Lawson Software

Lawson Software has one of the largest enterprise resource planning (ERP) suites coupled with more than 4,000 employees stationed in over 40 countries around the world and serves more than 4,500 customers. They offer a variety of industry-specific solutions for small, medium and large enterprises. Lawson was recently acquired by Infor but still innovates on their wide range of ERP applications and solutions. Oracle and SAP are the only ERP solutions providers larger than Infor.

Lawson’s has two main product lines: S3 and M3. S3 was developed to help service industries “staff, source and serve.” The major target industries include healthcare, retail, public and financial services. In addition, the M3 product line is for industries that “make, move or maintain processes.” Some of these clients are in the business sectors of manufacturing and distribution. Typically, S3 is utilized within the US corporate infrastructures and M3 is utilized primarily outside the United States.

In addition, industry-specific applications, which Lawson offers can be found among equipment for construction and mining and teacher aids for school districts.

History

Lawson was founded in 1975. It has become a leading enterprise software company, over the last 30 years, with over 4,500 customers in 68 countries. It is different in the market by offering a unique application and capability for specific business sectors. Infor Global Solutions, in 2011, acquired Lawson Software.

Acquisition of Lawson by Infor

In April 2011, Infor acquired Lawson Software with an overarching deal nearing $2 billion in value. Infor’s president of products, Duncan Angove, said the purchase gives Infor a strategic opportunity to target small- and medium-sized manufacturers with this all-encompassing enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution.

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Lawson Financials

Lawson Financials’ core functionality combined with Infor’s unique presentation into the general ledger allows executives to manage the financial well-being of their organizations. Lawson Financials includes:

  • General Ledger
  • Accounts Receivable
  • Accounts Payable
  • Billing & Revenue
  • Fixed Asset Management
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Lawson Global Human Resources

Lawson Global Human Resources, also known as Human Capital Management (HCM), enables client organizations to manage personnel data representing the entire workforce. Lawson Global Human Resources includes:

  • Talent Recruiting
  • Human Resources
  • Employee Benefits
  • Payroll
  • Personnel Management
  • Learning Management
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Lawson Supply Chain Management

Lawson Supply Chain Management (SCM) provides a consolidated view of orders, shipments, and inventory. Client organizations benefit from functionality including:

  • Material and Service Requisition
  • Procurement
  • Inventory Control
  • Supplier Relationship Management
  • Supplier Contract Management
  • Recall Management