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  • Hugo Walker

IFS acquires 'connected worker' platform boosting food manufacturer efficiency

IFS, the enterprise software company headquartered in Sweden, has acquired tech platform, Poka.

Poka is a platform which provides "connected worker" technologies for manufacturers, which measures productivity, allows troubleshooting, and identifies areas for training and development. Used by food manufacturing giants such as Kraft, Nestle and Mars, the Quebec-based platform is an exemplary model of how firms can use and export digital technology to harness greater efficiencies in food and other manufacturing during a time of digital transformation.

IFS CEO, Darren Roos, commented "The concept of a connected worker is synonymous with the augmented worker because of the direct impact on improving productivity and operational efficiency. With a potential manufacturing skills gap in the U.S. alone which could result in 2.1 million unfilled jobs by 2030, closing this gap, it is as much a technology need as it is a change management and worker empowerment need. Improving access to information and knowledge means workers can become part of an integrated continuous improvement cycle.

The concept of connecting every single worker was historically overlooked as part of digital transformation journeys yet, giving workers the ability to get information whenever and wherever they are in the factory not only improves their experience, it is fundamental to building manufacturing agility something we understand very well at IFS."

Alexandre Leclerc, CEO of Poka commented: "We are incredibly proud of the best-in-class platform we’ve built and our pioneering leadership in the Connected Worker space. Becoming part of IFS will enable us to further innovate and extend the value we create for manufacturers.

As the global workforce crisis deepens, more companies are looking to scale their digital factory projects across the enterprise. With the help of IFS’s global presence and industry experience, Poka will be better equipped to deliver on its mission at scale."

The deal will expand IFS’s offering by combining its existing ERP / FSM / EAM technology with Poka’s connected worker package.

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