Why Move to the Cloud
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A business needs agility built into its infrastructure to stay ahead in today’s competitive environment. Cloud-based enterprise software provides businesses with the kind of agile platform that enables quicker responses to opportunities and customer needs.

Take a moment to consider what these opportunities might look like across operations and how cloud-based enterprise software can help. Once you’ve seen these benefits, the real question may be: Why isn’t your business already operating within the cloud?
Transform IT into a revenue generating powerhouse

The CIOs of 2025 and beyond will need to shoulder more strategic responsibilities across a broader span of the business by finding ways to generate profits for their company with new products and services.

Even now, companies are asking more of their IT departments. In addition to providing day-to-day support of applications and business processes, IT teams are usually the system architects of the executive team’s empire-building visions, whether that includes expansion, providing new products or services requiring new business processes, or squeezing even more efficiency from current workflows.
Infor provides us the software we need to power our digital transformation. The cloud-based platform makes it easier to accommodate our growth plans and gives us the industry functionality we need.”

CIO, Liberty Steel UK1

However, the IT team’s scope is expanding beyond a role that helps keep the lights on to one that finds a way to monetize the data from the lights and turn it into a product for customers. In fact, 89% of CIOs expect to have revenue-generating responsibilities in 2020.2

With cloud-based software, the CIO can turn over the duties of day-to-day software management to a cloud-based software provider and focus his or her team’s time on value-added initiatives for the organization.
Innovate faster

Cloud-based business solutions empower an organization to take risks—allowing companies to pursue new business opportunities without adding expensive infrastructure. It becomes possible to take advantage of new, innovative functionality more quickly and cost-effectively than was historically possible. If an initiative succeeds, it can be scaled seamlessly to a wider audience. If it fails, the project can be shut down quickly.

This unprecedented level of flexibility enables companies to foster a culture that’s more conducive to implementing new, innovative ideas throughout the entire organization.
Fuel global growth

Cloud-based solutions allow businesses to establish a new presence rapidly or expand existing operations without having to physically be there, which substantially minimizes both capital investments and risk. They also offer better business outcomes by allowing remote offices to operate seamlessly alongside other business units and make it easier to share information regardless of partner or supplier location.
"Infor CloudSuite gives us the agility and transparency we need as our value chain becomes more global and more complex. We now have complete confidence that Infor CloudSuite is the right platform for our global business.”

Chief Operating Officer, Rip Curl3

Simplify compliance

Compliance is an area where cloud-based solutions offer extraordinary benefits to businesses eager to increase productivity and reduce risk. In a cloud-based SaaS world, security and compliance updates can quickly be made available to the entire organization. Not only does this simplify the process of keeping systems up to date, it also ensures that everyone in the company has access to the latest information and tools to do their jobs effectively.

Achieve global 24x7 service

The right cloud computing solution is available every day, 24 hours a day, no matter where employees are located or what devices they’re using. Because cloud computing providers deploy equipment that is typically far more reliable than anything most companies would use for their own on-premise solutions, they can achieve system up-time levels that are difficult to match.
Convert your software from a capital to an operational expense

Cloud-based software can help free up capital, while giving flexibility to meet evolving operational needs. With this switch in revenue reporting, companies will have access to funds for expansion and new business initiatives, and the ability to respond to growth market opportunities more quickly.

Decrease risk, increase collaboration and productivity

To do their jobs better, faster, and more flexibly, workers have turned to “shadow systems” outside of officially sanctioned core IT applications. Personal mobile devices are used to tap into the company network. Teams use personal file-sharing accounts and project management collaboration tools. In short, workers are implementing their own cloud-based solutions to achieve the ease of use and functionality they need but aren’t getting from their own IT departments.
If used improperly or not surrounded by the proper security infrastructure and protocols, these tools can expose businesses to unnecessary risk—theft of intellectual property, lost data, even damage to a company’s reputation. With the right cloud-based applications, however, risk is mitigated, as employees no longer have to enlist outside sources to optimize job performance.
"We now have an outstanding disaster recovery approach and are HIPAA compliant. We are confident our data is more secure in the Infor Cloud.”

Chief Operating Officer, Concordia Plan Services4

When an organization gains enterprise-wide flexibility and the capacity to collaborate all across the business, it’s able to swiftly respond to a changing market and expand the business to take advantage of the most impactful new opportunities—ideally, way before the competition.

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1 Liberty Steel, case study
2 GlobeNewswire “2020 State of the CIO Research Details the Expanding Role of the CIO into the Customer Experience,” (www.finance.yahoo.com/news/2020-state-cio-research-details-144238832.html), January 23, 2020.
3 Rip Curl, case study
4 Concordia Plan Services, case study