21 September, 2009

Grupo Farmasierra selects IFS Applications to support global growth

IFS, the global enterprise applications company, today announces that Grupo Farmasierra, a pharmaceutical group specializing in the development, manufacture, distribution and marketing of drugs, food supplements and cosmetics, will implement IFS Applications to streamline its business processes.

Grupo Farmasierra selected IFS after carrying out a comprehensive review of over 10 competitor solutions. Founded in 1996 the company has experienced rapid growth both in terms of size and revenue and recognized the need for an agile and flexible enterprise solution to provide greater visibility and control over resource allocation and to improve operational efficiency.

Juan Granados, CIO of Grupo Farmasierra said, “We have two production plants with a total capacity of 70 million finished units, distribution warehouses and a vast product portfolio. Coupled with the rapid growth we have experienced recently and our involvement in international production and development projects with world-renowned pharmaceutical companies in the US, UK, Sweden, Germany, Italy and Spain, we needed a solution that would allow us to transform our business processes and adapt quickly to customer demands and market changes.”

“IFS Applications 7.5 proved to be the best fit for us in terms of flexibility and functionality. For instance, it offers a finite capacity planner that the competitor solutions lacked and will allow us to allocate resources and materials effectively in order to streamline the supply chain, optimize output and control costs. IFS Applications was also the most standardized solution of those we reviewed making it easy to integrate with existing systems.”

IFS will provide Grupo Farmasierra with an integrated solution to provide greater insight into a number of business units across the enterprise including its finance, manufacturing, maintenance, engineering and HR departments. The solution will also enable Grupo Farmasierra to consolidate its several data marts into a single data warehouse.

Prior to implementing IFS Applications, Grupo Farmasierra was reliant on using numerous legacy systems and data warehouse management software. Once the IFS solution has been implemented users will be able to access and share a single, accurate and up-to-the-minute view of information related to production, sales, purchasing, manufacturing, resource allocation and other areas to facilitate effective decision making, improve operational efficiency and time to market speeds.

“The pharmaceutical industry is extremely competitive and to maintain our strong growth levels and stay ahead of the competition it’s vital we have the necessary tools to give us this level of visibility and process automation across the enterprise. A single view of information across the organization will also help us to improve performance and productivity in all areas of the business,” commented Tomás Olleros, President of Grupo Farmasierra.

Enrique de Miguel, Commercial Manager of IFS,  Spain said, “The pharmaceutical industry continues to see growth in the recession and competition remains as high as ever. Technology plays a key role in setting businesses apart from their rivals by generating efficiencies, improving productivity and adding value to the bottom line. We look forward to working with Grupo Farmasierra, this is a key project for IFS in Spain and will be the first Spanish roll-out of the new user interface, IFS Enterprise Explorer.”

About IFS

Founded in 1983, IFS develops, supplies, and implements IFS Applications, has more than 2700 employees in 55 countries around the world, and its net revenue in 2008 was $350 million. IFS Applications is used every day by more than 600,000 users in 24 languages, in more than 2000 companies. Currently, more than 7,000 users in more than 60 companies in Spain and Portugal use IFS Applications to manage their processes every day.The implementation, maintenance, support and training services offered by IFS are carried out in accordance with the methodology of IFS. The experience achieved after more than 25 years of implementing IFS Applications in different industries with IFS implementation teams, is a guarantee of the extensive knowledge of the solution and the vast experience of the company, guarantee an implementation process of the highest quality and shorter lead times.IFS offers implementation, maintenance and support services with local resources of IFS Applications Iberica, under 4 different maintenance plans that cover all the support requirements of the companies based on how critical their operations are.

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