Putting Automation and Integration at the Heart of Enterprise Applications
- This IDC Vendor Profile is part of a series of six profiles (including IFS, Infor, Microsoft, Oracle and SAP) looking at the strategies and investments of major Europe-focused enterprise application vendors in the European intelligent process automation (IPA) market.
- Although Unit4 has no separate IPA platform offering, we have been included for embracing IPA technologies and techniques in a way that other ERP vendors do not. The report gives a full overview of the key capabilities of Unit4 people platform.
Although it has no separate IPA platform offering, Unit4 embraces IPA technologies and techniques in a way that other ERP vendors do not. Instead of looking at application integration and automation technologies as things that are external and additive to its core, Unit4 sees automation and integration as integral elements of its offering, powering and underpinning the ways that users interact with core Unit4 application functionality and data.”
Neil Ward-Dutton, Vice President, IDC
Unit4 Strategic Realignment to Grow in Disruptive Times
This IDC Market Note presents IDC's opinion on Unit4's strategy, which strongly focuses on people-centric industries, partner network expansion, and portfolio modernization toward cloud-native, microservices-based products, including the recently introduced ERPx.
ERPx meets IDC's definition of next-generation intelligent ERP.”
The new product (ERPx) covers financial processes, time and billing, HR processes, and analytics and operations, giving it a comprehensive feature list that many people-centric businesses will find attractive as a replacement to their existing ERP architecture.
"The combination of new products, renewed leadership, and emphasis on people-centric industries will give new momentum to Unit4 in an age of rapid disruption and digital transformation
Alexandros Stratis, European Software, Research Manager, IDC EMEA
HfS Highlight: Unit4 shifts ERP from being an application your business runs to a platform for delivering business value
Constellation Offering Overview: Unit4 Delivers People-Centric Cloud ERP
The Offering Overview report is an extensive description of our ERP product and technology:
- It manages to capture the differentiation of Unit4.
- It deliver a good understanding of our People Experience Suite offering.
- It explains our micro services based architecture and highlights our vertical excellence.
This report makes clear recommendations on when to consider Unit4 based on conversations with over 20 customers and 400 ERP prospects.
Customers tend to select Unit4 Business World for its flexible configuration capabilities, deep vertical expertise, midmarket focus and people-centered design philosophy.”
Ray Wang, Founder & Principal Analyst, Constellation Research
Unit4 Announces ERPx,
a Modern and Modular
- Following X4U, IDC published a link report on ERPx describing key features of the products and sharing IDC’s Point of view.
- The tone of the report is positive and highlights how Unit4 is aligning with IDC’s view of the next gen ERP, the modular ERP.
- According to IDC, modern modular ERPs include:
- SaaS & Cloud-enabled applications
- Automated workflows
- Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning
- Microservices Architecture
- Application programming interfaces (APIs)
IDC expects this product to set a new trajectory for Unit4 as it moves into the digitally transformative future with its people centric modern and modular ERP system.”
The product also reduces needless employee tasks by enabling machine learning across the business processes, providing the employees with a better people experience. In addition, the product has been built with industry standards, enabling out of the box best practice configurations for a multitude of people centric industries.”
Unit4 ERPx is an example of the new modular ERP application with a focus on the people experience across an organization.”
Mickey North Rizza, Program Vice President, IDC
Unit4 launches “last ERP you’ll ever need”
Following X4U, Teknowlogy published a blogpost on ERPx describing key features of the products and sharing Teknology’s point of view.
The tone of the report is positive and shows key features of the new ERP.
ERPx has been in development for some time, but the launch comes at a moment when many mid-market organizations are re-thinking their core applications strategy.”
We heard from several Unit4 customers this week who were positive about the cloud-native approach of the new product, with several reflecting on how cloud had proven itself in supporting their businesses in recent times of need.”
ERPx ticks a lot of boxes in terms of what a modern platform should look like: a user-centric design, a cloud native and microservices-based architecture, and potential to extend through low/no code development.”
Nick Mayes, Research Director, Teknowlogy
- Following X4U, SPI published a research note on ERPx describing key features of the products, key current trends in the PSO market and sharing SPI’s point of view.
- The tone of the report is very positive and shows how Unit4 is hitting the right trajectory within the changing PSO marketplace.
This announcement is significant, as a majority of the other ERP suppliers have yet to fulfill the promise of a comprehensive, fully integrated solution.”
Unit4 is putting its money where its mouth is and developing capabilities on top of ERPx that will allow partners to more efficiently add other integrations and extensions, as well as their own applications.”
