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June 21, 2010

UNIT4 Takes Entry in Australian Education Sector with Flagship ERP Product
By Madhubanti Rudra
TMCnet Contributor

UNIT4 is known in the industry for its suit of change-embracing enterprise resource planning (ERP) software. UNIT4 solutions are designed to help dynamic organizations embrace change simply, quickly and cost effectively in a market sector it calls "Businesses Living IN Change" (BLINC). The UNIT4 group of solutions incorporates a number of the world's leading change embracing software brands including Agresso (News - Alert) Business World and CODA financial management software.  

Sliedrecht, the Netherlands based mid-market ERP software player has announced recently that it has signed a landmark education sector deal with the Queensland Government Department of Education and Training in Australia. The announcement was made by UNIT4 at the Grape Escape analyst event attended by prominent technology analysts.
Under the $6.5 million agreement, UNIT4 will be providing its Australian client with UNIT4's flagship ERP product, Agresso Business World. The product will be used by the Queensland education and training department as the finance technology solution to support Queensland's transformational "SmartClassroom" education initiative.
The development of OneSchool application is one of the major parts of this iconic "SmartClassroom" initiative. The OneSchool application, which is a school-driven project focused on improving relationships among teachers, their students, and parents is being built on the Queensland Department of Education and Training's enterprise (technology) platform and supports the Department's core business of learning and teaching. The key objective of the application is to enhance the learning of all students. To accomplish this objective, the teachers are going to be provided with accurate, timely and complete information about their students delivering a holistic picture of each student in the form of a OneSchool student record, deepening relationships and supporting improved learning outcomes.
UNIT4 officials have informed that Agresso Business World web-based Finance and Asset Management modules will be seamlessly integrated to OneSchool's own Student Management functionality, for delivery in January 2011.
With Agresso, the Government will meet their objective to provide a highly secure, reliable and low-maintenance information and technology platform that can be accessed anywhere, any time and that doesn't require the ongoing, expensive change costs typical of ERP market solutions.
Managing financial transactions for more than 400,000 students, the Agresso Business World solution will be accessible by more than 40,000 teachers, school-based administrative staff members, and other education stakeholders.
Based on easy-change VITA architecture, UNIT4's Agresso Business World solution is characterized by low cost of ownership. And it is this low cost of ownership that has greatly helped UNIT4 bag the contract beating a number of competitors, the ERP market leader informed.
"We chose UNIT4's Agresso Business World solution because of its architecture that is data model driven, not 'fixed' process driven. This was a core differentiator for UNIT4's solution - it will allow us to more easily continually refine and change what metrics we wish to analyze and view, track trends and measure our performance," said Deputy Director-General Corporate Services Dr. Richard Eden of the Department of Education and Training.

Madhubanti Rudra is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Erin Harrison


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