What is IFS Cloud?

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.

IFS Cloud is not Apps 11

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. This means customers can access new functionality through twice-yearly releases, without the need for costly upgrades.

In 2023 IFS Cloud was awarded a Customers’ Choice in the prestigious Gartner Peer Insights, Voice of the Customer report. Gartner considers ERP to be a “foundational technology for operating enterprises”, and IFS Cloud is the Customers’ Choice for Product-Centric Enterprises.

Customers say IFS Cloud is a game-changer. From Apps 9 to Cloud there are huge improvements.

Lots of IFS customers are considering the move to Cloud. Many of them are planning to go in 2025, before Apps 10 goes into Restricted Support in Q1 of 2026.

Waiting until 2025 is a risky strategy as potentially hundreds of businesses will be competing for resource at the same time. In the UK alone IFS has 500+ customers, and there’s limited pool of IFS talent with experience in Cloud.

You get 450+ new things when you move from IFS Apps 10 to Cloud

And a business moving from earlier versions gets 1000+ new pieces of functionality, with more added in each twice-yearly release.

We picked five big-ticket items from the world of manufacturing to highlight the potential of IFS Cloud.

IFS also includes industry-specific solutions for Aerospace and Defense, Energy, Utilities and Resources, Construction and Engineering, Service Industries or Telecommunications.

Five new functions in IFS Cloud that manufacturers need to know about

Manufacturing Lobby for data dashboards

A good starting position for people who don’t know what they want to see. Dashboards show the art of the possible and can be updated by customers.

Procurement

You can now maintain and use supplier catalogues / PunchOut in Cloud without having to set up large volumes of parts manually. This reduces maintenance of large lists of parts and in some cases can be maintained by the supplier.

Manufacturing Scheduling and Optimisation (MSO)

Factory planning is easier with the new MSO. It uses the powerful Planning and Scheduling Optimisation (PSO) engine to perform all your scheduling in the Aurena client.

Customer orders – true capability check with capacity

This gives you accurate dates for your customer using actual Machine Load rather than standard lead times.

Quick purchase order and customer order entry

This one’s great for FMCG where orders are high volume and often come in via email or phone. The new functionality means you can quickly enter orders based on templates/assortments or from a list of parts.

With all the new functionality, how will you decide the priorities for go-live?

You need the business to work with you on that. Your people are experts in what they do. Their ideas about how to improve their work will shape the product you implement at go-live.

This is fundamental.

You’re leading the whole business on a programme of change that will transform their ways of working.

Managing that change is a lot more than training and communication.

It’s about engaging business teams to co-produce their IFS Cloud product with them. For more on this see Understanding the Impact on People

More Knowledge

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.

Understanding the impact on people

Change Management gets talked about a lot and people often think it’s a bit of training and communication. It is more than that.