Lawson Release 9 provides SOA to unite Landmark apps with IBM’s middleware platform
By ADT Staff
Lawson Software today announced Lawson Release 9, which includes Lawson's new
technology layer, enhanced business apps, strengthened business intelligence
capabilities and enhanced business process management tools. Lawson Release
9 lays the foundation for a service-oriented architecture and prepares customers
for Lawson's next-generation Landmark applications, according to a company statement.
The new release unites a number of Lawson tools under a single version, optimized
on IBM's WebSphere, DB2 Universal Database and Tivoli software. The company
touts cross-version compatibility for a rapid, low-cost and non-disruptive upgrade
similar to a technology refresh.
Lawson System Foundation 9 (LSF 9) enables users to implement a variety of
Lawson’s business management tools whose capabilities include workflow
trend and supply chain management, capital efficiency management and fraud prevention.
Lawson will also be adding new functionality designed primarily to facilitate
compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley standards.
"Lawson has delivered an impressive package to the market, giving customers
like us a clear path to an SOA future," says Sonia Burgin, project manager
for Buncombe County, N.C., an early adopter of Lawson Release 9. "Lawson
Release 9 helps us reduce IT complexity while giving us the flexibility we need
to rapidly respond to changing needs."
The company expects to have the first product based on Landmark in the first
half of 2006. With LSF 9’s SOA foundation in place, the company ultimately
aims for the conversion of customers' current Lawson business applications to
Landmark-based applications as they become available, Lawson says.