The Infor Public Sector User Forum Inc (Forum) is an incorporated entity whose membership is made up of Local Government, Water Authorities and other organisations in Australia and New Zealand who utilise the Pathway PPR & Infor Public Sector Suite (IPS) Asset Management applications, owned and developed by Infor Public Sector.
Membership of the Forum is open to any organisation or group which has installed, contracted to install, or uses bureau facilities utilising any portion of the Infor Public Sector products. This excludes organisations that are suppliers of goods or services that supplement or compliment the relevant Infor products.
The Forum Executive consists of a Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, Australian & New Zealand Pathway Special Interest Group (SIG) Co-ordinator, Australian IPS SIG Co-ordinator and New Zealand IPS SIG Co-ordinator. There is also a structure of state based Special Interest Groups (SIGs) to enable effective communication between users both within the state, nationally and internationally where appropriate. These are co-ordinated by the state and national SIG Co-ordinators to maximise benefits to users.
State SIGs meet on a regular basis and their activities include information dissemination within the group, communication with other SIGs as required and group submissions to Infor for system modifications or enhancements. There have also been occasions where the Forum has supported national activities in conjunction with Infor for issues which have more global impact on the user base. Updates on SIG activity are provided to the users by respective SIG Co-ordinators at the Annual General Meeting held in conjunction with the annual conference.
The Forum conducts one conference each year at a location in Australia or New Zealand. The conference locations are rotated to maximise the opportunities for member organisations to participate effectively by ensuring that one is held in reasonably close proximity at least every several years. A small discounted conference fee applies for financial members to assist with covering costs.
Financial member organisations are also eligible for reimbursement of airfares (currently up to $500 or $1,000 dependent upon location) for up to four representatives to attend the conference. Other travel reimbursement is also available up to the equivalent of one economy class air-fare. Travel reimbursements are funded from Forum funds and are intended to support financial members to attend the conference and assist to maximise conference attendance.
The annual conference targets topical issues for users from both a user perspective as well as a provider perspective. The conference content is based on feedback from members at the Annual General Meeting of Members held at the conference each year. Real life examples are provided through user presentations, product updates and user feedback sessions. Suppliers of goods or services that supplement or compliment the relevant Infor products also attend the conference as sponsors and attendees have the opportunity to liaise with them and obtain more information. The conference also provides an opportunity for like-minded users to interact and network, thus opening the opportunity for ongoing communication between member organisations.
An annual subscription is charged for a user organisation to become a financial member which not only provides access to the conference travel reimbursements, but also entitles the financial member to voting rights in the SIGs and Forum decision making. The subscription for 2018/19 remains set at $1,300 plus GST and is utilised to cover travel reimbursements and conference cost shortfalls.