Infor adds Amazon Redshift for cloud-based business intelligence

Infor Business Intelligence has added Amazon Redshift as a cloud-based means of data management.

Infor, a leading provider of business application software serving more than 70,000 customers, announces that Infor Business Intelligence (BI) has certified Amazon Redshift from Amazon Web Services (AWS) as a backend data repository. This announcement builds upon the recent launch of Infor BI 10x and further enhances the value of the Infor Sky Vault initiative that leverages Amazon Redshift and Infor ION to manage big data. Amazon Redshift is a fast, fully managed, petabyte-scale data warehouse service. With Infor BI, customers gain an extensive set of data management tools complete with dashboards, reporting and in-memory analytics, enabling them to more easily and cost-effectively analyze vast amounts of data in Amazon Redshift.

"Although BI adoption is increasing, the rate of successful implementations remains stuck below 50%. Those companies that focus on reducing the barriers of adoption and delivering immediate value to management will have a higher probability of success," says Howard Dresner, Chief Research Officer, Dresner Advisory Services.

Infor BI customers can take advantage of data stored in Amazon Redshift to gain new insights in a faster, more intuitive and enjoyable way. Amazon Redshift provides fast query and I/O performance for practically any size dataset and automates most of the common administrative tasks associated with managing a data warehouse. Amazon Redshift also acts as a direct source for reporting, providing easy access to relational data. Leveraging this added functionality helps Infor BI customers derive value by driving down the cost per decision and speeding up time to value. 

Infor customers can also use Amazon Redshift as a data source for the in-memory Infor BI business layer to relational source data, and leverage Infor BI Application Studio to display information in easy-to-read dashboards via a web browser or tablet applications. This provides business users with a better understanding of data context and helps to manage the reporting process through corresponding customizable dashboards. Sky Vault takes the offering a step further by integrating the application data with Amazon Redshift to provide pre-built dashboards and analytics by industry. Infor delivers advanced analytical capabilities through the Infor BI Analyzer, allowing users to derive additional benefits from data by utilizing its insights for forecasting and planning. The in-memory database can also calculate trends based on actual data that can be compared to targets or budgets. 

"We are very excited that Infor has expanded its BI platform to AWS and Amazon Redshift," says Terry Wise, Director, Worldwide Partner Ecosystem, AWS. "With this added functionality, customers benefit from the rich analytics, compelling user experience and extensive data management capabilities of Infor's BI applications along with the performance, ease of use, scalability and low price of Amazon Redshift."

"Infor BI is designed to deliver in-depth planning, forecasting, reporting, and analytics all within a unified suite, and adding Amazon Redshift as a certified backend data repository only improves that offering," says Jan Gahde, Senior Product Manager, Infor BI. "With the ability to compare trend calculations directly to budgets and build custom dashboards to reflect individual user needs, Infor BI is a standout in the market and further differentiates itself through this added support for Amazon Redshift."