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Abas ERP

5 Ratings

Abas ERP

5 Ratings
Score 8.7 out of 101

IFS Applications

11 Ratings
Score 6.3 out of 101

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Abas ERP

ABAS by far offers the most bang for the buck. We are able to handle all of our business functions through ABAS and also have additional features like Business Apps, Business Intelligence, Vendor and Customer portals, as well as many other features that many other ERP packages didn't have. It has allowed us to consolidate our software packages and also provide visibility since everything is now connected.
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IFS Applications

Order to cash processes and scenario are implemented natively in IFS. An HR module exists for career management also (objectives, comportments, training, mobility) but may be improved in terms of workflow validation (e.g. training to validate by a manager) or reporting.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Customization

Abas ERP
9.0
IFS Applications
8.5
API for custom integration
Abas ERP
9.0
IFS Applications
9.0
Plug-ins
Abas ERP
9.0
IFS Applications
8.0

Security

Abas ERP
8.5
IFS Applications
8.5
Single sign-on capability
Abas ERP
9.0
IFS Applications
9.0
Role-based user permissions
Abas ERP
8.0
IFS Applications
8.0

Reporting & Analytics

Abas ERP
8.0
IFS Applications
8.0
Dashboards
Abas ERP
8.0
IFS Applications
8.0
Standard reports
Abas ERP
7.5
IFS Applications
9.0
Custom reports
Abas ERP
8.5
IFS Applications
7.0

General Ledger and Configurable Accounting

Abas ERP
8.0
IFS Applications
7.4
Accounts payable
Abas ERP
7.0
IFS Applications
8.0
Accounts receivable
Abas ERP
7.0
IFS Applications
8.0
Global Financial Support
Abas ERP
9.0
IFS Applications
Primary and Secondary Ledgers
Abas ERP
9.0
IFS Applications
Intercompany Accounting
Abas ERP
8.0
IFS Applications
Localizations
Abas ERP
9.0
IFS Applications
Journals and Reconciliations
Abas ERP
9.0
IFS Applications
Enterprise Accounting
Abas ERP
8.0
IFS Applications
Configurable Accounting
Abas ERP
8.0
IFS Applications
Centralized Rules Framework
Abas ERP
7.0
IFS Applications
Standardized Processes
Abas ERP
7.0
IFS Applications

Inventory Management

Abas ERP
8.1
IFS Applications
8.0
Inventory tracking
Abas ERP
7.5
IFS Applications
8.0
Automatic reordering
Abas ERP
8.5
IFS Applications
8.0
Location management
Abas ERP
8.0
IFS Applications
8.0
Manufacturing module
Abas ERP
8.5
IFS Applications
8.0

Order Management

Abas ERP
8.3
IFS Applications
8.0
Pricing
Abas ERP
8.0
IFS Applications
8.0
Order entry
Abas ERP
8.0
IFS Applications
8.0
Cost of goods sold
Abas ERP
8.5
IFS Applications
8.0
Order Orchestration
Abas ERP
8.5
IFS Applications
End-to-end order visibility
Abas ERP
8.5
IFS Applications
Credit card processing
Abas ERP
IFS Applications
8.0

Subledger and Financial Process

Abas ERP
7.3
IFS Applications
Automated Invoice Processing
Abas ERP
8.0
IFS Applications
Shared Services Payments
Abas ERP
7.0
IFS Applications
Billings Management
Abas ERP
8.0
IFS Applications
Customer Receipt Applications
Abas ERP
7.0
IFS Applications
Revenue Recognition
Abas ERP
7.0
IFS Applications
Cash Management
Abas ERP
7.0
IFS Applications
Travel & Expense Management
Abas ERP
7.0
IFS Applications
Budgetary Control & Encumbrance Accounting
Abas ERP
7.0
IFS Applications
Period Close
Abas ERP
8.0
IFS Applications
Transactions Tax
Abas ERP
7.0
IFS Applications
Subledger Reconciliations
Abas ERP
7.0
IFS Applications

Project Financial Management

Abas ERP
7.4
IFS Applications
Budgeting and Forecasting
Abas ERP
6.5
IFS Applications
Project Costing
Abas ERP
7.0
IFS Applications
Cost Capture
Abas ERP
7.0
IFS Applications
Customer Invoicing
Abas ERP
8.0
IFS Applications
Project Financial Performance Analysis
Abas ERP
7.0
IFS Applications
Project Financials Dashboard
Abas ERP
7.0
IFS Applications
Real-time Financial Reporting
Abas ERP
7.5
IFS Applications
Embedded Business Intelligence
Abas ERP
8.0
IFS Applications
Project Planning Collaboration
Abas ERP
9.0
IFS Applications

Project Execution Management

Abas ERP
7.8
IFS Applications
Project Planning and Scheduling
Abas ERP
8.0
IFS Applications
Project Manager Dashboard
Abas ERP
8.0
IFS Applications
Resource Manager Dashboard
Abas ERP
7.0
IFS Applications
Real-Time Project Reporting
Abas ERP
8.0
IFS Applications

Procurement

Abas ERP
6.4
IFS Applications
Sourcing Team Collaboration
Abas ERP
5.0
IFS Applications
Sourcing Analysis
Abas ERP
5.0
IFS Applications
Bids Analyzed and Compared
Abas ERP
8.0
IFS Applications
Contract Authoring
Abas ERP
5.0
IFS Applications
Electronic Signatures
Abas ERP
8.0
IFS Applications
Supplier Assessment
Abas ERP
7.5
IFS Applications
Supplier Communication and Collaboration
Abas ERP
6.0
IFS Applications
Supplier Management
Abas ERP
6.0
IFS Applications
Supplier Portal
Abas ERP
7.0
IFS Applications

