Friday, October 28th, 2011

Sydney, 27/10/2011:  Agresso, Australia’s leading provider of Unit 4’s business software for Businesses Living IN Change (BLINC™), today announced the first findings of a new international research project undertaken by Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) which surveyed 307 senior managers from a range of industries about their ERP and enterprise applications’ ability to support business change.

Three quarters (76 percent) of senior managers said they were frequently unsatisfied or very unsatisfied with the ability of their ERP systems or enterprise applications to easily support changes in the business, such as new regulations, new reporting structures and mergers and acquisitions. Among mid-market firms with between 100 and 1000 employees, 46 percent were frequently unsatisfied or very unsatisfied.

The biggest frustrations cited were rigidity (21 percent), dependency on the systems supplier (12 percent), the cost of making changes (10 percent) and unreliability of the system (8 percent).

“The lack of flexibility in systems to support business change is paralysing some companies and cannot be underestimated,” said P.J. Jakovljevic, Principal Analyst at TEC. “The difficulty involved and the cost associated to changes required to respond to business change in many cases means they are not made and as a result companies are working with systems that are not supporting today’s business. They are managing business data in silos, often manually, outside their enterprise systems, which opens them up to significant risk.”

“With many big ERP systems, changes have to be made at a code level which is not only a difficult thing to do (users relying on costly resource from their software providers or external consultants to make those changes), but also a very disruptive exercise which impacts the entire business and incurs millions of dollars in hidden cost i.e. losses,” said Ton Dobbe, VP Product Management at UNIT4.

“Change is frenetic these days and without the ability to make changes easily as required as change affects the business, these organisations will find that they cannot compete effectively. Agresso Business World is built on the unique VITA architecture which keeps the system components for data, processes and information delivery in step with each other, ensuring that when a change is made in one area, it does not have to be redone and rechecked for accuracy in another.

"As a result, instead of being tied to a rigid information system that hinders growth, users are empowered and organisations are able to achieve their goals and ambitions, without being dependent on anyone else. That’s a significant value to have.”

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Agresso Pty Limited

Agresso Pty Limited is a dynamic organisation providing innovative business information management solutions to leading organisations across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.

We deliver and support Unit4’s game-changing ERP Suite - AGRESSO Business World to help dynamic people and project-centric organisations manage their business needs effectively. As a Team we strive to set the standard for business solutions that help dynamic organizations to embrace change - simply, quickly and cost effectively.

Operating successfully for more than 10 years, Agresso Pty Limited adds a unique Australian flair, combining the best technology strategy and management approaches from Europe, the Americas and Asia whilst adding a commercial and innovative touch. Our passionate team has experience in business and technology consulting, implementation, training and project and program management. We deliver results for our clients through creativity, fresh thinking and by challenging the status quo. Agresso collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance organisations.

Our rigorous implementation methodology ensures your new solution is implemented on time and on budget.

Studies done by leading technology analyst firms and business publications on comparative cost factors of AGRESSO Business World versus the ERP giants, consistently show that AGRESSO’s capabilities save dynamic, fast-changing organizations millions of dollars a year over competitive solutions. This advantage supports Agresso’s ability to define and take a leadership position in technology solutions that support “BLINC” – Businesses Living IN Change.

For more information, please visit:, or call:

Peter Simons
Director of Sales and Marketing
Agresso Pty Limited.
+61 2 8570 9010

Alex Neighbour
P: +61 2 8570 9018
M: 0401510608


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