Infor to develop apps running on Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform

MicrosoftMoving ahead in the direction of standardizing its product development on the Microsoft stack, Infor announced on Monday that it intends developing applications that run on Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform; thereby taking the vendor’s close partnership a step further. 

The strategic move, aimed at giving an increased impetus to the industry’s shift away from on-premises enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, will result in the availability of the next-generation versions of Infor applications, including the ones for expense management, on Azure in 2011.

The Infor-Microsoft partnership will also result in the use of Infor’s recently-announced ION framework on Azure applications, to facilitate data sharing between applications and BPM (business process management), as well as allowing them to work in tandem with on-premises software.

In addition, Infor will also use Microsoft's SharePoint and Silverlight technologies for building out CompanyOn - a new user interface that will give the several application lines of Infor a common look and feel; and provide links into third-party sources like LinkedIn.

Noting that the Infor-Microsoft partnership will be advantageous for both the companies, Altimeter Group analyst Ray Wang said: “It was a huge coup for Microsoft because it shows large ISVs [independent software vendors] are still willing to bet on the Microsoft platform. It's also good for customers, in that now people are on a standardized platform, and a platform that has a future.”

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