Key differentiators between Oracle and Infor

Digital transformation across all lines of business

As the world recovers from unprecedented disruption, will you be positioned to recapture growth?

Bold moves require insight, analysis, planning, and precision across your entire business. What do you need to do to help you move your business forward?

  • Model scenarios to forecast how new business models will impact revenue over the short and long term.
  • Cash flow management to ensure you have enough on hand to support your M&A strategy.
  • Examine your workforce to understand whether you have the right talent in place to support your plans.
  • Focus on building a resilient supply chain, with the ability to switch suppliers quickly to respond to business disruptions.

Oracle is the only cloud provider that offers integrated SaaS applications across finance, HR, supply chain, sales, marketing, and service. Our applications use a common data model for transactions across lines of business for seamless process flows, improved efficiency, and better insights. We pull together all that data into our analytics and EPM applications so you get deeper, faster insights out of the box to support your biggest decisions.

Despite their broad portfolio of applications, Infor’s software focus and most of their legacy installed base are in manufacturing and distribution, relying on functional capabilities built for yesterday’s business imperatives. For sophisticated requirements in other industries and lines of business such as sales, marketing, and customer service, you’ll need to integrate with systems from other providers or co-develop with Infor. Eventually, you could end up with an inefficient tangle of disparate systems that won’t deliver the insights you need for the future.

Connected end-to-end business planning

In times of uncertainty, it’s critical to forecast and re-forecast your plans as conditions change. Oracle Cloud’s Integrated Business Planning and Execution solution will help you plan and model across any line of business—including your workforce, sales, operations, and financials. Infor is in the early stages of providing similar capabilities, taking a legacy approach by focusing on supply chain and cost. The downside of this old-fashioned way of thinking is that cost reduction and profit are not the same. You need to be able to look at your operations from a cost-of-sales perspective to identify your profitable activities. For example, you could look at a set of low-cost orders, but they may also have low margins. The key is to simulate scenarios that consider which customers, markets, and products are the most profitable.

In these volatile times, your financial and operational plans need to include your current execution constraints. Otherwise, those plans turn out to be just wishful thinking. You need to act quickly in response to unexpected events to avoid losing valuable time and increasing risk for the business. Including material, labor, product design, and supply chain capacity constraints within your planning exercise will help transform your plans into reality. Oracle Cloud Integrated Business Planning and Execution embeds a closed loop to monitor these events and deploy alternative scenarios with zero latency.

Always up to date on the latest business processes and cloud technology

The best way to maintain a consistent and seamless user experience is to invest heavily in technology innovation. Oracle has continuously invested in developing cloud applications for business functions and in building our own secure data centers and infrastructure. Oracle's machine learning capabilities are driving high-value innovations, such as digital assistants, powerful new mobile apps, built-in machine learning and AI capabilities for end users, and advanced controls. With our quarterly updates, you’re always running on the latest version of our software.

Infor has taken a different approach, relying primarily on acquisitions and AWS for their technical innovation. Infor is struggling to integrate a grab bag of inconsistent and incompatible acquired offerings in an attempt to gain the integration and functionality that Oracle Cloud Applications already have. With Infor’s limited resources, playing catch-up to Oracle won’t be an easy—or inexpensive—task.

In fact, industry analysts have already noted that Infor’s portfolio of applications is not comprehensive and has functional gaps in comparison to other ERP providers, even in product-centric industries.

A complete suite of SaaS applications engineered to work together

Infor CloudSuite isn’t a single, cloud-based solution—it’s an assembly of re-engineered legacy ERP products running on AWS. From financials to supply chain, working with Infor means living with solution gaps, incomplete functionality, or partially integrated acquisitions. So it’s not surprising that analyst reports on Infor CloudSuite haven’t exactly been enthusiastic. In fact, the Infor CloudSuite hasn’t appeared in very many reports, and, when it has, it’s rarely been rated as a leader.

Some Infor customers have requested alternatives to running their CloudSuite on AWS. Infor has promised to give customers the option of running on Microsoft Azure, but they have yet to deliver on that promise.

Oracle has been named a leader in many analyst reports over the years. Oracle’s integrated cloud applications suite offers the broadest and most seamless functionality across finance, HR, supply chain, EPM, CRM, and customer experience.

Infor’s roadmap promises to deliver their customers a clear path to success with more capabilities, scalability, improved integration, and updated technology. But can you trust that Infor will be able to deliver? They recently went through reorganizations at the leadership level, rationalization of their product portfolio, and have limited resources to invest.

With Oracle, you don’t have to wait. Oracle offers an integrated cloud and analytics solution with a common data model for transactional systems. Oracle Cloud Applications include a full set of line-of-business offerings across supply chain, sales, marketing, and ecommerce. Infor does not.

Oracle Cloud Applications are designed to work together to help eliminate IT complexity and maximize the benefits of data. And, as the business environment keeps changing, Oracle provides built-in innovation updates every quarter that give you the ability to respond faster and help your business.

Take the first step to migrate your applications to Oracle Cloud

Thousands of organizations around the world rely on Oracle Cloud Applications to run their businesses. They have streamlined processes, empowered their employees, closed their books faster, made their teams nimbler, and increased customer satisfaction. See Oracle’s placement in industry analyst reports and the hundreds of customer success stories to learn more about Oracle’s SaaS market leadership and commitment to our customers’ success.

Oracle offers a complete suite of integrated SaaS cloud applications built on Oracle’s next-generation infrastructure and built-in advanced technologies designed to run your entire business. Customers can start their cloud transformation immediately, whatever their starting point, whatever the most complex business and technology scenario.

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