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Lonely Planet puts infrastructure on cloud to focus on core business

Margi Murphy | June 19, 2014
Travel guide publisher Lonely Planet has embraced IaaS (Infrastucture-as-a-Service) to free up time for core projects that can be developed in house, the Cloud World Forum heard yesterday.

For example, Kennedy told the conference, in the Australian Lonely Planet team, HR and payroll is processed through NetSuite's Infinetcloud solutions and the Australian recruitment software Subscribe HR. The travel guide uses a product called OneLogin to integrate both tools so that employees only need one password to log in to one account through a browser and the two separate processes appear seamless.

"We didn't want users setting up multiple accounts or using multiple passwords, we wanted it to be really easy for users, and very simplistic".

However collaborating on projects and keeping all the SaaS assets in check can be difficult for an international company, Kennedy admitted. The company uses the team communication tool Slack to communicate between the staff based in the US, Europe and Australia.

"But sometimes, you just need to get people on a plane."

NetSuite announced in May that it is overhauling its cloud ERP software's user interface, hoping to keep pace at a time when consumer-like experiences are increasingly becoming the norm in enterprise applications.

 

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