After having announced the launch of a number of cloud mobile apps, and in keeping with the mobility theme, IFS announced the new IFS Touch Apps Partner Program at the IFS World Conference 2012 in Gothenburg, Sweden. The program, which is aimed at delivering new smartphone apps to IFS customers, will officially launch on November 15, 2012, and five partners have already signed on.
The apps developed through the partner program will use the same IFS Cloud infrastructure as IFS’ own Touch Apps. In practical terms, this means that customers already using IFS Touch Apps do not need to sign any new contracts or perform any additional installation or configuration to use partner-developed apps. IFS acknowledges that it is not the only vendor with innovative app ideas, and via this program, IFS customers can benefit from partners’ innovations with no additional effort. The following five partners have already signed on, with various levels of clarity with regard to the apps they will develop:
IFS’ intent isn’t necessarily to build thousands of apps via partners. Rather, it will try to moderate the content so as to ensure it meets suitable purposes and customer demand, and to avoid possible conflicts, duplicate work, and cannibalization amongst the partners.
TEC article (July 2012): Bite-sized Apps—A New Trend in Enterprise Software
TEC blog post (Oct 2011): IFS: Of Vertical Focus, and Customers’ Agility and Choice?
TEC overview: IFS Applications