News - IFS Acquires Metrix LLC
On May 23, 2012, IFS signed an
agreement to purchase
Metrix LLC, a leading provider of
field service management and mobility software.
Since 1980, Metrix LLC, has been
headquartered in Waukesha, WI, with subsidiaries in the Netherlands and
China (Singapore), and a sales partner in the UK. With over 50
employees, serving approximately 90 customers, Metrix provides a full
suite of software applications for field service, scheduling, warranty
management, reverse logistics and mobility solutions that are available
either on-premise or on-demand. Metrix's well-known customers include:
Ericsson Group, Motorola, Xerox, Space Engineering Services, DHL, Auto
Windscreens, ITT, IMAX, Ingenico, Makino and Sysmex.
The investment in Metrix LLC is
consistent with our mergers and acquisitions strategy of acquiring
companies that continue to help us strengthen our position in specific
target markets. This acquisition will further strengthen IFS’s market
position in the service management area, complement our existing service
management applications, and strengthen our existing investment in our
field service optimization solution, IFS 360 Scheduling. Infotech
Research Group has placed Metrix LLC in the “Champion” category as one
of the leading best of breed field service automation companies.
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SCHEDULING AND OPTIMIZATION
field service companies are using
our real-time dynamic scheduling
tools to reduce travel costs by 15%
and increase same day response rates
by 65%. IFS 360 Scheduling is the
market leader in optimization
software, ready to jump-start your
journey to service delivery
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features found in the IFS Applications Business Intelligence solution. See how
easily these features can help you support strategic business
initiatives and reach improved operational results.
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News on JSF Program & IFS
Podcast: Selecting ERP for
Engineer-to-Order (ETO) Manufacturing
Engineer to Order manufacturing poses
challenges for enterprise resource planning (ERP) software. Peter Gross,
president of boutique ERP consultancy Pemeco, discusses the project
management, engineering and integration requirements to look for when
selecting ERP for engineer to order (ETO) manufacturing businesses.
Gross suggests three factors bear
- The ability of the software to handle
work breakdown structures.
- Project costing and budgeting.
- Segregation, including segregation of
inventory and segregation of work-in-progress (WIP).
Gross also stresses the importance of
key elements when you get down to revision control and the
change process revolves around what happens to the items
that are out on the floor today that I am making to old
revisions… or those that are sitting on the shelf that have
to be updated and brought up to spec. There have to be
fairly sophisticated reporting mechanisms in place so I can
identify those things that are out of spec."
~ Peter Gross, CEO, Pemeco
Remmele Engineering Early Adopter is Live on IFS Applications 8.0
Remmele Engineering, a contract manufacturer
serving the demanding aerospace and medical device markets, has gone
live as an early adopter of IFS Applications 8.0.
Applications 8.0, the latest version of IFS’ enterprise software suite,
includes a number of functional improvements, most of them suggested by
current IFS customers, and will be generally available later this year.
Remmele is one of a handful of IFS early adapters around the world
working closely with IFS research and development teams to ensure that
the release will meet the demanding standards of IFS customers.
“As a project-based manufacturer serving aerospace and defense markets
as well as a mixed-mode manufacturer supplying the medical industry,
Remmele Engineering is an ideal early adopter for IFS Applications 8.0,”
IFS North America Vice President of Established Customers Bob Corrigan
“There are many important innovations that are provided in
this release, as well as many areas of improved functioning related to
documentation control, product prototyping, project execution control
and manufacturing operations. The enhanced functionality within IFS
Applications 8.0 is a critical tool in our efforts to deliver customer
intimacy, enabling us to provide seamless integration to our business
and technical systems. It truly offers a competitive advantage in
differentiating our company with the competition," Remmele Engineering,
Inc. President and CEO Paul Burton said.
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- Start the following
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- Open the application and
select 'Try Me' on the login screen.
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APICS - The Best of the Best S&OP Conference
June 14-15, 2012 in
Visit IFS at the show!
The Best of the Best S&OP Conference is designed
to provide in-depth education and practical
answers from the supply and demand sides of
sales and operations planning (S&OP). At the
Best of the Best S&OP Conference, you will
discover how to introduce, plan, implement, and
collaborate on S&OP at your organization.
July 17-20, 2012 in Louisville,
Listen to IFS
speak at the show!
IFS will be
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include more than 3,400 attendees from 44 countries.
Benefits of Attending this Event
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knowledge, expertise and viewpoints toward
most comprehensive collection of
hydro-related product and service providers
on the exhibit floor.
technology development to sustain the hydro
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Meet the IFS Team
Each month the IFS customer newsletter
will feature an IFS employee.
This month's spotlight is on:
Senior Software Engineer
"I have been working for IFS for over 13 years, and I work
from the Chicago
What I like
most about working for IFS is the freedom I have at work, which
includes the freedom to get closer to and understand our
customer's problems and then the freedom to explore, find
solutions and then implement them.
personal note, my lovely wife is named Sherryl and we've been
together over 12 years. My lovely son Yehan, is seven years old
and my lovely daughter Nethara, is 4 years old.
In my free time I enjoy playing cricket
and I have played in the
Chicago suburb’s amateur league, where I was part of the
champion team many times.
fact about me is I grew up around a lot of coconut trees in Sri
Lanka, and I learned how to climb coconut trees with my bare
hands and feet."