberty Speciality Steels plans to use an “Infor-first” technology policy. One of Infor’s advantages over competing Oracle and Microsoft technology sets was that Infor would not require investment in infrastructure.

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Posted By : Ratan Singh on Wed, 14 Aug 2019
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