Clients have been asking:
“Infor is acquiring Lawson, where do we go from here?”
Remember that Infor has historically been an acquisition-based software provider, and hasn’t offered a complete integration between their acquired product sets, resulting in some overlap between their products.
Infor’s prior acquisitions have included some industry heavyweights, such as Baan (ERP/SCM/Logistics) and Geac (Financials–formerly M&D/MSA). It has been speculated that Infor’s desire to better compete with Oracle (Infor’s CEO is former #2 at Oracle), coupled with the Lawson acquisition, will lead to more fundamental integration of their product offerings.
In the short-term, it will likely be “business-as-usual”, with Lawson operating as a separate business unit, followed by some high-level (i.e. web services/process-flow) integration between some of their respective products where it makes sense.
Longer term, I would expect Infor to leverage their Geac heritage for financials, and concentrate on the Lawson acquired products for HR, healthcare/informatics and procurement.
Here are some links to high-level product information on various offerings from Infor.
Also, see Frank Scavo’s post from his “Enterprise System Spectator” blog: