UNIT4 signs important contract with arvato to supply software for shared service centre for UK Government institutions

Sliedrecht, 1st March 2013 – UNIT4 has today signed a contract with arvato UK & Ireland, the business process outsourcing (BPO) partner, to supply software to underpin the first Independent Shared Service Centre (ISSC1) on behalf of the UK Government.

Under an agreement also announced today (see for the full press release http://www.unit4software.co.uk/about/news), the existing Department for Transport (DfT) Shared Service Centre in Swansea, South Wales, has been acquired by arvato, which will subsequently provide back office services to the DfT and its executive agencies. The seven-year outsourcing contract, which includes an optional three-year extension, is expected to deliver significant savings to the Department over its duration.

arvato will underpin the services offered by ISSC1 with the Agresso Central Government Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Platform provided by its partner, and global business software company, UNIT4. The Agresso platform will beintroduced at the ISSC1 to replace the existing SAP platform as part of a phased migration process.

Anwen Robinson, Managing Director of UNIT4 Business Software Ltd, said: “With Agresso’s proven flexibility, arvato will be able to make rapid changes to the solution at a relatively low cost to support the changing business needs of the customer.”

This is the latest in a series of successes announced by UNIT4 in the UK public sector. Its Agresso ERP software is already the number one by market share in local government, higher education and further education sectors in the UK, and in recent years it has made significant headway into larger councils.

The Agresso solution is also used around the world by institutions including the Norwegian and Swedish governments and the State of Saxony in Germany. Its growing success is based on its flexibility and ability to cope with rapid organisational change, its rapid implementation and significantly lower cost of ownership compared with other ERP systems used in the government sector.


For further information, please contact:


Chris Ouwinga CEO or Edwin van Leeuwen CFO

Phone: +31 184 444444

Fax:      +31 184 444463

E-mail: edwin.van.leeuwen@unit4.com


About UNIT4 www.unit4.com

UNIT4 is a global cloud-focused business software and services company aimed at helping dynamic public sector and commercial services 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, our flagship ERP suite for services intensive organizations; 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 across Europe, North America, Asia Pacific and Africa and sales activities in several other countries, its revenue was €469.8 million in 2012.

UNIT4 is headquartered in Sliedrecht, the Netherlands and has over 4,300 employees. It is listed on Euronext Amsterdam 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, follow us on Twitter @UNIT4_Group or join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/UNIT4BusinessSoftwareNV.


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