The M3 User Association’s (MUA) Annual Conference was held on 30 June to 1 July 2015, at Infor’s Birmingham offices. APSU joined 60 delegates who enjoyed presentations on a wide variety of topics during the two-day event. This event was all the more poignant as the user group General Manager, Graham Maxfield, retires this year.
Graham has been involved with the MUA since its inception in 1992, when he was the European IT Director for Kawneer. In fact, he was on the original committee and the second ever chairman! Back then, the MUA was run by Intentia’s marketing department. In 2003, Graham effectively retired but was persuaded by Intentia to acquire the MUA as an independent organisation, and he has seen it grow from strength to strength during his tenure. The MUA now covers customers not only in the UK but also across Ireland, Holland and Belgium. In 2008, Lawson asked Graham to form a new global association of M3 User Groups – the GAM3 – which is the umbrella organisation for all M3 user groups around the world. After 48 years in IT, on 30 June, Graham retired from both organisations and is looking to spend more time gardening with his wife, Angela, who has helped him enormously in both roles throughout the years.
Robin Irvine (CIO at ABP Food Group), who was elected Chairman of the MUA in April this year, thanked Graham for all he had done, and commented on how he had been instrumental to the development, success and longevity of the association. Trevor Howard, who has been unanimously elected General Manager and Director of the MUA, credited Graham’s success by saying, ‘These are large shoes to fill!’.
During the event, our guest speaker, Paul Bromelow, Group Commercial Director at APSU, delighted the audience with a stirring presentation, demonstrating why moving to a cloud solution with an integrated managed services platform just makes great commercial sense! Business transformation goals are readily deployed with this new paradigm shift. Robin Irvine, who also attended this presentation, joined in with anecdotal evidence regarding where APSU has helped ABP in its journey to the cloud using IBM’s latest technology.
Paul’s presentation highlighted the continued and accelerating move to cloud computing, notably IaaS and SaaS, where APSU is focusing on a managed services-led solution for its IBM i (also known as iSeries and AS/400) cloud platform. Everything is included for a turnkey, production, test or high-availability solution delivered by Europe’s highest accredited IBM Power i and Vision Solutions Partner.
Find out more about APSU’s IBM i Cloud: http://www.apsu.com/cloud-computing/ibm-i-cloud/
About the M3 User Association
The M3 User Association, formerly called Movex User Association and Lawson User Association, is an independent, non-profit organisation which is formed to encourage information exchange between its members and to look after the interest of its members with regard to the benefits provided by their association with the Infor M3 (Movex). Membership is made up from companies based in the UK, Ireland or Benelux countries, where Power i (also known as iSeries and AS/400) is their core platform.
Find out more about the M3 User Association: http://www.mua.org.uk