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This is an IFS 2015 liveblog which means everything was written at-the-moment.

With far too much enthusiasm for 9am, moderator Jon Briggs introduced David Eager as though he were Johnny Carson. The start of Day 2 would be structured as a late night talk show, with businessmen in suits instead of eccentric pop stars.

The audience was prompted for applause as Eager gave his not-so-Letterman monologue and greeted his first guest, Anders Lif from IFS.

Anders Lif, ISF

Lif, a Swede who called his vacations back home as “dark, cold and suffering”, was there to announce the launch of the IFS Academy Learning Center.

“It’s the most exciting announcement since IFS Applications 9,” he joked.

The IFS Academy, which is designed to provide training and knowledge for IFS partners and customers, is available in every region and every country — and the offering is the same everywhere.

Set in a simulation environment, the Academy provides on-demand e-learning specialist courses. The aim is to have 50 new ones by the end of the year, and 17 were officially launched today.

By passing 6 of these specialist courses, you can go all the way to becoming a Certified Specialist.

Lars Morten Nygaard, CEO at Din ERP

Former long-time paper boy Nygaard, whose company Din ERP has been part of the IFS ecosystem for 8 years, said he loves the IFS Lobby, and reckons its a particular treat for more advanced users.

His announcement, though not as truly seismic as Lif’s IFS Academy news, was about how Din ERP is simplifying the b2b experience.

They’re making it easy for companies to work together, for different departments to work together. Document collaboration with outside-companies using both systems.

Kevin O’Brien, Oracle

The key to agility, for which O’Brien says IFS 9 works beautifully, it’s about implementation, intuitive UI and – most importantly – high availability.

That basically means it’s always running, it’s always working. He said the most simple way of looking at it is: “double everything”.

With IT budgets going down or staying flat, companies need to be ever-more clever about how they spend money. You don’t want it all going towards integrating new systems, you want high-availability and you want it now.

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