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Inforum 2014

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.

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The Untimely Passing of a Legend

We learned today that our dear friend, Matthew Allbee, passed away over the weekend after a long battle with cancer.

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Inforum 2013

I just returned from Orlando, having attended Inforum 2013. Last year’s Inforum, which quickly followed the acquisition of Lawson by Infor, was really just a combination of Lawson’s annual conference (CUE) with Infor’s name and logo slapped on for good measure. This year was quite a different story. Starting with the fact that I was actually invited to attend, and helped present two different sessions.

What follows is my own analysis of the keynote/general sessions, off-the-record conversations with Infor employees and customers, and of course, my usual eyewitness reports and unsubstantiated rumors. In addition, I’ve included some article links at the bottom.

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Farewell, Dean

By now, you’ve probably heard the news that Dean Hager is leaving Lawson (see Key Executives Leave Lawson Software After Infor Acquisition).

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Why I’m Bullish on Lawson/Infor

Six months ago, I told you to stay tuned. I admit it. I had my doubts. Frankly, I was planning a new venture, and was ready to close the door on the LawsonGuru blog, LawsonGuru Letter, and So what changed my mind?
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On Infor and the Future of Lawson

Clients have been asking:

“Infor is acquiring Lawson, where do we go from here?”

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In Whom Do You Trust?

For larger enterprise applications, you typically sign (and pay for) an annual maintenance agreement covering day-to-day support and/or updates.  Or do you?

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Piling It On: This Time It’s Apple

I was going to leave well enough alone.  I’m not an Apple user, and not at all affected by the recent flap over the iPhone4 antenna problems.  But then I saw this headline:

Fix iPhone ‘Death Grip’ For Free, Urges Senator

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Slowing Down to Speed Up

I read an interesting article recently in Harvard Business Review:

In case you haven’t noticed, the world is spinning faster–at least it often seems that way. 

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The Icahn Effect

You’ve no doubt heard the news: Carl Icahn has “taken a stake” in Lawson Software (NASDAQ:LWSN).

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