SALT LAKE CITY, March 6 /PRNewswire/ -- ALPNET, Inc. (Nasdaq: AILP - news), a world leader in Multilingual Business-to-Business Services, has been selected by IFS do Brasil (listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange) to be their multilingual partner. Industrial & Financial Systems (IFS) is the world's fastest-growing company in the business applications market with over 3200 employees and products sold in 38 countries through 57 offices around the world.
IFS delivers and supplies IFS Applications, a component-based ERP solution, to medium- and large-sized companies. IFS Applications(TM) is a complete ERP system covering all of a company's business processes, including manufacturing, distribution, finance, maintenance, human resources, engineering, and front office. It is one of the first ERP systems in the world to have been developed entirely using object technology.
ALPNET will localize IFS' HTML-based documentation and training material for the new IFS Applications 2000 for South America and Spain. This substantial endeavour, comprised of more than 2-million words, includes glossary database building, localization of templates, guidelines and tutorials. The ALPNET office in Sao Paulo will manage the localization of IFS material for Brazil while the ALPNET office in Spain will localize IFS material for the Spanish speaking countries.
``We needed a strong partner to meet our globalization requirements. Our products are sold around the world in more than 38 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, the USA, and South America. Spain and South America are strategic markets for IFS,'' says Mr. Lavio Falcao de Oliveira, President and CEO, IFS Brazil. ``This partnership is based on ALPNET's strength to deliver excellent localized products on time, and its cost-effective multilingual solutions,'' adds Mr. Falcao de Oliveira.
``We have a strong presence in South America,'' says Ms. Karin Rainesalo, Director Competence Center, IFS. ``Our Brazilian office grew from 40 to 200 employees within a two year period, and our efforts and investments have been recognized by ComputerWorld do Brasil by IFS being appointed the most prominent company in the middle range market of the software industry. ALPNET's international focus and worldwide presence provides us with tremendous multilingual expertise,'' adds Ms. Rainesalo.
``Our vast experience and expertise in managing multilingual information allows us to help our worldwide customers such as IFS achieve their market share and globalization objectives,'' says Francesc Civit, Regional Director, Southern Europe & Latin America, and ALPNET. ``The need for today's global corporations to offer their software, documentation, and Internet solutions to the Latin America markets is rapidly increasing. ALPNET's strong innovative use of language technology, industry standards, and process refinement for Spanish and Portuguese are key assets for our customers,'' adds Mr. Civit.
About Industrial & Financial Systems
Industrial & Financial Systems, IFS AB, develops and supplies business applications that span the entire demand and supply chain. The company's approach to e-business allows customers to move step-by-step from their present operations to a solid e-business strategy that seamlessly integrates web storefronts, front office applications and back office operations right down to the shop floor.
The IFS business concept is to increase a company's freedom of action and competitiveness by offering integrated solutions consisting of standardized business components. IFS uses proven, third-generation component technology and it is, therefore, easy to add a wide variety of new e-business or ERP capabilities.
IFS Applications includes web-based ERP components, Internet storefronts, customer relationship management (CRM) applications, connectivity to other ERP solutions, and collaboration with process control systems with a variety of e- commerce engines. IFS Applications offers over 50 functional business components for improving business processes in medium-to-large size companies.
IFS Applications is a trademark of IFS Industrial and Financial Systems. All other referenced company or product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners. Additional information about IFS is available on the World Wide Web at http://www.ifsworld.com.
About ALPNET, Inc.
ALPNET is one of the world's largest publicly owned dedicated suppliers of Multilingual Business-to-Business Services, with more than 650 employees working in 15 countries throughout Europe, Asia, North America and South America. ALPNET provides a comprehensive range of Multilingual B2B Solutions and Consulting capabilities, including Web Localization, Software Localization, Documentation, Solution Design and System Integration, Localization Engineering, Linguistic Testing, and Content Creation (Authoring). Additional information about ALPNET is available on the World Wide Web at http://www.alpnet.com. An investor package can be obtained by calling our Investor Relations Department.
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