IFS Applications 8 Is Now TEC Certified in Multiple Areas

Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) is pleased to announce that IFS Applications version 8 is now TEC Certified. IFS Applications is one of the few software solutions that has been TEC Certified in a broad expanse of knowledge areas, as IFS requested the certification procedure for IFS Applications for the following ten TEC models: ERP for Mining, ERP for Discrete Manufacturing, ERP for Services Industries, ERP for Engineer-to-Order (ETO), ERP for Oil & Gas, Enterprise Asset Management (EAM)/Computerized Maintenance Management (CMMS), Financial Packages, ERP for Process Manufacturing, ERP for Mixed-Mode Manufacturing, and ERP for Fashion Industries. As usual, in order to obtain TEC Certification, for each of the knowledge area models the vendor completed TEC’s research questionnaire and went through a comprehensive demonstration of the product with TEC analysts.

Beyond what is becoming the standard with respect to core ERP capabilities available from the majority of ERP solutions, IFS also offers extensive EAM/CMMS capabilities and strong support for services-oriented organizations or organizations that need to manage their business with deep project-based and asset-intensive resources tracking.

A previous version of the software had already been TEC certified in multiple areas, and the new version of IFS Applications has inherited and enhanced the system’s already robust and flexible component architecture, strong functionality, and unique Scandinavian design of the user interface. Overall, version 8 of IFS Applications offers improved functionality for health and safety, corporate social responsibility, and quality assurance and audit management. Also, the system is capable of supporting touch screen mobile devices, and reduces the need for customizations due to both new capabilities and a highly focused implementation approach. IFS Applications’ modular, component architecture allows companies to flexibly tailor their solution to meet the needs of multiple industries, but the breadth of capabilities is particularly suited to industries that have large asset intensive requirements such as aerospace and defense, automotive, construction and contracting, oil and gas, energy and utilities, and high tech.

During extensive TEC certification demo sessions IFS succeeded in showing us how deep and extensive the system’s functionality is. As an illustration, when we asked about various specific functionalities of the product, the IFS demonstrators never replied with the phrase “well, the way we do it is…”, a response that generally implies “actually we can’t directly do what you’re asking, however, there is a workaround possible”. All of TEC’s features and functions questions, whether simple or tricky, were demonstrated using the system’s standard functionality without some sort of complicated bypass operation. Surprisingly enough, many medium- and even large-scale ERP market players are sometimes not able to completely avoid workarounds during similar certification demonstrations. So this obviously allowed us to make conclusions regarding IFS Applications’ strong functional capabilities in comparison to peer solutions. In my personal opinion the company appears to be a very serious ERP software market player, and the software obviously deserves the attention of businesses looking for Tier 1 or 2 solutions that are capable of supporting their requirements over the long term.

A full set of updated IFS Applications certification reports with more on the product’s background, highlights, features and functions, and competitive strengths and weaknesses, as well as benchmarking analysis on different functionality areas will be available soon on the TEC 2013 Certification Reports page. You can also see how IFS Applications compares to its major competitors using TEC’s proprietary evaluation tools now.
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