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5 responses to “Lawson Software — A Very Sad Ending”

  1. Welcome to CloudAve – and Thank You, Harry

    […] Lawson Software — A Very Sad Ending.  The whole post is worth reading, let me just quote the “money line”: …I believed strongly that Mr. Debes’ (Lawson’s CEO) wrong-headed stand against true SaaS was a major detriment to his firm’s having an independent future.   And now it’s all coming home to roost. […]

  2. Chris Runciman

    I believe that you have your assessment wrong with respect to Debes take on SAAS because you are looking through the much too narrow lens of HRM. Lawson is a much bigger play than HRM.

    In the ERP space Lawson has the strongest strategic vision of the two companies. They have been executing a very clear strategy around their ERP business. They have SaaS based offerings for the applications that make sense to be SAAS for example their Enwisen product (Part of their HRM portfolio). They have a credible cloud-based ERP offering too on both S3 and M3 ERP applications. Infor would be fools to mess with the roadmap that Lawson have real momentum around. I believe that a Lawson purchase by Infor is a wise move as it provides Infor with an excellent technology platform for their tired applications.

    If you look at Lawson’s share price over the last three years there has been real growth due to the work that Harry Debes and the company have been putting in. It is clear that they have their admirers at Infor so I expect that Lawson’s future will be bright under any acquirer.

  3. Sittichai

    I Lawson ERP


    This is just a very honest opinion. LAWSON is just showing how they really treat clients, business partners, the like and its manpower. Whatever the business area is (HRM, ERP, etc). Don’t blame it on anything else when you change plans and lower down your manpower….. no qouting whatsoever but they usually or most of the time, early on hire experienced guys, get all the projects needed. Eventually let them train newbies as in new hires.
    Then when a project in some global areas does not materialize as they expect they immediately recourse to lower manpower. Or they did not resulted to what they expected. Whatever happened to the big guys they are the ones to stay and shift to another strategic business plans. How would you now properly support your clients in this case, right?
    Just keep in mind that you are not the only Product Development company in the whole world. Better think about investing more on the abilities of your current manpower. 🙂 May it be HRM/ERP, etc. Lawson just read between the LINES…..SIMPLER is BETTER!!!! …… EARNING IS BETTER!!!!!! …. and earning much more by cutting manpower is SIMPLER AND BETTER!!!! 🙂 PEACE!!!!
    no grudge or anything but it is confirmed LAWSON is far worse than other companies in terms of mass layoff…. and funny thing is they even try to contact previous employees to be RE-HIRED? 🙂 WOW!!!! what strategic business plans indeed 🙂


    Good thing it was already acquired by another bigger company. Seems from the start its supposed to be that way, like with other ERPs. In this game the companies gets killed eventually by the bigger ones. Hope their business strategies change for the better no more mass lay-offs hehehe. Maybe this time around try starting off with streamlining also the big guys 🙂 not always the lower ones 🙂 PEACE