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IFS Applications(TM) Offers Seamless Integration With IBM(R) WebSphere(R) Portal

IFS Applications(TM) Offers Seamless Integration With IBM(R) WebSphere(R) Portal

LINKOPING, Sweden, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- IFS announced today that IFS Applications 7, the seventh generation of the company's component-based business application suite, allows companies to use IFS Applications' content and processes directly within IBM WebSphere Portal. This capability complements the personal portals available in IFS Applications. It adds the ability to build scalable portals using IBM WebSphere, which improves employee productivity and increase customer loyalty.

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IFS now enables companies to include all IFS portlets in an enterprise-wide IBM WebSphere Portal. Running IFS Applications with IBM WebSphere Portals, companies can set up portals that combine portlets for specific processes in IFS Applications with the more than 600 portlets available in the WebSphere Portal catalog. At the same time, users can use preconfigured IFS personal portals for specific roles and tasks.

In 1999, IFS Applications was one of the first business application suites to include portal functionality. Today, customers like BAE SYSTEMS, Bofors AB, and Statnett use the predefined, role-based portals in IFS Applications, along with more than 250 individual portlet applications, to set up role-based portals to provide employees, customers, and suppliers with relevant information and functionality.

"Portals are an important means of achieving efficient collaboration and high user productivity, which is why portals have been a key component of the IFS Applications user interface for many years," said IFS chief technology officer Dan Johansson. "By supporting IBM WebSphere Portal, we can add value to our customers' portal solutions through the broad range of third-party portlets and collaboration and integration tools that are available for the IBM WebSphere Portal."

"By supporting IBM WebSphere Portal, IFS joins the front line when it comes to allowing people to interact and collaborate in a personalized way," said Gunnar Millde, Manager of ISV and Developer Relations, Nordic, for IBM. "The strong combination of WebSphere Portal and IFS Applications will allow our customers to get the dynamic information they need."

The integration between IFS Applications and IBM WebSphere Portal is based on open standards that are implemented using the Java(TM) Portlet API (JSR 168). An extension to the J2EE(TM) 1.4 platform, the Java Portlet API has quickly become the de-facto standard for portal interoperability.

"Since the Java Portlet API is an open standard that is or will be supported by most vendors, we can extend our support to other portals in the future," Johansson said. "For now, WebSphere Portal is where we see customer demand."

IFS is an IBM ISV Advantage Partner. Besides portals, IFS and IBM collaborate on application servers, mobile technology, and hardware. IFS Applications is supported on IBM WebSphere Application Server, and the IFS Mobile Client uses J2ME(TM) components from IBM Workplace Client Technology(TM), Micro Edition.

About IFS and IFS Applications

IFS develops and supplies component-based business applications for medium and large enterprises and organizations. IFS Applications, which can be implemented step by step, is based on web and portal technology. The solution offers 60+ enterprise application components used in manufacturing, supply chain management, customer relationship management, service provision, financials, product development, maintenance and human resource administration. IFS offers customers an easier, more open alternative. IFS is a leading global business applications supplier with sales in 45 countries and more than 350,000 users worldwide. The company is listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange (XSSE: IFS).

IFS Applications is a trademark of IFS Industrial and Financial Systems. All other referenced company or product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

For additional information, contact: Chris Jensen, President, Jensen Market Relations Phone: +1 714 847-7846 Fax: +1 714 847-4856 E-mail: chris@jensenmarket.com

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CONTACT: Chris Jensen, President, Jensen Market Relations,
+1-714-847-7846, or fax, +1-714-847-4856, chris@jensenmarket.com, for IFS

Web site: http://www.ifsworld.com/

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