'Infor on Wednesday outlined a partnership with Red Hat and EnterpriseDB to deliver its Infor LN enterprise resource planning software, used in manufacturing, on an open source technology stack featuring PostgreSQL as a database,' reports ZDNet's Larry Dignan April 16 in his Between the Lines blog.
'The plan for Infor is to use open source to lower its total cost of ownership and better compete with the likes of Oracle and SAP. Infor has worked with Red Hat since 2012 and the addition of EnterpriseDB, which offers a version of the PostgreSQL database, gives it a more complete stack,' Dignan writes.
'… Infor CEO Charles Phillips said that an open source stack means fewer licensing and distribution restrictions and the ability to shift between the cloud and on-premise installations. Phillips comments could be viewed as a dig against former employer Oracle and its database.'
'… He added that Infor worked closely with EnterpriseDB and Red Hat to optimize the stack. As a result, Phillips said Infor customers can get the same performance for 80 percent savings.'
Dignan says the Postgre move makes sense for Infor.
'When Infor pitches the savings as well as nuking incremental costs like moving licenses, the Postgre case is easy to make, said Phillips. "For a lot of customers, it's a no brainer because many are using Postgre and MySQL for custom apps," he said.'