Infor CloudSuite: Cloud Advantage For Automotive Industry
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Infor CloudSuite: Cloud Advantage For Automotive Industry

By CIOReview | Monday, April 14, 2014

NEW YORK: Infor, provider of business applications software, introduced the Infor CloudSuite Automotive, which allows customers access applications in the cloud environment and this builds upon Infor’s offerings available on Amazon Web Services. The suite with automotive industry functionality is deployed with a flexible, subscription based delivery model and is designed to reduce IT.

Infor CloudSuite Automotive provides Infor customers access to the cloud when utilizing core industry applications. The suite allows OEMs and suppliers to share data with regards to supply, demand and delivery information, electronically thus reducing the delivery times and increasing responsiveness. It provides industry specific analytics that is delivered through a user interface thereby providing insights on finance and key metrics of the end-user’s business. The suite supports communication between internal and external customers, their suppliers by using Infor ION, a purpose-built middleware and Infor Ming.le, the social collaboration engine. These enhancements support globalization, while allowing users to view the real-time data anytime, anywhere. The Infor CloudSuite Automotive launches applications remotely, which in turn allow access to emerging partners, suppliers and joint ventures.

Dick Slansky, Senior Analyst, ARC Advisory Group, states, “Infor’s strategy to build a complete CloudSuite for the automotive industry is spot on as it delivers the same features in the cloud as the on-premise offering, addresses this industry's implementation downtime concerns, provides additional options for customers, and helps modernize customers, especially current Infor customers with their Upgrade X program.

Infor customers benefit from a reduced total cost of ownership. Customers need not have to purchase onsite servers or hardware thus eliminating the need for additional IT support. They can experience a faster time to value than a traditional on-premise launch. As the cloud delivery via AWS is managed through a monthly subscription, the suite reduces investment. Customers can take advantage of AWS expertise and economies of scale by leveraging the AWS Cloud, providing access to resources when they need them, on demand and with auto-scaling built into the Infor applications.

John Bermudez, Vice President, Product Management, Infor, concluded saying, “With more than 80% of the world's largest automotive suppliers running Infor applications, we've seen first-hand the interest from the industry to move to the cloud to take advantage of its clear benefits, like easier maintenance and lower TCO, that aren't necessarily offered with on-premise applications. Infor CloudSuite gives customers an opportunity to increase their return on investment and join the cloud movement, without sacrificing any of the industry-specific functionality delivered by Infor's products."

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