Leading engineering services firm to integrate enterprise, meet lean objectives with IFS Business Software

CHICAGO, IL, July 20, 2006 -- IFS, the global enterprise applications company, announced today that Rampart Global, Inc., a lean engineering resource management firm, has signed a contract to implement IFS Applications(TM) 7 business software at its headquarters in Lisle, Illinois. IFS' web portals will enable Rampart to improve efficiency by fully integrating its enterprise, including customers, suppliers, and a nationwide network of engineering service providers. The contract was a joint effort of IFS, master distributor Corning Data Services(R) Inc., and Rampart.

"We are a project-centric business that uses both internal resources and an extensive network of external service providers," said David W. Dunn, president and CEO of Rampart Global. "IFS Applications is a mature, fully integrated, web-based solution that will enable our enterprise to operate seamlessly. IFS' strong support for lean processes will help us to meet our internal lean objectives -- and to help our customers meet theirs."

Rampart will use IFS web portals for real-time communication between its suppliers, customers, and network of service providers. IFS' integrated process modeling application, IFS Business Modeler(TM), will help Rampart enhance its business processes and maintain its position as a best-in-class provider of engineering services.

"One of the key considerations in our software selection was IFS' reputation for short, cost-effective implementations," Dunn said. "Both IFS and Corning have demonstrated that they are committed to our success, and we anticipate a mutually beneficial long-term relationship."

"We are very pleased to have the opportunity to partner with Rampart Global and believe our web-based solution is ideal for virtual, project-based businesses such as theirs," said Cindy Jaudon, president and CEO of IFS North America. "IFS Applications enables real-time communication throughout the enterprise, no matter how geographically dispersed it may be. The IFS solution gives companies the agility they need to meet the rapidly changing demands of their customers and the marketplace."

About Rampart Global, Inc.

Rampart Global is a lean engineering resource management company, providing engineering solutions to aerospace, defense, and commercial customers throughout the United States. It responds to the outsourcing needs of industry by providing experienced engineering talent on a managed and variable cost basis. The Rampart team is composed of Rampart engineers supplemented by resources obtained from a nationwide network of engineering service providers. Rampart's broad-based team provides a full spectrum of engineering solutions for customers demanding scalable and flexible results on short notice. Rampart is a network- and process-centric business and is focusing its investment in people, management information systems, and processes to achieve best-in-class status as an engineering services provider.

About Corning Data Services Inc.

Since 1980, Corning Data Services Inc. (CDS) has delivered complete solutions to meet our customers' needs. For over 25 years, our certified staff of seasoned professionals have proven that "Experience Matters(R)." Experience in industry, experience in technology, and experience with our customers. By partnering with world-class software provider IFS, CDS delivers solid solutions that exceed today's requirements and meet the challenges of tomorrow. For more information, visit

About IFS

IFS (XSSE: IFS), the global enterprise applications company, provides solutions that enable organizations to respond quickly to market changes, allowing resources to be used in a more agile way to achieve better business performance and competitive advantage.

IFS was founded in 1983 and now has 2,600 employees worldwide. IFS pioneered component-based enterprise resources planning (ERP) software with IFS Applications, now in its seventh generation. IFS' component architecture provides solutions that are easier to implement, run, and upgrade. IFS Applications is available in 54 countries, in 20 languages.

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. IFS Applications provides extended ERP functionality, including supply chain management (SCM); enterprise asset management (EAM); maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO); product lifecycle management (PLM); customer relationship management (CRM); and corporate performance management (CPM) capabilities.

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IFS Applications is a trademark of Industrial and Financial Systems, IFS AB. All other referenced company or product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

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