"We're one of the few, if only, companies to offer the breadth of [full ERP] industry suites" in the cloud, says Pam Murphy, Infor chief operating officer, in a video interview with theCUBE's analysts John Furrier and Jeff Frick at the Amazon Web Services Summit following Infor's announcement of its CloudSuite launch and plan to deliver industry-specific application suites on the AWS platform.
"You've got to have global coverage and infrastructure," Murphy said as she emphasized the importance of AWS having a global footprint similar to Infor's.
Businesses worldwide are looking at jumping to the cloud, but they want help. "We're seeing a lot of net-new interest in this area, but existing customers are showing interest, too," Murphy said. "For that, we've created a program called Infor UpgradeX. This allows our customers who have on-premises deployments to move their applications to the cloud in a fast and effective way."
Furrier and Frick, like other analysts covering the event, wanted to know, "Why Amazon Web Services?"
"We chose AWS because we didn't want to have to worry about building massive data centers," said Murphy, echoing Infor CEO Charles Phillips' comments from the AWS Summit keynote.
Furrier points out that data centers, although rapidly changing, will still be important in on-premises deployments for companies concerned about customization. He asked Murphy how cloud solutions will handle those requirements from customers.
"One of the four tenants of our strategy has been to focus on industry-specific suites and micro-verticals," Murphy said. "Our motto being we don't want to create a generic software codebase. … When a customer moves to one of our solutions on the cloud, the functionality is invariably already there—the last 10% of it may be just configuration to enable them to get there."