Sliedrecht, The Netherlands, Nov 22 2010 – UNIT4, the world’s leading provider of ERP and financial management software for fast changing organizations, today announced UNIT4 Ideas, a new online interactive forum, based on Salesforce CRM Ideas, where customers, employees and other stakeholders can come together to share, vote on and discuss ideas relating to UNIT4 products and services.
UNIT4 Ideas is an initiative designed to encourage more interaction between employees and customers to ensure that they can freely communicate their ideas to improve the quality and experience of UNIT4 products. It is a fully open forum where any of our customers can sign up, post their ideas and vote and comment on other people’s ideas. The initiative will forge closer relationships between UNIT4 and its customers and will drive the best ideas and innovations through to product delivery, ensuring the best user experience and agile product development.
Once ideas are posted, they are managed by a dedicated team of moderators, product managers and other internal product experts. They will read and review ideas, votes and comments. The most popular and innovative ideas will continuously fuel the UNIT4 development pipeline where, once delivered, they will ultimately benefit the end user.
“We have always encouraged openness around the product development cycle with our customers,” said Ton Dobbe, VP product marketing at UNIT4. “They often don’t know what they will need months down the road given the rate of business change. More input will encourage a more agile approach to product development. IT and the business can work together, building the right solution based on business and customer feedback and priority. UNIT4 Ideas provides the platform for customers to more easily interact with each other and UNIT4 product specialists in a constructive way that eliminates borders and ensure we listen more carefully to all our stakeholders.”
Hans Brouwer, Regional Director Benelux at salesforce.com: “We are proud that UNIT4 has selected Salesforce CRM Ideas to power UNIT4 Ideas. UNIT4 and salesforce.com have a longstanding relationship and a shared vision on customer centricity as the key to success. Salesforce CRM Ideas will funnel both client and employee ideas in order that the best ideas can serve as input for product development.”
UNIT4 is a global business software and services company aimed at helping dynamic organizations to embrace change simply, quickly and cost effectively in a market sector it calls ‘Businesses Living IN Change’ (BLINC)™. The Group incorporates a number of the world’s leading change embracing software brands including Agresso Business World and Coda financial management software.
Agresso Business World is our flagship ERP suite for mid-sized services intensive organizations. It is widely acknowledged for delivering ongoing, post-implementation changes without the typical external IT costs and services that cost firms huge sums of money each year. This is achieved thanks to its powerful VITA™ architecture which is unmatched in the ERP world.
Coda Financials is our award-winning suite of best-of-class financial management software designed to integrate with your industry- and company-specific applications. Coda’s LINK™ architecture sets it apart from ordinary accounting systems by providing a financial information backbone for companies with fast-changing and mixed application environments. It is a global accounting solution for mid-to large sized organizations, offering a “no compromise” approach to financial modeling, process control and application choice.
UNIT4 is a top six mid-market ERP software player globally and the 2nd largest European ERP supplier. With offices in 17 European countries, as well as 7 countries across North America, Asia Pacific and Africa and sales activities in several other countries, a revenue of €379.4 million was realized in 2009. UNIT4 is headquartered in Sliedrecht, the Netherlands. The company has around 4,160 employees.
UNIT4 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 www.unit4.com.