IFS Cloud: technical uplift or re-implementation? It’s your decision


Jon Allen, Change8’s IT programme delivery director led the first IFS Cloud implementation in the UK. Jon has extensive experience implementing IFS in multi-site and multi-national organisations.

The best route to Cloud depends on multiple factors like your current version of IFS, the state of the business data, and your in-house technical capability.

This blog is not a substitute for careful review and informed decisions.

It’s a broad sweep across some general recommendations and critical success factors.

Technical uplift is generally a good idea when a business has:

  • A robust financial structure
  • Clean data
  • Apps 9
  • Strong technical capability in-house
  • A need to go-live in a shorter timeline and spread the cost of adopting new functionality and technical changes over the next two to three years.

Re-implementation is generally a good idea when a business has:

  • Apps 7.5 or 8
  • A need to re-engineer processes, redesign the financial structure and retrain the users ahead of go-live
  • Lots of historical data
  • Limited technical capability in-house

There are technical upgrade paths from Apps 8 onwards to IFS Cloud. And businesses can go from IFS Apps 7.5 straight to Cloud. It’s a big leap but it’s been achieved by Change8 customers.

Setting yourself up for Success with an Upgrade Readiness Assessment

Your partner will provide a document called the Upgrade Readiness Assessment, which lists the basic activities and assigns responsibility to either you the customer, or IFS.

For example, all the Custom configurations, Reports, Integrations and Modifications (CRIMS) are your responsibility. There may be process areas that require a redesign and it will be on you to identify your business needs and requirements.

You need to understand all your responsibilities in the Upgrade Readiness Assessment and work out what the impact will be. Talk to your partner to make sure you’ve understood what it will mean in terms of resource and make sure you’ve got good people on the job.

This is one reason why doing a technical uplift requires a strong technical capability.

Common activities include:

  • Uplifting of configurations (custom fields, tabs etc.) and customisations (custom events, modifications etc.)
  • Uplift of security
  • Uplift of reports, SQL, Crystal
  • Uplift of integrations, EDI etc.

More Knowledge

What is IFS Cloud?

The launch of IFS Cloud was a landmark for IFS. The new product is a step change from Apps 10. IFS Cloud is built on the latest technology stack and is 100% cloud-based.

What does evergreen in IFS really mean?

Evergreen requires a shift in mindset from thinking of ERP implementation as a single event, to adopting a cycle of continuous improvement.

Making the case for change

When you’re planning the move to IFS Cloud, you’re embarking on a programme to transform the whole business.