More than 400 senior business executives predict a future based on mobile and demand freedom of choice between cloud and on-premises


  • Mobile is seen as most significant driver of today’s digital revolution
  • 88% expect hybrid IT environments of cloud and on-premises solutions for the foreseeable future
  • Organisations across all sectors see the need to significantly improve the user experience of enterprise software systems

UNIT4 Customer Conference, Edinburgh, UK, 09 October, 2014. UNIT4, the global leader in software solutions that enable business change, today reported findings from a live poll conducted among more than 400 senior delegates at its 2014 annual Agresso customer conference.

The audience, which comprised senior technology and finance professionals from a range of public and private sector organisations primarily based in the UK and Ireland, were asked three questions focussed on the major technologies shaping the future of business today.

When asked which technology will have the biggest impact over the next two years, 45% of respondents said mobile, closely followed by analytics with 30% of the vote.

UNIT4 customers were clear when asked about cloud adoption that hybrid is the model for the foreseeable future and that they demand the choice to be able to deploy and consume each application as needed, either in the public or private cloud or on-premises. And they ask for the ability to move their applications and data between the different models. When asked what proportion of their applications and systems would be cloud-based in five years’ time, 88% expect part of their systems to be cloud-based. 7% expect their full application portfolio to be cloud based while 5% expect no systems to be cloud based at all.

Finally, delegates were asked if they have a plan in place to improve their user experience and make it more consumer grade. The findings show that this is a significant area of focus with 77% responding positively, either having a strategy in place or currently considering their options.

“We know that social, mobile, analytics and cloud are driving a new generation of business solutions that must deliver exceptional user experience,” said José Duarte, CEO of UNIT4. “We have a seamless, easy and convenient digital life in our private lives with smartphones, cloud–based subscriptions and social media that evolve constantly. However, every morning employees experience an immediate digital downgrade when they go to work. Our customers represent a diverse range of sectors and organisational models and these results show that the priorities are the same across the board. Social collaboration, mobile capabilities, role based intelligence and ‘cloud your way’ need to come together for the enterprise, and UNIT4 is doing just that for its customers.”

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