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UNIT4: The (Largely) Untold Story - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog post series started with my invitation by UNIT4 (formerly Unit 4 Agresso), the second largest business applications provider in continental

m part 3  an existing  general ledger. Marrying “Cloud” and “Soil” To that end, Robinson also explained that having FinancialForce.com in its arsenal allows UNIT4 to cross-sell, in a s oftware plus service  manner ( discussed on Part 2 ), into parts of an organization that do not necessarily need the overkill of an on-premise solution but which are content to take an on-demand offering. That is exactly what recently happened at the Telegraph Media Group , which has selected UNIT4 solutions for use in

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