Drive Operational Improvements with Business Applications in the Cloud

Sponsored by: IFS

Focused on:

  • Erp
  • Eam
  • Esm
  • Cloud

Date: 1 December


Time: 3PM London/10AM New York

The key drivers of the mid-market’cloud adoption

Whether it's the ever-changing market environment, operations, which sit across multiple geographies or a disparate mix of installed IT infrastructure - organizations face challenges in how they provision critical business software. Inflexibility, capacity, budget and speed of deployment can stifle an organization's ability to pounce on opportunities.

It's no wonder they're looking to the cloud to provision enterprise resource management (ERP), enterprise asset management (EAM) and enterprise service management(ESM) systems. It offers agility, flexibility and reliability, which according to recent Aberdeen Group research, is delivering startling results for mid-market companies. Those surveyed who have deployed ERP in the cloud are twice as profitable as those with on-premise solutions. What's more, best-in-class organizations are twice as likely to have already moved their ERP to the cloud.

During this webinar you'll hear from experts at industry leading business software company, IFS and leading providers of cloud services, Microsoft. They'll guide you through the key factors driving cloud-adoption, market insights from Aberdeen Group research and demonstrate how a cloud-based solution can solve a variety of real-world customer scenarios.

You'll understand the drivers behind this shift, the tangible benefits it can deliver and how it's relevant for your business. Not only that, but you'll hear why companies are choosing to run IFS Applications on the Microsoft Azure cloud to deliver the agility, flexibility and reliability their organizations need to pounce on opportunities.

Presented by

David Eager ,

Vice President, Global Alliances at IFS

Responsible for developing and maintaining key strategic relations for IFS, which includes industry analysts and strategic alliances.

Analyst relations activities include communicating the corporate vision, marketing strategy and competitive positioning of IFS and IFS Applications to technology analyst firms and individual analysts worldwide.

Responsibilities also include managing relationships with key global alliances and identifying, recruiting, developing and managing the ongoing business relationship with key software and referral partners across North America.

Mike Opal,

Senior Evangelist, Global Cloud Alliances at Microsoft

Mr. Opal leads Go-to-Market campaigns for Microsoft and Alliance Partners to accelerate Cloud adoption globally and deliver on key revenue milestones. He advises and consults on business models, corporate structure, strategies, Best Practices for Cloud based Business and is a frequent speaker at Industry Events. Mr. Opal joined Microsoft in January 2012 as Industry Director for US Financial Services, working with the largest Banking, Capital Markets and Insurance institutions to help them understand and leverage emerging technology for competitive advantage.

Nick Castellina,

Research Director, Aberdeen Group

Nick Castellina is the Research Director for the Aberdeen Group’s Business Planning and Execution practice. Castellina joined Aberdeen in 2010; with his primary research focused on the use of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software. His enterprise applications research explores how ERP is used differently across industries, and how it can apply to all roles within the organization. To round out his research practice, Castellina leads yearly studies on Enterprise Performance Management, Business Process Management, Professional Services Automation, and project management. His financial planning, budgeting, and forecasting research has extended his coverage into more general financial management topics, including tax management, accounting, reporting, compliance, treasury and risk, and the office of the CFO. In addition to these topics, Castellina plays a major part in the development of the Aberdeen Business Review.

Nick holds a BS in Marketing from Bentley University and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts Boston with specializations in finance and marketing.

Key Learning Objectives

  • Understand the drivers of the market’s adaptation of cloud ERP, ESM and EAM
  • Understand the benefits a cloud-based solution can deliver from leading industry experts at IFS, Microsoft and Aberdeen Group
  • See how the cloud can solve a variety of real-world customer challenges
  • Understand how IFS Applications on Azure is relevant for your business


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