by April 23, 2013 0 comments

Infor, a leading provider of business application software serving more than 70,000 customers, today announced Infor Sky Vault a big data initiative that leverages Infor ION, micro-vertical expertise, and beautiful dashboards developed Infor ION BI experts and designed by Hook & Loop, Infor’s Manhattan-based in-house design agency.

Corporate data is fragmented across diverse commercial, legacy, and custom applications. Using ION, customers can extract transactions formatted in industry standard XML documents and send that normalized data to the cloud for further analytics, helping them obtain meaningful insight to drive faster, better business decisions.

Recognizing these challenges, Infor is using Amazon Web Services (AWS) to enable customers to accelerate time to insight from various transactional data streams. Among the planned features of Infor Sky Vault are:

· Pre-built, domain-specific business analytics, reporting and dashboards powered by Infor ION BI that incorporate industry and role best practices built on Infor ION Business Vault

· Cloud-optimized data repository powered by Amazon Redshift to more quickly, easily, and securely go-live and scale as data volumes grow

· Industry-leading workflow and integration platform with Infor ION to support application interoperability and data transition between on-premise and cloud

· Services from Infor Consulting Services to XML enable applications via the ‘ION Factory,’ which provides for rapid development of integrations to third party and custom systems and applications

Infor Sky Vault is planned to launch in the second half of this year with pre-defined content for Sales, Finance, and Production. Additional functional areas and industries will be added in subsequent iterations.

To help get customers started, assessment services will be offered in conjunction with Sky Vault to determine how fast customers can go from data to insights. Packaged services will also be available to integrate additional third party and custom applications.

“Companies want actionable intelligence from their data and they need it fast and at a reasonable price point,” said Steve Moroski, SVP, Platform Technologies, Infor. “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.”

“We designed Amazon Redshift to be fast, inexpensive, easy to use and secure and we’ve seen strong interest and adoption from customers,” said Terry Wise, AWS Director of Worldwide Partner Ecosystem. “We’re excited to help power Infor Sky Vault, a unique offering that will help customers extract value from critical business transactions.”

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