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I’ve told you before that Lawson’s acquisition by Infor would be interesting. Our first taste of this new combination is Infor10 Lawson S3 (quite a mouthful, isn’t it?). I’ve been attending various product briefings and user groups, perusing the documentation, participating in a lead adopter project, and receiving my usual eyewitness reports and unsubstantiated rumors. What’s caught my attention?
Lawson as we’ve known it is no more. Read more of this post
Several clients have asked for advice on a recent injunction against Lawson related to patent infringements alleged by ePlus.
Some very interesting developments on the mid-market ERP space:
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Several Lawson clients have asked me about what I’m hearing about the Lawson S3 applications upgrades. As you know, Lawson S3 apps will be decommissioned in 2010, and clients are in various stages of the upgrade.
When Lawson CUE was held in San Diego this past April, Lawson invited some software industry bloggers to attend the annual event. I’ll let you read their reviews:
Unlike the LawsonGuru Blog, which targets you—the actual Lawson customer, each of these bloggers targets the larger enterprise software marketplace. But, hey, it’s Lawson’s conference, so they have to right to invite whomever they want.
Alas, I stayed home.
Your Paper, Sir?
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that the newspaper industry is in a serious decline. Maybe that’s not strong enough.
Newspapers, as we’ve known them, are on their deathbed. And it’s a sad reversal of fortune. Gone are the glory days of The Washington Post’s Woodward and Bernstein.
To paraphrase Dean Hager:
“This has been a ten-year dream for me; to deliver on the promise of a comprehensive all-encompassing Lawson user experience.”
In short, Lawson Smart Office integrates and delivers all facets of Lawson applications in a seamless fashion, providing a comprehensive user experience for all things Lawson. Smart Office is built on 3 pillars: intelligence, productivity, and personalization. As Dean says, Smart Office facilitates what Lawson is calling “The Process of Me”.
I agree that it’s slick. In fact, it’s gorgeous. It utilizes all the latest Microsoft technologies. But you know me—I’m the skeptic. So, let’s examine a few questions:
One of the realities of ERP is that organizations often feel they need to customize to meet their requirements. Customization is a tough choice to make and there really is no good answer. In this article, we’ll examine some of the reasons for customization of your Lawson S3 Applications, why to avoid it, and how to mitigate the risks if you do customize.