Lawson Software wants to bring a little law and order to business management. The company makes enterprise resource planning software for the health care, professional services, retail, public sector, telecom, and other industries. Its applications are used to automate such functions as distribution, procurement, human resources, customer service, professional services automation, and accounting. Lawson also offers consulting, implementation, and maintenance services. The company markets its products and services worldwide from offices in more than two dozen countries. Lawson was acquired by rival Infor and its owner, investment firm Golden Gate Capital, for about $2 billion in 2011.
Infor acquired more than 25 other software vendors between its founding in 2002 and the acquisition of Lawson. The company combined Lawson with SoftBrands, a Golden Gate Capital affiliate, to better facilitate product integration and provide product cross-selling, marketing, and distribution opportunities between Lawson/SoftBrands and Infor.
Lawson does about 60% of its business in the Americas, but it has made efforts in recent years to expand its international presence. In 2010 the company acquired Healthvision Solutions for $160 million in cash. The company saw Healthvision's Cloverleaf software integration technology for health care IT as a key element in making electronic medical data easier and quicker to access -- saving costs, which is an important consideration in health care reform in the US. One-quarter of Healthvision's customers were also clients of Lawson, while Cloverleaf was used by about one-third of all North American hospitals.
The next year Lawson bought California-based human resource software-as-a-service (SaaS) provider and partner Enwisen for about $70 million in cash in order to expand its line of human resources products, as well as its customer base. It purchased enterprise governance, risk, and compliance software company Approva to add controls monitoring capabilities that were incorporated into both its and parent Infor's financial applications.
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