Global giant IFS to increase India's war readiness


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May 8, 2009
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Global giant IFS to increase India's war readiness

IFS, a global enterprise applications company operating in more than 50 countries, is known for its state-of-the-art industry-specific enterprise application software especially for the defense, energy and project-centric industries.

Alastair Sorbie, president & CEO of IFS, along with board members of IFS India, met members of the Indian press at Hotel Taj Palace on May 18, 2009. IFS, a global enterprise applications company operating in more than 50 countries, is known for its state-of-the-art industry-specific enterprise application software especially for the defense, energy and project-centric industries. Among its major customers in India are the National Hydro Power Company (NHPC), which will have 13,000 users, and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) with 10,000 users.

Today we all live in a state of uncertain possibilities and in a precariously volatile situation where enemies are not just visible. India as a sovereign country has remained committed to other nation’s territorial integrity and has endeavored for peace. But, in current situation, where terrorism is expanding its base in our neighborhood, it becomes all the more important to know and understand whether we as a nation are up to that challenge and task. Is our defense mechanism and equipments well prepared to thwart the challenges posed by these destructive elements who have gained an edge, courtesy IT and its resources?

A research conducted by IFS had some startling facts which throw the myth out of the box that India is ready for any war. Following are the facts that were revealed by IFS in a Press Conference hailed in New Delhi:

· 50% of the equipment in the armed forces are obsolete and the modernization program is lagging behind by more than a decade

· Lead time of procurement of equipment even with approved budget is very long as compared to nations like US, France and China.

· Integrated logistics support system that enables real time information sharing between designer and manufacturer of the defense equipment and the services is not available

· 25% of the naval ships are not war ready

· A big % of aging fighter aircraft are past it’s prime and might result in embarrassing Indian Airforce.

· Limited fund available for integrating the three services for effective collaborative war through real-time sharing of information between Army, Navy and Air Force

· Supply chain system is struggling to ensure the right item, in the right condition, at the right place, in the right quantity and at the right time.

In crux the facts were enough to give some sleepless nights to those responsible for India’s defence and security.

IFS suggests way ahead:

The members who attended the gathering included IFS delegates from across the globe as well as defence experts. The body was of the general consensus that one of the major problems of the nation is project management. Time and cost overrun of projects are major concerns for corporate and the government. Using ERP solution specifically designed for project centric organizations, projects can be delivered on time and within budget.


The gathering also discussed revamping defense, energy and project centric organizations through industry specific ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning).

Seeing the budgetary limitations in the light of global recession IFS aims to facilitate the process of achieving the vision of launching a journey towards logistics excellence wherein the right item is provided in the right condition, in the right place, at the right time, in the right quantity and at the right price, to the customers of logistics system.

Speaking on the occasion, Alastair Sorbie, President & CEO, IFS GLOBAL said, “Any defense establishments, leading energy players and project centric organizations worldwide have benefited from IFS industry specific solution and India is no exception.”

Elaborating on the India specific details CEO and Director IFS India, Dr. Chandan Chowdhury said, “IFS is one of the fastest growing ERP company in the country. Our focus is to deliver the right solution to the industry. We have seen very good response from the Indian market especially in defense, energy and project centric organizations. Our projects at NHPC wherein 13000 employees will be using the IFS Energy solution right from Arunachal Pradesh bordering China to Kashmir bordering Pakistan is going to set a new benchmark for IT driven business transformation in the energy sector in the country.”

“One of the largest ERP projects worldwide in terms of scope that covers 27 divisions of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited wherein 10000 users are expected to use IFS Defense solution will help in reducing the cycle time for manufacturing and overhauling fighter aircrafts. It will definitely have positive impact on the war readiness of the nation.”

The intense discussion resulted in some useful revelations and how IFS was technically working towards building an ever ready Indian defence.

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Any thoughts on this article, it seems we need to go the basics.....:d_training:


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Mar 24, 2009
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Yes, rapid modernization of the armed forces is well recognized. The armed forces know it and so does the ministry of defense. We need to seriously ratchet up defense procurement without any more time wasting. Hope the IFS will be able to add value to our forces with their expertise.


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May 18, 2009
Scary stuff. Government (actually, forces) should make sure that at least by 2015 we are war ready at 100%.


Feb 22, 2009
We will likely have a war before 2015. We need to be ready for a war within the next 2-3 years.

I don't understand how Pakistan with a defense budget that is a fraction of Indian budget be so much better prepared for war against India while we seem to be screwing up. Our war machine is not that much bigger than Pakistan as compared to the military budgets!

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