Astra announces Product Partnership with FastAP for IFS Applications

Astra, Inc., a long time IFS and ReadSoft Business Partner, has launched FastAP for IFS ApplicationsTM. This solution delivers advanced invoice data capture, IFS Applications integration and the IFS Supplier Invoice Workflow - eInvoice functionality.
Sept. 12, 2011 - PRLog -- FastAP for IFS ApplicationsTM dramatically reduces the cost and time of processing supplier invoices and eliminates manual entry errors.   Astra's solution automates the entire process for getting supplier invoice information into IFS Applications for authorization, matching and logging to document management.   FastAP for IFS ApplicationsTM uses ReadSoft’s INVOICES software, which extracts information from incoming invoices, regardless of their source.  Paper invoices are placed in a scanner and are converted to electronic images from which information can be extracted.  Electronic invoices (PDF, XML, web, fax, etc.) are even easier to interpret.  The captured data and invoice image are then transferred to an electronic workflow within IFS Applications.

“This partnership extends the reach of IFS Applications by helping our customers automate paper based supply chain invoices by scanning and capturing the information directly into IFS ApplicationsTM” said Rick Veague, Chief Technology Officer, IFS North America.  “IFS provides excellent tools to manage invoices once they are within the system, and FastAP bridges the gap to process paper based invoices.  Further, ReadSoft is a recognized name in the document capture industry and Astra is a valuable IFS partner who has the skills necessary to make the solution work.”

“Our goal was to provide the proverbial ‘Last Mile’ to the IFS Supplier Invoice Workflow module by automating the scan/capture of invoice information,” said Naren S. Velu, President & CEO of Astra.  “We are excited to integrate two excellent applications so our customers can get more out of their IFS investments.  We look forward to a long and fruitful partnership on this front”.

“Astra has been a long time IFS services partner providing services to many IFS customers worldwide.  We are also a Platinum ReadSoft partner.  This puts us in a unique position to offer FastAP for FastAP for IFS ApplicationsTM.”

About IFS
IFS is a public company (OMX STO- IFS) founded in 1983 that develops, supplies, and implements IFS Applications™, a component-based extended ERP suite built on SOA technology.  IFS focuses on industries where any of four core processes are strategic: service & asset management, manufacturing, supply chain and projects.  The company has 2,000 customers and is present in more than 50 countries with 2,700 employees in total.  For more information about IFS, please visit:

About Astra
Astra, Inc. was established in 2007 and is headquartered in Tucson, Arizona, with an offshore fulfillment center in Chennai, India.  Astra specializes in enabling companies to leverage the power of their enterprise application investments.   It provides packaged and custom consulting services related to all aspects of implementing and getting the best use of enterprise systems throughout their life cycle.  

For More information, Please Contact:

Naren S. Velu, President & CEO
Tel: (M) 520-971-2714

George Hardy, Vice President - Software Marketing & Sales
Tel: (L) 323-522-5519 (M) 323-828-5054
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