UK: IFS Receives Prestigious Chief of Defence Material Award


IFS Defence has been awarded a prestigious Certificate of Commendation by the Chief of Defence Material (CDM) for its work with the UK Royal Navy. The commendation was given in recognition of the IFS Defence team’s outstanding achievement in developing and delivering a coherent support solution while displaying professionalism and commitment.

In 2009, IFS Defence was awarded a five-year contract by the UK Royal Navy to provide support and application hosting for the MoD Navy primary Mainenance Management System (UMMS). Following the successful development and delivery of the solution, the efforts of the joint team, including IFS Defence and Ministry of Defence (MoD) staff, have been recognized at a ceremony held at the MoD Main Buildings in London.

The key team members, Dion Hoare, Neil Piggot and David Poole displayed exceptional professionalism, commitment and teamwork to deliver the project successfully against a very tight timescale. The team’s success has ensured the continued operational availability of the application to the fleet, without which the front line would be impacted in supporting the Platform Safety Cases.

The IFS support solution for the Unit Maintenance Management System lies at the very heart of the Royal Navy’s Maritime Engineering and Asset Management strategy. IFS Defence was essential to the successful implementation of the UMMS Managed Service, which included the commissioning of a dedicated UMMS Hosting Facility with MoD-wide access and provision of second line support to the UMMS shore customers (approximately 3500) in addition to the original third line support. The UK Royal Navy uses UMMS as the primary onboard maintenance management and scheduling tool for all major surface and subsurface vessels; it is also being deployed across the Royal Fleet Auxiliary.

Aerospace and defense is one of IFS’ targeted market segments. IFS Applications™ provides market leading off-the-shelf component based solutions that support Performance-based Logistics (PBL), Contractor Logistics Support (CLS), and Fleet Operator programs; and solutions for Defense Manufacturing, Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO), Asset & Fleet Management, Supply Chain Management and Product Lifecycle Management.

Customers include the United States Army and Air Force Materiel Commands, British Navy and Army and the Norwegian Navy​ and Air Force; as well as the Eurofighter consortium—commercial MRO shops and service operators include Bristow Helicopters​, Aero-Dienst GmbH, K&L Microwave, Hawker Pacific, Ensign Bickford, Todd Pacific Shipyards and Lufthansa Technik Qantas (LTQ, formerly known as Jet Turbine Systems). In addition, IFS provides solutions to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) such as General Dynamics​, Lockheed Martin, BAE SYSTEMS, SAAB, and GE Aircraft Engines​.

About IFS

IFS is a public company founded in 1983 that develops, supplies, and implements IFS Applications™, a component-based extended ERP suite built on SOA technology. IFS focuses on industries where any of four core processes are strategic: Service & asset management, manufacturing, supply chain and projects. The company has 2,000 customers and is present in more than 50 countries with 2,700 employees in total. Net revenue in 2010 was SKr 2.6 billion.

Source: ifs, September 23, 2011;