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UNIT4's Unique ERP Player Status Acknowledged by ChainLink Research in New Report

Thu, 09/06/2012 - 1:13pm
The Associated Press

UNIT4 Business Software (EURONEXT AMSTERDAM: UNIT4), the North American subsidiary of UNIT4, the global enterprise software provider for "Businesses Living IN Change (BLINC)?", announced today that it is the subject of a detailed capabilities report published by ChainLink Research, a leading analyst firm specializing in enterprise resource planning (ERP) and supply chain management solutions. The August 2012 report, entitled: "UNIT4's Multiple Platform Offerings: Multi-Tenant, Hosting, On Premise, Plus the Ability to Share Work Processes Among Tenants Make UNIT4 a Unique Player in the ERP market" is viewable at http://bit.ly/ChainLink_Aug12.

Referencing UNIT4 as a company where "customers-have-it-their-way," software industry expert Ann Grackin, who heads ChainLink Research, says that the multiple-platform delivery model from UNIT4 - on premise, hosted, multi-tenant/single instance, and multi-tenant / shared processes - provides flexible options for UNIT4 customers. "In keeping with their BLINC? message - business living in change, both their database methods and multiple platform offerings allow continued change options for customers.

The report highlights specific area of business change that are well supported by the UNIT4 Agresso ERP and Coda Financials solutions:

-- Acquisitions, spin-offs and restructures; -- Highly influenced value chains, where dominant players dictate the game and often change the 'rules' that pertain to: compliance, methods of integration, processes, etc.; -- New legislation and regulations regarding globalization;

The portability of UNIT4 deployment options and the ability to support a shared services environment is covered in depth in the report. "One item of note about UNIT4 is their ability to share process / workflow. (This is not just multi-tenancy, which allows users to share software platforms). The best examples are enterprises that do government work and, by regulation, have the same processes or share the same agencies to execute on their work. ...Why not leverage the work already done by others?" Grackin says. "UNIT4's goal is to tackle this challenge of change. Their growth over the last few years is surely attributable to this change messaging. That is smart marketing and smart technology targeted at one of the biggest issues associated with ERP purchases. Expect to see further growth for this innovative player."

About ChainLink Research

Since its founding in 2003, ChainLink Research has quickly established its growing influence and thought leadership in Supply Chain Management. As the leading Supply Chain research firm, ChainLink works on emerging and validated best practices enabling its customers to achieve leadership in chosen markets. For additional information, please visit: www.clresearch.com.

About UNIT4 Business Software

UNIT4 Business Software (www.unit4software.com) in North America is a wholly-owned subsidiary of UNIT4, a $550 million global cloud-focused business software and services company. UNIT4 Business Software helps dynamic public, private, non-profit and higher education organizations embrace change simply, quickly and cost effectively in a market sector it calls "Businesses Living IN Change (BLINC)?". Agresso Business World is widely acknowledged as the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution that delivers the lowest Total Cost of Change. The software's unique Vita? architecture allows for ongoing, post-implementation changes by business users, without the external IT costs typical of traditional ERP systems.

More than 3,000 companies and organizations in 100 countries deploy Agresso Business World for both operational support and strategic management. Agresso is a role-based, Web Services enabled solution that can be deployed on-premise or in the cloud. It includes Financial Management, Budgeting and Forecasting, Human Resources and Payroll, Procurement Management, Project Costing and Billing, Reporting and Analytics, Business Process Automation, and Field Services and Asset Maintenance.

Contacts: Media contact: UNIT4 Business Software Asmaa Methqal Marketing Communications Manager (250) 704-4484 or Cell: (250) 516-2137

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