Astra Inc. Partners with Cleo to Enhance Ecosystem Integration Capabilities for Joint Customers

Blending of Astra’s IFS ERP expertise with ecosystem integration capabilities of Cleo Integration Cloud offers seamless mechanism for enterprises to streamline end-to-end processes, drive business value

ROCKFORD, ILLINOIS – June 4, 2019 – Cleo, the global leader in ecosystem integration software, today announced it has entered into a technology partnership with Astra Inc., the leading Gold Service Partner of IFS in North America, to co-develop a native integration for IFS ERP customers who are seeking faster, end-to-end  integration of workflows with IFS to optimize the performance of their business processes.  

The exclusive, global partnership creates a pathway for IFS customers to access the Cleo Integration Cloud platform, extending those organizations’ integration capabilities beyond B2B to include application and data integration for back-end ERP, CRM, FSM, SCM, BI, and other associated applications vital to keeping critical business processes running smoothly in the era of the IT modernization and digitization.  

The planned native connector is expected to be generally available in June. Targeted for mid-market and enterprise organizations, businesses using the connector will be able to integrate their internal data flows as well as their external ecosystem interactions with customers, suppliers, and external trading partners to IFS through Cleo Integration Cloud. This will enable joint Cleo-Astra customers to extend the power of their IFS ERP solution by seamlessly integrating CRM, EDI, fulfillment, and other enterprise applications and ecosystems. The result is complete and automated end-to-end data workflows and visibility into mission-critical cycles, such as order-to-cash, procure-to-pay, and load tender-to-invoice, for improved operational outcomes and business intelligence.

Astra has been a pioneer in IFS consulting, implementation, and support to companies in North America for more than 10 years. With its proven, in-depth knowledge and extensive experience in implementing IFS Applications™, the company is now expanding into EMEA and other regions where IFS customers are based. In addition to providing IFS consulting services, Astra has also developed innovative information management workflow applications for IFS customers, including FastAP, FastDocs, AutoArchive and B2B Portals (Customer and Supplier Portals).

Understanding the many nuances in business operations, Astra’s products and services expand basic IFS ERP system functionality and help companies get more value from the out-of-box system,” said Naren Velu, president and CEO of Astra. “The native connectivity between IFS ERP and Cleo Integration Cloud will open IFS customers to better collaboration and orchestration across their multi-enterprise ecosystems.”

Mahesh Rajasekharan, Cleo's CEO, concurred, saying, “We are thrilled to enter this global partnership with Astra, where our mutual goal is to deliver ecosystem integration solutions that empower IFS customers to create more value with their ecosystem interactions. Our investment in this co-development will give enterprises and SMBs the visibility they need to digitize key end-to-end business processes by supporting B2B and application integration capabilities using one platform – Cleo Integration Cloud.”

Cleo Integration Cloud is designed to help organizations connect, integrate, and analyze the dynamic network of ecosystem entities – people, partners, customers, systems, applications, things – and enable the critical integrations driving business revenue. By integrating B2B systems inside and outside the enterprise, seamlessly connecting enterprise applications in the cloud, and enabling modern SaaS solutions to work with legacy platforms, Cleo Integration Cloud’s ecosystem-driven approach orchestrates business workflows and processes that directly affect a company’s bottom line.

About Astra Inc.

Astra Inc. was established in 2007 with headquarters in Tucson, Arizona, and offices in Bangalore, India. Astra specializes in enabling companies to leverage the power of their IFS application investments. It provides packaged and custom consulting services related to all aspects of implementing and getting the best use of IFS Applications™ throughout their life cycle. For more information about Astra, please visit: http://www.astra-us.com

About Cleo

Cleo is an ecosystem integration software company focused on business outcomes, ensuring each customer’s potential is realized by delivering solutions that make it easy to discover and create value through the movement and integration of enterprise data. Cleo gives customers a strategic, “outside-in” visibility into the critical end-to-end business flows happening across their ecosystems of partners and customers, marketplaces, and internal cloud and on-premise applications. Our solutions empower teams to drive business agility, accelerate onboarding, facilitate modernization of key business processes, and capture new revenue streams by reimagining and remastering their digital ecosystem through robust application, B2B, and data integration technologies. For more information, visit www.cleo.com or call +1.815.282.7695.

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Media Contacts

For Cleo:

Drew Smith
10Fold Communications
+1.415.800.5374

For Astra:

Naren Velu
Astra
+1.520.908.6481

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