ABB Ability Solution Suite vs. IFS Applications

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
ABB Ability Solution Suite
Score 9.9 out of 10
N/A
The ABB Ability Solution Suite is an enterprise ERP product suite designed for asset-intensive industries like power generation and water management.N/A
IFS Applications
Score 6.0 out of 10
N/A
IFS Applications is presented by the vendor as an agile application suite that offers enterprise resource planning (ERP), enterprise asset management (EAM) and enterprise project management, handling 4 core processes: Service & Asset Management Full Enterprise Asset Management (EAM), Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) and Field Service Management (FSM) Manufacturing Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) with support for process manufacturing, discrete manufacturing…N/A
Pricing
ABB Ability Solution SuiteIFS Applications
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
ABB Ability Solution SuiteIFS Applications
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
ABB Ability Solution SuiteIFS Applications
Top Pros
Top Cons

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Features
ABB Ability Solution SuiteIFS Applications
Customization
Comparison of Customization features of Product A and Product B
ABB Ability Solution Suite
10.0
1 Ratings
32% above category average
IFS Applications
1.0
2 Ratings
151% below category average
API for custom integration10.01 Ratings1.02 Ratings
Plug-ins10.01 Ratings1.02 Ratings
Security
Comparison of Security features of Product A and Product B
ABB Ability Solution Suite
10.0
1 Ratings
20% above category average
IFS Applications
5.5
2 Ratings
39% below category average
Single sign-on capability10.01 Ratings5.02 Ratings
Role-based user permissions10.01 Ratings6.02 Ratings
Inventory Management
Comparison of Inventory Management features of Product A and Product B
ABB Ability Solution Suite
10.0
1 Ratings
24% above category average
IFS Applications
4.3
2 Ratings
59% below category average
Inventory tracking10.01 Ratings1.02 Ratings
Location management10.01 Ratings1.02 Ratings
Automatic reordering00 Ratings7.02 Ratings
Order Management
Comparison of Order Management features of Product A and Product B
ABB Ability Solution Suite
10.0
1 Ratings
25% above category average
IFS Applications
1.0
2 Ratings
154% below category average
Pricing10.01 Ratings1.02 Ratings
Order entry10.01 Ratings1.02 Ratings
Cost of goods sold10.01 Ratings1.02 Ratings
Credit card processing00 Ratings1.02 Ratings
Order Orchestration00 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Project Execution Management
Comparison of Project Execution Management features of Product A and Product B
ABB Ability Solution Suite
10.0
1 Ratings
38% above category average
IFS Applications
1.0
1 Ratings
149% below category average
Project Planning and Scheduling10.01 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Task Insight for Project Managers10.01 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Project Mobile Functionality10.01 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Definable Resource Pools10.01 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Manufacturing
Comparison of Manufacturing features of Product A and Product B
ABB Ability Solution Suite
10.0
1 Ratings
28% above category average
IFS Applications
1.0
1 Ratings
153% below category average
Production Process Design10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Production Management10.01 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Configuration Management10.01 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Work Execution10.01 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Manufacturing Costs10.01 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Supply Chain
Comparison of Supply Chain features of Product A and Product B
ABB Ability Solution Suite
10.0
1 Ratings
32% above category average
IFS Applications
5.0
1 Ratings
37% below category average
Forecasting10.01 Ratings5.01 Ratings
Inventory Planning10.01 Ratings5.01 Ratings
Performance Monitoring10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Product Lifecycle Management
Comparison of Product Lifecycle Management features of Product A and Product B
ABB Ability Solution Suite
10.0
1 Ratings
32% above category average
IFS Applications
1.0
1 Ratings
152% below category average
Proposal Management10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Product Master Data Management10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
ABB Ability Solution Suite
-
Ratings
IFS Applications
1.0
1 Ratings
151% below category average
Pay calculation00 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Benefit plan administration00 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Direct deposit files00 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
ABB Ability Solution Suite
-
Ratings
IFS Applications
1.3
2 Ratings
137% below category average
Dashboards00 Ratings2.02 Ratings
Standard reports00 Ratings1.02 Ratings
Custom reports00 Ratings1.02 Ratings
General Ledger and Configurable Accounting
Comparison of General Ledger and Configurable Accounting features of Product A and Product B
ABB Ability Solution Suite
-
Ratings
IFS Applications
6.4
2 Ratings
17% below category average
Accounts payable00 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Accounts receivable00 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Global Financial Support00 Ratings6.01 Ratings
Primary and Secondary Ledgers00 Ratings6.01 Ratings
Journals and Reconciliations00 Ratings6.01 Ratings
Configurable Accounting00 Ratings3.01 Ratings
Standardized Processes00 Ratings3.01 Ratings
