I have worked with M3 for a number of organizations, and besides effectively managing the material plan and production schedule, it has also served well for the management of multiple business units which require monthly consolidation, multi-currency financial operations, and the complete life cycle of business processes.
M3 is a stable, robust, proven ERP system that fits a wide variety of industries well, handles international business requirements and has the flexibility to support both the front office and the back office.
In recent years, this has been supplemented with a modern UI toolset, allowing for workflow design and management, along with browser-based homepages and widgets that present users with the information they need to act on, focusing on exceptional situations instead of repetitive, routine tasks.
The basic user interface for functional programs is still designed in the old AS400/RPG style, with a series of panels and a method of proceeding from panel to panel and program to program which can seem counter-intuitive to the user. Output management (for forms such as customer invoices or packing lists) has long been a weak spot but that is being addressed with new tools being developed. API's are available for many programs which allows for the development of custom user interfaces via Infor OS Homepages and Widgets, but there are significant gaps where API's have not been published.
Starting by technical function on 1999, I went thru Finance, then sales Admin, logistic and production.
I know have a team to manage the evolution and M3 deployment all over the World.
We are trying to follow technical evolution such as IOS plateform which offer some great evolution and connectivities.
We are starting to deploy IDM, Workflows and more.
We are trying to deploy IFT with difficulties.
Probably one of the most customized ERP on the market.
Open to external world and always on evolution mainly from 13.4 version
Some Moduls has been published but are not really "ready" to use, such as QMS, IFT, Eco-contribution.
I'm a daily user of Infor ERP as an administrator. I provide people access to infor by creating users, assigning roles etc. This is a pretty straightforward process. Might seem complex at the beginning.
This ERP software has a lot of capabilities, you can develop multiple environments (production, acceptance, test, ...). Create users for giving access, giving them specific access rights to open specific applications, etc. Also ways to import bulk information.
It can very complex, because it's a very big environment with alot of capabilities.
started working with Infor M3 for almost 6+ months and looks good
Have lot of options on reports, and documents
most of the tools like storyteller, stremeserve are disconnected from M3 and connected through file transfer. but works well.
The ability to customize your experience is almost limitless assuming you have the resources on the dev side to do so.
In order to make the system work for our business, it requires full time staff and constant work arounds. Not ideal for a business tool.
M3 is on the market since many long years. It is well developed product with great potential for the future. Too big system for small business, but very good choice for medium to big size of business. Good in manufacturing.
Very good MRP. Clearly shows what is the source of the demand: a sales order, forecast, work order. Tells to user clear communicates and help to manage exceptions.
M3 is ready to apply to the system the logic of your system. More time you spend to define perfectly rules, parameters, routines then system will support you better and you need only to manage exceptions.
If you have good experience with MES systems, probably you would expect more from M3. It gives good basics but does not provide full MES functionality.
Almost eliminates the need for excel if you know how to use it well. The report generation feature is an invaluable feature.
There is a lot of training involved in learning this system. It took me a month of daily use to scratch the surface of the system's capabilities.