CRM Maker Infor Acquires Lawson Software

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-04-26 Print this article Print

The combined suite of Infor and Lawson software applications will create a new set of industry-specific tools that will serve an installed base of about 75,000 enterprises worldwide.

Infor, which makes enterprise resource planning, customer resource and other management software, announced April 26 that it is acquiring Lawson Software.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Infor, whose CEO, Charles Phillips, formerly was president of Oracle, is handling the transaction with the help of a holding company, GGC Software Holdings.

Infor produces on-premises management and production software  for manufacturing, supply chain, product lifecycle, workforce and asset management. Lawson makes enterprise financial and human resources software for improvement of business process flows that can be deployed on-premises and in the cloud.

Lawson's customers are mostly in verticals such as manufacturing, health care, distribution, public sector and hospitality.

Following completion of the transaction, the combined suite of Infor and Lawson software applications will create a new set of industry-specific tools that will serve an installed base of about 75,000 enterprises worldwide, Infor said. The tools will use a single sign-on, and have common look and feel and "seamless navigation across composite applications deployed on-premise and in the cloud," Infor said.

"After the transaction closes, we plan to integrate many of the applications facilitated by a standards-based approach, and by the fact that both companies' applications are already service-enabled," Phillips said.

Phillips said Infor has a "long list of ideas on how to improve the customer experience and deliver value through a singular focus on enterprise applications, accelerated investment and a strong incentive to challenge convention."

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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