IFS 16: CEO Sorbie vaunts digital transformation, capped with IoT play

IFS’s CEO, Alastair Sorbie, opened the company’s annual customer conference in Gothenburg by announcing an internet of things service

Business applications supplier IFS has opened its annual conference, held this year in Gothenburg in its native Sweden, by announcing an internet of things (IoT) product, offered under the banner of “digital transformation”.

IFS president and CEO Alastair Sorbie (pictured above) also spoke about the 2015 acquisition of the company by private equity firm EQT. He said this would fuel greater investment in mobility, field service management and increased globalisation.

Sorbie made digital transformation the guiding concept of his opening address, and urged the 40% of IFS customers that were sceptical to “get on with” digital projects and not get “too hung up” on what stage their efforts were at.

He also used the digital transformation theme to tee up the announcement of the firm’s IoT Business Connector. The supplier said in a statement that this has been “designed to de-risk and accelerate IoT initiatives in areas such as predictive maintenance, service management, asset management and manufacturing”.

It said the IoT Business Connector would provide the ability to harness data gathered from products, assets and equipment to identify actionable observations that trigger user-defined, automated or semi-automated workflows in IFS enterprise software.

It works with the Microsoft Azure IoT suite for device communications and data analytics, alongside open application programming interfaces (APIs) to connect other IoT platforms or specialised IoT discovery applications.

The company said it was being implemented with four early-adopter customers: Songa Offshore, an international mid-water drilling contractor; ATS Automation, a US-based provider of factory maintenance and IT services; Anticimex, an international pest control company; and Hecla Mining, a North American precious metals mining company.

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Christopher Lebeau, director of IT at ATS, said: “By connecting our field service value chain, we are able to automate our processes in a new way and use the insights to make smarter business decisions.”

Anticimex CEO Jarl Dahlfors added: “The IFS IoT Business Connector allows us to take control of the data generated by our range of digital pest control devices, improving service to our customers and providing them with the information they need.”

The IFS IoT Business Connector will be generally released in 2017. .....................................................................................................................................

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