To Cloud or Not to Cloud

Organizations are increasingly embracing Infor’s multi-tenant cloud solutions. Join Richard Stout and Keith Wayland, as they weigh the advantages and disadvantages of embracing Infor’s Cloud offerings including reduced Total Cost of Ownership, ODBC restrictions, giving up the sovereignty of root access, and hitching your organization to a technology infrastructure (Infor + AWS) that is built for the future.

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Speaker 1:

Here we have our, To Cloud or Not to Cloud webinars. So without further ado, I’d like to present Mr. Richard Stout and Mr. Keith Wayland.

Mr. Richard Stout:

Right.

Mr. Keith Wayland:

Thank you.

Mr. Richard Stout:

Thank you. To cloud or not to cloud?

Mr. Keith Wayland:

That is the question.

Mr. Richard Stout:

That is the question. Or some might ask to Cloud now…

Mr. Keith Wayland:

or later?

Mr. Richard Stout:

Or later?

Mr. Keith Wayland:

There you go.

Mr. Richard Stout:

So that’s what we’ll be addressing in today’s penultimate webinar of our first week of the 2018 winter webinar series. We are RPI consultants. We are a dedicated team. We have expertise across all functional areas of Infor CloudSuite Financials and Supply Management. And Infor CloudSuite HCM and we have a really strong technology practice.

Mr. Keith Wayland:

So our agenda for today, we’re going to talk about what some of the drivers are for the increasing trend of folks migrating to the Cloud. And also what some of the barriers are. We’re going to talk about how the roles of the vendor and customer shift a little bit when you do this cloud migration. We’re going to talk about some of the differences in integrating with a multi-tenant environment versus an on-premise solution. And we’re going to talk about the overall direction of Cloud and ultimately answer whether it’s nobler in the mind to SAS, to slinging your hours on a multi-tenant or to take arms with on-premise solutions and by doing so to license perpetually.

Mr. Richard Stout:

Unseen.

Mr. Keith Wayland:

So a one quick thing here, is that for purposes of today’s presentation, we are talking specifically about Infor CloudSuite and we mean Infor CloudSuite ACM and Infor CloudSuite FSM.

Mr. Richard Stout:

Right.

Mr. Keith Wayland:

We also refer to often as version 11, the next generation of Lawson Software and CloudSuite. It turns out can be replayed in many ways, including on-premise in case you didn’t know. And here we’re looking at the pros and cons of moving to CloudSuite in a multi-tenant environment, which we will dive into. So with that, I will ask my colleague here, Mr. Stout, why do people look at moving to the Cloud?

Mr. Richard Stout:

Why do people look at moving to the cloud? Well, there are a number of good reasons. I think the number one reason is to minimize the responsibility and cost of running a lot of servers on premise, right? And that’s only becoming more and more of a reason as software becomes more complex and requires a wider variety of resources to deliver, right? I mean, think about, moving from Lawson nine to Lawson 10, a lot of customers doubled or even tripled the number of servers that make up their Lawson environments, full CloudSuite solution can take even more. And our clients have had a lot of experience, maintain those systems and gone through a lot of updates that, technology driven updates, hardware that needs to be replaced, operating systems that need to be upgraded. And they’ve put a lot of time and effort into keeping software current safe, highly available disaster recovery systems and fault tolerant and keeping those systems secure. And we have a lot of clients to understand that there are other ways that they could use their time and resources that might be more beneficial to their organization rather than…

Mr. Keith Wayland:

Disaster recovery is often a conversation that we have with our customers. And some are very forward-thinking, but spent a lot of money and effort in truly accomplishing that. And sometimes IT security comes from sort of broader up the loss of enforced system gets swept in. So let me ask you this, if there’s all these drivers to the Cloud, why isn’t everybody already on the Cloud?

Mr. Richard Stout:

That’s a great question. Well, historically, there’ve been a few different factors that have slowed Cloud adoption, and I think the number one reason is probably control over the application, right? When you have a software running on prem, you control when it gets updated and how it gets updated. You can connect to all different layers and you own those servers, you own the database, you have full control over the data. There’s maybe some insecurities about taking your organization’s data and trusting it within another company, will they keep it secure? Will they keep it private? Will they use it for leverage against you?

Mr. Keith Wayland:

Leverage For their own gain?

Mr. Richard Stout:

Yeah. I mean, there’re maybe some thoughts about that, that have held back our clients. Also we have clients that already have a large data center, are already very adept at maintaining all of these systems and they don’t see a big cost advantage in taking just one application out of that existing data center, or maybe a lot of customizations to a system have made it not a great fit for moving to a multi-tenant, which has more of a standard application delivery.

Mr. Keith Wayland:

So what does helping people overcome some of these barriers today, in your opinion?

Mr. Richard Stout:

Well, I think that one big reason is a huge step forward. An evolution in what cloud really means.

Mr. Keith Wayland:

Okay.

Mr. Richard Stout:

50 years ago, when we first started tossing around the term Cloud in the loss of marketplace, what it really meant was hosting, right? All it was, was the same server that you would be running on prem, running in somebody else’s data center. And it comes with all of the same challenges of running on-prem. It was just another company was offering managed services and paying for the hardware and operating system and database licenses. But today’s Cloud solutions don’t look anything like that at all. And if you look at the product offering from Amazon, AWS, it doesn’t look anything at all like what you get from installing Microsoft Windows server or red hat Linux on premise. I mean, there are a lot of different advantages and a lot of different tools that Infor has been able to leverage with their Clouds, the application that just wouldn’t be feasible to do on prem.

Mr. Keith Wayland:

So these are the market leaders today, and obviously we know that Infor leverages AWS, but they’re also in a position where if there are new innovators or disruptors to that market, they can lead her on hitch their wagon to that, right? One o