<html> <head> <meta name="description" content="IFS launches Aurora user interface and introduces new application age"> <meta name="title" content="Enterprise Consulting Limited News - IFS launches Aurora user interface and introduces new application age"> <meta name="keywords" content="ecl, ifs, ifs hk, hong kong"> <meta name="distribution" content="GLOBAL"> <meta name="classification" content="Software"> <meta name="revisit-after" content="15 Days"> <title>Enterprise Consulting Limited News - IFS launches Aurora user interface and introduces new application age</title> <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html"; charset="utf-8"> <link rel="stylesheet" href="/style.css" type="text/css"> <link href="../CSS/styles.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"> </head> <body text="#000000" bgcolor="#FFFFFF"> <font size="4"> </font> <!-- Start of StatCounter Code --> <script type="text/javascript" language="javascript"> var sc_project=589872; var sc_partition=4; var sc_security="ea940a5b"; var sc_invisible=1; </script> <script type="text/javascript" language="javascript" src="http://www.statcounter.com/counter/counter.js"></script><noscript><a href="http://www.statcounter.com/" target="_blank"><img src="http://c5.statcounter.com/counter.php?sc_project=589872&amp;java=0&amp;security=ea940a5b&amp;invisible=1" alt="free web site hit counter" border="0"></a> </noscript> <!-- End of StatCounter Code --> <table width="968" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tr> <td height="2"></td> </tr> <tr> <td height="4" bgcolor="#13658F"></td> </tr> <tr> <td height="4"></td> </tr> </table> <table width="968" border="0"> <tr> <td width="968" height="188"><img src="../images/ifs_banner_0611.jpg" width="968" height="188"></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="968" height="20"> </td> </tr> </table> <table width="968" border="0"> <tr> <td width="60"></td> <td width="908" height="40" class="headline">IFS launches Aurora user interface and introduces new application age<br> - Innovative interface improves usability and increases productivity </td> </tr> </table> <table width="673" border="0" height="31"> <tr> <td width="60"></td> <td> <p><font size="2" class="text">(15 October 2007, Linkping)</font></p> <p align="justify" class="text">IFS, the global enterprise applications company headquartered in Sweden, today announced Aurora, an innovative enterprise application user experience designed to adapt to users needs and ways of working. A new ergonomic design, embedded enterprise application search and integrated rich media will dramatically improve user interaction with IFS Applications, significantly improving productivity. The Aurora user interface will be made available as an add-on to IFS Applications 7.5 in 2008.</p> <p align="justify" class="text">The technology is the result of IFS long-term focus on usability and productivity. Design and ergonomics are the key to increasing usability, which is essential in getting more from an enterprise software system.</p> <p align="justify" class="text"> The bland look, feel and function of enterprise applications in the workplace are no longer acceptable, IFS chief technology officer Dan Matthews said.  The developments seen in the consumer sector mean that design in enterprise software is now more important than ever. Employees want the same usability they have in the latest cell phones, iPods and on the web available to them in the office. Aurora delivers an intuitive interface that engages the user and allows them to work on their own terms.</p> <p align="justify" class="text"> Sweden is famous for its design, modern lines and high functionality; this heritage is clearly visible in Aurora. The design focuses on the task to be carried out and less on superfluous tools surrounding it. The workspace now adapts to the many different sizes of flat panel displays. Aurora ensures IFS Applications can leverage the screen real estate on an engineer s 30-inch screen, while also fitting into 12-inch ultra-portable laptops used out in the field, Matthews said.</p> <p align="justify" class="text"> Independent studies show that  difficulty to search for and find information and  poor navigation around and between applications are among the top time wasters when using enterprise software. Aurora addresses both of these with innovative solutions. By embedding enterprise application search functionality into the business system itself, the search algorithms can take into account all the nuances of the data held in the application and deliver truly relevant results. Key information is found quicker and easier as a result, Matthews said.</p> <p align="justify" class="text">Aurora is a Rich Internet Application; web-deployed using .Net and SOA technology. The interface uses a range of new navigation technologies such as adaptable link pages, contextual breadcrumb navigation, and visual recent screens. These combine to deliver a customizable working environment that encourages user collaboration. The interface also includes rich media notes, in-application document viewing for common file types such as PDF and Word, and the ability to integrate web content into the work.</p> <p align="justify" class="text">Aurora s design has been developed using feedback from users in many different industries. This has enabled IFS to refine new innovations following field-testing with key IFS customers. The rollout of Aurora to selected IFS customers will start in March 2008, with wider rollout later in the year.</p> <p align="justify"><span class="subtitle">About IFS and IFS Applications</span><font size="2"></span></p> <p align="justify" class="text">IFS (OMX STO: 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.</p> <p align="justify" class="text">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 22 languages.</p> <p align="justify" class="text">IFS has over 600,000 users across seven key vertical sectors: aerospace & defense; automotive; high-tech; industrial manufacturing; process industries; construction, contracting & service management and utilities & telecom. IFS Applications provides extended ERP functionality including customer relationship management (CRM), supply chain management (SCM), product lifecycle management (PLM), corporate performance management (CPM), enterprise asset management (EAM) and maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) capabilities.</p> <p align="justify"><span class="subtitle">For additional information, contact:</span><font size="2"></span></p> <p align="justify" class="text"> Dan Matthews, Senior Technology Architect, IFS<br> Phone: +46 31 726 27 12<br> E-mail: dan.johansson@ifsworld.com <br> <br> <br> Manni Svensson, IR & PR, IFS World<br> Phone: +46 (0) 858 784 500 <br> <br> <br> Anne Vandbakk, Corporate Communication Director, IFS World<br> Phone: +47 66 90 73 00<br> Mobile: +47 952 06 545<br> E-mail: anne.vandbakk@ifs.no <br> <br> <br> </p> </td> </tr> </table> <table width="766" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tr> <td height="2"></td> </tr> <tr> <td height="4" bgcolor="#13658F"></td> </tr> <tr> <td height="4"></td> </tr> </table> <table width="766" height="30" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"> <tr> <td width="543" align="center" valign="middle" class="text"><a href="../index.html" class="footnav">Home</a> | <a href="../news.html" class="footnav">News</a> | <a href="../profile.html" class="footnav">Profile</a> | <a href="../services.html" class="footnav">Services</a> | <a href="../solutions/index.html" class="footnav">Solutions</a> | <a href="../downloads/index.php" class="footnav">Downloads</a> | <a href="../partners/index.html" class="footnav">Partners</a> | <a href="../careers.html" class="footnav">Careers</a> | <a href="../contact_us.html" class="footnav">Contact Us</a></td> <td width="223" align="center" valign="middle" class="copyright"> &copy; 2005 Enterprise Consulting Ltd. <br> <A href="../legal.html" class="solutionlink">Legal Notices &amp; Disclaimer</A> </td> </tr> </table> </body> </html>