Value, flexibility and control lead SQA to ditch SAP for UNIT4 Agresso

The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) is to replace its SAP ERP system with UNIT4 Agresso Finance and Procurement hosted in the cloud. The solution will help the authority to reduce administration, cut costs, improve operational visibility and equip employees with the cutting edge technology they need to rapidly adjust to sector change.

SQA, a non-departmental government body, provides schools, colleges, training organisations and employers with services to develop and deliver qualifications and assessments. It has a pivotal role in developing skilled workforces in Scotland, the UK and around the world.

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On the level about data centre location

In 1914 the Harrods Furniture Depository was completed on the banks of the Thames in leafy Barnes. It served as a warehouse for many years but in 2000 its conversion to 250 residential apartments was completed. With the penthouse flats selling for £6.5m it is easy to understand why such prime real-estate could no longer be wasted on warehousing.

In the last 20 years the majority of data centre development has used some of the most expensive real-estate in the UK. Given that data centres are the warehouses of the 21st century it seems obvious that such a situation is not economically sustainable.

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UNIT4 launches Global Partner Organisation

UNIT4 has announced the expansion of our global partner ecosystem, which is a key element of its corporate growth strategy. From 1st January 2015 two of its UK & Ireland executive management team will be promoted to new roles within the organisation.

Anwen Robinson (seated left), currently Managing Director of UNIT4 UK and Ireland, will take on a global role as Senior Director and lead the newly created Global Partner Organisation. In addition Helen Sutton (right), currently running Sales and Marketing for UNIT4 UK and Ireland, will succeed Anwen as Managing Director for UK and Ireland.

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Cloud myth 3 – The cloud is inflexible

Cloud computing has been the subject of more interest and comment than almost any ICT phenomena in recent years.

How the cloud works, the benefits it brings, the risks it exposes you to; each has generated prejudices and half-truths, many of them completely unfounded. In our new blog series we will debunk the most common myths, dispel the prejudices and bring the facts to light.

Myth number 3: the cloud is inflexible

A common misconception of cloud computing is that once signed up there is no turning back – that users no longer enjoy the control that comes with on-premises software, far from it, they are at the ‘mercy’ of the vendor. While this is true in some instances it is not the case with all, it depends on the commercial and technical flexibility of the vendor. Additionally when reading the trade press you could be forgiven for thinking the choice is polarised between either cloud or on-premises – for the vast majority this is an imagined and unrealistic dichotomy.

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CIO Review

UNIT4 named most promising education technology provider

UNIT4 named most promising education technology provider by CIO Review

UNIT4 has been chosen as one of the most promising education technology service providers by CIO Review in its annual top 20 listing published this month. The accolade is based on evaluation of UNIT4 Campus, the only agile administration system focused around staff, researchers and students.

  • Annual list showcases the most promising education technology companies
  • 400 institutions globally benefit from UNIT4’s administration solutions for staff, researchers and students

Embracing change independently

UNIT4 has been supplying administration systems to the Education sector since 1993 and now provides software solutions to over 400 institutions globally. Its extensive understanding of the market has allowed it to develop a strategy to deliver the support needed to meet the constantly changing demands in the sector, on an international scale. Its software is designed specifically for people and service focused organisations to help them embrace change independently and sustainably so they can become more flexible, efficient, and innovative.

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