South Africa's Leading Engineering Group Selects Agresso ERP to Support Growth in Diverse Markets

  • Diverse business demands flexible back-office systems
  • Supports ambitious growth across locations, products and services

SLIEDRECHT, The Netherlands, June 6, 2012 /CNW/ - UNIT4, the global business software group, today announced that Bosch Holdings Group, South Africa's leading engineering and services group based in Durban, has purchased its Agresso Business World Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system to manage operations across three diverse business divisions.

UNIT4 is a leading provider of enterprise software for Businesses Living IN Change (BLINC)™. The contract, signed with UNIT4 distributor Exponant, is worth more than €250,000 (approx. $312,500 USD) in software and services.

Bosch Holdings recently underwent a significant change programme to rebrand and better establish itself as an integrated, multi-company group. The group operates three distinct divisions which are specifically structured to enable each company to focus on its unique niche markets and core businesses yet collectively offer the full resources, services and products of the group as seamless integrated packages. Bosch Projects provides engineering solutions and equipment in the industrial, sugar and energy sectors. Bosch Stemele provides specialised multi-disciplinary engineering services for a wide range of infrastructure developments as well as project and construction management and Bosch Munitech provides specialist operations and maintenance services to public sector authorities.

"The diverse nature of the Bosch business along with our ambitious growth plans in location, products and services requires the support of excellent systems, but our old system lacked the depth of functionality and technical innovation to deliver value," said Beverly Lunn, Financial Manager for Special Projects for Bosch Holdings. "Agresso is designed to accomodate significant business change and will support us as we grow and diversify in the future. Along with organizational change, we are subject to ongoing legislative change within the sectors in which we operate, and required a system that would allow us to accomodate new mandates as they are introduced. We are confident we will  be able to do that now across our different business divisions from a single system."

Agresso Business World is a fully integrated role-focused ERP system, ideal for service or people based organizations that need financial accounting and other back office software integrated with a broader range of core business functions in a single unified system. Built on the unique Vita architecture, it has been designed from the ground up to help users easily adapt the system, in line with ongoing business or operational change.

Bosch Holdings has purchased Agresso modules covering financials, project costing and billing, procurement, human resources and planning.

About UNIT4

UNIT4 is a global business software and services company aimed at helping dynamic public sector, and commercial services organizations 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 organizations and Coda, our best-of-class financial management software.

With operations in 17 European countries, as well as 7 countries across North America, Asia Pacific and Africa and sales activities in several other countries, revenue of €454.7 million was realized in 2011. 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).

About Bosch Holdings

Bosch holdings was founded in 1961 and has grown to become one of South Africa's leading multidisciplinary Consulting, Project Engineering, Construction and Operational Management groups, providing world class and innovative packaged solutions globally.

We have offices and business associations throughout South Africa, Africa and internationally and provide professional and commercial services to a wide range of clients in the public and private sectors.

The group companies include:

Bosch Projects - Provides innovative Engineering solutions and Equipment to niche markets in SA and Internationally specifically in the Industrial, Sugar and Energy sectors.

Bosch Stemele - Provides specialised multidisciplinary Engineering services for a wide range of infrastructure developments as well as Project and Construction Management.

Bosch Munitech - Provides specialist services in the provision of Operation and Maintenance of Infrastructural and Municipal facilities and services.

For more information visit http://www.boschholdings.co.za

About Exponant

Exponant is an IT services company founded in 1998. It has since grown to in excess of 300 people and a turnover of R120 million. The company offers highly professional, dedicated and experienced people providing a wide range of quality information technology and information security solutions and services to its client base across Africa and the Middle East. For more information visit http://www.exponant.com

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Emma Keates, Group PR Manager
UNIT4
Tel: +44(0)1423-537977
Email: emma.keates@unit4.com

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