Unit4 named in 2 of Constellation Research’s ShortLists for 2021!
More analyst coverage for Unit4 in 2021, this time in the form of two mentions in Q1’s Constellation ShortLists.
The Constellation ShortLists examine vendors in particular markets from the perspective of early adopters. Building a picture of the future of a category based on the experiences of early adopters (gleaned through one-on-one interviews), independent research, and briefings from vendors and their partners.
Constellation bases the inclusion of vendors in these ShortLists on their use and integration of particular “next generation” features and technologies, considering at least 20 in each category. We’re thrilled that they’ve found us to be ahead of the curve in two of their ShortLists that are extremely relevant to our mission – Service-Centric Cloud ERP and Enterprise Applications Platforms.
Service-Centric Cloud ERP
Constellation highlights that the biggest trend in this category in the last year has been the rising prominence of journey orchestration, automation, and artificial intelligence.
As organizations seek low-to-no FTE setups in their back offices and prioritize autonomous processes for more routine workflows, ERPs in service-centric and people-centric industries must empower its users. Empower them to determine which functions are best served by complete automation through IPA, the augmentation of machine-lead workflows with human exception handling, the augmentation of human-lead workflows with machine data handling, and how to best integrate human ingenuity and judgement into a framework built for our newly evolved ways of working.
This assessment of the trajectory of the market is great news for us, as it vindicates our recent strategic realignments. The People Platform (and our focus on People Experience as the primary objective and success factor for an ERP in human-centric businesses) places user journey at the heart of its functionality. Automation and AI/ML functionality aren’t just add-ons for our products, they’re a key component in achieving an experience that keeps people motivated, engaged, and able to do their work well.
ERPx (the latest and most complete expression of the People Platform’s capabilities) anticipates further evolutions in this trend. Focused on composable functionalities and experiences that empower organizations and those who work within them to create an ERP product that is completely fit for their purposes.
Our inclusion as one of the 8 solutions to know on this Constellation ShortList proves this strategy is paying dividends.
Enterprise Applications Platforms
In this ShortList, the analyst highlights the confusion that’s arisen in the last few years around what 21st century best practices actually are. Cloud computing brings us compute and storage capabilities that are theoretically unlimited. Networking is cheaper (and in many ways easier) than it’s ever been. And remote working and the ubiquity of connected devices like smartphones have created an unprecedented level of flexibility in the way organizations manage their value chains.
Whatever 21st century best practices are, they can’t be based in the one-size-fits-everyone best practices of the past, which were written for a technological landscape that’s rapidly become a thing of the past. Enterprises must capitalize on opportunities for customization and automation and look at every point in their value chain to discover new unique opportunities for transformation. Both of their own in-house best practices, and of the best practices of their markets as a whole.
This need for innovation at all points of the value chain means organizations must be equipped with an EAP capable of delivering the goods. Enabling integration and extension of new capabilities, and build new enterprise automations that run alongside their existing capabilities. Enabling them to embrace new best practices as they discover their new needs.
As before, we’re extremely pleased that the People Platform has made the cut for this 9-vendor ShortList. Our focus on ease of use and seamlessness of experience are not merely feel-good messaging exercises – we see them as a vital part of the quest for an application platform that can do everything that Constellation says the future will demand of them.