Infor Taps AWS to Deliver Vertical Cloud Suites

During the recent AWS Summit 2014 in San Francisco, Infor announced Infor CloudSuite, its first group of industry-specific application suites available on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud infrastructure. Infor CloudSuite provides modern look-and-feel software with deep industry functionality and a flexible subscription-based delivery model that reduces upfront IT expenditure.
Each industry suite within Infor CloudSuite is built by unifying multiple applications that historically were deployed independently to holistically support core business functions by industry.
Infor will leverage the AWS cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS) to allow customers to take advantage of Amazon's expertise and economies of scale to access resources when they need them, on demand and with auto-scaling built into the Infor applications. By leveraging the AWS cloud infrastructure, Infor is able to provided cloud services in all regions that AWS is available. Currently Infor has go-to-market strategies in place for the North America and EMEA regions, and now is working on a go-to-market strategy for the APAC region.
Infor plans to roll out industry suites, delivered on AWS, throughout 2014, beginning this spring with Infor CloudSuite Automotive, Infor CloudSuite Aerospace & Defense, and Infor CloudSuite Hospitality. Early this summer Infor expects to deliver Infor CloudSuite Corporate, with a core of best-in-class global financials and Infor's comprehensive human capital management (HCM) suite.
The Infor CloudSuite platform also includes several analytics, technology, core ERP, and high-value extension application components (some foundational, some optional), :
Infor CEO Charles Phillips has been a proponent of industry solutions even when he was president at Oracle. He was involved in many best-of-breed industry acquisitions while at Oracle. For example, Oracle’s Utilities solution is based on the acquisitions of Lodestar, SPL WorldGroup, and DataRaker, for Banking on I-Flex, for Communications on Acme Packet, and so on and so forth. But contrary to Oracle offering own Oracle Fusion Middleware and cloud infrastructure, Infor doesn’t want to be in the costly business of technology platforms and data centers.
Phillips wants to disrupt the enterprise resource planning (ERP) industry by providing micro-vertical mission-critical industry cloud suites. Given the plethora of disparate technologies that Infor’s products are based on (e.g., the upcoming Infor HCM Cloud product even leverages many open source technologies), the AWS IaaS route seems to be the best and most viable one, while eliminating the need for all those massive ERP products to be painstakingly rewritten in true multitenant cloud architectures.
Infor CloudSuite on AWS delivers a simplified and enhanced user experience across a multitude of industries, and provides agility, elasticity, and cost benefits of AWS to enterprise customers around the world. Infor is in the process of consolidating existing subscribers and transitioning current internal infrastructure to AWS.
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