May 27, 2009 09:00 ET

Agresso Advances Global ERP Leadership Ahead With $3M Contract

World's Largest Governments Select Agresso for Ongoing Low-Cost Capabilities; African Capital City is the Newest Worldwide Public Sector Win

IRVING, TEXAS and VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - May 27, 2009) - Agresso announced today the signing of a $3 million government contract with the capital of African Nation Mozambique as further proof that the days of expensive, rigid enterprise software solutions are numbered. Referencing that global software buyers are showing clear signs of distress over high maintenance and change costs demanded by the large enterprise resource planning (ERP) giants, local Agresso management continues to see escalating growth and this win over Microsoft Dynamics NAV substantiates that fact.

"Agresso is not a bit surprised by the increasing numbers of dynamic organizations -- that we call 'Businesses Living IN Change'™ -- who are seeking and selecting Agresso's post-implementation change capabilities," explains Shelley Zapp, president of Agresso North America. "Whether you are in the private or public sector, the global economy has hastened the abandonment of the old pay-and-pay-some-more ERP models offered by the billion-dollar-giants. According to a survey 70 percent of Agresso's customers state they are enabled to manage changes necessary to accommodate mergers, reorganizations, new business processes, regulatory compliance, etc. internally by their own business users."

Agresso North America grew 78 percent in 2008, while industry giants continue to post stalls in year-over-year growth. The North American arm, launched in mid-2006, continues to win public sector business in municipal government, non-profits and the education sector - as well as a wide array of dynamically moving professional services organizations.

"Agresso is winning deals from the majors - of that there's no doubt," confirms Brian Sommer of Vital Analysis, a market research organization specializing in strategic technology guidance. "The combination of Agresso's unusual change-oriented architecture, its growing global footprint and the growing dislike of financially distressed organizations who are feeling fleeced by their current ERP deployments, are fueling this switch to Agresso. Service-Oriented Architectures alone are not doing the job of supporting inexpensive and painless change...and after spending millions following the advice of the giants...the market is beginning to collectively turn its back."

News of the company's substantial Public Sector victory over Microsoft to win the capital of Mozambique's business was announced by Agresso's corporate parent Unit4Agresso. The company's strong worldwide leadership position in public sector organizations has earned it a number-one software ranking in several European countries. In North America, the municipal governments of Ventura, CA, Sparks, NV; Lynden, WA; Kelowna, BC; Whistler, BC, and many others, as well as non-profit public sector organizations like Skookum of Washington, which trains and finds jobs for disabled veterans, have all selected Agresso to run their financials, human resources, and other business needs.

About Agresso

Agresso ( is a $500 million enterprise resource planning (ERP) company, listed in the Netherlands as Unit4Agresso (Dutch Stock Exchange EURONEXT-U4AGR) and one of the top five providers of ERP solutions for professional services and public sector organizations. Agresso offers a uniquely integrated data/ process/ delivery architecture designed specifically for Businesses Living IN Change (BLINC)™. Agresso is known as "The ERP Market's Definition of Agility" as it allows 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 2,900 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, Field Services and Asset Maintenance, and CRM.

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