Sun joins forces with IFS Defense

Sun Microsystems Inc. says that it and IFS Defense Ltd. have joined forces to deliver an advanced logistics platform of software and hardware to aerospace and defense (A&D) organizations. "The Sun and IFS Defense solution includes fully integrated business and asset management modules that support complex configuration management and maintenance requirements found within air, land and sea environments," says Lodewyk de Beer, solutions architect at Sun Microsystems SA.

He adds that this is another example of a pre-configured solution that helps reduce the cost, complexity and risk of technology deployments by providing a complete, tested set of products that can be rapidly and predictably implemented.

The solution consists, according to the company, of IFS applications running on the Sun Java Enterprise System and the Solaris Operating System (OS).

IFS applications, notes Sun, support the management and control of defense assets, programs and resources throughout their lifecycles. The company says that a library of specific components for project tracking and product data management addresses the needs of the army, navy and air force, as well as the organizations that support them. The solution offers support for providers of contractor logistics support and performance-based logistics to meet the needs of maintenance, repair and overhaul service providers and outsourcers, according to Sun.

Sun indicates that this logistics solution streamlines processes and facilitates collaboration throughout the value chain from design and conception to asset disposal. It notes that the solution is built on standards-based technologies, and provides a stable, secure foundation upon which organizations can exchange information.

"In today's global defense environment, companies need to find ways to free up working capital and reduce costs," comments Simon Dowler, CEO of IFS Defense.

"IFS Defense is providing its unique component-based solution on Sun's open software system to improve efficiency and drive down costs through universal, real-time access to extended supply chain and product data anytime, anywhere," says Dowler.

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