Financial services company Suncorp is on the brink of adopting a software-as-a-service human resources application.
Paul Cameron, the organisation’s Executive General Manager for Business Technology Infrastructure, told SearchCIO ANZ that the company will ask outsourcer Infosys to provide it with hosted PeopleSoft applications.
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“They can scale it,” Cameron said, explaining the decision. “We will pay a license fee and they will scale to meet our needs.”
The decision to adopt software as a service for human resources software is not, however, an indicator of wider interest in external cloud applications.
Suncorp has recently created an internal storage cloud and adopted service-based IT practises, but Cameron says the nature of its core applications, with their many interdependencies and sensitive data, means they are not good candidates for cloud services.
Instead, the company has worked to create its own interal cloud
“We pre-provision ourselves,” he said. “Everything we need is racked, stacked and cabled and ready to go. We can turn the stuff on inside, very much like the Amazon EC2 model.”