Cloud application provider Unit4 announces acquisition of Scanmarket

Mike Ettling, Chief Executive Officer at Unit4

Unit4, a player in enterprise cloud applications for mid-market people-centric firms, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Scanmarket, a global vendor of cloud Source-to-Contract software. With Scanmarket, a privately-held company founded in 1999 and headquartered in Denmark, Unit4 will now be able to provide organisations with a unified Source-to-Pay journey, building on its existing ERP and Procure-to-Pay (P2P) offerings.

What does Scanmarket bring to Unit4’s portfolio?

Scanmarket’s solutions extends Unit4’s transactional procurement functionality (P2P), with the acquisition bringing additional capabilities in strategic procurement like sourcing, spend analytics, supplier management and contract lifecycle management. Clients like Emirates Flight Catering, NatWest, ISS Facility Services, MacMillan Cancer Support and Kärcher.

As the Office of the CFO has moved beyond the back office due to expansion in functional remit, increasing demands for analysis and planning, and the ability to drive greater business value, process automation and data-driven insights provide understanding of operations.

This happens through a single lens, with a view to optimising resources, delivering greater employee efficiency through intuitive, tech, and driving performance optimisation.

As well as supporting Unit4’s growth ambitions, this deal marks a significant investment in it’s ERP solution, and will enable clients to gain deeper insight into their spend, to manage suppliers and contracts better and realise savings on procurement, with an enhanced CX.

What were the executive thoughts on the acquisition?

Mike Ettling, CEO, Unit4, said, “We are delighted to have added Scanmarket to the Unit4 portfolio. Their innovative strategic procurement capabilities and cloud-based solutions are trusted by 324 clients, across more than 85 countries, and have received strong recognition from industry analysts, such as Gartner, Info-Tech Research Group and SpendMatters.”

“As well as a great technology fit, both organisations are culturally similar in that we have developed our solutions with users and people at the centre of what we do, so we are excited to welcome the Scanmarket team to Unit4,” Mike Ettling further commented.

Betina Nygaard, CEO of Scanmarket added, “Scanmarket is all about people so, when considering this deal, finding a buyer who is a cultural match was of the utmost value. People centricity is also key to Unit4 and, not only that, the company shares our core values.”

“Our team has been vital in getting us to where we are today, and Unit4 recognises the quality and skills of our colleagues. Both firms are focused on digitalisation and, in the case of Scanmarket, centred on transforming the procurement function through best of breed source-to-contract capabilities while effectively managing governance, risk and compliance.”

“The combination of Unit4 and Scanmarket will deliver a comprehensive Source-to-Pay solution and bring added value for midmarket and enterprise organisations across both upstream and downstream procurement,” Betina Nygaard further commented.

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