SOURCE: UNIT4 Business Software
VICTORIA, BC and MANCHESTER, NH--(Marketwired - Sep 19, 2013) -
- Partnering with institutions to develop sector expertise and specialist products
- Building a single, international sector solution on the UNIT4 Agresso platform
- Available through flexible service delivery -- can be implemented stage by stage, linking with legacy systems until they are replaced
UNIT4, the global leader in software that supports business change, today announced plans to become the vendor of choice for education and research institutions worldwide. Plans include delivery of a single, international sector-specific enterprise software solution and formation of a dedicated central management team with responsibility for UNIT4's global Center of Excellence for Education and Research.
UNIT4 will continue to work in close partnership with education and research institutions throughout the product development lifecycle, to understand their exact needs and requirements. The new enterprise solution set, UNIT4 Campus, which encompasses UNIT4 Agresso Education, will exploit the unique change capabilities of UNIT4 Agresso to meet the needs of institutions better than non-integrated, antiquated competitive offerings. UNIT4 Campus is well suited to a shared services environment and cloud delivery, and will allow institutions the option to adopt the solution in a modular fashion, linking it via web services to existing legacy systems until they are replaced.
UNIT4 already provides software solutions to more than 400 education and research institutions, making it the leading supplier to the sector in the UK and Scandinavia, with an emerging presence in North America, France and other countries worldwide. In 2012, it established a global Center of Excellence for Education and Research solutions where it is combining its extensive domain expertise with the post-implementation change capabilities of Agresso. The new enterprise solution set is a great fit for institutions opening international campuses and research centers, partnering with institutions abroad or actively seeking to attract international students.
UNIT4 appointed a new central management team with responsibility for global education and research strategy, and plans to recruit additional expertise over the next 12 months. The current team is made up of senior management including Ab van Marion, Chief Operating Officer at UNIT4; David Harwood, R&D Director for Education and David Turner, Corporate Marketing Director.
Most recently, UNIT4 appointed Rob Sparks as VP Product Management and Strategy for Education and Research. Rob has extensive experience in higher education having spent 15 years with education software specialist Ellucian as well as having a background in implementing such systems in the sector.
"Education and research institutions have to operate increasingly on an international stage and competition for research funding is tough. Maintaining quality, competitiveness and satisfaction while competing globally requires modern and agile software and we'll be the first to really focus and invest in the sector and to deliver a single institution-wide solution that is designed to handle change," said Ab van Marion, COO of UNIT4. "The flexibility of our software, along with our sector expertise and flexible service delivery to support shared services initiatives and cloud delivery will give institutions the modern enterprise solution they require designed specifically for their unique requirements."
UNIT4 has developed a global education product roadmap which sees all core modules built on the Agresso platform. In addition to core Finance, HR and Project Management, the first new deliverable is Agresso Research Costing and Pricing designed in partnership with two of the most distinguished Universities in the world, to help organizations manage the cost and pricing associated with research grant applications. Other evolving components include an international solution for curriculum management, business analytics, student admissions, student records, program enrolment, and grading and assessments.
About UNIT4 Business Software
UNIT4 Business Software is the North American subsidiary of UNIT4, a $624 million global business software and services company that creates, provides and supports software for Businesses Living IN Change -- delivered via the cloud or on-premise. It offers solutions that help these fast-changing public, private, non-profit and higher education 'BLINC' organizations embrace business change -- simply, quickly and cost-effectively. UNIT4 Agresso, the company's flagship Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) suite and UNIT4 Coda Financials, its best-of-class financial management software, are used by 6000+ organizations in more than 100 countries. For more information visit our website or follow the company on Twitter, LinkedIn and our company blog.