Thought-Provoking Commentary for the Lawson Software Community
Should We Keep Lawson?
January 4, 2008Posted by on
It’s an interesting dilemma. A Lawson client asked me why they should continue to use Lawson for their HR software. While they use for Lawson for Financials, they really don’t utilize much of the HR suite:
Payroll has always been outsourced to ADP and a number of interfaces integrate demographic data and financial transactions. Benefit & Leave Administration (and Time Entry for that matter) could easily be transferred to ADP. ADP already handles self-service for W2s and paystubs, etc.
Time Accrual didn’t meet their needs; while they’re sure Absence Management will, it’s not enough of a “killer app” to persuade them to keep Lawson.
They’ve tired of the dance Lawson does around recruitment and applicants, and have settled on a third-party solution.
Learning Management is non-existent (no, the TR system code doesn’t count).
Performance Management? Well, maybe.
Talent Management doesn’t exist yet, except as a design document.
That doesn’t leave much for Lawson, and for what remains, it will require a huge spaghetti bowl of interfaces….and I really don’t have an good answer. I’d say the primary benefit is that HR/PA (used properly) gives you the structure for administrating HR and benefits, via personnel actions and a (hopefully) well-defined approval process. Other than that, well…