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We performed a comparison between IFS Cloud Platform and SAP S/4HANA based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two ERP solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
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"The most valuable feature is the distribution module.""A high level of ERP can be handled in IFS.""Scalability-wise, I rate the solution a nine or ten out of ten since it is an extremely scalable solution that can be used for various use cases with thousands of users.""IFS Applications is an all-in-one solution for finance, accounting, and production.""IFS has been completely rebuilt, modernized, and cloud-based so we don't need bulky software installations.""The most valuable features of IFS Applications in the latest version are the new user Arena interface. It's from Apps 9, but it brings more flexibility in usage, especially around different devices, such as mobile usage, which doesn't restrict you from using a computer. We are it for the HR side, and it's proving quite good. It has a new modern feel to it similar to a standard cloud application which enhances the user experience.""The financial posting controls are quite handy. The user interface is really friendly, highly flexible, and pretty intuitive for end users.""IFS Applications' best feature is the user-friendly interface that has a .NET Framework application in the front end and an Oracle database and WebLogic middleware."

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"SAP S4HANA is a stable solution.""I find everything I need in S4/HANA.""It is more or less a very, very smooth and seamless product. Day by day they are increasing their technology features and they are keen to resolve the issues. India has a complex business scenario and SAP is thinking about that and resolving the issues day by day.""The finance solution and procurement functionalities are good.""S4HANA is very scalable - we use it across seven or eight factories, and everything is running fine.""The most useful features of SAP S4HANA are the consolidation reports. The BI is very strong and the manufacturing and finance sections we like a lot.""A user-friendly UI with good documentation.""It's reliable and the performance is good."

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"I'm a business analyst, so I do a lot of customer-facing work. I take calls from businesses I have to troubleshoot. One thing that bugs me is the error messages you get from IFS. If I get an error message, I have to dig to find the cause because, often, the error message doesn't precisely describe the problem. It'll hint about where the problem lies, but you have to work to find the root cause. It doesn't help in my situation. You expect an error message to point to the field or what is causing the issue.""Aspects of HR and payroll could be better.""Sometimes from the sales perspective, clients don't always fully understand how large a task or a project they're getting involved in when they decide, "We're going to switch across to IFS." They could probably do a little bit more, maybe around preparing people for these projects.""Customization needs to be improved.""IFS Applications is not robust enough to handle high-volume transactions, so it's not suitable for larger enterprises.""I have seen that one of the areas that my company has identified for improvement might be the rental management capabilities within the solution.""The solution needs to improve its documentation and user-friendliness.""There should be some improvements in the predefined templates in IFS Applications."

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"There are some problems with the support provided for the solution, so it is not quite easy. It takes some time for them to offer us support.""I'm not a big fan of SAP S/4HANA because it needs a lot of hardware. It is really fast, but it needs a lot of hardware. The hardware for S/4HANA is too expensive.""The product's use of resources could be improved, as it is quite intensive at the moment.""If I can highlight one point that could be improved, when we talk about other ERPs, like Oracle, nowadays these ERPs provide free integration with other ERPs. For example, there is an API for banks integrated into every tool and every product form requires that bank integration in order to give real time data into the ERP. But SAP is charging a lot for that particular bank integration scenario and I think it should be free because other ERPs are providing this feature built in to the ERP. People always ask us about the integration and how much it will cost to go with that solution, so people are thinking about this.""The integration could be made a little simpler in terms of design and implementation.""A virtual machine could exist to make everything available on a single deployment.""This product would be improved by adding more reports.""There should be an easier way to migrate customers from all versions to SAP S/4HANA."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "There's an additional yearly cost for support."
  • "There are varying license levels that you can purchase."
  • "IFS Applications are competitive in terms of pricing compared to other vendors, such as SAP, Oracle, and Epicor. They are generally cheaper, especially for licensing costs."
  • "Compared to SAP, the pricing for IFS Applications was very affordable. People using the solution would find that it's worth the money."
  • "The pricing of the solution may appear to be expensive for smaller companies with only tens of users; however, for larger and mid-size industrial companies, IFS is able to win deals and the pricing is competitive in the market."
  • "The additional cost that comes with the solution includes the overhead of the people who are trying to fix the tool issues. These people are trying to reproduce the issue and report it to the technical support and testing with them which is huge. It is the cost of quality in the end."
  • "The pricing is relatively high compared to competitors."
  • "We pay for a license to use the solution, which is not very expensive."
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  • "Licensing costs are not transparent"
  • "This is not the cheapest solution on the market, so you need to invest seriously in it. As a solid product, it has a solid price. It's definitely one of the more expensive tools on the market, but it's also one of the best products on the market."
  • "There is a license to use this solution."
  • "It is very expensive. It is not cheap."
  • "It is on a quarterly basis. There are no additional costs. There is just the standard fee."
  • "Depending on the solution there can be a different way of doing the license. Most of the licenses are annual, but there are some models where it is that offer pay-as-you-go. Additionally, there are some solutions that offer monthly per user."
  • "There is an annual license for SAP S4HANA."
  • "The price could be lower."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:A high level of ERP can be handled in IFS.
    Top Answer:We pay for a license to use the solution, which is not very expensive.
    Top Answer:Customization needs to be improved, and the solution should be simpler.
    Top Answer:SaP Business One is a complete solution for business management. The software applications are broad, ranging from accounting to project management and human resources. It is very versatile and… more »
    Top Answer:During parallel preparation of go-live processes, SAP B1 and S4H transactional data alignment can be difficult to track. The approach is to have the same sales order amount and quantity to compare the… more »
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    Also Known As
    IFS Applications, Assyst, IFS Cloud
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    IFS develops and delivers cloud enterprise software for companies around the world who manufacture and distribute goods, build and maintain assets, and manage service-focused operations. Within our single platform, our industry specific products are innately connected to a single data model and use embedded digital innovation so that our customers can be their best when it really matters to their customers – at the Moment of Service​​​​​​​. The industry expertise of our people and of our growing ecosystem, together with a commitment to deliver value at every single step, has made IFS a recognized leader and the most recommended supplier in our sector. Our team of 4,500 employees every day live our values of agility, trustworthiness and collaboration in how we support our 10,000+ customers. Learn more about how our enterprise software solutions can help your business today at ifs.com.

