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UNIT4 Enters Australian Market

Leading enterprise business software supplier to public and services sectors worldwide

  • ​  Specialist in software that is easy to change
  •   Peter Simons appointed as director of UNIT4’s Australian operations

UNIT4, the global leader in the Agresso and Coda software solutions that support business change, today announced that it has officially launched in the Australian market with the appointment of Peter Simons as Director of UNIT4 for Australia and New Zealand. Having previously operated in the Australian market through a number of specialist distributors for the past decade, UNIT4 will now seek to expand its local client base through a direct presence, initially by setting up a local head office in Sydney.
UNIT4 is a global cloud-focused, enterprise business software company aimed at helping dynamic public sector and commercial services organisations to embrace change simply, quickly and cost effectively. The company’s Agresso ERP suite and Coda financial management solutions provide private and public sector organisations with the ability to change without the massive cost associated with traditional ERP applications.
Until now, UNIT4 has worked with the following specialist distributors to build and support its local customer base:
·     Agresso Pty Limited
·     Connexxion Business Solutions
·     S1 Consulting & Software Services Pty Ltd (S1)
These partners will be key in taking UNIT4 solutions to market and providing services around them.
UNIT4 Australia
Peter Simons, who has over 15 years of experience in the local IT industry, will assume responsibility for overseeing UNIT4’s new operations in ANZ. Peter has been tasked with supporting the company’s aggressive growth plans for the ANZ region, which aligns with the company’s global cloud strategy to grow the business significantly over the coming years. Peter will be responsible for driving uptake of UNIT4’s solutions portfolio, including both the UNIT4 Agresso ERP suite and the UNIT4 Coda financial management suite.
The new UNIT4 operation will continue to work extremely closely with its three existing distributors who have built up a customer base of more than 30 companies in the region including: the Queensland Government, Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP), Kinetic IT and Save the Children.
“Our relationships with Agresso Pty Ltd, Connexxion and S1 Consulting are key to our success in the region and we are committed to supporting our existing customer base with the quality of service and solutions they expect from us and our partners. Our intention in opening our own office is to take greater advantage of the enormous potential in the Australian market and to continue to expand our reach to dynamic companies that are serious about embracing change and transforming their organisation. As a direct team we will focus our efforts on driving increased uptake for our cloud solutions among organisations in the government, higher education, not-for-profit and commercial sectors,” explained Peter.
Shared services
In addition to building a local team for UNIT4 in Australia, Peter will also be tasked with expanding the company’s offering specifically in the area of shared services. Globally, UNIT4 has an exceptional track record of providing innovative solutions to large public and commercial enterprises that have, or are looking to establish, a shared services center.
“Large, monolithic systems are time-consuming to implement, hard to change and difficult to integrate with other applications, meaning that ‘Big ERP’ is often not the right choice for organisations looking to obtain efficiency from a shared services environment. Setting up a shared services center can also be the ideal opportunity to move to a cloud environment, removing the IT headache and ensuring the solution and data are secure.  As a nimble player in the ERP space, we believe we have an extremely strong proposition for Australian organisations that are serious about increasing efficiencies, reducing costs and standardising processes across their entire business,” said Peter.

About UNIT4    

UNIT4 is a global cloud-focused business software company aimed at helping dynamic public sector and commercial services organisations to embrace change simply, quickly and cost effectively. The Group incorporates a number of the world’s leading change embracing software brands including Agresso, our flagship ERP suite for mid-sized and large services intensive organisations; Coda, our best-of-class financial management software; and FinancialForce.com, the cloud applications company formed with investment from salesforce.com.
With operations in 26 countries worldwide, revenue of €469.8 million was realised in 2012.
UNIT4 is headquartered in Sliedrecht, the Netherlands and has over 4,000 employees. It is listed on Euronext Amsterdam by NYSE Euronext and is included in the Amsterdam Midcap Index (AMX).
For more information on UNIT4 or any of its operating companies, please visit the website at http://www.unit.com, follow us on Twitter @UNIT4_Group or visit our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/UNIT4BusinessSoftwareNV