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ERP Vendor Lawson Software Extends to IBM's DB2 Universal Database

Written By: M. Reed
Published On: January 10 2000

Event Summary

"ST. PAUL, Dec. 28, 1999 - Lawson Software, the only provider of Self-Evident Applications (SEA) for e-business, today announced the complete delivery of its enterprise software applications with IBM's DB2 Universal Database. This full integration availability extends Lawson's support of the IBM DB2 Universal Database to encompass IBM Netfinity, RS/6000 and S/390 servers. Support for IBM DB2 on Hewlett Packard and Sun Microsystems server platforms is scheduled for May 2000. Customers gain the widest possible choice of hardware platforms when using IBM DB2 with Lawson solutions, and can leverage their existing mainframe or client/server infrastructures as significant components of their e-business strategies."

"The combination of Lawson Software and IBM DB2 Universal Database provides our customers with a competitive means to achieve their e-business goals," said Jim Kelly, vice president, Marketing, IBM Data Management Solutions. "In the arena of e-business, speed is a distinct competitive advantage, and companies need a highly-scaleable, available and extensible database to power their growing e-business application needs. Lawson Software, powered by DB2 Universal Database, is positioned to help dynamic organizations move their business onto the Web and into the future."

"The increased platform support gained through integration with DB2 lets us offer customers greater flexibility in deploying Lawson solutions to achieve their e-commerce and e-business goals," said Dean Hager, vice president, e-Business Marketing, Lawson Software. "Lawson gains a significant new market opportunity in the DB2 customer base, and IBM garners more opportunities to partner in Lawson engagements. All of the stakeholders in this initiative are winners."

Red Herring magazine names Lawson "the strongest private ERP Company" and lists Lawson among the world's top 50 private companies.

Market Impact

With the recent defection of SAP AG and Siebel (See TEC News Analysis article: "Oracle gets SAP'ed by IBM" December 8, 1999), to the IBM DB2 Universal Database platform as their preferred back-end database, IBM is making strong strides in making themselves the preferred database for many vendor's ERP solutions. As they continue to take business away from Oracle, whom many firms are annoyed with for competing with them directly in the applications space (they are currently rated the number two ERP vendor), IBM's momentum will likely continue.

User Recommendations

Customers should consider IBM DB2 Universal Database as a potential platform for any ERP solutions they may examine. ERP vendors should be strongly questioned if they lack support for IBM's database solution. The wide variety of platforms on which DB2 UDB runs is a strong factor on which to give IBM additional consideration, as is their current financial success and long-standing renown for technological prowess.

 
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