[…] many PSOs, especially in the mid-market, look to one integrated solution, with support from the vendor. Unit4 is well positioned for the changing marketplace, and ERPx provides those organizations with a solid information infrastructure.”
While better known in Europe, the vendor is rapidly gaining market share in the North American market. And as ERPx gains in momentum, there is little doubt Unit4 will become increasingly popular.”
Dave Hofferbert, Founder and Managing Director, SPI
Unit4 ERPx: Right for Your People Business?
- Following X4U, Mint Jutras published a report on ERPx. The report not only covered the new product but was enriched with Mint Jutras’ own data from its 2019 Enterprise Solution Study.
- The tone of the report is extremely positive giving a clear overview of Unit4’s strategy and vision and highlights how Unit4’s ERPx can provide the level of adaptability needed to navigate the current rapidly changing landscape.
Unit4’s focus is not only about providing its customers with a good experience, bit also the “right” experience.”
In today’s global, digital economy, where the pace of change is accelerating, rigid, monolithic structures are the dinosaurs of the enterprise software world. But unlike the dinosaur, they are far from extinct. They live on in legacy solutions – those same solutions you are most likely (hopefully?) looking to replace with one built on a modern architecture and a strong platform. By refactoring its core ERP, Unit4 makes its solutions more agile, resilient and extensible.”
If you are not currently a Unit4 customer and if you are running a legacy solution based on old, outdated technology, you have a problem that is not going away all by itself. […] Fortunately, today, technology-enabled cloud ERP systems can provide the level of adaptability needed to navigate this rapidly changing landscape. If you are beginning a search for a replacement, start the planning process now. Unit4 ERPx, built on the People Platform, is definitely worth a look.”
Cindy Jutras, President, Mint Jutras
The Analyst Cam: Unit4 ERPx briefing
- Following X4U, Vinnie Mirchandani, Deal Architect published a post on ERPx. The post covered our recent briefing and included a 30 min video of the call itself with key highlights from the briefing.
- The tone of the post is very positive including Vinnie’s commentary on the briefing.
I found it a very crisp briefing. I am sure as a result of X4U plenty of customers will want to learn much more.”
[during the briefing, Vinnie comments on UI] Once Mike Ettling told me, “the best UI is no UI” […] I think you have the right mind set and if you can move away from the keyboard to much more natural interfaces, it will get better and better.”
Vinnie Mirchandani, Founder, Deal Architect
The Hype Cycle is a graphical depiction of a common pattern that arises with each new technology or other innovation. Although many of Gartner’s Hype Cycles focus on specific technologies or innovations, the same pattern of hype and disillusionment applies to higher-level concepts such as IT methodologies and management disciplines.
This year’s Hype Cycle for ERP shows fast maturation of the emerging technologies and approaches needed to transform ERP platforms.Unit4 has been mentioned as one of the key vendors in the “Cloud ERP for the Public Sector.”
Interest is elevating as public-sector entities seek to replace expensive and aging legacy business systems while optimizing precious IT resources through cloud deployment."
The advantages of cloud ERP can include lower cost of implementation, faster time to benefit, reduced cost of upgrades, and lower capital expenditure compared with implementing a new on-premises ERP."
Unit4 Shows its X-Factor with ERPx
This report covers Unit4 ERPx. Nucleus Research expects that future ERPx users will likely achieve three major benefits:
- Increased User Productivity
- Reduced Operational Costs
- Improved Organizational Visibility
"Nucleus expects Unit4 ERPx to increase user productivity, reduce costs, improve visibility."
"With Unit4 focusing its ERPx’s design and functionality for specific industries on meeting customer requirements, users within those verticals further save on upfront customization."
"With holistic and cross-departmental planning quickly becoming a necessity in today’s modern business environment, flexibility and customization are key differentiators. Therefore, ERPx aims to democratize sales and operational planning and workforce management by streamlining the user experience and deployment process while lowering the Total Cost of Ownership. If ERPx is successfully rolled out, Nucleus believes the trend of vendors shifting development to specialized ERP solutions or modules will only accelerate, lest they become a jack of all industries, master of none."
Service-Centric Cloud ERP and Enterprise Application Platforms ShortLists
The Constellation ShortLists present vendors in different categories of the market relevant to early adopters.
The purpose of the ShortList is to suggest end-users the key vendors to consider when looking for a specific solution.
Unit4 has been featured in two shortlists this year:
- Service-Centric Cloud ERP
- Enterprise Application Platforms (brand new category for 2021)
The Constellation ShortLists of vendors for a market category is compiled through conversations with early adopter clients, independent analysis and briefings with vendors and partners.