Cloud software provider Infor has partnered with US footwear retailer DSW Inc to deliver a back-office transformation and a new converged commerce application for modern retailing.

DSW joins Infor as a co-innovation partner for Infor CloudSuite Retail, a new suite of enterprise applications delivered in the cloud and designed for today's retailing landscape.

"Meeting customer expectations for a seamless shopping experience is paramount for success," says Ashlee Aldridge, CIO, DSW Inc. "To be the footwear retailer of choice, we need cloud-based, mobile-friendly software that is built to transcend technological advances, and flexible enough to scale when the market demands it."

The first part of the partnership is designed to bring a digital transformation to DSW's operations by implementing the latest software. Infor CloudSuite, delivered on Amazon Web Services (AWS), will enable the retailer to take advantage of  security features, upgrades with minimal downtime, and access to supercomputing on a massive scale to transform data analysis and decision-making.

Meanwhile, the latter part of the partnership brings together teams from DSW and Infor – including Hook & Loop, Infor's Manhattan-based in-house design agency – to develop a new application that will help power the DSW shopping experience and contribute to CloudSuite Retail. This co-development work on a converged commerce, or omni-channel, application will enable DSW to better serve its customers and empower them to control their shopping experience.

"Ten months ago when Infor announced our intention to create a software suite to modernise retail, none of us expected such an overwhelming response – retailers are desperate to be free of the constraints of decades-old software," adds Corey Tollefson, SVP and general manager of Infor Retail.

"By co-innovating with leaders like DSW, we're not just building the best end-to-end retail system ever created – we're capitalising on the convergence of physical and digital commerce by using data in unique ways to anticipate and meet customers' needs, and ultimately transform the shopping experience."

Last month, Infor completed its acquisition of retail software developer Starmount, in a move that will help accelerate delivery of its new Infor CloudSuite Retail enterprise applications.

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