Sigma 3 implements IFS Applications 9 to support strong business growth

IFS, the global enterprise applications company, has announced that Sigma 3, the kitchen manufacturer and retailer, will implement IFS Applications 9 to improve planning and support business growth. The implementation will be carried out by systems integration specialist Cooper Software, one of IFS’s authorised channel and services partners in the UK.

Operating from Llantrisant in South Wales since 1975, Sigma 3 is a market leading designer, manufacturer, and retailer of high-quality kitchens and bedrooms, with eight stores and a network of third-party retailers. Over the past five years, Sigma 3 has doubled its revenue and has plans for further expansion and growth.

With production tools incorporating over 20,000 different cabinet configurations alone, Sigma 3’s IT infrastructure must deal with a high degree of complexity through its manufacturing, sales ordering and finance systems. The company’s intricate and distributed IT architecture, coupled with its rapid growth, meant Sigma 3 needed to implement a single system that could support its growth over the next ten years. With IFS Applications 9, Sigma 3 will have a highly configurable and scalable, consolidated enterprise application suite, which will enable the business to deal confidently with its manufacturing and assembling processes, today and in the future.

Cooper Software was selected by Sigma 3 to implement the project, which commenced in March 2017. Cooper Software will provide the company with a dedicated project management team as well as functional and technical consulting support in order to facilitate the integration, set up and configuration of IFS Applicatons 9. Furthermore, the company will give Sigma 3 access to its dedicated support desk, providing an additional level of support to the business throughout the implementation process and beyond.

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“Previously we had a number of systems, including a bespoke manufacturing and sales ordering system, and a separate finance package. These systems have served us well, however our business is outgrowing them,” said Chris Toozer, Finance Director at Sigma 3. “Throughout our search for the efficiency gains that one unified system would bring, IFS and Cooper Software demonstrated that IFS Applications 9 would be a perfect fit to deal with our complicated manufacturing and assembling processes. This is not just an implementation, this will affect our entire business, and we’re going into this fully committed. We look forward to working very closely with IFS and Cooper Software once the project begins.”

Frank Cooper, Managing Director at Cooper Software, said: “As we learned about Sigma 3’s business, we knew that IFS would be a good fit—especially with our understanding of the complex nature of the manufacturing industry. IFS Applications 9 has a flexible, open architecture that enables users to configure the product and adapt it to their business. This will ensure Sigma 3 are able to get exactly what they need from the solution to meet the individual challenges of their business. We have delivered many IFS implementation projects, 15 in the past year alone, and as a result, we have the knowledge and experience required to really understand what is required to deliver a robust solution, on time and on budget. We’ve really enjoyed working with Sigma 3 so far, and are looking forward to starting this project.”

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Antony Bourne, Global Industry Director for Manufacturing at IFS added: “IFS works extensively in the manufacturing industry and we are delighted that Sigma 3 has chosen to replace its  existing enterprise application suite with IFS Applications 9. Sigma 3 will be making full use of the modules within the IFS package, including manufacturing, payroll, finance and CRM. IFS Applications 9 will provide Sigma 3 with greater visibility and transparency into performance and financial reporting, as well as an increase in productivity due to the efficiency gains of a single integrated system.”

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