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Thought-Provoking Commentary for the Lawson Software Community
Although I didn’t attend Inforum 2014, this is the backdrop against which I watched the keynotes via streaming video and digested the executive/analyst briefings.
“’Designing emotion into the product is now something you really have to think about explicitly and measure yourself against’, says Brad Smith, CEO of Intuit, the maker of personal finance and small-business software.” – Fortune Magazine, September 22, 2014, page 55.“
My thoughts, eyewitness reports and unsubstantiated rumors follow. I’ve included some article links at the bottom so you can get other perspectives.
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?
Several clients have asked for advice on a recent injunction against Lawson related to patent infringements alleged by ePlus.
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.
Does anyone else think that when you install a Lawson application, install locations should be remembered for future installs?
Last summer’s reading included a significant and highly-relevant book, “The Change Function: Why Some Technologies Take Off and Others Crash and Burn” (see http://www.amazon.com/Change-Function-Technologies-Others-Crash/dp/B000NA6U2O) by Pip Coburn. As I was reading, I naturally started to draw some parallels to some Lawson initiatives. Read more of this post
A number of years ago, I wrote a LawsonGuru Letter article titled “Lawson’s Quality Crisis”. I really had high hopes that Lawson was turning the corner on these problems as part of their various initiatives (including their adoption of better CMM practices, the Xansa partnership, etc.)
David Williams from Paradigm ERP is a frequent LawsonGuru Letter Guest Spot contributer. He also has a blog on Lawson ProcessFlow. Read more of this post
One of the highly touted new LSF9 features is Lawson Single-Sign-On (SSO).
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Does Lawson’s software suck? Read more of this post