    SAP S4HANA is an ERP (enterprise resource planning) system that uses sophisticated technologies including machine learning and AI. It is most commonly used to integrate and manage business functions and is an ideal solution for large enterprises. The platform includes supplier relationship management (SRM), customer relationship management (CRM), supply chain management (SCM), and product lifecycle management (PLM) functionality.

    SAP S4HANA offers three different deployment options:

    • On-premises
    • Cloud
    • Hybrid

    SAP S4HANA Features

    SAP S4HANA has many valuable key features, including:

    • Customizable
    • ERP, CRM, SRM, SCM, PLM co-deployed
    • High throughput
    • Fast analytics and reporting
    • Smaller total data footprint
    • SAP HANA multi-tenancy
    • All data: social, text, geo, graph, processing
    • New SAP Fiori UX for any device (mobile, desktop, tablet)
    • Unlimited workload capacity
    • High-volume transaction processing (OLTP)
    • High volume real-time analytical processes (OLAP)
    • Service Management
    • Digital Boardroom Integration

    SAP S4HANA Benefits

    Some of the benefits of using SAP S4HANA include:

    • Speed: S4 HANA applications leverage speed, context, and data accessibility to ensure you can stay up to date with rapidly evolving technology.
    • Improved performance: With SAP S4HANA, you can plan, execute, or generate reports and analytics based on live data to increase performance.
    • Simplicity: SAP S4HANA’s whole infrastructure was designed with simplification in mind — from the management of the solution to the administration of the IT landscape. The solution serves as the digital core for business process simplification and enables the centralizing of hardware and network resources.
    • Cost effective: SAP S4HANA is a cost effective solution. It provides the ability to bring together all the analytical and transactional capabilities of a variety of systems in one location, enabling better decision making.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Below are some reviews and helpful feedback written by SAP S4HANA users.

    A Mechanical Engineer at a construction company says, “It is a very powerful, highly customizable tool. The most valuable feature is that the reporting is fast. We can see the results from that in that our commissions come in fast. That is the main advantage.”

    Another reviewer, a SAP Technology Manager at a financial services firm, mentions, "It is more or less a very, very smooth and seamless product. Day by day they are increasing their technology features and they are keen to resolve the issues. India has a complex business scenario and SAP is thinking about that and resolving the issues day by day. In terms of the features I have found most valuable, I don't think that there is any lack or any gap process-wise. SAP is a very good tool."

    A Project and Service delivery Manager at a tech services company comments, "One of the most valuable features, which we used the most, was the FI module, for finance. It involved controlling, account receivables, account payables, and complete financial steering."

    A Senior Architect at a construction company states, “The POD applications are very useful to us. There are a few POD apps which we are using for different business scenarios. They are quite interesting.” He also adds, “The initial setup is pretty straightforward. The documentation is very good. The solution can scale well. The solution is stable.”

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    Sample Customers
    Carlsberg, Pukka, Aston Martin, Sky, China Airlines, Cimcorp, Mini, Pepsi.
    Nestle, O.C. Tanner, Sabre, New York Life Insurance Co., MEMEBOX, Siemens AG.
    Top Industries
    Manufacturing Company46%
    Educational Organization15%
    Training & Coaching Company8%
    Aerospace/Defense Firm8%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Manufacturing Company11%
    Comms Service Provider7%
    Computer Software Company13%
    Manufacturing Company13%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Educational Organization34%
    Computer Software Company10%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Company Size
    Small Business38%
    Midsize Enterprise34%
    Large Enterprise28%
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise59%
    Small Business37%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise41%
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise41%
    Large Enterprise44%
    Buyer's Guide
    IFS Cloud Platform vs. SAP S/4HANA
    November 2023
    Find out what your peers are saying about IFS Cloud Platform vs. SAP S/4HANA and other solutions. Updated: November 2023.
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    IFS Cloud Platform is ranked 9th in ERP with 17 reviews while SAP S/4HANA is ranked 2nd in ERP with 36 reviews. IFS Cloud Platform is rated 7.8, while SAP S/4HANA is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of IFS Cloud Platform writes "Robust, customizable, and modern". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SAP S/4HANA writes "Smooth and seamless product with flexible licensing models". IFS Cloud Platform is most compared with SAP ERP, Oracle E-Business Suite, Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, IBM Maximo and SAP S/4HANA Cloud, whereas SAP S/4HANA is most compared with SAP ERP, SAP Business One, Oracle ERP Cloud, NetSuite ERP and Epicor ERP. See our IFS Cloud Platform vs. SAP S/4HANA report.

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