IFS manufacturing ERP

We were one of the first Canadian implementations of IFS Manufacturing ERP in 2001 at a company that makes explosion proof industrial heaters. I was privileged to be a founding member of the North America Steering Committee and the only Canadian. I worked closely with their people in Tucson, Arizona and I was always impressed by their commitment to excellence in client service and their online support structure. They expanded their operations in 2013 to include two new service partners.

IFS were in the news last year with a survey conducted by an independent research firm among more than 200 executives with mid- to large-sized manufacturing companies throughout North America,

ERP Survey

Almost 60 percent of respondents to a study conducted for IFS North America said their enterprise resource planning (ERP) or other enterprise software slows them down and prevents their organizations from changing the way they do business.

The results of the survey is sobering proof that the ERP, enterprise asset management (EAM) and other enterprise software is in many cases more of a hindrance than a help to businesses that need to adapt to changes brought on by market shifts, customer demands, merger and acquisition activity, and new products and business models.

Specifically, 57 percent of respondents said that their ERP software forces them to do things in a proscribed way and cannot be configured to accommodate different processes, and 54 percent agreed that once in place, their enterprise software is very difficult to reconfigure, “as if it were dipped in concrete.”

“As we look at our customer and prospect base, the one constant is change,” North America President and CEO Cindy Jaudon said. “That is probably why 57 percent of respondents to this study said they wished ERP vendors would design enterprise software for fast implementation and reconfiguration. This need for quick deliverables and change management is why way back in 1996 our company became the first ERP vendor to migrate its products onto a granular, component-based service-oriented architecture that can be configured and reconfigured as needed. Our customers can implement a flexible application suite in phases, adding and reconfiguring components of Applications as needed. We are very proud of that.”

The component-based architecture provides for fast, step-by-step implementation, and is designed for companies that need enterprise software to enhance, rather than hinder, their enterprise agility. It lets companies implement manageable groups of components in a phased implementation for rapid payback and then allows new components to be added and the system reconfigured with minimal cost and business disruption.

The study, which examines not only enterprise agility but the usability of ERP and other enterprise software, will become publicly available in April at http://download.ifsworld.com - Industry Reports & Studies category.

For an advance copy, contact IFS North America at 1-888-437-4968.

About the Company

IFS is a public company (OMX STO: IFS) founded in 1983 that develops, supplies, and implements IFS Applications™, a component-based extended ERP suite built on SOA technology. The company focuses on agile businesses where any of four core processes are strategic: service & asset management, manufacturing, supply chain and projects. The company has 2,000 customers and is present in more than 50 countries, with 2,700 employees in total. More information is at www.IFSWORLD.com.

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