Subledger and Financial Process
Comparison of Subledger and Financial Process features of Product A and Product B
ABB Ability Solution Suite
-
Ratings
IFS Applications
1.0
1 Ratings
152% below category average
Billing Management00 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Cash and Asset Management00 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Travel & Expense Management00 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Budgetary Control & Encumbrance Accounting00 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Period Close00 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Project Financial Management
Comparison of Project Financial Management features of Product A and Product B
ABB Ability Solution Suite
-
Ratings
IFS Applications
2.7
1 Ratings
95% below category average
Budgeting and Forecasting00 Ratings3.01 Ratings
Project Costing00 Ratings6.01 Ratings
Cost Capture00 Ratings5.01 Ratings
Capital Project Management00 Ratings2.01 Ratings
Customer Contract Compliance00 Ratings2.01 Ratings
Project Revenue Recognition00 Ratings2.01 Ratings
Procurement
Comparison of Procurement features of Product A and Product B
ABB Ability Solution Suite
-
Ratings
IFS Applications
1.2
1 Ratings
141% below category average
Bids Analyzed and Compared00 Ratings2.01 Ratings
Contract Authoring00 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Contract Repository00 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Requisitions-to-Purchase Orders Integrated00 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Supplier Management00 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Risk Management
Comparison of Risk Management features of Product A and Product B
ABB Ability Solution Suite
-
Ratings
IFS Applications
1.0
1 Ratings
147% below category average
Risk Repository00 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Control Management00 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Control Efficiency Assessments00 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Issue Detection00 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Remediation and Certification00 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Logistics
Comparison of Logistics features of Product A and Product B
ABB Ability Solution Suite
-
Ratings
IFS Applications
5.0
1 Ratings
31% below category average
Fulfillment Management00 Ratings5.01 Ratings
Warehouse Workforce Management00 Ratings5.01 Ratings
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User Ratings
ABB Ability Solution SuiteIFS Applications
Likelihood to Recommend
10.0
(1 ratings)
2.0
(2 ratings)
Usability
10.0
(1 ratings)
1.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
10.0
(1 ratings)
1.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
ABB Ability Solution SuiteIFS Applications
Likelihood to Recommend
ABB Ventyx
Of course this is the one of the best solution available in the market at present. When you have Multiple system in a plant then you need a powerful tool for Computation which Ability does it smoothly.
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IFS
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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Pros
ABB Ventyx
  • Computation of data.
  • Presentation to right person.
  • Ability to perform critical task and sending to users.
  • Multiple control system connectivity.
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IFS
  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Complex Inventory
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Cons
ABB Ventyx
  • May be for smaller PLCs this can't be implemented.
  • Cost may an area ABB can look in to.
  • Improvement in GUI
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IFS
  • 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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Usability
ABB Ventyx
One of the best solutions in the market with a user-friendly system. This is very useful when the ABB system (Like we had 800xA) is there, new or existing; all the ABB systems can be integrated using this rather than going to a 3rd party vendor, which may have interface problems.
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IFS
The system is very difficult to use, overly complex, and difficult to learn. It also has limitations that are hard to overcome.
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Support Rating
ABB Ventyx
Good support in terms of quality and promptness. When we had problems with some of the commands not getting executed, their online support also provided a good solution to solve the problem. Even mission-critical task we were able to solve during this Pandemic time. The suggestion is to go for the online support 1st in the future, followed by a visit.
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IFS
We have been unable to get answers to our questions, solutions to our problems, and they don't seem interested in working in the construction industry.
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Alternatives Considered
ABB Ventyx
Better suited for the ABB System as Microsoft is a third party for ABB Control System.
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IFS
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
ABB Ventyx
  • Positive is definitely ROI since manual intervention is minimized and the process is automated.
  • Cost wise, ABB has been looked upon considering the small industry.
  • Overall, a good solution for a large companies.
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IFS
  • 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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