Wednesday, October 06, 2010
Leading building automation company standardizes global ERP infrastructure with IFS
Swiss-based Sauter Group, a leading global provider of energy efficient solutions for facility management, has chosen IFS Applications to standardize and modernize its entire global ERP structure, and to enhance project management. The contract includes software licenses and services and has a total value of more than SKr 9 million.
Sauter provides solutions for facility management, customized to suit energy-efficiently the requirements of customers and their projects all over the world. From the development stage of systems and components to decentralized control options for room management, Sauter is working on the maximum economic benefits for its customers, with minimal energy consumption throughout the entire lifecycle of a building.
Sauter selected IFS because of its focus on project management and its global reach. IFS Applications will replace the wide array of legacy software, part of which is more than 10 years old, currently being run by Sauter’s subsidiaries. This will enable Sauter to standardize its ERP infrastructure, integrate multisite processes worldwide, gain better control of its projects, and optimize and shorten order processing times. IFS Applications will be rolled out by means of a uniform global implementation process, with the first subsidiaries in Austria, Spain/Portugal and final Italy. Ultimately, further subsidiaries and the production facility in Basle, Switzerland, will migrate to IFS Applications.
The solution consists of IFS Applications components for engineering, manufacturing, distribution, maintenance, financials, human resource management, sales & service, document management, and business performance.
“IFS was selected for a number of good reasons. IFS Applications is an agile, user-friendly system with the functionality and quality needed in our business. Global capabilities are also important, and, not least, the people we met were very competent,” Stefan Widmer, Manager, Corporate IT, Sauter, said.
“We achieved this significant win because once again we were able to demonstrate the agility of IFS Applications in a complex global environment with demands that are associated with multiple sites, manufacturing, and project management,” said Peter Höhne, Vice President Sales & Marketing, IFS Germany.
The Swiss-based SAUTER is one of the technologically leading companies in the fields of building-automation solutions for green buildings. SAUTER develops, manufactures and markets energy-efficient solutions in building management systems. The company's project portfolio includes well-known references in the following types of property: offices and administrative buildings, research and educational institutions, hospitals, industrial and laboratory premises, airports, leisure complexes and hotels. The company's four divisions—Systems, Components, Services and FM—provide holistic expertise in building management. Family-owned Sauter Group has approximately 2,000 employees.
IFS is a public company (OMX STO: IFS) founded in 1983 that develops, supplies, and implements IFS Applications™, a component-based extended ERP suite built on SOA technology. IFS focuses on agile businesses where any of four core processes are strategic: Service & asset management, manufacturing, supply chain and projects. The company has 2,000 customers and is present in more than 50 countries with 2,700 employees in total. Net revenue in 2009 was SKr 2.6 billion.