IFS announced the signing of a JBoss Certified Solution Partner agreement with JBoss, Inc., at the IFS World Conference in Gothenburg, Sweden, September 18-20. The agreement gives IFS development and support organizations higher levels of official JBoss support, enabling IFS to raise service levels and further enhance the product integration for customers running IFS Applications on the JBoss Application Server.

In a world of rapid change and complex global supply chains there is an increased pressure for co-existence between business applications. The web-based collaboration and the transition to service-oriented architectures is making the middleware required by modern applications a vital part of any corporate IT infrastructure.

"Rather than using the application to force any particular middleware onto the customer, we allow the customer to choose the middleware. This enables them to consolidate IFS Applications with other applications on a common middleware, saving on staff requirements, license and maintenance fees, and other costs," commented Dan Johansson, CTO, IFS.

IFS is unique amongst the major ERP vendors in offering customers a wide range of middleware on which to run their business application. Alongside leading middleware technologies from IBM and Oracle, IFS also offers customers the choice of using open source middleware from JBoss. In the last two yea rs this has led to over 100 customers deploying and going live with IFS Applications on JBoss.

Johansson continued, "Open source middleware has a role to play in the business applications market, and we see a clear interest from our customers. With JBoss being the leader in open source middleware, this agreement makes it easier for us to develop and support our products in combination with an open source middleware. A partnership with JBoss, Inc. is a natural progression for uswith their backing we are certain to deliver a high quality product and high quality support".

Sacha Labourey, General Manager of Europe, JBoss, Inc., said, "IFS is exactly the type of forward thinking vendor that JBoss is looking to form successful partnerships with. By providing its customers with safe adaptable choices and high levels of support from the developers of the code, IFS is sending out a powerful message not only to new customers but also to the industry competition; it is taking a step up in its investment in open source by partnering with the leaders."

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