"CEO Charles Phillips has successfully positioned Infor as the go-to ERP vendor to get specific industry micro-vertical functionality, and if he can transition that positioning into the cloud with subscription-based pricing, that's a threat that Oracle, SAP, and Microsoft will have to take seriously," writes Alex Woodie in an ITJungle article "Infor's CloudSuite for AWS: What it Means to IBM i Customers" following the Infor CloudSuite launch at the 2014 Amazon Web Services (AWS) Summit.
Even though Infor isn't new to the cloud, with 2,100 customers already stepping away from on-premises solutions, "The big news," writes Woodie "… is the set of new industry-specific CloudSuite offerings that Infor plans to launch on Amazon AWS throughout the year."
The full-industry ERP offerings will start with automotive, aerospace and defense, and hospitality, and will be followed by Infor CloudSuite Corporate—a complete HCM suite—later in the year.
"Infor pulled from various existing ERP and enterprise products to build the new AWS CloudSuite offerings." And, "As expected, Infor is leveraging its ION middleware and its Ming.le™ social collaboration tools."
As the Infor CloudSuite is designed with AWS's Intel-based system in mind, "The CloudSuite probably won't interest IBM i customers who are happy with their Infor ERP products …" However, it "… may hold appeal to customers who are running older IBM i-based ERP products."
"In any event, the launch of the CloudSuite is a major life event for Infor, if for no other reason than Infor is now offering SaaS on a public cloud with a subscription-based pricing model, which will allow it to compete with the NetSuites and Salesforces of the world."