Service company Eltel Networks builds one company with IFS Applications

Eltel Networks, which engineers, builds and maintains electricity and telecommunications networks, continues its implementation of IFS Applications in Northern and Eastern Europe to further harmonise its business processes in the countries in which it operates.

A framework agreement signed in 2006 comprises 5,400 users, of which 2,500 were existing licence users in Swedia Networks. Recently, a call-off agreement was signed that included services and licenses valued at approximately SKr 17 million. The total value for IFS of the framework agreement with Eltel is in excess of SKr 25 million.

Eltel, currently one of Europes biggest companies in network services, has its roots in the service unit of the Finnish energy company, Fortum. Eltels majority owner, Industrikapital, bought the company in 2004 and merged Swedish Swedia Networks with Eltel. Expansion has continued, partly via further acquisitions, and the company now operates in 12 countries. The overarching reason for implementing IFSApplications is to support the ongoing process of consolidating its operations to create one company with common, integratable business processes in critical areas such as marketing and sales, service management, logistics, field service, pricing, contract management, project delivery, and financial management. The new applications infrastructure will also improve integration and collaboration with customers and partners.

The majority of Eltels workforce consists of field technicians who are located close to customers. Critical to our success as a company is how well we manage these technicians. We invest considerable time to develop our field leadership and equip our technicians with efficient tools, said Juha Luusua, Senior Vice President at Eltel. IFS consultants had already proven themselves in the Project. With their experience and understanding of our industry, I am confident they will be able to support us in our efforts to consolidate operations and streamline processes.

The new call-off agreement includes implementation in Denmark, Norway and Finland, integration with mobile appliances, CRM, and definitions for a new corporate finance system. Previously, the solution has been implemented in the Baltic States. The remaining phases comprise implementation in Poland and Germany, as well as an upgrade in Sweden. The system is to be implemented in all the above countries by 2009.

IFS prioritises the telecom and utilities segment and has more than 150 customers involved in the industry. IFS Applications supports planning and forecasting, improves efficiency and control in day-to-day operations and integrates project, asset and facilities management with contract management, workforce management, supply chain management and business intelligence. Customers include telecom operators, network construction & maintenance providers and utilities such as Netcom (Norway), Chunghwa Telecom (Taiwan), Telsul (Brazil), Orange (Poland), Eltel Networks (Sweden) and MTN (Nigeria), the worlds largest hydropower plant, Three Gorges (P. R. China), nuclear power stations OKG (Sweden), PBMR (South Africa) and Qinshan (P. R. China), grid operators such as Svenska Kraftnt (Sweden), Statnett (Norway), TenneT (The Netherlands), and distributors such as Vattenfall (Sweden), Fortum (Sweden), and Hafslund Energi (Norway)

About Eltel Networks

Eltel Networks is The Infranet Company in Northern and Central Europewith prime focus on Electricity and Telecommunications networks. Eltel engineers, builds and maintains the lifelines of society - power transmission and distribution grids; fixed and mobile telecommunications networks; safety / security networks; and networks for municipal authorities. With more than 8,000 employees, Eltel is committed to securing the availability of these networks by providing innovative solutions as strategic partners to its clients

About IFS

IFS (OMXS: IFS), the global enterprise applications company, provides solutions which enable organizations to respond quickly to market changesallowing resources to be used in a more agile way to achieve better business performance and competitive advantage.

IFS was founded in 1983 and now has 2,600 employees worldwide. IFS has pioneered component-based ERP software with IFS Applications, now in its seventh generation. IFS component architecture provides solutions that are easier to implement, run and upgrade. IFS Applications is available in 54 countries in 22 languages.

IFS has over 600,000 users across seven key vertical sectors: aerospace & defense; automotive; high-tech; industrial manufacturing; process industries; construction, contracting & service management and utilities & telecom. IFS Applications provides extended ERP functionality including customer relationship management (CRM), supply chain management (SCM), product lifecycle management (PLM), corporate performance management (CPM), enterprise asset management (EAM) and maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) capabilities.

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