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Cloud Access Provides Reduced Total Cost of Ownership, Built-in Globalization Support and a Faster Time to Value

Infor, a leading provider of business application software serving more than 70,000 customers, today announced Infor CloudSuiteTM Automotive to offer industry customers access to applications within the cloud environment. This announcement builds upon Infor’s offerings available on  Amazon Web Services (AWS). Infor CloudSuite Automotive combines beautiful software with rich automotive industry functionality that is deployed with a flexible, subscription-based delivery model designed to significantly reduce upfront IT expenditure. Infor CloudSuite Automotive provides a customized solution that is specially configured to meet the unique needs of the automotive industry.

“Infor’s strategy to build a complete CloudSuite for the Automotive industry is spot on as it delivers the same features in the cloud as the on-premise offering, addresses this industry’s implementation downtime concerns, provides additional options for customers, and helps modernize customers, especially current Infor customers with their Upgrade X program,” said Dick Slansky, senior analyst, ARC Advisory Group.

The release of Infor CloudSuite Automotive provides Infor customers with a greater range of access when utilizing core industry applications. The suite allows OEMs and top tier suppliers to electronically share data such as demand, supply and delivery information. The result of which can shorten delivery times and increase responsiveness. Infor CloudSuite Automotive provides industry specific analytics that are delivered through a unique user interface that provides insights on finance and key metrics of the end-user’s business. The suite also utilizes Infor ION®, a purpose-built middleware and Infor Ming.leTM, the social collaboration engine, which supports internal and external communications between customers and their suppliers. These enhancements support globalization by allowing users to view real-time data at anytime and from any location. Infor CloudSuite Automotive enables applications to be launched remotely, which in turn can provide access to emerging partners, suppliers and joint ventures.

Infor customers will also benefit from a reduced total cost of ownership (TCO). Infor CloudSuite Automotive does not require customers to purchase onsite servers or hardware, which eliminates the need for additional IT support. Because cloud delivery via AWS is managed through a monthly subscription, Infor CloudSuite Automotive reduces upfront investment, serving as an operating instead of a capital expense. Customers will also experience a faster time to value than a traditional on-premise launch.

“With more than 80% of the world’s largest automotive suppliers running Infor applications, we’ve seen first-hand the interest from the industry to move to the cloud to take advantage of its clear benefits, like easier maintenance and lower TCO, that aren’t necessarily offered with on-premise applications,” said John Bermudez, vice president, Product Management, Infor. “Infor CloudSuite gives customers an opportunity to increase their return on investment and join the cloud movement, without sacrificing any of the industry-specific functionality delivered by Infor’s products.”

Infor will help customers to take advantage of Amazon Web Services’ expertise and economies of scale by leveraging the AWS Cloud, providing access to resources when they need them, on demand and with auto-scaling built into the Infor applications. AWS provides services in 10 Regions, with 25 Availability Zones and 51 Amazon CloudFront Edge locations globally.