Software easily adapts to changing requirements post-implementation, unlike competitor products
VICTORIA, BC and MANCHESTER, NH, June 29, 2012 /CNW/ - UNIT4 Business Software [http://www.unit4software.com ], the North American subsidiary of UNIT4, the global business software group, has signed a significant agreement to provide Ipas, an NGO dedicated to protecting women's reproductive health, with an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution that easily accommodates its changing business needs after implementation. Ipas's meticulous selection process narrowed the field down to Serenic Navigator and Agresso Business World from UNIT4; the non-prescriptive, toolkit-like approach of Agresso was the deciding factor in its selection. Ipas had unique requirements out of the gate, plus a need to be able to modify its system in the future to keep up with the changing landscape of donor reporting obligations; Agresso offered the post-implementation agility necessary to manage these changes.
Ipas replaced a combination of disparate legacy systems that stored its critical data across independent silos. As Ipas grew, from $16 million in revenue in 2000 to $56 million in 2012, so did its need to re-architect its business systems and find a solution to support future growth. "It was a very difficult selection process to find the solution that best fit our worldwide needs to strengthen the efficiency of our business processes and integration of data. In the end, Agresso provided the flexible and adaptable environment we sought to be able to continuously improve efficiency and respond to the increasingly demanding requirements of our donors," says Tom Hill, Executive Vice President of Finance and Operations at Ipas.
"The kind of reporting that donors want to see is changing," says Eric Jones, Director of Knowledge Services and Information Technology. "There is a trend away from unrestricted grants towards restricted grants where donors expect to see not just financial data, but project information as well. Knowing precisely where, on whom and on what their money was spent is mandatory. With Agresso, we will be able to satisfy our donors, even as their reporting requirements continue to evolve, and show how their grants are making a difference. Looking under the hood of other solutions, we didn't see any other technology that could deliver the same level of independence that Agresso will allow us," he adds.
UNIT4 Business Software continues its momentum in the non-profit sector, almost tripling its number of customers in this market since 2010. "Agresso is an excellent fit for non-profits and the word is spreading," says Shelley Zapp president of UNIT4 Business Software. "Agresso has an extremely low total cost of ownership because it manages change so well. For non-profits, this translates into less money spent on overhead and more money going towards mission fulfillment," she adds.
Founded in 1973, Ipas is a global nongovernmental organization dedicated to ending preventable deaths and disabilities from unsafe abortion. Through local, national and global partnerships, Ipas works to ensure that women can obtain safe, respectful and comprehensive abortion care, including counseling and contraception to prevent future unintended pregnancies. Along with caring, committed health professionals and other colleagues worldwide, Ipas tackles this neglected public health problem head on in some of the world's poorest countries. While many international donors and governments have focused attention and resources elsewhere, Ipas struggles against the fundamental social injustice that results in the deaths of so many women in the prime of their lives.
About UNIT4 Business Software
UNIT4 Business Software in North America (http://www.unit4software.com) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of UNIT4, a $602 million global cloud-focused business software and services company. UNIT4 Business Software helps dynamic public, private, non-profit and higher education organizations embrace change simply, quickly and cost effectively in a market sector it calls "Businesses Living IN Change (BLINC)(TM)". Agresso Business World is widely acknowledged as the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution that delivers the lowest Total Cost of Change. The software's unique Vita(TM) architecture allows for ongoing, post-implementation changes by business users, without the external IT costs typical of traditional ERP systems.
More than 3,000 companies and organizations in 100 countries deploy Agresso Business World for both operational support and strategic management. Agresso is a role-based, Web Services enabled solution that can be deployed on-premise or in the cloud. It includes Financial Management, Budgeting and Forecasting, Human Resources and Payroll, Procurement Management, Project Costing and Billing, Reporting and Analytics, Business Process Automation, and Field Services and Asset Maintenance.
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