Enterprise software firm Infor has announced a suite of industry-specific applications that will be offered in the cloud via Amazon Web Services (AWS), in a move that serves as a key endorsement of Amazon's public cloud platform.
Infor CloudSuite is the first of a roadmap of application suites that will be delivered on the AWS platform in 2014, according to the firm. Each suite will comprise multiple applications that have historically been deployed independently to support core business functions by industry.
The move will change the way enterprise software is delivered to and consumed by customers, according to Infor chief executive Charles Phillips. He said it is the first time enterprise software has been available from the cloud via the software as a service (SaaS) model.
"SaaS today refers primarily to HCM [human capital management], CRM [customer relationship management] or another edge application, never to mission-critical business operations. Infor CloudSuite redefines cloud for the enterprise, delivering the first full suite of business applications purpose-built by industry running in a public cloud through AWS," Phillips said.
AWS is by far the largest public cloud platform, with a global presence comprising 10 regions, and 25 availability zones.
"AWS has the best and most advanced cloud infrastructure in the world, providing a delivery model, cost structure, and focus on operational excellence that perfectly complements and enhances our products," said Phillips.
However, it is facing challengers including Google, which this week updated its Cloud Platform with enhancements to attract developers and aggressively cut its on-demand pricing to undercut Amazon.
Infor said that its CloudSuite rollout begins this spring with Infor CloudSuite Automotive, Infor CloudSuite Aerospace & Defense, and Infor CloudSuite Hospitality.
The company plans to expand this in the summer with Infor CloudSuite Corporate, offering a core of best-in-class financials and Infor's HCM suite.
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