UNIT4 Delivers New e-Learning Solution for its Agresso ERP and Coda Financials Lines

'Topaz' Heals Ongoing Software Education Pains; Extends UNIT4's Businesses Living IN Change Values

Dec 06, 2010, 08:00 ET from UNIT4

SLIEDRECHT, The Netherlands and BOSTON, Massachusetts, December 6, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- UNIT4, the world's leading provider of enterprise resource planning (ERP) and financial management software for fast changing organizations, today announced the availability of UNIT4 Topaz, a new e-learning solution attached to its Agresso Business World enterprise resource planning (ERP) and Coda Financials software lines. Introduced to extend the company's well-documented ability to support ongoing business change at a much lower price point and with much less stress on the organization, Topaz heals the ongoing organizational pains associated with continual software training requirements of business users.

UNIT4 is extending its competitive advantage over large ERP players Oracle and SAP, whose architectures do not carry the low-cost, post-implementation change capabilities of Agresso's Vita architecture(TM), nor the interoperable framework for a best of breed strategy, like UNIT4's Coda Financials. The new Topaz e-learning solution plugs into both UNIT4 lines, once again helping organizations to transform business change into business opportunity.

"While every enterprise software company offers product methodology and/or training support for its users at the time of deployment, 76% of end users have a failing or sub-standard understanding of new software systems," said Ton Dobbe, Vice President, UNIT4 Product Marketing. "We are offering an advanced solution that promotes rapid learning of Agresso and Coda on a continual basis and that drastically improves feature/function knowledge and usability, especially in times of radical business change. Topaz is part of our next generation of what we call BLINC (Businesses Living IN change) Plug-Ins - solutions aimed at mid-market, people-centric organizations that are facing merger & acquisition activities, business process change, reorganizations or new financial/regulatory compliance."

Accelerating Enterprise Software Time-to-Value

UNIT4 Topaz accelerates the time-to-value lifecycle attached to enterprise software deployment and ongoing usage. The solution, available via a partnership with Datango, reduces data entry error rates by over 80% and reduces up-front user training costs by as much as 50%. New personnel, or personnel moved to different functions, can be trained immediately and without travel, business trainers or group sessions. The additional lowering of help desk resource requirements provides immediate cost and time benefits.

The software has been tested with millions of users globally, is available in multiple languages and has a high user adoption at organizations of all sizes. It is particularly beneficial in scenarios where there are:

    - 25+ users to train

    - More than two locations

    - Significant process documentation requirements

    - Rapid implementation as part of the roll-out strategy

    - Limited internal implementation resources

    - Changing requirements that result in significant software user changes

About UNIT4

UNIT4 (http://www.unit4.com/) is a global business software and services company aimed at helping dynamic organizations to embrace change simply, quickly and cost effectively in a market sector it calls 'Businesses Living IN Change' (BLINC)(TM). The Group incorporates a number of the world's leading change embracing software brands including Agresso Business World and Coda financial management software.

Agresso Business World ( http://www.unit4.com/products/agresso-business-world) is our flagship ERP suite for mid-sized services intensive organizations. It is widely acknowledged for delivering ongoing, post-implementation changes without the typical external IT costs and services that cost firms huge sums of money each year. This is achieved thanks to its powerful VITA(TM) architecture which is unmatched in the ERP world.

Coda Financials (http://www.unit4.com/products/coda) is our award-winning suite of best-of-class financial management software designed to integrate with your industry- and company-specific applications. Coda's LINK(TM) architecture sets it apart from ordinary accounting systems by providing a financial information backbone for companies with fast-changing and mixed application environments. It is a global accounting solution for mid-to large sized organizations, offering a "no compromise" approach to financial modeling, process control and application choice.

UNIT4 is a top six mid-market ERP software player globally and the 2nd largest European ERP supplier. With offices in 17 European countries, as well as 7 countries across North America, Asia Pacific and Africa and sales activities in several other countries, a revenue of EUR379.4 million was realized in 2009. UNIT4 is headquartered in Sliedrecht, the Netherlands. The company has 4,160 employees.

UNIT4 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 http://www.unit4.com.

    For more information, please visit: http://www.unit4.com, or contact:

    Emma Hoyle
    Group PR Manager
    UNIT4
    +44-1423-537-977
    emma.hoyle@unit4.com


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