IFS Labs, the research and development unit dedicated to developing future functionality for business applications, is taking inspiration from social applications such as Facebook, Twitter and Skype to make IFS Applications more user friendly and efficient.
As global businesses get more complex, IFS recognizes that the IT applications that support them need to do the exact opposite—help simplify the process of capturing and sharing information within a business. With IFS WikiHelp, IFS Talk and IFS Communicator—the latest ‘proof of concept’ features from IFS Labs—users can comment, participate in discussions and search databases as you do Google, all within a secure environment.
Unlike existing social media tools, which are accessible to all, IFS Labs’ social media tools have been developed to bring social media functionality to the business environment with built-in security. Users do not need to leave the core system to find relevant information, so all information is contained and only available to IFS Applications users.
David Andersson, Director of IFS Labs commented, “Today, users expect the same functionalities from their ERP system as they use in their personal lives. It makes sense to embrace the look and feel of the applications people are most familiar with in order to improve the usability of our own business solutions. Enterprise applications are only as powerful as the information that resides within them, therefore making them familiar and easy to engage with is critical.”
The latest features currently under development at IFS Labs are aimed at improving team collaboration and communication as well as information and knowledge capture in a user-friendly way.
David Andersson concluded, “At the moment these new features are in the development stage, but we are completely committed to setting new standards in enterprise application design and usability for our customers. If these features are built into IFS Applications, users will not need to leave their core system, meaning information is controlled and contained in the right place, and the benefits of a company’s collective knowledge can be realized.”
IFS Labs is a functional unit within IFS Research & Development that explores new areas of business application functionality, and serves as a testing ground for new development initiatives and ‘proof of concept’ projects not yet ready for large-scale deployment. Taking inspiration from intuitive web and social media applications and incorporating them into IFS Applications, IFS Labs helps pioneer the company’s continuous focus on improving Enterprise application usability—setting new standards in enterprise software design for its customers.
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.
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