EE or Aurena? Benefits and Drawbacks

Scared of IFS Cloud?

Since the introduction of IFS Cloud, there’s been several legacy customers using IFS Apps 9 or earlier (as well as some new businesses) who have decided that the new IFS Cloud product isn’t right for them or too large of a step for the company to take. So what other options are there for companies looking for a full suite modern ERP system but aren’t ready to commit to a purebred cloud offering?

Once IFS Applications 10 was introduced into the enterprise applications suite, there have been some scepticism from users around the transition from their older software to the cloud interface of Aurena. Many think that, although Aurena has its benefits, there are reasons why users may be persuaded not to make the switch and stick with 9, or upgrade to EE.

So, what are the benefits and drawbacks of both? Let’s discuss…


The Benefits…

Looking at Aurena and EE, right off the bat there is an obvious point of comparison – mobile user access. Whereas Aurena can be used on any Apple, Android or other device for that matter, EE is only available to use on Windows. Now, this may not be an issue for users who work in desk-based roles, but what it will mean is that the option to access IFS apps 10 from more devices is now available. Mobile user access essentially improves accessibility so that information and data can be more easily viewed. Increasing points of access can lead to a quicker and more efficient flow of communication throughout the organisation. This is perhaps most beneficial to organisations requiring approvals, report checking, and sign off from senior members, as an integral part of organisational processes. Particularly, if senior members aren’t always on-site (all the more common since the pandemic), Aurena’s accessibility provides critical support to business functions.

With the updated modern technology built into Aurena, deployment and development times for configuration have been significantly reduced. Clearly benefitting users, with Aurena processes can be completed quicker meaning businesses can grow at a faster rate and become more efficient.


The Drawbacks…

Not all reviews of Aurena have been so positive though. One of the most apparent drawbacks of Aurena are the numerous functions now not available that users found useful with EE. There are so many functions missing for Aurena users that a number of IFS customers have taken to the IFS website to express their issues, with one saying that “the advantages (of Aurena) don’t compensate for the loss of so many functions, which ultimately have a negative effect on both working efficiency and the overall user experience.”

Another drawback of Aurena is the tricky transition phase. Moving over from EE to Aurena can be difficult as many different aspects of the system need to be changed. Similarly, as Aurena isn’t a fully developed software, the risks involved with upgrading can mean you may not be able to operate in the same way as before because isn’t yet completed.


The Deciding Factors…

Ultimately there are both benefits and drawbacks for both moving to Aurena or sticking with EE. Dependent on your business goals or the type of industry you operate in, one factor definitely worth keeping in mind is that Aurena will be a constantly update software. Whether the positives outweigh the negatives or not, Aurena is the software that will be adapted by IFS. EE on the other hand will not receive any updates and will stick to its current format.

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