So, what does this have to do with anything other than indulging my collegiate art history experience? Infor, like many of its competitors, is seeking to disrupt today’s organizations with new technology. Their goal is to create enterprise technology that connects information and individuals in new ways. The ION platform that is at the core of Infor’s four main technology solutions is designed to let their software connect with other existing enterprise solutions and point solutions to exchange information and provide their customers with new ways of connecting financial, supply chain, human capital, and other data to drive business decisions and enable what Infor referred to as the “modern organization.” But much as disruptive technology in the form of photography shook the foundation of the art world, requiring a new human response to add value, this disruptive technology will also require a human response from today’s organizations. Truly recognizing the value of disruptive technology requires a lot of effort for the sake of modernity. No matter how elegant and easy to use the solution is, the human mindset behind rethinking the organization and becoming comfortable with using data in new ways will remain one of Infor’s biggest challenges when it comes to adoption.
It seems worth noting that as the modern art movement evolved, artists like Duchamp and his found object sculptures, Kandinsky and his bright slashes of color, and even graffiti artists like Keith Herring have often made viewers uncomfortable. They have caused the world at large to question what art even is, and if these responses to the modern world and modern technology are indeed of value. There’s no question that today’s organizations create significant value for themselves and the world they serve. But the journey to becoming a “modern” organization that can implement and take full advantage of disruptive technology will be a long one. From the looks of Infor’s latest releases, easy to use, beautiful to look at, and effective solutions will not be their greatest challenge, helping their users navigate change just may be instead.