Lawson Puts Full-Function ERP in Amazon Web Services Cloud

03/31/2010

Lawson Software announced that starting in May 2010 it will offer its core Lawson Enterprise Management Systems and Lawson Talent Management suite powered by the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) infrastructure.



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The products will be included in the Lawson External Cloud Services offering, which is part of the company's new Lawson Cloud Services portfolio.

Lawson External Cloud Services is ideal for midsize companies and organizations looking for a more affordable, flexible and agile deployment option for full-function enterprise software. By using Amazon EC2, Lawson can provide the benefits of full-function enterprise software faster than ever before. In addition, the security, reliability and massive computing capacity of Amazon EC2 can provide Lawson's customers with a world-class, yet highly affordable infrastructure.

Lawson External Cloud Services also features Lawson Test Drive, which begins to change the way Lawson demonstrates its products and how customers purchase ERP software. Lawson Test Drive allows Lawson customers to test real products for up to 14 days using their own business processes and data before committing to the actual software purchase. Lawson Test Drive increases enterprise customers' confidence that a demonstrated product will match the eventual installed product. Lawson Test Drive is being launched with two of Lawson's newest, most innovative products: Lawson S3-directed Lawson Smart Office and Lawson Enterprise Search.

"Lawson External Cloud Services can help make the customer's total ERP experience simpler, faster and better," said Jeff Comport, Lawson senior vice president of product management. "We are making it easier for our customers to license, use, keep current, and even pay for Lawson full-function enterprise software. This should be great news for CFOs and CIOs who worry about lengthy and complex on-premise installations, the cost and inefficiency of their data centers, the best way to allocate IT staff, and the complexity and difficulty of maintaining software versions and upgrades."

Lawson External Cloud Services can automate the provisioning or set up of additional software instances, meaning that organizations can configure their environment capacity to meet peak transactional demands or to increase system size to accommodate users brought on, for example, by an acquisition or merger. Customers can also request temporary instances to test a new system before going live or even prototype new business processes to determine potential business impact.

A subscription pricing option is also available for customers who choose to run new Lawson products available through Lawson External Cloud Services offerings on AWS. Lawson Flexible Subscription also allows the customer to convert the subscription license to a perpetual license at the end of the subscription contract. Customers can choose the deployment model and licensing option that best meets their needs and budgets, and Lawson will host, manage and maintain the software for customers using AWS.

Lawson External Cloud Services features three Lawson flagship product lines -- Lawson S3 Enterprise Management System, Lawson M3 Enterprise Management System and Lawson Talent Management. Lawson Talent Management is focused on human resource organizations, providing them with valuable insight into workforce data. It helps organizations and employees derive greater value through performance management and performance reviews by delivering actionable information about employees linked directly to business strategies.

By using AWS, Lawson is able to offer its customers ownership and control of their software. Lawson customers share Amazon EC2 infrastructure to drive down costs but are not forced to share their software with other customers. Lawson External Cloud Services will allow customers to choose a level of customization that best meets their needs. This flexibility preserves what is unique to a customer's business or organization. AWS offers Lawson computing capacity that scales to Lawson's overall demand and, as a result, customers pay only for what they use.

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