Wednesday, June 13, 2012
GRAHAM selects IFS Applications in boost to growth strategy
IFS, the global enterprise applications company, today announced that construction, asset management and project investment company GRAHAM has chosen IFS Applications as its new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system. The contract was signed in March and the project is now underway.
GRAHAM is a privately-owned, industry-leading company. With a proud heritage of traditional skills and values fused with professional management, the company is ranked among the larger construction and services businesses in the UK and Ireland. Its facilities and asset management services represent a significant area of growth.
At the start of the process, GRAHAM was faced with certain challenges that are typical of fast-growing businesses. This included having silos of information, different ways of working across departments and divisions, lots of manual re-keying and large amounts of time and effort required to extract useful information from their existing non-integrated systems. Steven Creighton, the Group’s Finance Director, set out to bring some commonality to the IT systems in order to drive greater efficiency and provide a platform to continue rapid growth.
“We wanted to find a solution that could provide the functionality required in the different areas of our business on a common platform,” Creighton said. “We were already aware of the work IFS was doing with some of our partners and were keen to explore how they could help us reach our business goals.”
“The breadth of IFS’s offering enables us to fully integrate both the construction and asset management-based elements of our business into one system.”
IFS won the contract with GRAHAM following a four-way pitch including SAP, Coins and a Microsoft solution. The process involved day-long and week-long workshops with end users from GRAHAM, followed by a final presentation to the selection team.
Paul Massey, Managing Director at IFS Europe West said: “IFS Applications is a perfect fit for GRAHAM, a project-focused and forward-thinking business which knows a reduction in admin time and improved efficiency will help it grow in a sustainable way, even during a recession. IFS has a very strong background in providing fully integrated project management combined with market-leading service management capabilities, and we’re confident that IFS Applications will deliver what GRAHAM needs.”
The roll-out will take place in several phases, the first of which is due for completion in early 2013.
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 approximately 60 countries with 2,800 employees in total. Net revenue in 2011 was SKr 2.6 billion.
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