UNIT4 Agresso completes name change to UNIT4 Business Software

New name and brand identity emphasizes global presence of company and heralds plans for expansion into North American market

DALLAS and VICTORIA, May 4 /CNW Telbec/ - UNIT4 Business Software (www.unit4software.com), a leading enterprise resource planning (ERP) software company, is announcing the final completion of its transition from the name Agresso North America to UNIT4 Business Software. A subsidiary of European parent UNIT4 (www.unit4.com), the North American company is joining the other companies in the group worldwide and rallying under the name UNIT4 to prepare for the group's next stage of growth. The name's unveiling marks a pivotal year for the North American company and signifies a stronger focus on its unique message to the marketplace: embracing change.

"We have completed our transition to a new name and brand and are excited to join the global UNIT4 group in positioning ourselves for growth," remarks Shelley Zapp, president of UNIT4 Agresso. "We offer the same great Agresso Business World product and we serve and support the same thriving customer community, but we are now emphasizing the global presence of UNIT4 and we have a renewed focused on helping organizations embrace change."

Recent studies from CFO Research and IDC (see footnotes below) provide independent evidence of just how much it is costing organizations to keep rigid ERP systems up-to-date; the cost of making changes plus the costs of the resulting disruption are dwarfing the original investment in license fees and maintenance. This situation is creating fertile ground for UNIT4 Business Software's leading ERP product for organizations living in change, Agresso Business World, which has the unique feature of post-implementation agility - the ability for business users to make changes to the ERP system quickly and easily, after implementation, without involving IT or external consultants.

After successfully navigating a challenging economic environment, the company has reason to celebrate the marketplace's growing interest in its message to embrace change. The company signed significant deals in the latter half of 2009, including such names as the Louisiana Supreme Court, Meyers Norris Penny LLP, and King County Housing Authority. It also saw successful go-lives at Emeritus Senior Living, Township of Langley, the City of Ventura, CA and the Houston Zoo, proving the company's ability to implement its ERP solution reliably on time and on budget.

"Our new name and brand will expand our profile in the North American marketplace," continues Zapp. "Emphasizing our membership in a group that is a top six mid-market ERP software player globally reminds people that we offer Tier-1 solutions that have been proven in markets around the world. We can leverage this international presence along with our local knowledge and expertise to build on our success in the North American market. Our global roots are particularly advantageous in areas such as IFRS compliance, where we can provide critical expertise."

The company plans a full launch of the new name and brand at the North American Agresso Connects User Conference in Vancouver BC in May 2010.

Footnotes:

    
    1)  CFO Research Services. The High Cost of Change for ERP: What Does It
        Cost to Keep Up to Date? CFO Publishing Corp., 2009
    2)  Fauscette, Michael. Modifying and Maintaining ERP Systems: The High
        Cost of Business Disruption. IDC, 2009
    

About UNIT4 Business Software

UNIT4 Business Software in North America (www.unit4software.com) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of UNIT4, a $507 million enterprise resource planning (ERP) company and a top six mid-market ERP software player globally. UNIT4 Business Software's leading ERP product for organizations living in change, Agresso Business World, is widely acknowledged as the business software solution that delivers the lowest Total Cost of Change. This is achieved thanks to its VITA(TM) architecture which allows for an unlimited amount of ongoing, post-implementation changes without the typical external IT costs and intervention that nets billions of dollars in revenue to the market leaders.

Over 3,000 companies and organizations in 100 countries deploy Agresso Business World for both operational support and strategic management. The company's role-based, Web Services and Services-Oriented Architecture (SOA) enabled solutions include: Financial Management, Human Resources and Payroll, Procurement Management, Project Costing and Billing, Reporting and Analytics, Business Process Automation, and Field Services and Asset Maintenance.

The names of actual companies or products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners. Agresso Business World, BLINC, and VITA are registered trademarks of UNIT4 Business Software.

SOURCE UNIT4 Business Software

For further information: For further information: Media contact: Linda Forrest for UNIT4 Business Software, Phone: (613) 983-3300, Email: lforrest@inmedia.com, Twitter: @lindaforrest, LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/lindaforrest; UNIT4 Business Software corporate contact: JoAnn Marlow, Director of Marketing, UNIT4 Business Software, Phone: (250) 704-4489, Cell: (250) 415-7510, Email: Joann.Marlow@unit4.com

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