Lawson, M3, and Infor: The Road Ahead
The two companies announced last week that the growth of the M3 product line is vital for Lawson’s growth. The development teams will focus on bolstering three key areas of value:
- User experience
A Hopeful Future
“We are truly looking to bring the best of both companies to provide immediate value to M3 customers.One example is the user experience with the Lawson Smart Office and Infor Workspace products. We see Lawson Smart Office as ideal for the power users within an organization, while Infor Workspace is great for the day-to-day workplace user. We are also looking to bring Lawson’s mashup designer capabilities and Lawson Enterprise Search into Infor Workspace.”
“Over the past five years, the Global Association of M3 User Groups (GAM3) has witnessed significant improvements in the functionality and technical advances, such as Smart Office and Enterprise Search, to the Java-based M3 ERP software. Following the acquisition of Lawson, GAM3 anticipates that these advances will continue and will accelerate to the benefit of M3 customers, both existing and new.”
Development in Depth
Woodie also noted how Lawson customers would benefit from the development plans. Smart Office, a framework that lets users access Lawson offerings from Microsoft Office applications and an expanded Enterprise Search capability will be coming to Lawson’s customers. The Mashup Designer, a composite application builder, will also be coming to Lawson customers.
The reporter also pondered on the still hazy areas of the acquisition:
“There are a number of unanswered questions at this point regarding the integration of Lawson into Infor, including how M3 will play in Infor’s Flex upgrade program. Other areas that will need fleshing out include: whether there will be cuts to the Swedish development team; which company’s business intelligence strategy to put forward; whether there will be changes to M3 maintenance fees; and the future of the company’s respective cloud offerings.”
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