Monday, September 24, 2007

Centric and IFS join forces to deliver agile enterprise software to European retailers

IFS, the global enterprise applications company, announced today that it has entered into a partnership with Centric, the Dutch IT total solution provider. The two companies are working together to develop service orientated architecture (SOA) based solutions to improve efficiency and flexibility within the retail industry.

Centric has a strong customer base across the central European market within warehousing, point-of-sale systems and logistics. Centric is well regarded in the retail sector and known for its best-of-breed solutions with customers such as Blokker, Hema, Kingfisher and Ahold. This expertise, combined with the agility provided by IFS’ extended supply chain solution, creates the retail industry’s most powerful and flexible extended ERP solution.

IFS and Centric will package their solutions and jointly offer these to the fashion, DIY and domestic market, packaged with a common support and implementation strategy. A combination of the complete business application system from IFS and best-of-breed solution solutions from Centric in one package enables retailers to minimize the integration risks and keep costs down.

The two companies have established a Center of Excellence that focuses solely on the success of the partnership. 
“IFS offers a set of solutions that complement Centric’s established applications perfectly,” said Denhard Jongman, Director of Supply Chain Solutions at Centric. “Retailers are looking to bring together the functionality they need to ensure products are stored, picked, distributed and available for customers to buy when they get to the store. These functions need to integrate seamlessly with core financial, marketing and business intelligence applications. This partnership with IFS enables us to help our customers achieve this, without the high costs and long implementation times normally associated with tier-one products.”

“Partnering with Centric adds nearly 30 years of retail expertise and industry-specific solutions to the IFS product range,” said Alastair Sorbie, CEO of IFS. “This powerful partnership extends our offering in the retail supply chain in a single step and builds on the success with a number of joint customers. The alliance shows IFS’ ability to respond to market opportunities by adding industry functionality quickly and cost-effectively to our component-based solution.”

Retail & Wholesale Distribution is one of IFS’ targeted market segments. IFS offers industry-specific solutions for companies throughout their whole value chain, from planning, procurement, distribution through to store operations. IFS Applications provides support for all critical business processes in the industry, including master data management, automatic replenishment, bonuses and discounts, strategic HR and forecasting. E-Business, Business Intelligence, point-of-sales integrations and hand-held devices are other functions that are supported in the solution.

IFS customers in the retail area include Stadium, Systembolaget, ByggMax, Reporter, Marskramer and Intertoys. IFS customers in the Wholesale area include Jenssen, Cloetta Fazer, SMC Pneumatics, Bristan, Hama, Brightpoint, Heaven Hill Distilleries Inc. and Katun Corporation.

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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Vice President Corporate Communications Oliver Pilgerstorfer

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