IFS Applications 7 wins CER Award for Best ERP System of the Year 2006 for Discrete Manufacturing

(18 December 2006, Linköping)

IFS has strengthened its position as a market-leading ERP provider through winning the CER Award. The expert jury of the Center for Enterprise Research (CER) chose the Swedish provider of enterprise software for the “ERP Product of the Year” award in the Discrete Manufacturing category. The strengths of IFS Applications 7 in the areas of implementation time, ergonomics, technology, support and customer value secured the award, despite strong competition in SAP’s home market.

The award recognizes IFS’ success in working with customers in the discrete manufacturing industry to develop business software tools to increase agility and meet the demands of this sector. IFS Applications 7 combines the advantages of SOA and component-based architecture with the benefit of optimized TCO and ROI. With its combination of industry-specific and functional components, IFS Applications 7 provides an efficient and cost-effective ERP tool to the manufacturing industry.

Wilfried Gschneidinger, General Manager of IFS Central Europe, said, “We are very happy about this award. The accolade from CER recognizes that IFS is continuously improving its market share in German-speaking countries with its clear focus on mid-sized businesses in specific industry sectors. Our focus on flexibility, industry know-how and customer orientation has also played a large part in our success.”

About CER (Center of Enterprise Research)

Situated at the Chair of Business Information Systems and Electronic Government at the Universityof Potsdam, the Center for Enterprise Research combines competence within the transfer of technology and knowledge between research and practice. The CER offers diversified consulting and training services for private and public suppliers and users of ERP systems. The services vary from the design of IT systems and help with the choice and implementation of IT systems to their certification. The CER staff members have years of operating experience with the guidance of projects in the domain of Enterprise Resource Planning. Under the charge of Prof. Dr. Norbert Gronau many results of scientific research have been transferred into solutions of practical relevance.

About IFS and IFS Applications

IFS (OMX: IFS), the global enterprise applications company, provides solutions which enable organizations to respond quickly to market changes - allowing resources to be used in a more agile way to achieve better business performance and competitive advantage.

IFS was founded in 1983 and now has 2,600 employees worldwide. IFS has pioneered component-based ERP software with IFS Applications™, now in its seventh generation. IFS’ component architecture provides solutions that are easier to implement, run and upgrade. IFS Applications is available in 54 countries in 20 languages.

IFS has over 500,000 users across seven key vertical sectors: aerospace & defense; automotive; high-tech; industrial manufacturing; process industries; construction, service & facilities management and utilities & telecom. IFS Applications provides extended ERP functionality, including supply chain management (SCM); enterprise asset management (EAM); maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO); product lifecycle management (PLM); project and contract management; customer relationship management (CRM); and corporate performance management (CPM) capabilities.

For additional information, contact:

Annett Obermeyer, Marketing Manager, IFS Deutschland
Phone: +49 9131 7734 105
Fax: +49 9131 7734 119
E-mail: annett.obermeyer@ifsde.com

Stephanie Thaller, Jürgen Rast, Harvard Public Relations
Phone: +49 89 532 957 48/31
Mobile: +49 89 532 957 888
E-mail: IFS@harvard.de

Rachel Hodgson, LEWIS PR
Phone: +44 (0)207 802 2626
E-mail: rachelh@lewispr.com


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