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Infor to Leverage AWS to Get in the Big Data Race

Infor is using Amazon to accelerate the time-to-insight from various transactional data streams

Infor, the software company where former Larry Ellison lieutenant Chuck Phillips went after he was bounced out of Oracle to make room for ex-HP CEO Mark Hurd, is working on a Big Data initiative called Sky Vault that will leverage its own ION Business Vault and Amazon's Redshift gussied up with fancy dashboards run off by the company's in-house design agency, Manhattan-based Hook & Loop.

Redshift is Amazon's fully managed, petabyte-scale data warehouse service in the cloud.

Infor makes the obvious observation that corporate data is fragmented across diverse commercial, legacy and custom applications but holds out the hope that using ION, customers can extract transactions formatted in industry-standard XML documents and send that normalized data to the cloud for further analytics to derive the meaningful insights needed to drive faster, better business decisions.

Infor is using Amazon to accelerate the time-to-insight from various transactional data streams.

The planned features of Sky Vault, due out in the second half, include:

  • Pre-built, domain-specific business analytics, reporting and dashboards powered by Infor ION BI that incorporate industry and role best practices built on the ION Business Vault;
  • A cloud-optimized data repository powered by Redshift so clients can go-live quickly, easily and securely and scale as data volumes grow;
  • A workflow and integration platform with ION to support application interoperability and data transition between on-premise and the cloud.

When Sky Vault hits the market it's supposed to have pre-defined content for sales, finance and production. Infor expects to add other functional areas and industries in subsequent iterations.

The company will also offer assessment services to determine how fast customers can go from data to insights. Packaged services will be available to integrate additional third-party and custom applications.

Infor claims 70,000 customers worldwide including 19 of the top 20 aerospace companies; 12 of the top 13 high-tech companies; 10 of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies; 23 of the 50 largest US hospitals; 43 of the top 50 industrial distributors; 26 of the top 35 global retailers; and five of the top nine brewers.

Steve Moroski, SVP, platform technologies at Infor, said in a statement that "The Infor Sky Vault initiative will focus on the relevant components to deliver insight: fast integration, parallel databases, cloud economics, speed to value, industry insight and beautiful user experiences. This is the formula for fast and broad adoption, where customers can get consistent, accurate and useful data fast - in weeks not months or years."

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Maureen O'Gara the most read technology reporter for the past 20 years, is the Cloud Computing and Virtualization News Desk editor of SYS-CON Media. She is the publisher of famous "Billygrams" and the editor-in-chief of "Client/Server News" for more than a decade. One of the most respected technology reporters in the business, Maureen can be reached by email at maureen(at) or paperboy(at), and by phone at 516 759-7025. Twitter: @MaureenOGara

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