Monday 12 November 2018
Growing interest among major European energy & utility companies to upgrade to IFS Applications 10
IFS Applications 10 gains momentum as two major utilities in Norway roll out powerful capabilities to 800+ users
Having used IFS Applications since 1996, Sogn og Fjordane Energi has produced electricity for 100 years and delivers approximately 2TWh of power to the market. To drive digitalization and service excellence, the company recently decided to upgrade to IFS Applications 10. The solution will support mission-critical processes such as maintenance, projects, logistics, document management, finance, and HR.
“Power production is an everlasting project where we rely on natural resources such as waterfalls and watercourses,” said Martin Holvik, CFO of Sogn og Fjordane Energi. “This makes our timetable unending, which is why we typically plan maintenance for the next ten years. All those projects are planned in IFS Applications. We needed a future-proof IT system to achieve our goal of constantly improving efficiency, which is why we are now upgrading to the latest version of IFS Applications.”
Sogn og Fjordane Energy is divided into three divisions: power production, sales to end users, and grid management. Martin Holvik added, “Around half of our employees are deployed in the field, working with operating and maintaining our power grid. The fact that IFS Applications is accessible on any device was therefore crucial to our selection as it means that field staff can receive and update assignments using handheld devices, eliminating the need to return to base in between jobs.”
Also upgrading to IFS Applications 10 is Glitre Energy. Running and maintaining 20 power stations, the company produces 2.5 TWh of power annually. Glitre relies on IFS for supporting maintenance, procurement, project management, customer orders, finance, BI, document management, and HR. In addition, Glitre Energi has obtained enhanced data quality and better business intelligence through prepackaged analytics visualized through Microsoft Power BI.
Glitre Energi Systems Coordinator Bent Gabrielsen said, ”IFS Applications is crucial for our operations. Without it, we would not have sufficient control over our projects. By using IFS Applications as our central system of records, we avoid information lock-in. We look forward to using new functionality like IFS Lobby to empower our project managers with access to a single version of the truth and the ability to track costs linked to individual activities registered at any point during the project.”
Elni Kullmer, head of IFS Scandinavia added, “We see a growing interest among our energy and utility customers to upgrade to IFS Applications 10. Businesses in this sector need to look ahead and invest in technology that allows for digitalization and service excellence in the field by facilitating smart services, proactive maintenance, team collaboration for fast issue resolution, and data capture and analysis. IFS Applications 10 encompasses finance, HR, supply chain, service and asset management as well as deep project and contract management capabilities that ensure full asset lifecycle management within one application.”
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