IBS is the world leader in distribution software, providing business applications for the wholesale, distribution and manufacturer/distributor markets. For more than 35 years, we have helped our customers:

    • Improve visibility through inventory planning, purchasing and supplier management.
    • Streamline, automate and accelerate warehouse, demand management and returns processing.
    • Control operations from order to cash, expanding margins every step of the way.

Through our consulting services, enterprise resource management software, business applications and IBS Cloud Solutions, we deliver significant value to hundreds of mid-sized-to-large companies.

What makes us unique is our ability to improve return-on-investment and lower total-cost-of-ownership in a variety of vertical markets. We are experts in automotive, consumer goods, electrical, paper, publishing, pharmaceuticals, food and beverage, rental and many other industries.

We operate in more than 20 nations and maintain offices and partners more than 40 locations worldwide. With the backing of Marlin Equity Partners, a resource-rich company with a global track record of success, we offer long-term support for your business, ensuring continuity of service. Consider us the one-stop shop for all your distribution management needs.

IBS Core Values

Customer Focus

We care about our customers and always put them first. We identify efficiencies and create long-lasting customer value by proactively, anticipating changes and going above and beyond to meet and exceed customer expectations. We ensure high customer satisfaction with high economic return. We focus on the voice of the customer and the value that they provide. That value drives our strategy


We have an innovative, adaptable and collaborative approach to developing and marketing software that drives us to think in novel ways and explore alternative solutions. Our innovative platform for growth creates added value for our customers and partners. We seek out bright people who embrace change and welcome new ideas and viewpoints that differ from our own.

Respect & Honesty

We foster an environment of respect and acknowledge the interests, beliefs and feelings of colleagues, customers and partners We maintain an honest, ethical, environmentally friendly and professional approach to our business. We keep our promises and follow through on commitments.


We actively strive to be the best in our field and the company of choice for our customers, by driving value and consistently exceeding customer and stakeholder expectations. We are passionate and we have a competitive and entrepreneurial spirit, which we maximise in business opportunities. We encourage continuous development and improvement to provide powerful solutions and maintain our winning edge.

A history of innovation and focus on the customer

After being acquired by Marlin Equity Partners in July of 2015, IBS has embraced a new “go to market” vitality that is more than ever focused on customer relationships, product innovation and partner support. The global clout and financial wherewithal that Marlin brings to the organization is fueling IBS’s ability to seize new market opportunities and pursue its continued strategy for long-term growth and profitability. Now in its 38th year, IBS remains the world leader in distribution resource management, having completed more than 4,000 implementations worldwide for clients such as Galexis, Sigma, Rexel, Maxell, Marangoni, WorldPac, MacFarlane Group, Scholastic Editions, Fidelitone, Totes Isotoner, Volvo, Goodyear, Skil, Oriola, Inotech and many more.

International Business Systems, IBS, was founded in 1978, when Staffan Ahlberg and Gunnar Rylander decided to turn the IT division of Ekonomisk Företagsledning into an independent company. The company’s first major success was a global assignment to develop an order processing system for all of Alfa Laval’s international subsidiaries. This type of close, long-term partnership set the company on a course of exceptional cooperation with customers, which is the backbone of our current strategy for long-term growth.

IBS joined the Stockholm Stock exchange in 1986 and around that time established a formalized partnership with IBM. We became one of the leading suppliers of software for the IBM AS/400 (now IBM i).  In 2001, we set a new record by achieving the highest transaction volumes ever recorded in IBM’s testing lab in Rochester, New York for the AS/400.

During the second half of 2010, IBS launched an extensive program to improve efficiency and achieve long-range profitable growth. The renewed organization, an extensive cost-reduction program and the recent acquisition by Marlin Equity Partners have set IBS on an upward trend.