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NGO Ipas Selects Agresso ERP Software to Show Donors Exactly Where and How Their Money is Spent

June 29, 2012

VICTORIA, British Columbia and MANCHESTER, New Hampshire, June 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –

Software easily adapts to changing requirements post-implementation, unlike competitor
products

UNIT4 Business Software [http://www.unit4software.com ], the North American subsidiary
of UNIT4, the global business software group, has signed a significant agreement to
provide Ipas, an NGO dedicated to protecting women’s reproductive health, with an
Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution that easily accommodates its changing business
needs after implementation. Ipas’s meticulous selection process narrowed the field down to
Serenic Navigator and Agresso Business World from UNIT4; the non-prescriptive,
toolkit-like approach of Agresso was the deciding factor in its selection. Ipas had unique
requirements out of the gate, plus a need to be able to modify its system in the future to
keep up with the changing landscape of donor reporting obligations; Agresso offered the
post-implementation agility necessary to manage these changes.

Ipas replaced a combination of disparate legacy systems that stored its critical data
across independent silos. As Ipas grew, from $16 million in revenue in 2000 to $56 million
in 2012, so did its need to re-architect its business systems and find a solution to
support future growth. “It was a very difficult selection process to find the solution
that best fit our worldwide needs to strengthen the efficiency of our business processes
and integration of data. In the end, Agresso provided the flexible and adaptable
environment we sought to be able to continuously improve efficiency and respond to the
increasingly demanding requirements of our donors,” says Tom Hill, Executive Vice
President of Finance and Operations at Ipas.

“The kind of reporting that donors want to see is changing,” says Eric Jones, Director
of Knowledge Services and Information Technology. “There is a trend away from unrestricted
grants towards restricted grants where donors expect to see not just financial data, but
project information as well. Knowing precisely where, on whom and on what their money was
spent is mandatory. With Agresso, we will be able to satisfy our donors, even as their
reporting requirements continue to evolve, and show how their grants are making a
difference. Looking under the hood of other solutions, we didn’t see any other technology
that could deliver the same level of independence that Agresso will allow us,” he adds.

UNIT4 Business Software continues its momentum in the non-profit sector, almost
tripling its number of customers in this market since 2010. “Agresso is an excellent fit
for non-profits and the word is spreading,” says Shelley Zapp president of UNIT4 Business
Software. “Agresso has an extremely low total cost of ownership because it manages change
so well. For non-profits, this translates into less money spent on overhead and more money
going towards mission fulfillment,” she adds.

About Ipas

Founded in 1973, Ipas is a global nongovernmental organization dedicated to ending
preventable deaths and disabilities from unsafe abortion. Through local, national and
global partnerships, Ipas works to ensure that women can obtain safe, respectful and
comprehensive abortion care, including counseling and contraception to prevent future
unintended pregnancies. Along with caring, committed health professionals and other
colleagues worldwide, Ipas tackles this neglected public health problem head on in some of
the world’s poorest countries. While many international donors and governments have
focused attention and resources elsewhere, Ipas struggles against the fundamental social
injustice that results in the deaths of so many women in the prime of their lives.

About UNIT4 Business Software

UNIT4 Business Software in North America (http://www.unit4software.com) is a
wholly-owned subsidiary of UNIT4, a $602 million global cloud-focused business software
and services company. UNIT4 Business Software helps dynamic public, private, non-profit
and higher education organizations embrace change simply, quickly and cost effectively in
a market sector it calls “Businesses Living IN Change (BLINC)(TM)”. Agresso Business World
is widely acknowledged as the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution that delivers
the lowest Total Cost of Change. The software’s unique Vita(TM) architecture allows for
ongoing, post-implementation changes by business users, without the external IT costs
typical of traditional ERP systems.

More than 3,000 companies and organizations in 100 countries deploy Agresso Business
World for both operational support and strategic management. Agresso is a role-based, Web
Services enabled solution that can be deployed on-premise or in the cloud. It includes
Financial Management, Budgeting and Forecasting, Human Resources and Payroll, Procurement
Management, Project Costing and Billing, Reporting and Analytics, Business Process
Automation, and Field Services and Asset Maintenance.

        Media contact:

        Asmaa Methqal
        Marketing Communications Manager
        UNIT4 Business Software
        Phone: +1-250-704-4484
        Cell: +1-250-516-2137
        Email: Asmaa.Methqal@unit4.com
        Twitter: @UNIT4SoftwareNA [http://www.twitter.com/UNIT4SoftwareNA ]

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