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IFS APPS 8 Upgrade – Boardroom Executive Summary

Posted on June 7, 2012

With the vendor (IFS) releasing the latest version of its ERP software (APPS 8) on the 24th May 2012, many customers are looking for impartial and independent management consultancy assistance in answering a number of key exam questions as part of their upgrade consideration, justification and planning:

  1. What are the main drivers for the upgrade? Why change from current status?
  2. How would the new version support the business strategic aims? (e.g. growth via acquisitions)
  3. What are the main differences between the current version and APPS 8?
  4. What are the functional and technical benefits of APPS 8 to both end-users and bottomline?
  5. What would be the impact of the new version on current modifications? Will there be any savings?
  6. What IFS extensions and enhancements are now incorporated into APPS 8?
  7. How much training is required for end-users coming from older versions (e.g. Centura Client)?
  8. How is it best to manage resistance within some business functions and gain end users buy-in?
  9. What are the main upgrade phases?
  10. How long would the new upgrade take from planning through to deployment?
  11. How much internal and external resources are required to deliver the upgrade?
  12. Which stakeholders need to be involved and when?
  13. What is the make up of the upgrade team?
  14. What risks should be mitigated when upgrading to APPS 8 ?
  15. What is the expected ROI for such a project?

This whitepaper helps boardrooms learn about APPS 8 and understand the upgrade journey from a business perspective. We explain in business speak the following topics:

  • APPS 8 Features : Outlining key functionalities and benefits.
  • Upgrade Considerations:   Highlighting key factors to consider before starting?
  • Baseline Assessment:  Benchmarking the current IFS implementation and its strengths and weaknesses.
  • IFS Future Vision: Establishing the target goal for IFS and its place within the business for the next 3-5 years.
  • Methodology & Governance: Outlining the phases, activities, team structure and roles needed for IFS upgrade.
  • Risks Mitigation Strategies: Outlining known risks and how to mitigate them.

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