The City of Port Coquitlam, British Columbia has gone live with its cloud implementation of Unit4 Business World ERP. Unit4 has deployed an IBM SoftLayer bare metal and virtual server infrastructure to support Canadian organizations with legislated local data residency requirements.
The City of Port Coquitlam is a rapidly growing urban municipality of over 57,000 residents, located in the northeast section of the Lower Mainland.
“With the technology industry moving in this direction, the City of Port Coquitlam identified potential for cost savings, increases in full-service and support, and greater access to delivery specialists beyond what we could resource internally, as key cloud advantages,” said Robin Wishart, the City’s Director of Corporate Support. “Jurisdictions in British Columbia are legislatively required to keep all personal information in a Canadian data center, including employee and payroll data, as well as constituents or taxpayer information. Unit4 has a secure, Canadian data center hosted by IBM, enabling personal information on the cloud.”
With annual revenue over US $530M and more than 4,000 employees worldwide, Unit4 delivers ERP, industry-focused and best-in-class applications.
“This is a new development available to Canadian municipalities and we are pleased to be an early adopter,” added Wishart.
Unit4 delivers its services and solutions to thousands of organizations worldwide, from sectors including professional services, education, public services, not-for-profit, real estate, wholesale, and financial services.
“Having the ability to host public data in the cloud is a game changer,” said Scott Kamieneski, SVP and Managing Director of Unit4 in North America. “Port Coquitlam’s cloud adoption marks a significant change for public sector IT in Canada. Unit4 is proud to have a formal relationship with IBM on this initiative, and excited to work with our public sector customers to bring them affordable and secure cloud deployment without sacrificing functionality.”