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As companies prepare to move to the next generation of Infor™ solutions, more businesses are leveraging the cloud. In Velocity's latest webcast, Chance Veasey outlines why companies are moving their …

As companies prepare to move to the next generation of Infor™ solutions, more businesses are leveraging the cloud. In Velocity's latest webcast, Chance Veasey outlines why companies are moving their Infor Lawson and complementary business applications to the cloud and how to succeed in this endeavor. He reviews interim steps companies can take with current versions of Infor Lawson to prepare for Infor 10. Learn about critical success factors for moving to the cloud and how you can mitigate potential risks, including real life examples.

Key take-aways:
1. Ways cloud computing can drive process transformation for your organization;
2. How companies are using business applications in the cloud for competitive advantage;
3. Find out about interim steps you can take to prepare for Infor 10;
4. How virtual private cloud computing eliminates risks commonly associated with public cloud environments.

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  • Infrastructure optimized for applicationLifecycle managementFunctional supportInfrastructure maintenanceUpgrades and patchesMaturity of processITIL v3Compliance support, such as SSAE16Service levels Proof of operationsMatched to business requirementsMetrics that are measuredTransparencyFlexible consumption of servicesStrong vendor relationships, e.g Oracle Gold Certified?Intellectual PropertyWell-defined customer support methodology
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    • 1. © 2013 Velocity Technology Solutions, Inc.EXPERIENCE. INNOVATION.Presented by Chance Veasey, Velocity Technology SolutionsWhy Companies Are Moving Infor Applications to theCloud
    • 2. EXPERIENCE. INNOVATION.Your host• Chance Veasey• Vice president of customerexperience for VelocityTechnology Solutions• 16 Years of experience inmanaged services- Data center consolidation- Application management- Disaster recovery- Customer support
    • 3. EXPERIENCE. INNOVATION.About Velocity Technology SolutionsA leader in enterpriseand business applicationservices which are fully-managed and protectedwithin a virtual privatecloud
    • 4. EXPERIENCE. INNOVATION.Agenda• What are the benefits of cloud computing?• Will cloud computing drive process transformation foryour organization?• What are the key drivers to the cloud?• What decisions are facing Infor licensees?• What are the success factors for moving to the cloud?• What are the risks in cloud computing?• How are companies are using business applications inthe cloud for competitive advantage?• Takeaways
    • 5. EXPERIENCE. INNOVATION.Why Cloud?Moving Infor Applications to the Cloud
    • 6. EXPERIENCE. INNOVATION.First, a level set on cloudCloud definitions vary.According to Gartner:“Cloud computing is a style ofcomputing where scalable andelastic IT-related capabilitiesare provided „as a service‟ toexternal customers usingInternet Technologies.”Service basedCloud attributesInternet technologiesMetered by useSharedScalable & elasticSource: Gartner
    • 7. EXPERIENCE. INNOVATION.Benefits of cloud computingMore quickly adapt business to change (business agility)Greater control over costsFaster time to market with new solutionsIncreased workforce productivityReduced business riskHigher technology service levels
    • 8. EXPERIENCE. INNOVATION.• Private: where serviceaccess is limited or thecustomer has somecontrol/ ownership of theservice implementation,e.g. built by enterprise IT• Virtual Private: Same as―Private‖ but replace―enterprise IT‖ with ―third-party provider‖When the customer doesnot see the implementationbehind the boundary, andthe provider doesn’t carewho the customer is, youhave a public cloud.Policy-based andcoordinated serviceprovisioning, use andmanagement across amixture of internal andexternal cloud services.Cloud Models8Private Hybrid PublicSource: Gartner, including
    • 9. EXPERIENCE. INNOVATION.Which cloud type or provider?• If application performance and security are most important- Private cloud may be better than public cloud• If economics are more important than applications- Public cloud may be better than private cloud• If cost is important- Private cloud with an OpEx model may be better than on-premiseCapEx• If resource constraints are a concern- Managed application service provider model may be better forspecialized application skills• If experience of the provider is key- Ask for number of cloud customers, number of years serving fromcloud, applications supported, and references
    • 10. EXPERIENCE. INNOVATION.What decisions are ahead for Infor licensees?Moving Infor applications to the cloud
    • 11. EXPERIENCE. INNOVATION.Change on the horizon11ImplementLawsonSecurity 9Upgrade toPre-ReqReleaseImplementSmart OfficeUpgrade toInfor 10 NLTMay 2016AdoptWorkspaceAdopt IONTransition fromPFI to IPA
    • 12. EXPERIENCE. INNOVATION.New complexity• Additional servers- Infor Process Automation requires a Landmark server- Workspace requires a SharePoint instance- Lawson Smart Office requires a SharePoint instance• Additional complexity- Role based security- Websphere- OS upgrade- New integration strategy- New user interface to support12
    • 13. EXPERIENCE. INNOVATION.Why applications in the cloud?Moving Infor applications to the cloud
