Our editorial review staff has put IFS Applications and Infor CloudSuite Industrial to the test. After demoing both these systems, we’re here to share key insights on how they cater to different business needs.
IFS Applications allows users to select from over 100 business components which are made up of 6,000+ smaller software components. This adaptability means you can choose the components you need and add others as you go, without affecting existing components.
Our recommendation for IFS leans towards organizations in the Aerospace and Defense, Energy Utilities and Resources, Construction and Engineering, Manufacturing, and Service Industries. In particular, sectors requiring asset management, service delivery, and other industry-specific functionalities will find IFS extremely beneficial.
However, the interface might not be as intuitive as some users would like, which could pose a slight learning curve for newcomers. Some users also reported performance issues and limited customization options.
Infor CloudSuite Industrial, formerly known as SyteLine, is a best suited to small and midsize businesses in the manufacturing sector. Its bill of materials (BOM) features, customizable reports, and modern design make it an ideal choice for companies involved in made-to-order, made-to-stock, and mixed-mode operations.
The software offers advanced planning and scheduling, supply chain management, accounting, and quality assurance. We appreciated the ease of creating and editing BOMs. The Engineering Board feature is useful for developing accurate schedules and providing cost visibility.
Despite these strengths, there are a few areas of improvement. The QMS module is somewhat limited, and upgrades can be a bit challenging. The broad feature set and complex navigation might also require extensive training for new users.
For most businesses, we recommend Infor CloudSuite Industrial due to its comprehensive supply chain management, built-in business intelligence, and multi-site and multi-company support. Its broad feature set is especially beneficial for small to medium-sized distributors and manufacturers.
However, IFS Applications might be a more suitable choice for organizations in sectors requiring robust asset management. It also has advantages for those who prioritize a composable, adaptable software environment.
If you’re still unsure, check out our roundup of the best ERP software.