One of the things that Infor has done over the last several years is invest heavily in a move from on premise ERP to the cloud. Most vendors in this space are doing this and there's a couple of reasons for this. It’s profitable for the vendors and it gives the vendors themselves the capability to enhance and improve the products.
One of the fundamentals of cloud architecture is that it is built to be flexible and adaptable to new technologies as they emerge in the marketplace. This is one of the things that vendors are starting to capitalize on as they move their on-premises applications to the cloud. Vendors all do it differently – Infor did it by taking the core capabilities of their systems and putting them on Amazon, which kept them from having to invent the platform themselves. Instead, they were able to move to the cloud and get a flexible & feature rich cloud application working fairly quickly.
From a delivery perspective, the SaaS implementation is different from an on-premises one in the sense that a SaaS multi-tenant environment runs the same version of the application. When everyone is on the same software version, there are synergies for the Infor organization to stay on top of in terms of best of breed leading edge capabilities. It takes away from the need to support multiple versions of the software, meaning the customer will benefit from that from a delivery perspective. Because of the robustness of the solution, there's really no need to customize any of the software.