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AMEL helps Global Engineering organisation with Finance Reports

Posted on by Fuaad Buras

CFO asked AMEL to help with developing reports to provide better transparency on costs and margins. A set of new reports were provided to assist the management with tracking costs and revenue.

Combination of Quick & Crystal Reports were developed quickly and cost effectively.

AMEL is now helping the organisation with getting better usage of IFS by showing them how to configure the software effectively.

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APPS 8 vs. APPS 9 Upgrade? 55% of respondents are intending to go straight to APPS 9

Posted on by Fuaad Buras

AMEL Consulting conducted an extensive research on customers intentions for upgrading their IFS software.

Fifty five (55) customers from across regions and industries completed the survey. This has provided us with indicative view on upgrade intentions and reasons.

The research was independent of the software vendor (IFS) and was conducted to assess the upgrading intentions of customers who are still on older versions of IFS (7.5 and older). Research key messages include:

1. IFS Upgrade Status

38% of the companies who took part in the survey have upgraded to APPS 8, leaving 62% still operating on older versions of IFS.

2. APPS 9 Upgrade Intentions

16% of companies surveyed would consider an upgrade to APPS 9 in 2015, with another 30% considering it in 2016. 16% of the respondents would not consider an upgrade to APPS 9 until 2017 or later.  38% of those surveyed had no firm plans to upgrade yet.

3. Upgrade to APPS 8 or APPS 9 ?

27% of the respondents are considering upgrading to APPS 8, with 55% choosing to wait for the release of APPS 9 before upgrading.

 4. Reasons for Upgrading

62% of companies responded with leverage new functionality/enhancements as the main reason for upgrading. This was followed closely with 42% of respondents choosing improved software performance and reliability. Reduced number of customisations was the third highest reason for upgrading at 38%, with 35% selecting improved end users buy-in satisfaction. Only 12% chose comply with vendor request (software supportability) as a driver for upgrading.

15% of those surveyed gave additional reasons for upgrading, which included:

  • To eliminate modifications.
  • Reduced overall cost.
  • Oracle support for 10g ended.
  • Using synergies from Quotation to Delivery.


Telecommunication manufacturing company with sites across the globe engages AMEL E-Helpers for IFS & Oracle remote support.

Posted on by Fuaad Buras

Assignment Scope

  • Technical and Performance Health Checks
  • Oracle Performance Assessment
  • IFS Setup & Configuration
  • Troubleshooting

E-Helpers are a team of independent experts in IFS who provide you with fast, cost effective and quality resolutions to any IFS software problem – big or small on an hourly on-demand basis

Thought Leadership: IFS Customers take part in a global survey on upgrades

Posted on by Fuaad Buras

AMEL Consulting has conducted global, independent research to assess the intentions of IFS customers towards upgrading.

Here are our findings.

A large number of IFS customers have not yet upgraded to APPS 8.

  • 62% have not yet upgraded to APPS 8.
  • 38% have upgraded to APPS 8.

Out of the companies surveyed:

  • 16% plan to upgrade to APPS 9 in 2015.
  • 30% plan to upgrade to APPS 9 in 2016
  • 16% plan to upgrade to APPS 9 in 2017 or later.
  • 38% have no plans to upgrade at present.

The majority of companies on older versions plan to upgrade straight to APPS 9.

  • 28% plan to upgrade to APPS 8.
  • 54% plan to upgrade to APPS 9.
  • 18% will not be upgrading.

The main driver for upgrading is new functionality/enchancements.

  • Leverage new functionality/enhancements 62%
  • Improved end users buy in satisfaction 35%
  • Reduced number of customisations 38%
  • Improved software performance and reliability  42%
  • Comply with vendor request (software supportability) 12%


Custom Fields Educational Webinar 9th April 2015

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A number of our customers using IFS who have not upgraded are asking us about the benefits of Custom Field  functionalities and how they can be used to replace existing modifications to reduce maintenance costs and future upgrade efforts. We are also getting similar requests from organisations who have upgraded to APPS 8 and want to know how they can use Custom Fields effectively and safely especially if they are upgrading to future versions.

This Webinar will cover the following topics and showing how businesses could be making use of Custom Fields.


  • Custom Fields
  • Design Architecture (Packages, Tables & Views)
  • Key Benefits

Creating Simple Custom Fields (e.g. adding new field in PO screen)

  • Custom Objects
  • Attributes
  • Rowkey
  • Approval
  • Publication
  • Synchronisation

Creating Complex Custom Fields

  • Expression
  • SQL Development


  • Unions
  • Excluded Logical Units

Business Analytics Educational Webinar – 2nd April 2015

Posted on by Fuaad Buras

A number of our customers have IFS Business Analytics (BA) as part of their current suite of modules. Others are actively looking for easy to use Reporting/Analytics Tools so they can get better insight into their Financials, Projects, Products, Inventory, Customers and Suppliers. This webinar will touch on the following topics and show how businesses could be making use of Business Analytics.



  • What is Business Analytics
  • Key Benefits

IFS Business Analytics

  • Development Roadmap
  • IFS APPS 8 New Features
  • Main Menu
  • Navigation – Tips & Tricks

Topic 1: Information Sources

  • Introduction to the information sources on different modules

Topic 2: Simple Report Development

  • • How to make a simple report in BA

Topic 3: Repeaters & Filters

  • Adding Filters and Repeaters to the above report
  • Advance Filters
  • Developing a report with advance filters.
  • Row/Column Repeaters
  • How to use Inner and Outer Repeaters

Topic 4: Copy and Paste

  • Design Sheet
  • Design Rules
  • Design Cells

Topic 5: Parameters & Drill Downs

  • How to put Parameters
  • Drill Down
  • How to verify the report results
  • Topic 6: Pivot, Charts & Non-BA Sheets
  • How to use the Pivots in BA
  • How to create Charts using BA

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