May 04, 2009 14:53 ET

Agresso Nominated for Two Awards in the Prestigious VIAteC Awards 2009

- Technology Company of the Year - Newsmaker of the Year

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - May 4, 2009) - Agresso (, the ERP market's definition of agility, has announced that it has been selected as a 2009 finalist by the Vancouver Island Advanced Technology Centre (VIATeC) from among over a hundred nominees in two categories, "Technology Company of the Year" award and the "Newsmaker of Year" award.

The Technology Company of the Year award recognizes a Vancouver Island company that has demonstrated excellence in innovation and a commitment to the technology community while embracing sound business fundamentals.

As the locally based subsidiary of a worldwide company, Agresso North America has been successfully expanding its business throughout North America and posted 78 percent revenue growth in 2008. The group signed a number of new clients including the City of Sparks, the Township of Langley and Emeritus Corporation. Agresso employs a total of 100 people across North America and has been growing its employee footprint locally in Victoria.

"Agresso has made significant progress and is effectively competing and winning business from the larger enterprise application vendors that have a worldwide presence and vastly bigger budgets," said Shelley Zapp, president of Agresso North America. "The fact that we are competing so successfully and communicating our message so effectively to the press and analyst communities speaks volumes. Our nomination is a recognition of the rich functionality of our solutions, our expertise and knowledge of the market and client needs, the value we can deliver to our expanding user base, and the relevance of our strategy here in Victoria as well as across the whole of North America."

In addition Agresso is a finalist in the Newsmaker of the Year category. Traditionally, Agresso has had a lower profile n in North America than in Europe, so this recognition is even more significant. The team has invested time, resources, and imagination into building its public and analyst relations functions and has put Agresso North America firmly on the map through its quality news output, its informed market and industry commentary and its creative, innovative and fun approach to spreading its message. The resulting coverage included an impressive spread of coverage in influential print, online and social media such as Technology Evaluation Centers, Gartner reports and Twitter feeds.

VIATeC is an organization that emphasizes and promotes technology in Vancouver Island and British Columbia. Since the inception of VIATeC, the Vancouver Island tech sector has grown to over 1,100 technology companies, employing more than 15,000 people and generating in excess of $1 billion in annual revenues.

About Agresso

Agresso ( is a $480 million enterprise resource planning (ERP) company and one of the top five providers of ERP solutions for professional services and public sector organizations. Agresso offers a uniquely integrated architecture designed specifically for Businesses Living IN Change (BLINC)™. Agresso 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 2,750 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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