IFS Review

IFS
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IFS Applications
IFS
1983
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IFS Applications At A Glance

Good: Other business functions are integrated in the suite, scheduling work orders via a drag-and-drop interface, manage complete lifecycle of each equipment.
Bad: Not intended for small businesses.
Bottom Line: Integrated suite that handles a wide variety of business functions and allows companies to add components to fit their business needs.

Product Overview

IFS Applications is an integrated suite of solutions that handle a wide variety of business functions. The solutions are: Financials, Human Capital Management, Engineering, Projects, Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Maintenance, Sales & Service, and Business Enablers. Each solutions has many different components. For example, the Human Capital Management solution includes self-service, time and attendance, payroll, expense management, employee development and recruiting.

Businesses can add new components or features to suit their needs. IFS Applications also has cross-functional components, such as document management, business intelligence, quality management, and accounting rules.

For the purpose of this review, we will focus on the Maintenance component.

Features

The Maintenance component focuses on work orders, asset management, and preventative maintenance. It also include features such as:

  • Scheduling and resourcing – With a drag-and-drop interface, users can add and make changes to maintenance schedules. They can also automatically compare staffing needs with specific maintenance requests/orders.
  • B2B contracting – For companies that want to outsource maintenance tasks, this component allows them to find, evaluate, and place bids on sub-contractors for jobs via a collaboration portal. The contractors for the job will also get instructions and report statuses and results via this portal.
  • Vehicle information management – Companies can manage their fleet and vehicle maintenance more efficiently, as this component supports operational planning and preventative maintenance.
  • Overall equipment effectiveness – This component helps companies increase revenue by evaluating key performance indicators and improvements in equipment performance.
  • Equipment management – With this component, companies can manage the complete lifecycle of each asset, from plants to buildings to machines.

Target Market

IFS Applications serves many industries such as manufacturing, automotive, aerospace, construction, and energy and utilities.  It doesn’t publicly release its customer names. Please contact them directly if you’re looking for customer references.

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Implementation/Integration

IFS strives to get its applications implemented in the shortest time possible. Customers will be assigned a dedicated customer service and implementation team for the implementation stage as well as beyond.

IFS also provides training both in the classroom (at IFS training facilities) and online. Classroom training can vary between two to three days based on the course, and web-based training can take anywhere from one to four hours per course.

Customer Service & Support

IFS offers a variety of support packages from a basic maintenance package to one that includes 24/7 emergency support. Other means of support include IFS’ Internet Support Center (where users can request support online) and phone support.

Pricing

IFS doesn’t publicly release its pricing information. Please contact them directly for a quote.

Shortcomings

Since IFS is focused mainly on medium-to-large companies with agile needs, smaller companies may not be able to benefit from using the applications.

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About

IFS develops and delivers enterprise software for customers around the world who manufacture and distribute goods, maintain assets, and manage service-focused operations. The industry expertise of our people and solutions, together with commitment to our customers, has made us a recognized leader and the most recommended supplier in our sector. Our team of 3,500 employees supports more than 10,000 customers worldwide from a network of local offices and through our growing ecosystem of partners.

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