So far, Infor has shown no indication it plans to compete with Oracle and SAP for large enterprise customers.
Infor may end up closer rivals with the entity created by private equity firm Apax Partners' $2 billion purchase in April of ERP vendors Epicor and Activant.
SAP's HANA database sparks in-memory computing buzz
Whether or not SAP's HANA in-memory database lives up to the hype in the field, it may be difficult for any software vendor to go without some type of in-memory flag to wave moving forward.
HANA, which became generally available in June, places information to be processed in RAM instead of reading it off of traditional disks, providing what SAP has called a dramatic performance boost. In various public statements, the company has made it clear that the long-term goal is for HANA to replace other databases, especially rival Oracle's offering, that are now running its applications, including the flagship Business Suite.
IBM and Microsoft, both formidable database vendors in their own right, also have various in-memory capabilities, and it will be interesting to see how prominently they are positioned as the year goes on.
Salesforce.com, Oracle and SAP get 'social' religion
Those growing weary of the hype over enterprise social networking should gird themselves for much more.
This year, Salesforce.com rolled out a major vision for "social enterprises," wherein companies connect to public social networks like Twitter, build out private social networks and then give their core enterprise applications some social flair.
Its competitors are responding. At the OpenWorld conference in October, Oracle announced the Oracle Social Network.