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Interoperability of Coda Financials Chosen as a Deciding Factor by DecoPac

UNIT4 Business Software, the North American subsidiary of UNIT4, the global leader in software that supports business change, announced today that DecoPac, the world’s largest supplier of cake decorations, has teamed up its tailored IBM Application System/400 (AS/400) software with UNIT4 Coda Financials management software.

Over several decades, DecoPac’s development team carefully built a custom AS/400 software solution to manage a high volume of transactions and distribution centers as well as produce tailored reports. As part of a system modernization, the company required a flexible accounting system that could provide a solid financial backbone to the existing application environment.

A key consideration in DecoPac’s selection of Coda Financials over a PeopleSoft upgrade was Coda’s significant track record of supporting AS/400 deployed environments and its integration capabilities. “It became apparent that our internal system alone was not able to keep pace with the reporting and analytical requirements of our expanding business” says Val Arntson, Information Technology Director at DecoPac. “The integration with Coda Financials as the back-office system enhances our custom system, and maximizes levels of visibility and collaboration throughout our company. Having the two systems tightly integrated will fulfill the changing needs of our business” she adds.

UNIT4 Business Software has been providing financial management applications to the AS/400 community since 1988. “Our long term partnership with IBM proves our dedication to ensure our Coda Financials customers are getting the most from their custom systems,” says Shelley Zapp, CEO of UNIT4 Business Software. “Coda Financials is a great fit for distribution and wholesale companies thanks to its flexible integration capabilities and low total cost of ownership. This translates into more freedom for companies to link their choice of existing operational applications to the financial systems,” she concludes.

DecoPac expects to be up and running on the Coda Financials system by late Q2 2014.

About DecoPac

DecoPac began as part of McGlynn Bakeries, which started as a single retail bakery in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1919. Today, DecoPac is the world’s largest supplier of cake decorations to professional cake decorators and bakeries. Headquarters is in Anoka, Minnesota a suburb of Minneapolis, DecoPac operates three factories in North East England and have offices in Bentonville, Arkansas and Hong Kong. For more information, visit,, or Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.