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Cloudy with a Chance of Lawson?

I found this recent Lawson press release announcing the hire of a new VP to be curious.  My initial thought was (seriously), what happened to Dean Hager?

With economic-driven staffing reductions, and layoffs at Lawson and other software vendors, isn’t this just another top-heavy exec?  Then I started to peel back the layers, and it was even more intriguing:

His portfolio strategist approach to product management will be of great benefit to us, and because cloud computing is a high priority for our future, Jeff joins at a great time to lead our cloud strategy and serve as our principal spokesman on our cloud opportunities.

“Our cloud strategy”???   Does Lawson really have its head in the clouds?

Isn’t Harry Debes on record as saying that SaaS/Cloud is just a fad (see my eloquent post:

Probably “cloud cover” for his real job of improving analysts’ recommendation (considering that is Comport’s background) of Lawson.  A prettier rating would be very valuable, and the “cloud” is the tickler for getting the ball rolling.

Regardless, Lawson does have one thing that’s going their way; the future of health-care is lined with regulatory actions that bode well for Lawson.  Perhaps it’s a matter of “dumb luck” that they hold the leadership position in this growth industry, but look for it to tide them over for a long time.

3 responses to “Cloudy with a Chance of Lawson?

  1. Phil Simon January 1, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    Good post, John.

    Perhaps Lawson will offer a cloud solution as well as an on-premise one, as a few of the other big ERP vendors have done.

    Debes’ prior comments make no sense to me. I don’t understand why you’d want to paint yourself into a corner when SaaS is a completely viable option in the view of many organizations.


  2. Charles Ambrosecchia March 23, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Just a note to express my opinion on this company. Weeks ago, our company was bombarded with fraudolent service calls originating from Lawson’s IP address space. These were verified and Lawson was contacted. Aside from the fact that they were extremely unresponsive (but took the time to google our company and key employees) they failed to identify whom hacked their system. They failed to secure their own infrastructure… is this a vendor that i would trust with a SaaS solution? I doubt it. this is my personal opinion based on the factual events.

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