On January 17, Lawson Software announced new comparative sales analyzer capabilities within its advanced suite of retail analytic applications. Comparative (comp) sales functionality, available in Lawson release 7.3.2 scheduled for the Fall of 2000, enables retailers to easily maintain, analyze and report on comparative sales and other key business metrics.
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against the largest ERP vendors is on track, one should not discount fierce competition from its larger competitors, like SAP, Oracle, PeopleSoft, and J.D. Edwards. These vendors, while possibly inferior regarding retail industry focus, will either try to influence customers purchase decisions by offering their more holistic product portfolios (including CRM modules, where Lawson is currently late-to-market) or instilling FUD (fear, uncertainty, doubt) in more conservative CFOs who may cast a wary eye on