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U.S. Air force signs contract for software to handle MRO functions

Chicago, IL -- IFS has signed a contract with Oracle USA Inc. to provide the maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO...


Chicago, IL — IFS has signed a contract with Oracle USA Inc. to provide the maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) portion of an integrated logistics system that Oracle is delivering to the U.S. Air Force. In accordance with the Oracle contract, the system will support 250,000 users of the Expeditionary Combat Support System (ECSS) program.

ECSS is a commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) software system established to improve weapons systems availability by streamlining the current Air Force logistics process. The system will replace and perform the functions of more than 500 logistics systems that the Air Force currently uses.

The Oracle team is providing a logistics system consisting of IFS’ MRO solution, an enterprise resources planning (ERP) solution from Oracle, and an advanced planning and scheduling (APS) solution from Click Commerce.

ECSS will allow commanders at all levels in the logistics chain to automate the process of gathering logistics data, interpreting that data, and making decisions on a near real-time basis. It will provide an integrated set of enterprise resources planning (ERP) and advanced planning and scheduling (APS) applications that allow the Air Force to accomplish its logistics mission, which is to provide the right materiel to the right place, at the right time, in the right quantity, and in the right condition to support global military operations.

The total license value for IFS, including maintenance fees, is expected to amount to over US$13 million over six years, out of which $1.2 million, including services, is expected to be recognized as revenue in 2006.

Oracle is the world’s largest enterprise software company. For more information, visit www.oracle.com. Click Commerce, a provider of on-demand supply chain management solutions, enables users in 70 countries to collaborate, in real time, with business partners across the extended enterprise. For more information, visit www.clickcommerce.com. IFS has more than 500,000 users across seven key vertical sectors: aerospace & defense, automotive, high-tech, industrial manufacturing, process industries, construction & facilities management, and utilities & telecom. More details can be found at www.ifsworld.com.