ERP architecture matters!

Most ERP systems can be changed when your organisation’s needs or structure change, but only the unique architecture of the Unit4 People Platform enables end users to embrace most forms of business change themselves – without intervention from IT experts and super users; simply, quickly and cost effectively. Other more rigid or convoluted ERP architectures mean high costs, major delays and severe disruption for every single business change that comes along after the initial implementation.

Did you know...?

  • Technology analysts agree that the ability to incorporate ongoing business changes is at least as important as initial functional fit and value, when choosing an ERP system.
  • The average annual costs of maintaining ERP systems and meeting changing business needs are up to $1.2 million, but in the extreme, they can exceed $4.1 million. In a recent survey, Unit4 customers reported spending an average of 55% less each year, than those of rival systems.
  • 15% of the respondents in a recent survey had to re-implement the entire ERP system. Of those, 60% had initially spent over $2.5 million.
  • A recent market comparison report found that for 46 very common business change scenarios, the proportions that needed recoding by IT experts were:

    * Microsoft Dynamics AX – 50%.
    * Oracle FM / EB - 78% / 96%.
    * SAP – 100%.
    * Unit4 Business World (formerly Agresso) needed just 4%

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  • How many experts does it take to change your ERP system?

    Unit4 Business World (formerly Agresso) 

    If you're using our solution, the answer is: 'NONE'! In Unit4 Business World, most changes can be made by the ordinary business users themselves, via the solution's user interface (GUI).

    Eval-Source noted: 'The Business World application enables business users the flexibility to execute changes via drag and drop functionality, which minimises IT and additional resources to facilitate system change(s).'


    Other ERP

    Microsoft Dynamics AX, Oracle E-Business, Oracle Fusion Middleware and SAP ES use a combination of GUI, Application and API middleware software to implement business change.

    Eval-Source warns that: 'This level of change requires IT, vendor or external resources that are needed to modify portions of the application. These include, but are not limited to, modifications to tables, files, databases, business processes and data sets.'     





  • Does each business change mean multiple system changes? 

    Unit4 Business World

    As well as being simple to achieve for ordinary end users, changes to Business World are made just once and automatically propagate through all levels of the system - without manual repetition.

    Eval-Source found:

    • 'The single point of entry at the GUI layer for change management is one of Unit4's key differentiators in the enterprise ERP space.'

    Other ERP

    As well as requiring greater technical expertise each individual business change requires multiple changes (often duplicated) to various levels of the system.

    Eval-Source found:

    • SAP: 'business changes applied to four layers of architecture'.
    • Microsoft Dynamics AX: 'business changes applied to three layers of architecture'.
  • What are the direct costs of modifying your ERP system? 

    Unit4 Business World

    Unit4 solutions are designed and built for end users to handle post-implementation business changes. This minimises ongoing costs of ownership.

    For most changes, there is no need to involve scarce internal IT resources or incur the costs of external consultants.

    A recent analyst survey looking at ERP change costs concluded:

    "Unit4 customers reported spending an average of 55% less on an annual basis"

    Other ERP

    ERPs with complex architectures, requiring multiple application-level and API-level system changes (often by external experts) are expensive to own.

    The average annual costs of maintaining ERP systems and meeting changing business needs are up to $1.2 million; sometimes much higher.

  • What are the disruption and opportunity costs of ERP change? 

    Unit4 Business World

    With Unit4, faster, simpler system changes - made by end users themselves - mean there is no barrier or delay to keeping your ERP solution in step with business changes.

    So, Business World is always ready to support your organisation's goals and opportunities.

    Other ERP

    Even with moderate levels of modification to ERP, the business disruption caused can be devastating:

    • 15.6% loss of revenue from a delayed product launch
    • 15.8% drop in market valuation
    • 15.2% decrease in satisfied customers

The Unit4 advantage

Unit4 Business World's unrivalled post-implementation agility offers the lowest possible ERP cost of change. It enables customers to make, and keep making, system changes long after implementation – quickly, easily and cost-effectively.

The unique architecture of the Unit4 People Platform delivers low-cost, limitless business change. There are two key differences between our approach and that of less agile, traditional ERP systems:

  • Virtually all typical system changes can be carried out by the users themselves, within the solution – NOT through highly specialised and technical changes at the code level (with their associated costs and delays).
  • The architecture ensures that the organisational data, business processes and delivery methodology (reports/analytics) operate in lockstep. In other words: a change made in one area automatically flows throughout the system without duplicated manual work or rechecking. This makes dealing with business change quick, simple and very cost-effective.

Imagine what you could achieve (or save!) if you had a business system that was built for change! Choose an ERP system that’s an asset NOT a liability, find out how Unit4 Business World could help minimize YOUR organisation’s total cost of change.