'Infor is increasingly seen as a threat to Oracle and SAP for its ability to go deep into industry features with its enterprise software,' writes ZDNet editor in chief Larry Dignan.
'The company certainly has been busy as it is moving its CloudSuite industry software onto Amazon Web Services and teaming up with Red Hat and EnterpriseDB to offer an open source PostgreSQL stack," Dignan writes in an April 17 Between the Lines blog post after attending the Infor Innovation Summit in New York earlier this week.
There, he talked strategy with Infor CEO Charles Phillips, and includes highlights in his blog.
Here are more excerpts:
- 'Migrating customers to modern apps. … "Migration itself is easy," said Phillips. "The challenge is getting agreement to do it and lining up the different constituencies. Generally we set them up with a sandbox in the cloud to see what's possible."
- 'The importance of UI. Infor has been heavily focused on the user interface and its next version, code-named Gramercy Park, aims to anticipate what users need and want to prepopulate forms using contextual data, said Phillips. "We're in a battle against forms and want to add an anticipatory aspect in the UI."
- 'Verticals. … "Everyone talks verticals but go a mile wide and an inch deep. Our healthcare suite has features unique to hospitals," said Phillips. "SAP and Oracle have big brands and talk terminology, but if we go through a demo, we win."
- Does the suite win in the cloud? Probably, said Phillips. … The cloud has had a best of breed approach because that's all there was. Infor aims to offer rich and deep integrated applications via the cloud.
- Amazon Web Services as a partner. Phillips said Infor's strategy is to build on AWS because it doesn't want to run data centers; AWS has a wide footprint and enables customers to scale down automatically. "AWS has scale and capacity and they are responsive," said Phillips.