    • 14. EXPERIENCE. INNOVATION.Two key drivers for moving applications to thecloudFocusing IT staff on innovation• Internal resources dedicated to transformationalprojects, while service providers handle day-to-dayNeed for greater application flexibility• Increase the adaptability, resiliency of softwaredelivery to match the speed of business today
    • 15. EXPERIENCE. INNOVATION.Spectrum of software delivery modelsOn Premise SaaSAbility to customize applicationMost LeastTime to MarketSlower FasterComplexity to ManageMore LessCostMore LessAbility to ControlMore Less
    • 16. EXPERIENCE. INNOVATION.Cloud fills the gap• Rapid deployment of resources• Supports many types of applications• No underlying infrastructure to build and manageyourself• Scalable and elastic• Reduced costCloudOn Premise SaaS
    • 17. EXPERIENCE. INNOVATION.More flexibility means more control to managethe business• More time to focus on innovation• Addresses shortage of IT expertise• Provides a model for morecontrollable, predictable costs ofownership• Maximizes the value of software bymaking it easier to take on the latestcapabilities
    • 18. EXPERIENCE. INNOVATION.Velocity Customer:Graniterock Construction―Were a construction company—we’re not anIT company. The economics are such that itwould probably have cost us more to hosta solution internally, and we would not havedone as good a job.‖– Excerpt from FierceCIO, ―Q&A: Disaster recovery when yourbusiness sits on the San Andreas Fault,‖ February 1, 2012
    • 19. EXPERIENCE. INNOVATION.Considerations for successMoving Infor applications to the cloud
    • 20. EXPERIENCE. INNOVATION.Cloud computing participants• End user – cares about theapplication experience, not theunderlying technology• Business management –responsible for governance of data,services in a cloud• Cloud service providers – provide apredictable, guaranteed service level• Technology consultants – providetrusted guidance to management• Software vendors – build softwarethat may / may not be cloud ready
    • 21. EXPERIENCE. INNOVATION.The requirements of the application impacts thedeployment modelCloudOn Premise SaaSMorePrivateMorePublicMajor drivers in deployment model:• Security• Ability to customize• Application integration considerations• Performance requirements
    • 22. EXPERIENCE. INNOVATION.How applications are falling along the spectrumCustom applications Expense reportingTime reportingCRMIndustry applicationsEnterprise resource planningBusiness intelligenceContent management Recruiting managementMorePrivateMorePublicCloud
    • 23. EXPERIENCE. INNOVATION.Key elements of the next generation of InforLawson solutions (Infor 10)UserInterfaceSecurityModelProcessFlowApplicationFoundationIntegration Layer
    • 24. EXPERIENCE. INNOVATION.Leverage the cloud to bring your applications tothe next generation• Stand up a development environment• Assess your needs• Implement the precursor steps• Look at integration opportunities with other applications• Consider implications on disaster recovery• Go live
    • 25. EXPERIENCE. INNOVATION.Risks to Manage When Moving to the Cloud• Security• Compliance• Infrastructure fit toapplication requirements• Ability to customize• Level of managementrequired• Service levels• DR planning
    • 26. EXPERIENCE. INNOVATION.Success factors for deploying applications in thecloudInfrastructure optimized for applicationApplication lifecycle managementMaturity of processTransparency into and demonstration of service levelsFlexible consumption of servicesStrong vendor relationshipsIntellectual property that enhances the offeringWell-defined customer support methodology
    • 27. EXPERIENCE. INNOVATION.Features for high-performance managedapplication servicesApplication Lifecycle Support platform design, ongoing maintenance, upgrade supportAdaptable, scalable cloud optimized for Infor applications, easily adaptedFully managed applications monitored and managed 24/7Exceptional resiliency secure, virtual private cloud with built-in disaster recoveryDedicated support teamsupport experts named to each customer, providerinvests in understanding customer’s unique needsDemonstrated expertiseextensive knowledge of the applications and theworkflows they enable
    • 28. EXPERIENCE. INNOVATION.Customers usingVelocity Universal Cloud ServicesUniversity Hospital & Medical CenterManagedApplicationServices forInfor LawsonPaaSfor Epic™SystemsManagedDisasterRecoveryServicesRetailerManagedApplicationServices forInfor LawsonPaaSfor TaxationManagedDisasterRecoveryServicesPaaSfor FormsManagementManagedApplicationServices forHCMManagedApplicationServices forCloverleaf
    • 29. EXPERIENCE. INNOVATION.ConclusionMoving Infor applications to the cloud
    • 30. EXPERIENCE. INNOVATION.Reasons companies move to the cloudIncreasebusinessadaptability /agilityFocus internalstaff onbusinesschange, less onmaintenanceAccelerateapplicationdeploymentDeliver newfeatures/functions fasterLower overallcosts
    • 31. EXPERIENCE. INNOVATION.Customers rely on velocity to managetheir enterprise applicationsEvery day, our job is to help you use enterprise applicationsto:Increase responsivenessto the marketManage riskGrow your business
    • 32. EXPERIENCE. INNOVATION.Velocity’s Differentiating Value for CustomersUniversal cloud services customer has options, not limited by vendorUnique intellectual property greater transparency and controlBuilding-block architecture optimized for applications, easily adaptedEconomies of scope, scale reduced cost and higher levels of serviceFully-managed frees IT to focus on strategic initiativesCustomer experience lifecycle adapts service as customer needs change
    • 33. EXPERIENCE. INNOVATION.For More InformationChance VeaseyVice president of customer experienceChance.veasey@velocity.cc612-337-3456866.638.2779 |