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Students Enhance Software for Tech Giant Infor

FIT Home Campusㅣ2019-01-18 18:05

Software that runs some of the world’s largest companies will soon contain elements designed by FIT interns. The FIT/Infor DTech Lab partnered with Hook & Loop, a design agency within Infor, a multinational software company, to improve the user interface (UI) and user experience (UX) of various Infor products. FIT students were hired as interns to work on these projects, under faculty supervision. On November 27, they presented their work to Hook & Loop management at Infor headquarters in New York.

Infor specializes in Enterprise Resource Planning software, which helps manage the infrastructure and administration of businesses, from inventory to human resources. Large corporations such as Tommy Hilfiger and Whole Foods use an Infor product called M3; however, a scaled-down product for smaller businesses, including emerging designers, isn’t currently available.

Elizabeth Hartley, Graphic Design ’19, worked on standardizing the user interface (UI) on Infor mobile apps.

Neil Hicks, a Production Management faculty member, led four students—Andrea Billings, Production Management; Derek Knodt, Fashion Design; Prue Ramos-Valdez, Fashion Business Management; and Dakota Reilly, Production Management—in customizing a software suite for shoe designer Noah Waxman, an FIT Design Entrepreneurs alumnus. They soon realized that Waxman would be better served by a different Infor product, called CloudSuite Industrial, which is geared toward manufacturing, not retail. Then they set about choosing elements of the program that would suit Waxman; if the product is successful, Infor might roll it out for other emerging designers.

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