Thursday, March 31, 2011

Industrial services leader C&D Group selects IFS Applications in £560,000 deal

IFS, the global enterprise applications company, today announced one of the UK’s leading industrial service providers, C&D Group, has chosen to deploy IFS Applications to streamline its business systems and provide a platform for future growth. The contract was signed in late 2010.

C&D Group (C&D), part of the KAEFER Group, provides industrial services such as Insulation (Thermal , Cryogenic & Acoustic ), Access and Scaffolding, Asbestos Removal, Industrial Painting , HVAC Design, Fabrication, Installation and architectural fit-out, to name a few. As a contract maintenance and project based business, C&D manages a wide range of large scale industrial projects for clients operating in the Power Generation, Oil & Gas, Heavy Engineering, Nuclear, Petrochemical, Pharmaceutical, Marine and Offshore Construction sectors.

These services are provided either on an individual basis or as part of an integrated package to clients, requiring meticulous planning and management, therefore C&D is dependent on access to business critical information to ensure the success of its projects, often in remote sites around the UK.

Previously operating with several disparate legacy systems, C&D recognized the reporting benefits and efficiency savings that would be brought about by adopting a single, fully integrated, multi-company / multi site system that would readily provide access to key employees whilst maintaining the highest levels of security and data protection. Historically, much of this data was being duplicated across the business, resulting in less than efficient use of existing resources. This resulted in a clear need for a new IT system that would help to unify the business, improve internal processes and in turn support C&D’s ambitious growth strategy. IFS beat nine other competitors including SAP - the incumbent supplier to the KAEFER Group - to be named the vendor of choice to implement an ERP system throughout some 20 sites around the UK. The new system is expected to enhance integration and visibility across the business, and will improve business performance by centralizing critical information, which will enable simpler and more efficient project coordination.

Another key factor in the selection process included IFS’ expertise in industrial sectors. Michael Brown, Transformation Project Manager of C&D said: “We often work in hostile environments, including asbestos sites and nuclear power plants, and being able to accurately monitor employees’ exposure to these environments is absolutely essential. We already hold a much coveted Bronze Status for Investors in People, and wanted to ensure we continue to build on this reputation by implementing the right monitoring tools to track our health and safety compliance. Over and above its competitors, IFS demonstrated an acute knowledge of our industry and its ability to support our very specific needs,” concluded Brown. C&D is also set to benefit from the new user interface available in IFS Applications 7.5, which will aid in the adoption and use of the system by employees. “Usability is a must, and the IFS Applications interface is simple, intuitive and user-friendly. We predict it will help us to significantly streamline activity and improve time management,” said Brown.

C&D is currently implementing IFS’ Sales Contract, Project Management, Purchasing, Payroll, Financial, Stock Control and Document Management modules, which will be used by over 150 managerial and supervisory project staff. The rollout is set for completion by summer 2011.

IFS’ UK managing director, Paul Massey, commented: “This implementation showcases IFS’ ability to support a highly complex business and help with contemporary compliance issues. We are excited to be working with such an ambitious and multifaceted industrial services company; it stands as testament to our excellent working knowledge of the industrial sectors and their specific business requirements.”

The construction, contracting and service management industry is one of IFS’ targeted vertical market segments. The company offers a complete and integrated business solution that manages the entire lifecycle of contracts, projects, machines and equipment. With IFS Applications, companies can support and improve business processes by collaborating more closely with customers, suppliers and subcontractors. IFS Applications includes functionality for contract and project management, risk management, budgeting and forecasting, resource scheduling and optimization, installed base management, spare part management, mobile solutions for field work force, call and case management including SLA, all integrated with financials, procurement, manufacturing and HR. Existing IFS customers in the Construction, Contracting and Service Management industry include Hertel, Debut Services, Babcock Rail, Doosan Babcock, Grenland Group, Heerema Fabrication Group, Seadrill, Anticimex, Eltel Networks, Infratek, Gilbarco Autotank and Tomra Systems

About C&D Group

Originally formed in 1971 as an industrial insulation company, C&D Industrial Services Ltd is now one of the UK's leading integrated service providers. C&D provides a range of integrated support services throughout the UK to both the private and public sectors. C&D is a member of the KAEFER Group one of the world's largest industrial services companies.

For more information about C&D Group, please visit: www.candgroup.co.uk

About IFS

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 industries 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 2010 was SKr 2.6 billion.

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