Titan International Replaces Infor with Oracle ERP Cloud

CFO David Martin explains why the global tire manufacturer replaced Infor Lawson with Oracle ERP, EPM, and SCM Cloud.

Don’t Be Misinformed

Infor has made a big marketing splash with its CloudSuite applications, yet the suite is conspicuously absent from many recent analyst reports. What’s going on?

While Infor CloudSuite does contain some new capabilities, it was built based on Lawson on-premises products and is delivered via Amazon Web Services, adding another layer of complexity. If you’re a retailer, would you feel comfortable hosting your critical business data with one of your biggest competitors?

Understand the Benefits of Cloud ERP

Being “in the cloud” doesn’t mean just rewriting part of an on-premises application and delivering it via the web. True software as a service (SaaS), written from the ground up to run natively in the cloud, offers so much more:

  • 3.2x higher return on investment, according to Nucleus Research
  • 52% lower total cost of ownership
  • Lower risk of technology obsolescence

This last point is the most important. In a recent Oracle survey, two-thirds of respondents said they moved from on-premises ERP to SaaS because of the cost savings. But once they got to the cloud, an overwhelming 85% cited “staying current on technology” as a top benefit. In the world of SaaS, the cloud provider updates your ERP several times a year with the latest features, capabilities, and best practices. Your ERP is never out of date and you never need to do another upgrade. In fact, a move to Oracle ERP Cloud could be the last upgrade you ever do. And with our new, automated migration tools and services, we make it easier than ever.

Advice from the Analysts

Aberdeen Group offers the following advice for choosing a cloud provider:

  • Even if your existing provider offers a path to cloud, look to recognized industry leaders. If you’re going to make a change, consider all the options.
  • Assess which cloud providers are most invested in emerging technologies and R&D. This will ensure your organization is not only current on technology today, but will stay ahead in the future.
  • Look for a solution that was built for the cloud versus an on-premises system that has been ported over to a hosted environment.
  • Seek a provider who can offer a long-term partnership. Are they financially stable? Do they have a top-ranked credit rating? How likely is it that the company will be sold? Will they be there for your future?

Tomorrow’s ERP, Today

Oracle ERP Cloud has been recognized as a leader in a number of recent analyst reports, including the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud Core Financial Management Suites. Our investment in research and development far outpaces Infor’s: Compare our annual $6 billion R&D spend to Infor’s latest financial statement, which shows an investment of only $489 million.

Our commitment to R&D investment is long-term and ongoing. Oracle is a stable, trusted innovation partner, well capitalized, with a top-ranked bond rating. We will be here alongside you to help you build—and realize—your future vision.

Don’t get stuck with yesterday’s ERP. Get tomorrow’s ERP today, with Oracle.

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