Key Themes Include Mobility, User Experience, and Innovation
Over 1100 IFS customers convened October 15th to 17th, 2012 in Gothenburg Sweden for the IFS World Conference. The conference brought together the world of projects, service and asset, manufacturing, and supply chain. The conference highlighted the:
- Massive move to mobile. IFS continued their push into their mobile apps portfolio with seven touch apps. Martin Gunnarsson director of research and development, discussed how the mobile solution addresses three personas: casual, professional, and transactional. IFS Time Tracker addresses project time and attendance reporting, confirmation, etc. IFS Trip Tracker simplifies travel expense reporting. IFS Sales Companion helps sales professionals manage their accounts, tasks and opportunities. IFS Quick Reports provide the ability to create and view ad-hoc reports on a mobile device. IFS Quick Facts enables fast keyword search of any object in IFS Applications. IFS Flight Log allows the management of platform operational data in the aerospace and defense industry. IFS Support Companion delivers interaction with IFS support centers.
Point of view (POV): The move to mobile continues the user experience emphasis of IFS. These new Touch Apps address specific work processes and allow for quick to complete tasks. By calling on services running inside IFS Cloud, users gain direct access without having to talk to the ERP back end. IFS should be lauded for support of the three key mobile apps ecosystems: Google Play Store, Apple App Store and Windows Marketplace. pushing out to public apps stores provides customers with an easy and frictionless experience. Customers and prospects can expect more touch apps to address areas in CRM, HR, reporting, search, and projects in 2013.
- Launch customers on IFS Applications 8. Customers on hand at the conference provided upfront honesty of the migration to IFS Applications 8Early adopters, Remmele Engineering, Portsmouth Aviation, VBG Group, Bright Point, and Teracom shared insights on their move to IFS Applications 8. Some customers moved from IFS 2003, others from IFS 7.5. Right now 40% of the customer base has made the move to 7.5 or 8. IFS has 34000 users are live or implementing and expect 25 customers by year end to be live on IFS applications 8.
(POV): The different release paths, industries, and use cases reinforced the marketing messages that the move to IFS Applications 8 was worth the trouble. Customers cite the user experience, business intelligence, and the move to mobility as the key reasons for the shift. Regulatory compliance and new industry specific features also played a significant role. More…