IFS and Microsoft strengthen joint initiative to aid information workers

(1 December 2006, Linköping)

IFS, the global enterprise applications company, today announced a program to deliver solutions to connect with the Microsoft Office 2007 suite. Recognizing the need for an “intelligent desktop”, IFS Applications and Microsoft Office will combine secure and efficient information access with ease-of-use and flexibility to empower the information worker.

The development initiative will deliver new IFS components integrating critical business information with the desktop. Familiar Microsoft Office products will act as the interface to the IFS Applications enterprise-wide backbone. By providing a secure and traceable “write-back” from the Microsoft Office suite back into IFS Applications, the intelligent desktop becomes an Office Business Application that greatly improves user productivity whilst being manageable for the enterprise as a whole.

Using web-services and service-oriented architecture (SOA), IFS and Microsoft will continue to jointly exploit the business value of extending the integration with 2007 Microsoft Office.

“Office has long been a preferred solution for information workers and with Microsoft Office 2007 it has the potential to become a powerful Business Intelligence tool. Using SOA capabilities inherent in both IFS Applications and Microsoft Office, we will be able to provide information workers with a complete Office experience. This is coupled with full interaction with the structured processes of IFS Applications, our integrated enterprise solution that secures critical business data,” said Pär Åkerblom, Head of the Desktop Intelligence project at IFS.

“This is a perfect fit with our information worker strategy and the collaboration with IFS is proof of the productivity potential in extending the Microsoft Office user experience to integrate ERP business processes. By creating an intelligent desktop which incorporates the best of both worlds we will enable the information worker to speed up decision making and improve workforce productivity,” said Ulf Avrin, Director of ISV Strategy, Microsoft EMEA.

A range of joint solutions are planned, with the first based on MS Excel, available early in 2007. Development will then continue to further support and exploit the potential of Microsoft Office 2007.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq ‘MSFT’) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

About IFS

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:

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

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