Thursday, July 05, 2007

Norwegian air force and navy upgrade their IFS solutions

The Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation (NDLO) has entered into an agreement with IFS to upgrade its existing maintenance and logistics solutions for the air force and navy to IFS Applications 7. The agreement has a maximum financial framework of approximately US $ 8 million.

The Norwegian Armed Forces have been an IFS customer since 1997. IFS has delivered an integrated solution for logistics and maintenance, among other things, for aircraft and ships through the IMAS solution to the then Royal Norwegian Air Force Materiel Command (LFK in Norwegian) in 1998, and the SJØMAST solution to what was the Norwegian Royal Navy Materiel Command (SFK in Norwegian) in 2000. 

The upgraded IFS solution that is to be delivered to the NDLO will include an interface to the SAP solution that is being delivered to the Norwegian Armed Forces.

“The armed forces’ most complex materiel plays a crucial role in many operations, at home and abroad, and we are dependent on consistently efficient IT support. We have a positive experience of the solution from IFS and look forward to upgrading to IFS Applications 7,” said Harald Bye, head of the information department at the NDLO. 

“We have collaborated well with the Norwegian Armed Forces for many years, and we are very happy that they have chosen to upgrade their applications,” said Glenn Arnesen, managing director of IFS Scandinavia.

Aerospace and defense is one of IFS’ targeted market segments. Among other things, IFS will deliver a corresponding solution to the US Air Force via the Expeditionary Combat Support System (ECSS) project, in which the IFS solution is integrated with ORACLE. IFS Applications includes advanced standard functionality that meets the demanding requirements of the aerospace and defense industries in respect of maintenance and materiel availability.  IFS’ integrated solution for product data management (PDM), fleet management, and project management, combined with the other components in IFS Applications, make it easier to operate while managing the design, manufacturing and ongoing spare parts logistics throughout the product lifecycle. 

IFS customers include the British, Norwegian, and US defense organizations. Commercial MRO shops and operators include Finnair, Bristow Helicopters, Aero-Dienst GmbH, Hawker Pacific, and Jet Turbine Services. In addition, IFS provides solutions to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the global defense industry such as General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, the Eurofighter consortium, BAE SYSTEMS, Saab, and GE Transportation.

About IFS and IFS Applications

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.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. 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.

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