Manufacturing

Abas ERP
7.0
IFS Applications
Production Process Design
Abas ERP
8.0
IFS Applications
Production Management
Abas ERP
8.0
IFS Applications
Contracted Manufacturing Management
Abas ERP
3.0
IFS Applications
Work Execution
Abas ERP
9.0
IFS Applications
Manufacturing Costs
Abas ERP
7.0
IFS Applications

Supply Chain

Abas ERP
5.8
IFS Applications
Inventory Planning
Abas ERP
6.5
IFS Applications
Performance Monitoring
Abas ERP
5.0
IFS Applications

Pros

  • Flexibility. ABAS is fully customizable. This allows us to create a work environment that is as custom as we are. Some ERP software packages force you to adopt their methods. With ABAS we can build the system the way we want it to work.
  • Adaptable. ABAS has the ability to work with other software packages and provide a seamless connection. We use Solid Works for our engineering designs. ABAS is connected to Solid Works and this eliminates transfer errors while reducing the time it takes for engineers to load bills of material.
  • Service. ABAS has well-trained service technicians. The time it takes to get a response is minimal and the network of knowledge their support group has, helps to streamline any tasks we may present or questions we may have.
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  • Interfaces of IFS are very powerful and varied, making it easier to integrate the tool in your Information System. Based on standard connectors like IFS connect, you can potentially exploit formatted mail flows to avoid or reduce manual work and automate your processes (e.g. auto creation of sales contracts based on a quote), with security mechanisms inside the tool to check consistency and formatting of data before storing it in your database. Other interfaces use standard PL/SQL packages and allow you, based on web services for example, to interact with an external CRM such as Salesforce, with standard PL/SQL API packages to call web services.
  • Reporting is easy with IFS and can be done in many ways : it can be either use the embedded Excel export feature. Secondly you can make use of Business Analytics feature to build complex states and feed dedicated views nightly in order not to impact your production environment while compiling and executing complex SQL statements. Thirdly, your users can make use of quick reports with a set of built-in tools, which are easy to use and learn, with no IT specialist needed, in order to be operational in an effective manner.
  • IFS is based on your organization matrix to efficiently ensure the correct access to the tool, which can be done via menus etc. You can easily adapt or fine tune permissions to work at high level or on very detailed level, and control rights access management depending on your organization matrix role.
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Cons

  • ABAS is headquartered in Germany with a US based headquarters in Virginia. Some of the programming structures were based on European methods that differed somewhat from the way business is done in the US. ABAS-USA has worked to modify the system so that it is in tune with US business practices and has made great strides in this effort. For the average user, the structures may go unnoticed, but for the more advanced user, some of the field names that are used for advanced reporting might be in German. However, ABAS-USA has recently been updating the programming language to be fully in English.
  • Because ABAS is growing rapidly, more complex customizations might take longer to complete than normal. ABAS appears to be bringing on even more technicians to handle the increased workload so the concern is waning.
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  • The speed of bug fixes should be improved by the IFS after sales teams. We saw the difference of responsiveness prior to Go Live and after Go Live, with a change of teams. IFS France is working on that point, and strategically wants to innovate by acting now with two other third-party companies in early 2017, to improve the after sales experience for customers.
  • There is no license model between the full licenses, which gives access to all IFS features, and the light licenses, to get access to a specific module like expense sheet. As a consequence, you must acquire a full access license for one team working only with a dedicated module (e.g. general ledger). Maybe an intermediate type license would be welcome to balance the budget. IFS tries to make prices competitive but you have to consider full upgrades of the product too, where requiring full licenses can be hard on the budget.
  • When you have an Active Directory ecosystem with a trust relationship, users from domain B can't natively access IFS, even if AD sync is in place with domain A. It's important to improve that functionality because many companies have a merge and acquisition context, with SOX constraints sometimes, and avoiding maintaining contacts or local accounts simplifies SOX compliance, or to management of accounts within the company.
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Alternatives Considered

These other software packages all have strengths but for what we were looking for in one system, to handle most of our business processes, but also allow the flexibility to be customized (without the need to be placed on a "like to have" waiting list), ABAS gave us that ability, hands down.
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Microsoft AX, QAD (in continuation of our previous ERP), Sage X3 was an out of the box ERP that was part of initial RFP. We have chosen IFS based on the compromise between costs & budget, functionality, technical features, and feedback from similar customers that gave their feedback.The project manager team and qualification level of technical or consultant teams were differentiating factors too. Finally IFS application was named in the Gartner’s mid-market ERP Magic Quadrant, along with SAP, and helped us to finalize our choice
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Return on Investment

  • ABAS has the capability to handle many of the processes that we did on various software platforms. Since we've been able to consolidate these platforms, the cost of subscriptions, maintenance and management hasve been reduced.
  • Efficiency was a noticeable impact right from the start. In the past, reports from one system had to be loaded into another in order to provide the analysis needed for business decisions. Connections to our design software also reduced the amount of time our engineers spent manually creating bills of material and purchase requisitions.
  • The ability to see what's happening in various business functions all in one place has helped with decision making and provided the data necessary to ask the right questions when arriving at those hard decisions.
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  • Reporting is now centralized and managed. Previously, reports were outside the information systems and there was a risk of incoherence.
  • Accounting controls are now in place on the overall processes, including production, which helped the company to reduce closing periods or to produce more easily official mandatory accounting files yearly.
  • Interfaces between the CRM forecast tool and IFS helped to keep the tools in sync, and to decrease the processing times prior to production launch.
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Pricing Details

Abas ERP

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
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IFS Applications

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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