IFS Defence provides maintenance and logistics solutions for aerospace and defense. IFS Applications is a component-based extended ERP suite built on service-oriented-architecture technology. The suite has more than 100 business components. Customers choose the ones they require, such as IFS Financials, IFS Sales and Service or IFS Maintenance. IFS recently launched its Flight Log mobile application for real-time tracking of aircraft operation data. It is one of the IFS Touch Apps for point functionality on Apple, Android and Windows phones. Oracle provides the database layer, and IFS Applications 8 is entirely based on dot.net technology. A mobile work order client is available on Windows Mobile. IFS lists 2,000 customers, including General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems, Saab and GE Aircraft Engines. The FAA signed a contract for 300 additional IFS Applications users for its Flight Inspection Services, Aircraft Maintenance and Engineering Group.www.ifsdefence.com

Infor offers Infor Aerospace and Defense, an integrated set of modules for contract or order management, manufacturing, procurement, aftermarket services and financial management, including cost-accounting to meet defense regulations. More than 100 A&D customers have implemented Infor solutions, often with multisite, multicurrency and multilingual capabilities. Infor's Intelligent Open Network (ION) technology is transportable as an open system, allowing customers to be independent of operating systems, database systems or hardware. ION also provides a complete IT strategy for integration, workflow and alerts, according to the company. Infor Aerospace and Defense was built specifically to meet A&D demands, and the company collaborates with customers to co-develop capabilities needed for industry-specific requirements. Infor solutions are scalable and so can be used in small, medium or large enterprises for commercial, defense or maintenance contracts. www.infor.com

Oracle is one of the two major ERP players with airlines. Its maintenance solution, cMRO, has been installed with at least 15 customers, including airlines, shops and air forces. Major airline customers include Etihad Airways and Korean Air. Oracle partnered with Enigma on the Korean Air installation. Two major challenges have been implementation time and expense. Some Oracle implementations have taken 3-5 years, and the company has sought to reduce this to a reliable three years. The company says it has tightened the integration of its line- and base-maintenance tools and built faster and better tools for long-term planning. www.oracle.com

SAP has been the biggest provider of airline ERP systems with at least 120 airline customers. About one-third of these use SAP for at least a portion of their MRO work, in areas such as finance, supply-chain management and logistics. A few carriers, including British Airways and Singapore International Airlines, use SAP for end-to-end MRO functions. Fifteen years of experience and partnership with a maintenance specialist have enabled SAP to offer tight integration between maintenance and other airline functions in a single platform. One drawback is time to implement. It used to take five years to install SAP, but the company says it has reduced that to less than two years. SAP has preconfigured templates for smaller airlines and worked with Enigma on automating revision of maintenance documents. It worked with Japan Airlines to prepare for the Boeing 787. www.sap.com

2MoRO Solutions offers Aero One, an add-on to SAP Business One that manages airworthiness and service bulletins, aircraft structure tracking, maintenance plan management, equipment management traceability and MRO management and execution, among other functions. Eleven companies use Aero One, which is targeted at small-, mid-sized or large airlines and MRO centers. The company also offers Aero-Webb to fill gaps in current ERPs for maintenance forecasting, configuration control and other functions. Four customers use Aero-Webb, which is built with WebDynpro, Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) and SAP NetWeaver technology. Aero-Webb is designed for airlines and MRO providers that want complete IT systems to manage complex MRO issues, the company states. BFly is 2MoRO's platform for simplification of MRO solutions such as configuration control, maintenance planning and execution and stocks management. It uses Java, Spring, Hibernate, Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) and Extensible Markup Language (XML). BFly is independent from technical constraints, has a customizable graphical user interface and is designed for collaboration. www.2moro.com