The race to the cloud is on. According to a report by the Cloud Security Alliance, nearly 70 percent of enterprise organizations are migrating data for enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications to the cloud. Despite the challenges involved, organizations saw several benefits to moving ERP applications to the cloud, including improved scalability with new technologies, lower cost of ownership, and security patching and updating by the provider. 

With cloud solutions, organizations can transform the way they operate, and not just on a technical level. Properly taking advantage of the cloud can improve every part of a business, from managing internal processes to connecting with customers and suppliers, and one of the fastest-growing solutions on the market is Infor CloudSuite. 

Not only is Infor CloudSuite designed to support every industry, it’s also available for everything from SMBs up to enterprise-level organizations. One of the biggest benefits of Infor CloudSuite is its flexibility, allowing users to get the ERP functionalities they need without getting bogged down by unnecessary features typically found in on-premise ERP systems. 

Here are four more benefits to Infor’s cloud ERP system: 

1) High Reliability and Disaster Recovery 

Downtime = lost revenue. Businesses can’t afford to have their critical applications offline, even for just a few seconds, which is why Infor CloudSuite 99.5 percent guaranteed server availability is such an attractive feature. If a disruption should occur, your cloud provider—along with your trained staff—can get service back up quickly, ensure data is restored, and get your business back online. And because Infor partners with Amazon Web Services (AWS) for its data center services, you have access to around-the-clock services in all regions and availability zones where AWS operates (AKA pretty much everywhere in the world). 

No one wants to think about their business getting knocked down by a disaster, but by putting your crucial data and systems in the cloud with CloudSuite, you’ll be up and running before you know it. To give you even more peace of mind, Infor tests its business continuity and disaster recovery plan each year to make sure it’s up to date. 

2) Best Practice Security and Compliance 

Speaking of keeping things up to date, Infor CloudSuite also offers security and compliance updates that automatically get pushed out to the entire organization as soon as they’re available. No longer do you have to spend time updating systems and ensuring that everyone has access to the most current information and tools—the cloud does it for you! By default, CloudSuite comes with application and network security along with a number of monitoring features like dynamic password management, server authentication, and more. 

3) Micro Vertical Focus

Designed for specific industries, CloudSuite is not a one-size-fits-all ERP solution. By focusing on discrete industries (like the public sector, retail, and healthcare), as well as using standard industry-specific functionalities (as opposed to one-off customizations), Infor is able to reduce the complexities of implementation, lowering your total cost of ownership and getting you up to speed that much faster. 

4) Integration  

The biggest challenge for any company taking on an IT implementation is integration, getting your data from where it is to where it needs to be. In light of this fact, Infor designed CloudSuite from the ground up to be deeply integrated with many popular programs, making integration almost seamless.

CloudSuite comes with open APIs and Infor ION (Intelligent Open Network) to make integrating your business systems and applications a breeze, plus, your internal IT team or consultants (like those from Surety Systems) can easily integrate any application or business system with CloudSuite using REST APIs, Infor ION, or transmission of IDOs over HTTP. 

Partner with the Infor CloudSuite Experts 

The race is on, and those companies that get ahead are sure to smoke the competition. If you’re ready to get started with a cloud-based ERP solution or just to want to discuss integrating Infor CloudSuite with your existing setup, Surety Systems can help. Our senior-level Infor Lawson consulting team can take you to the finish line (with limited pit stops). 

Contact us today to get off to the races.