Hilary Thomas marks 20 years at UNIT4

UNIT4 was delighted to recognise the long service provided by Hilary Thomas at a surprise celebration earlier this month.

Hilary has been with the company through its various incarnations since 1994. Her current role is as a Principal Coda Technical Consultant. In her 20 years with the business, she has seen huge change within the company and the IT sector as a whole, but has never failed to deliver excellent and professional service to customers and colleagues alike.

As anyone who has worked with Hilary will know, she is unassuming and reluctant to push herself into the spotlight. This posed a challenge for her line manager, Rupert Reader, who deployed significant subterfuge to coax Hilary to a celebratory dinner under the guise of squeezing a PDR into a hectic schedule.

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Couldn’t Touch This – Laurie wins bronze at European Touch Rugby Championships

Earlier in the month we caught up with senior pre-sales consultant Laurie Young who was getting ready to represent Scotland in the European Touch Rugby Championships in Swansea. UNIT4 sponsored the team and we followed Laurie’s tweets and Facebook posts from the competition. For those of you who missed the coverage on social media, Laurie took some time before heading off for a well-earned holiday to review the tournament and talk about how it felt to come home with the bronze medal in the Women’s tournament.

How are you feeling after the tournament, have you recovered?

It’s a funny feeling when a tournament like this ends, and one I find hard to explain to anyone who hasn’t been involved in a large sporting event before. Everyone talks about post-tournament blues…… after spending ten months training intensively as a team and going through some emotional and exciting ups and downs during the actual tournament it is sad to say goodbye. Continue reading

UNIT4 doubles R&D resources to bridge workers’ ‘digital downgrade’

Workers throughout the world understand that a digital downgrade can take place when we swap the technology we use as consumers for the alternatives supplied at work.

The power of the hardware and software we carry in our pockets can far outstrip those of the devices we are expected to work with. Factor in the cloud capability we expect from the likes of Gmail and iTunes, rolling software updates, social tools and the ability to download any apps we need and the digital downgrade becomes ever greater.

This is a situation that employers need to address. The global economy is out of the emergency ward, but there remains a major productivity gap compared with pre-crisis levels. In the UK for example, the Bank of England says individual workers produce 16% less in 2014 than in 2007/08.

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Middlesbrough Council replaces SAP with UNIT4 Agresso – roundup of industry coverage

The Middlesbrough Council deal UNIT4 announced last week has generated significant interest in the sector and in the industry press. We’ve pulled together some of the extensive coverage to give you a flavour of both the deal and the comments from industry experts.

Middlesbrough Council has purchased a new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system from UNIT4, replacing its legacy SAP implementation.

The deal for UNIT4’s ‘Agresso’ local government ERP platform was awarded through G-Cloud. The cloud-based system has a flexible subscription-based license model whereby customers pay roughly £9.50 per user per month, according to its CloudStore listing. – Computer World

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UNIT4 joins EuroCloud UK

UNIT4 has joined EuroCloud UK, the UK arm of the pan-European EuroCloud movement. As a company, UNIT4 has witnessed the growth in demand for Cloud services and the increasing power Cloud computing can deliver.

The list of customers who use Cloud to deliver their business applications is growing and we felt it was important to add our voice to the debate on how to provide the best Cloud solutions possible. We believe Cloud and SaaS have the power to drive major advances in knowledge sharing, networking, joint-ventures and partnerships.

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