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This is an IFS 2015 liveblog which means everything was written at-the-moment.

It’s been quite an early adoptery afternoon, and the day’s close select five companies who have for months fiddled with and fed back on IFS Applications 9 were on stage together.

The six chairs lined up on the stage (one for IFS’ Kristina Sthengel-Lund) actualized the ‘customer conservation’ Thomas Sald referred to as the foundation of the system’s latest iteration.

The session was moderated by Jon Briggs, who challenged the company represenatives to articulate the risks of being an early adopter, the possibility that beta-testing the new IFS could have harmed growth potential.

Fortunately that didn’t happen, and the five were uniformly pleased with that tech.

Here are some of the highlights.

Joakim Stolt, CIO of Beijer Electronics

On why they chose to be an early adopter

We wanted to have input into the the IFS Application 9’s development and design.

“We have high confidence in IFS, we see them as a partner — we wanted to have a close cooperation.”

On the experience of Applications 9

We are enjoying a bunch of new the functionalities, some of which have allowed us to reduce costs.

Upgrading like this has been a big business benefit.

Favourite part of Applications 9

Custom Objects has meant we needn’t keep customising. We no longer have any modifications and so it costs much less to run on IFS.

Tony Wilson, CFO at Kimal

On why they chose to be an early adopter

We wanted to keep the new prospective IFS grounded in real business, and have it reflect our needs.

“My drive was to provide the business the opportunity to utilise a programme which is agile, and keep it up-to-date to meet the challenges we frequently face.”

I trust in IFS, but also much in my own IT Team — and they didn’t let me down.

On the experience of Applications 9

As we’ve embedded IFS more and more into our business practices, we have increasingly dropped customisations. “We hardly have one now.”

Favourite part of Applications 9

It has to be the IFS Lobby and the streams.

Torgeir Lindtveit, Servi Group

On why they chose to be an early adopter

At first our CFO rejected, said the overhauling the system was too risky — especially for the financial side of the business.

But I was able to convince him by showing him all the attention and support we would receive from IFS.

On the experience of Applications 9

It took around 3 hours to teach people how to use the new system. It really feels like IFS, so that was pretty easy.

Favourite part of Applications 9

Custom Objects because of flexibility it offers.

Brian Buddemeyer, Spang

On why they chose to be an early adopter

We jumped at the chance to work closely with IFS, in particular its R&D department.

Of course we wanted to exert an influence on the direction of the new system, and our input was definitely taken aboard. Almost all of our proposed changes were made.

On the experience of Applications 9

We like the IFS Lobby, but have to see how best we can develop it to be used effectively.

Training wasn’t overly difficult; it’s pretty intuitive.

Favourite part of Applications 9

Custom Objects because it has replaced previous customisations and made it easier to use out of the box. We also love the IFS Lobby and the Customer Relationship Management aspect of the programme.

Jaco Putter, VBMS

On why they chose to be an early adopter

We wanted to participate in the development of the IFS architecture. Not all of our ideas were accepted, but our key ones got in and we’re very happy about that.

On the experience of Applications 9

We were pushed to launch for March, and somehow were ready to introduce it as early as January. We’ve already seen the business benefits, namely when we received the invoice

Favourite part of Applications 9

We like the streams most of all for their real-time, and just that they add dynamism to the system.

Kristina Sthengel-Lund, IFS

From these five companies we received and analysed 370 ideas; 70% of which have been included in Applications 9 or have slotted into future roadmaps.

300 bugs identified by our early adopters have been repaired.

These companies will soon uplift their beta version, swapping in the final IFS Applications 9 with the latest — all by the end of July.

It’s been great to develop the programme with their feedback. It’s been a real collaborative process.

Poll at the end of day #1

In a survey that enjoyed far greater interaction than those held earlier in the day, well over 50% of the 188 respondents said they would be interested in being early adopters of an IFS system. Only 25% said they wouldn’t want to be.

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