Introducing Astra Relier – IFS Connector to Cleo Integration Cloud for IFS ERP Users

Blending of Astra’s IFS ERP expertise with the B2B integration capabilities of the Cleo Integration Cloud offers IFS customers a seamless mechanism to streamline business processes, integrate with trading partners, and drive enormous business value

BOSTON  – October 7, 2019 – IFS WORLD CONFERENCE 2019 – Astra Inc., the leading Gold Service Partner of IFS in North America, and Cleo, the global leader in ecosystem integration software and services, today announced general availability of Astra Relier, a new connector that provides native support for IFS Applications’ customers seeking to access the power of the Cleo Integration Cloud platform.  

Ideal for mid-market and enterprise organizations, businesses using Astra Relier will be able to integrate all their internal data flows as well as their external ecosystem interactions with customers, suppliers, logistics providers and any other trading partners to IFS Applications through the Cleo Integration Cloud. This will enable customers to extend the power of their IFS Applications by seamlessly integrating CRM, EDI, WMS, fulfillment, and other enterprise applications and ecosystems.

The availability of Astra Relier creates a much-needed pathway for IFS customers to access faster integration of critical workflows to optimize the performance of fundamental business processes like Order-to-Cash and Procure-to-Pay from an end-to-end perspective through the ecosystem. It also extends those organizations’ integration capabilities beyond just B2B to include application and data integration for internal back-end ERP, CRM, FSM, SCM, BI, and other applications vital to keeping critical business processes running smoothly in the era of the IT modernization and digitization.  

As a set of common mappings between EDI (ASC X12 V4010) transactions and IFS’ latest cloud-based web services integration functionalities, Astra Relier not only provides IFS customers a solid starting point for supporting EDI transactions with one or more trading partners, but when used as a template, this solution can quickly extend into a custom mapping for a given trading partner as needed.  What’s more, in situations where the IFS user has non-EDI trading partners, the common mapping can be extended to provide flat file or XML output as needed, further underscoring the versatility of the Astra-Cleo solution.  

“With this solution, IFS ERP customers gain complete and automated end-to-end data workflows across disparate systems and visibility into mission-critical processes. Any integration need can be quickly and seamlessly addressed,” said Naren Velu, president and CEO of Astra. “And that means improved business and operational outcomes in a much more reduced time frame due to better collaboration and orchestration across their multi-enterprise ecosystems.” 

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).

Mahesh Rajasekharan, Cleo CEO, added, “We are very excited to see the potential that the new Astra Relier connector for Cleo Integration Cloud brings to the entire IFS ERP community.  The top goal of our partnership with Astra is to enable businesses to create value through integration technology, so they can expand their ecosystem, avoid disruption, and thrive in the era of digital transformation.”  

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.

Learn More at IFS World 

Astra Relier enables IFS customers to harness the power of the Cleo Integration Cloud by enabling seamless inbound and outbound IFS integration between IFS Applications and any other systems.  Attendees at the IFS World Conference in Boston can see and learn more by attending an Astra-Cleo joint presentation titled, “Ecosystem Integration – Multiple Challenges, One Solution,” featuring Astra CEO Naren Velu and Cleo Strategic Account Manager Bob Hoch.  The session will be held on Wednesday, October 9, 11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Room 200, John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center, Boston.  Additionally, interested parties can visit with both companies at Booth #8 during the IFS World Conference event. 

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:

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 or call +1.815.282.7695.

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