Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Solutions – Alex Hankewicz
For over 20 years, this global software firm has provided a completely integrated modular product that covers nearly 20 industry verticals, ranging in such technically diverse industries as aerospace, energy, telecommunications, and process manufacturing (e.g., pharmaceuticals). The true genius of this system lies within the simplicity of the product’s design. The product was developed over several years of client usage and has continued to evolve.
The current seventh generation of the component-based software, IFS Applications 7, is entirely based on service-oriented component architecture (SOCA). The system has such robust features that many of the modules are being deployed as “best-of-breed” solutions in numerous customer locations. One of the ways that IFS stands out from the rest is through the use of open-source application programming interfaces (APIs), where the software modules can integrate with open source products. In conclusion, this vendor may not get the press or hype that some of its more famous competitors do, but it can stand up to—and in many instances can surpass—them, in terms of delivering fit, form, and functionality due to the product’s scalability.