Unit4, a fast growing leader in enterprise applications for service organizations, today announced that the City of Port Coquitlam, British Columbia has gone live with its cloud implementation of Unit4 Business World ERP.
Unit4 is the first enterprise software provider to host Canadian municipal data in the cloud. Unit4 deployed an IBM SoftLayer® bare metal and virtual server infrastructure to support Canadian organizations with legislated local data residency requirements.
“With the technology industry moving in this direction, the City of Port Coquitlam identified potential for cost savings, increases in full-service and support, and greater access to delivery specialists beyond what we could resource internally, as key cloud advantages,” says Robin Wishart, the City’s Director of Corporate Support. “Jurisdictions in British Columbia are legislatively required to keep all personal information in a Canadian data center, including employee and payroll data, as well as constituents or taxpayer information. Unit4 has a secure, Canadian data center hosted by IBM, enabling personal information on the cloud. This is a new development available to Canadian municipalities and we are pleased to be an early adopter.”
“…cost savings, increases in full-service, greater access to delivery specialists.” Robin Wishart, @CityofPoCo #govtechRobin Wishart, Director of Corporate Support, City of Port Coquitlam
Wishart says that when assessing the Unit4 cloud offering, he factored in technology, functionality, cost implications and in-house resources. His research included security, which he found to be far superior as the data center has a team of highly skilled specialists in all areas of technology security. Wishart presents his research and considerations in a short video (http://bit.ly/1Rrhmjr).
“Having the ability to host public data in the cloud is a game changer,” says Scott Kamieneski, SVP and Managing Director of Unit4 in North America. “Port Coquitlam’s cloud adoption marks a significant change for public sector IT in Canada. Unit4 is proud to have a formal relationship with IBM on this initiative, and excited to work with our public sector customers to bring them affordable and secure cloud deployment without sacrificing functionality.
About Port Coquitlam
The City of Port Coquitlam is a rapidly growing urban municipality of over 57,000 residents, located in the northeast section of the Lower Mainland. The City is distinguished by a strong sense of community pride and a commitment to building an organization where employees feel they belong, willingly work hard and can see the contribution they are making to the community.