Infor has announced the opening of a new office in Charleston, West Virginia. Its aim is to support cloud applications for U.S. Government Agencies (at the federal, state and local level). This is most recent Infor move to target the government business, following the FedRAMP Authorisation it gained in August last year for its cloud solutions.
The office will initially host 100 technical employees to help support the existing customer base of over 1,500 state, local and federal entities using Infor Public Sector. This is not a short term investment and Infor is also partnering with Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, and with West Virginia State University in Institute, West Virginia as part of its Education Alliance Program (EAP). The latter is where Katherine Coleman Johnson graduated, the NASA mathematician, after whom Infor named its AI platform, Coleman.
West Virginia Governor Jim Justice commented: “I can’t tell you how proud I am to welcome Infor to the Mountain State. I applaud their commitment to hiring West Virginians and to working with our local higher-education institutions to help keep more of our graduates right here at home. With the expansion of Infor, we can better attract other growing tech companies and show them why doing business in West Virginia is a great investment.”
Enterprise Times: What does this mean
This is Infor’s first office in West Virginia. Potentially in years to come could become a significant one. According to GovTech, the US government spent $103 billion on IT at the State and Local level and $96 billion at the Federal level in 2018. Infor is clearly targeting a larger share of that market. At 12,000 square feet, the office will house a few more than the initial 100 mentioned in the press release. Laidley Tower, where Infor are located, still have floors available according to the Colliers International property site. If Infor are able to increase Government contracts they therefore have room to grow.
Opening a new office for an existing company is a major commitment. Companies are often looking to adopt more flexible working practices. This often means reducing the number of offices it has. However, in setting up this office Infor is demonstrating that it is taking the government sector seriously. A single office with a team focused on delivering services to the government at all levels, signals a seriousness of the Infor commitment to gaining market share in the competitive sector.