UNIT4 launches Cloud ERP for a mobile generation
Bristol, UK: UNIT4, the global leader in software that supports business change, launched the next generation version of its Agresso Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) suite, called Milestone 4. A significant departure from traditional ERP systems, UNIT4 is delivering a comprehensive cloud based ERP suite for people-centric businesses that combines new Social and Mobile technologies with user-led design for a new generation workforce.
Agresso Milestone 4 is available via public and private cloud deployment that is unique to the market, allowing users to choose cloud with the reassurance of specifying where and how the data is situated and delivered. Through the unique cloud capabilities of the Agresso platform, UNIT4 customers benefit from unrivalled levels of data privacy and security, portability, upgrade elasticity, functional completeness and data recovery in the event of loss or destruction of critical information.
Agresso Milestone 4 is a next generation ERP aimed at people-centric businesses, which typically have large, mobile workforces that operate in fast-changing environments. Agresso has a uniquely people-centric design and powerful capabilities aimed at helping users complete tasks more swiftly and address issues as they arise. Milestone 4 includes advanced Mobile support and natively integrated Social collaboration capabilities that enable employees across an organisation to collaborate and react to new challenges, rapidly solving problems in fast-changing situations. Designed for a new generation of users, these Mobile and Social tools are instantly familiar and easy to use, thereby maximising productivity among highly flexible, mobile workforces.
The unique architectural design and next generation capabilities of Agresso Milestone 4 build on its long established support for business change. In particular they focus on supporting and improving the way individuals and teams work: – Quick adoption: A new User Experience, Social capabilities that work in instantly familiar ways and simple Mobile support helps users learn to use the system and adopt new or changed processes with little or no training or support. – Deliver more with less: New screen and process design combine with Social and Mobile capabilities to increase user
efficiency – helping them deliver more with less. – Solve problems fast: The Social and Mobile capabilities enable users to collaborate instantly to get rapid answers to questions and solve problems as they arise, a critical benefit in fast-changing environments.
A new Web app developed for tablets demonstrates the new user experience and the exciting capabilities of this next generation ERP http://milestone4.unit4.com/. UNIT4 Agresso’s ability to accommodate business change like no other ERP, combined with the new user-led design, front-end user experience and flexible cloud deployment options deliver an unrivalled next generation ERP.
As part of Milestone 4, UNIT4 is also delivering a new ERP release concept that puts an end to the common ‘all or nothing’ ERP upgrade approach of many vendors. Instead of the traditional ‘big-bang’ upgrades that create unwelcome cost and disruption to users of traditional ERP systems, UNIT4 now releases ‘Experience Packs’ that allow customers the freedom to choose what areas of the product to focus on in terms of timing and order of an upgrade. This approach lowers risks and cost and allows them to gain maximum value for their investment.
“Today’s businesses are facing more change than ever before and they need a new kind of ERP that can meet their changing needs and those of a mobile workforce, while benefiting from ‘day one’ savings. Change support used to be a ‘nice to have’ in ERP systems but in today’s business environment it is a ‘must-have.’ With this launch, UNIT4 has re-written the ERP rule-book, delivering a new kind of ERP designed for a new generation of users,” said Ton Dobbe, VP of Product and Product Marketing at UNIT4.
Product detail The first wave of Experience Packs includes People Planner, Project Planner (both aimed at Professional Services organisations), Modeller, Expenses, Absences, Timesheets, and Task Management. Subsequent releases of Experience Packs are scheduled every four months.
The new Experience Packs can be enhanced further with a series of UNIT4 Mobile Apps that offer end-users choice and optimal process support for a wide range of self-service tasks such as time, expenses, approvals and information requests. UNIT4 Mobile Apps are natively built for IOS and Android.
UNIT4 is a global cloud-focused business software and services company aimed at helping dynamic public sector and commercial services organisations to embrace change simply, quickly and cost effectively in a market sector it calls ‘Businesses Living IN Change’ (BLINC)™.
The Group incorporates a number of the world’s leading change embracing software brands including Agresso Business World, our flagship ERP suite for mid-sized services intensive organisations; Coda, our best-of-class financial management software; FinancialForce.com, the cloud applications company formed with investment from salesforce.com; and Business Collaborator, a highly configurable cloud based project extranet, and document management tool. Used widely within major contractor, consulting and client organisations, Business Collaborator also has customers across other sectors including retailers, oil and gas and major utilities providers. Business Collaborator delivers value to both small and large projects. With operations in 26 countries, across Europe, North America, Asia Pacific and Africa, revenue of €469.8 million was realised in 2012.
In the UK UNIT4 focusses strongly on the public sector, where we are the leading provider of ERP systems to local government and post 16 education organisations, as well as having a considerable presence in the emergency services and health sectors. We also focus strongly on professional services organisations and a range of commercial sectors including Financial Services, Retail and Media and Publishing. Overall we aim to be the UK’s foremost business software company, providing solutions that transform the delivery of public services and comprehensively support commercial organisations in their ability to adapt and prosper in rapidly changing environments.
UNIT4 is headquartered in Sliedrecht, the Netherlands and has over 4,000 employees. It is listed on Euronext Amsterdam by NYSE Euronext and is included in the Amsterdam Midcap Index (AMX).
For more information on UNIT4 or any of its operating companies, please visit the website at www.unit4software.co.uk
Content Type: Press Release
Release Date: January 27, 2014