Accenture and IFS
We provide organizations with IFS Solutions, agile and user-friendly enterprise software empowered by Accenture's deep industry expertise.
Accenture’s global network, deep industry knowledge and broad service offerings will enhance your experience of using IFS’s leading enterprise software. IFS’s products are recognized for their user friendliness. Modular in design, they are flexible enough to support your particular business’s way of working. As your business partner, Accenture can help you both within and beyond the implementation of IFS Applications, from identifying the business challenge at issue to securing the outcome. Accenture helps boost both the scale and scope of the IFS delivery capacity, ensuring the realization of your business benefits. Together, we offer applications and services that enable organizations to respond quickly to market changes and use resources in a more agile way to achieve better business performance and competitive advantage. Accenture provides services for IFS Applications with dedicated, certified resources and proven methodology. We are implementing and managing IFS’s market-leading software in ERP, EAM, and FSM at scale.
Accenture helps your business to leverage IFS Solutions with end-to-end IFS Services.
Accenture’s IFS Center of Excellence are based in Lisbon for FSM and Hyderabad for EPR, Accenture's Centers are specialized in IFS Applications management, application development and testing, trained and certified by the IFS Academy.
Accenture’s five businesses provide a holistic approach to business challenges. We help organizations to shape their strategy, transform and digitize their business, be empowered by technology, and handle their operations.
Accenture works right across the implementation journey by leveraging such ecosystem capabilities as our Milan Customer Experience Hub, Garching IoT Technology Center and Barcelona SCM Analytics & AI Center.
Best practice ERP, FSM and EAM implementations, as well as application management, are among the benefits you will experience as we leverage strategic insights and data-driven methodologies to identify and realize sustainable business benefits.
Systembolaget is a government-owned monopoly retailer of alcoholic beverages in Sweden. It operates around 430 fully owned stores and 500 agents, employs more than 5,000 people, has over 700 suppliers and sells around 15,000 articles. The company turnover is 26bn SEK (~3bn USD). Accenture has delivered a broad range of services to Systembolaget for more than 10 years, primarily in the areas of web and BI/analytics. Systembolaget has had IFS as an ERP solution for more than 10 years.
Business objectives, challenges and drivers
Systembolaget is upgrading directly from IFS 7.5 to IFS 9. In addition, Systembolaget has identified a number of business improvement initiatives, grouped in three functional projects that form part of one transformation program–MAS. As part of the MAS program, Systembolaget aims to remove over 200 customizations but is also reviewing and renewing the IFS maintenance function. The overall business objectives are to reduce overall TCO for IFS and lessen the technical risks associated with an old platform. The different functional initiatives all have separate business cases.
How Accenture and IFS are helping
The program is delivered as a three-way cooperation between Systembolaget, IFS and Accenture, who all perform roles according to their respective strengths. Systembolaget leads the program management, process and requirements, and change management functions. Accenture supports program management, leads project management, test management, conversion and deployment. IFS leads technical development and upgrades, functional and technical design, and technical/solution architecture. Resources from all three parties perform roles in most functions.
In the first release, Accenture and IFS are delivering services side-by-side, with responsibility split according to the above roles. In the second release, Accenture is in the lead with IFS primarily as support. The program is delivered both locally and offshore via the IFS delivery center in Sri Lanka and the Accenture IFS Center of Excellence in Hyderabad.
Systembolaget chose Accenture as its partner alongside IFS in the program delivery not only to put together a joint, high-performance project team, but also to benefit from Accenture’s program delivery experience and methodology (ADM). Systembolaget’s objectives in targeting partner-delivery in IFS maintenance are two-fold: to benefit from a partnership with substantial industry experience and to gain a flexible offshore model to minimize TCO. One additional objective was to enable future competitive tendering.
IFS™ is a globally recognized leader in developing and delivering enterprise software for Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) and Enterprise Service Management (ESM) across five different industries (Service, Aerospace, Energy & Resources, Manufacturing, Infrastructure). IFS brings customers in targeted sectors closer to their business, helps them become more agile and enables them to profit from change. IFS is a public company (XSTO: IFS) founded in 1983 and currently has over 4,000+ employees. IFS supports more than one million users worldwide from its network of local offices and through a growing ecosystem of partners. Find out more on www.ifsworld.com.