Legacy Software Review: IFS ERP Software

It is our opinion that the management structure of IFS is a good one, and that they take good care of their customer base.

IFS has equipped itself with very specific product offerings, setting it apart from competitors in the marketplace. It is our opinion that the management structure of IFS is a good and that they take good care of their customer base. Upon joining the company, CEO Darren Roos established an ambitious program to consolidate IFS' products in order to create a more unified, less complex platform.


IFS was originally founded by a group of Swedish college students who sought to provide companies with an industry-specific, user-friendly software platform, and today IFS typically serves mid to large-sized companies, remaining highly manufacturing-oriented since its founding. Boasting their superior customer service, the IFS website relates how the founders literally pitched a tent outside of their first customers’ headquarters to provide the best possible support at any hour.

Since its founding, IFS has positioned itself in such a way that they are considered dependable and adaptable. Continuing this tradition, IFS has detailed a migration plan from legacy software onto the cloud.

In recent years, IFS has acquired various companies expanding its Field Service Management (FSM) capabilities. Some organizations are longing for an alternative to other popular ERP solutions, and IFS might successfully fulfill that role should it continue to provide exceptional service and expand into the midmarket. It has also made evident movement toward sustainability and functionality that will assist companies in meeting increasingly strict requirements for carbon reduction.

Onto the cloud

IFS has been loud about its brand and updates, which indicates that they are not backing down from the competition. For example, in February of 2021, IFS took to Times Square in New York City to announce a renewed focus on the customer service tenets the company was founded upon. Shortly thereafter, IFS unveiled what they described as the company’s largest-ever product launch, IFS Cloud. It should be noted that a robust cloud ERP offering is a must for any ERP vendor to be taken seriously these days, so it is refreshing to see that IFS has arrived.

IFS has stated it will continue to support the existing software as well as provide the resources to transition to the cloud. The goal of IFS' strategy appears to be meeting customers where they are rather than expecting them to be immediately ready for the cloud.

The first consideration in an upgrade is your cloud strategy. Will you select a public cloud infrastructure or a private one? Or a hybrid? This decision takes priority because it establishes how you will run your applications after the go-live.

Don't Forget

It’s important to remember that the purpose of embarking on an ERP journey is to do things differently than you’re doing them now. It’s all about change, and change is hard. However, the future is bright with the right software and team. Whether you are a longtime IFS customer or a relatively new one, our independent ERP consultants can help you evaluate your unique needs and help you make the best decisions for the advancement of your organization. Contact us today for an individualized ERP consultation.

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