UNIT4 promotes route to 'Independence' through enterprise software agility/interoperability

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UNIT4 Business Software Ltd the UK division of UNIT4, provider of business software for fast changing organisations is releasing a new series of software products, partner plug-ins and cloud deployment options for both its Agresso Business World ERP solution and its Coda financials software line over the next two years. With these products, UNIT4 is promoting a new global technology strategy called 'Independence' aimed at helping corporate and government agencies transform business change into business opportunity.  

UNIT4 has more than 6000 customers using its Agresso and Coda software solutions in more than 100 countries and is well known for architectural strengths that are well suited to a segment of the market the company describes as "Businesses Living IN Change" or BLINC. The 'Independence' strategy builds on the post-implementation change capabilities of Agresso's Vita architecture, and the interoperability strengths inherent in Coda's Link architecture. UNIT4 primarily targets mid-market organisations facing frequent change. Its mission is to help these organisations embrace change, both by reducing the costs associated with software changes needed to support business change, and by using the technology to react faster and more efficiently to business opportunities that typically accompany changing circumstances.

As part of the Group's 'Independence' strategy, UNIT4 is planning three key product announcements:
 a new cloud deployment option for Coda Financials, called 'Coda Cloud Rebel'.

a radical new product release roadmap for the Agresso Business World ERP line, branded 'Route 66;' and,

a new BLINC e-learning partner plug-in for both the Agresso and Coda Financials products, named 'Topaz,' which will be part of UNIT4's next-generation compatibility program entitled 'Colour Your App'."

All three announcements fundamentally address the dissatisfaction expressed by a fast-growing segment of enterprise software buyers who are not comfortable with gambling their entire business success on the "all or nothing" approaches of ERP giants Oracle and SAP. "The reason why UNIT4 license revenue is growing faster than the market giants is because executives at mid-sized companies are turning away from these behemoths," explains Anwen Robinson, UK Managing Director for UNIT4. "Software buyers' past experiences with these companies have clearly shown that changing circumstances such as merger/acquisition activities, new financial/tax regulations, reorganisations, restructurings and so on, are not healthy experiences for customers on other ERP architectures."

The Agresso Vita architecture has always provided business users the ability to easily perform needed ERP software changes themselves, without IT support, as often as necessary after the initial installation. UNIT4's new 'Independence' strategy continues to widen the competitive differentiation between UNIT4, which allows post-implementation software change, and other ERP offerings that focus primarily on addressing agility before and during implementation.

Coda's Link architecture provides limitless freedom of choice for companies wanting to combine Coda's best-of-class financials with superior interoperability to other best-of-class solutions. For 30 years, Coda Link has been the benchmark of the optimum architecture for linking and optimising data storage, flows and processes to operate harmoniously with other solutions from specialist software packages to in-house developments. Coda's new Cloud Rebel deployment option again extends the freedom of choice for its customers.

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