TRIUMF Selects Agresso in $1M Agreement to Modernize Business Operations

Canadian Subatomic Physics Laboratory Accelerates More Than Just Particles With ERP Software That Offers Business Agility

PR Newswire — February 18, 2011

VICTORIA, British Columbia and DALLAS, February 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — UNIT4 Business Software (,the world’s leading provider of business software for fast changing organizations, today announced an agreement worth over $1 million dollars with TRIUMF (, Canada’s national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics. The agreement comprises the full Agresso Business World suite, including Financials, HR and Payroll, Project Costing and Billing, Procurement, Planning, Business Process Automation and Reporting and Analytics. The selection process, which involved solutions from ORACLE, Microsoft, and NetSuite, was initiated in June 2010. UNIT4 Business Software was awarded the business based on Agresso’s unique property of post-implementation agility which allows business users to swiftly and cost-effectively respond to change pressures in their organization as a consequence of reorganizations, compliance issues, acquisitions, etc., without having to rely on external consultants.

“As a research center almost every project we undertake is, by definition, something that hasn’t been done before; we needed an agile business tool that could let us easily cope with new situations,” says Nigel Lockyer, director of TRIUMF. “New partnerships can present unique tax and reporting requirements and we wanted to be able to manage these changes ourselves. The Agresso solution will not only modernize our business functions, it will allow us to be self-sufficient in the future.”

TRIUMF operates the world’s largest cyclotron (a type of particle accelerator) and the science performed at the facility yields cutting-edge discoveries in particle physics, nuclear physics, nuclear medicine, and materials science. The laboratory had been using a home grown system to manage their business functions, but with funding secured for major new projects involving significant expansion, TRIUMF sought a better solution. “As a world-class scientific research laboratory, TRIUMF requires flexible a responsive information system to support its administrative functions, to comply with changing and increasingly stringent regulatory demands, and to provide reliable and timely management reporting. Agresso Business World meets all of these requirements and we look forward to working with UNIT4 to implement a new generation contemporary information system for TRIUMF,” says Steve McDonald, manager, computing &networking services at TRIUMF. “The architecture of Agresso impressed us; it will empower us to handle whatever comes our way.”

UNIT4 Business Software targets organizations in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors that have a requirement to respond to business change quickly and easily. “We are thrilled to welcome TRIUMF to our growing list of not-for-profit customers,” said Shelley Zapp, president of UNIT4 Business Software in North America. “They are a unique organization with brilliant people doing world-class scientific research right in our backyard; they know how to run their projects and operations and Agresso will provide them agility to operate as they see fit, efficiently and with a low ongoing cost of ownership.” As unique as TRIUMF is, it shares a common characteristic with all Agresso customers: a need to respond to frequent change and the desire to embrace it rather than avoid it.

About UNIT4 Business Software

UNIT4 Business Software in North America ( is a wholly-owned subsidiary of UNIT4, a $517 million enterprise resource planning (ERP) company and a top six mid-market ERP software player globally. UNIT4 Business Software’s leading ERP product for organizations living in change, Agresso Business World, is widely acknowledged as the business software 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 disparate systems.

Over 3,000 companies and organizations in 100 countries deploy Agresso Business World for both operational support and strategic management. The company’s role-based, Web Services and Services-Oriented Architecture (SOA) enabled solutions include Financial Management, Human Resources and Payroll, Procurement Management, Project Costing and Billing, Reporting and Analytics, Business Process Automation, and Field Services and Asset Maintenance.


TRIUMF is Canada’s national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics. Located on the south campus of the University of British Columbia, TRIUMF is owned and operated as a joint venture by a consortium of the following Canadian universities, via a contribution through the National Research Council Canada: University of Alberta, University of British Columbia, University of Calgary, Carleton University, University of Guelph, University of Manitoba, McMaster University, University of Northern British Columbia, Universite de Montreal, Queen’s University, University of Regina, Saint Mary’s University, Simon Fraser University, University of Toronto, University of Victoria, and York University. To learn more, visit

The names of actual companies or products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners. Agresso, Agresso Business World, BLINC and VITA are registered trademarks of UNIT4 Business Software.

Media contact:

Sarah Milner Marketing & Communications Manager, UNIT4 Business Software P: +1-250-704-4484 C: +1-250-516-2137 E: Twitter: @UNIT4SoftwareNA

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