In the age of digital transformation, businesses around the globe are embracing the need to migrate to the cloud. While some have moved with less caution than others, it seems the cloud will eventually become the business norm. After all – most of us already use it to save work, store items on our phones, and protect sensitive information.
According to Bob Parker, IDC Group Vice President, “the key thing to remember about digital transformation is that technology is simply the enabler. In other words, digital transformation isn’t a technology initiative—it’s a business strategy.”
Embracing this business strategy allows businesses to remain relevant, keep pace with their competitors, and move forward alongside the wake of Industry 4.0. Adriaan Rossouw, a Director at EOH Infor Services, Infor’s Master Partner in Africa, confirms that there are four key elements to consider when migrating to the cloud.
1. The Scope of the Cloud Solution
In most cases, it is essential that the solution chosen offers industry-specific processes in the cloud. The solution should deliver everything from front office capabilities, through to mission critical core functions. The Infor CloudSuite, for example, automates more than edge applications, powering entire industries in the cloud.
2. How Secure is the Cloud?
The right cloud solution must be secure and global. Infor develops global, secure cloud services using Amazon Web Services. “Modern cloud companies use proven public clouds and don’t build data centers. Infor partners with Amazon to deliver highly secure cloud service at a lower cost on a global scale,” confirms Infor.
3. The Flexibility of Deployment Options
Every business is unique, and has different requirements for its cloud migration. Flexibility is key to ensuring the solution fits the business. As on-premise, cloud and hybrid implementations abound, it’s crucial that the cloud deployment options are flexible. Infor has the resources and infrastructure to ensure that customers can choose the best deployment option for their business and their budget.
4. Credentials to Consider
- Number of customers already in the cloud (Infor Cloud currently has more than 8 500)
- Number of users already in the cloud (Infor Cloud currently has 71 000 000+)
- Petabytes of data available (Infor has 8+)
- Global reach of the cloud solution (108 countries access Infor Cloud)
- Average historical uptime (Infor’s history shows 99,9% uptime)
- Audits and accountability (Infor conducts more than 120 customer and industry audits annually)
- Is the solution SOC compliant? (Infor is SOC 1 and SOC 2 compliant)
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