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Lawson introduces Lawson QuickStep Healthcare to help Accelerate ERP Implementations and Deliver Fast ROI

  • 02 June, 2007 15:33

<p>Rapid deployment and pre-configured business processes make Lawson QuickStep Healthcare particularly appealing to community hospitals</p>
<p>ST. PAUL, Minn., May 2007 – Lawson Software (Nasdaq: LWSN) today announced the general availability of Lawson QuickStep Healthcare, a pre-configured ERP application package that delivers full-feature, rich functionality enterprise software solutions designed to help healthcare providers achieve faster business results. The application suite is configured to address the key business processes for today’s hospitals, integrating human resources, finance and supply chain management solutions.</p>
<p>QuickStep Healthcare combines Lawson’s healthcare-specific content with built-in business best practices based on the company’s deep knowledge of the healthcare industry and its proven implementation methodology.</p>
<p>This solution will help reduce the time, cost and risks typically associated with an ERP software implementation by pre-configuring approximately 70 to 90 percent of the key business processes required by healthcare organizations. Because it is pre-configured around these core business processes, QuickStep Healthcare is suited for community hospitals, while being scalable to meet the needs of multi-facility healthcare organizations.</p>
<p>Lawson QuickStep Healthcare delivers greater visibility into organization-wide information and includes Lawson Business Intelligence, delivering true operational business intelligence capabilities from the start. With the inclusion of Lawson Business Intelligence, QuickStep Healthcare delivers 11 role-based dashboards that focus on key business processes to help improve management of human resources, supply chain and finance activities.</p>
<p>The new solution helps Lawson customers address healthcare-specific business challenges, such as:</p>
<p>* Optimizing inventory levels to help ensure supplies are available when and where they are needed while minimizing capital funds tied up in inventory,</p>
<p>* Processing new hires, creating HR management reports, and administering benefits and employee absence plans,</p>
<p>* Establishing better supply chain visibility to manage vendor agreements and provide materials managers with information to facilitate timely decision-making,</p>
<p>* Helping minimize time and cost needed to implement new technology so healthcare organizations can focus scarce resources on patient care,</p>
<p>* Keeping track of financial information to meet compliance needs,</p>
<p>* Establishing a single, up-to-date source of information.</p>
<p>“In our research among community hospitals, customers and prospects told us they want healthcare-specific business applications that offer rich functionality, yet are simple to implement and use,” said Steffan Haithcox, healthcare strategy director, Lawson Software. “Based on our industry expertise and best practices from past client implementations, we tailored QuickStep Healthcare to directly address those needs.”</p>
<p>Lawson is continuing along its stated path for rolling out QuickStep applications for many of the industries the company serves. Lawson previously introduced QuickStep Food &amp; Beverage, in November 2006, followed by QuickStep Fashion in January 2007 and QuickStep Distribution in May. Industry analyst firm ARC Advisory Group reviewed Lawson’s initial QuickStep solution and identified key benefits for Lawson customers.</p>
<p>“The deployment of pre-packaged vertical industry solutions can be extremely cost effective and rewarding, since faster implementation also implies quicker benefits and faster payback,” said Houghton LeRoy, senior analyst - enterprise software, ARC Advisory Group. “Lawson’s QuickStep solutions permit customers to rapidly implement a pre-configured ERP solution using proven best practices to manage operations and customers. Longer term optimization of these requirements can then be accomplished through a good continuous improvement strategy.”</p>
<p>Lawson serves more than 500 healthcare industry clients representing more than 4,500 facilities, including eight of the top 10 integrated delivery networks. The company also serves managed care systems, academic medical centers, hospitals, clinics, physician group practices, home healthcare, long-term care and other health services enterprises. Lawson solutions help healthcare organizations manage their business so they can focus on their patients, automate and streamline materials management for a better bottom line, and overcome the challenges of the labor shortage.</p>
<p>About Lawson Software</p>
<p>Lawson Software provides software and service solutions to 4,000 customers in manufacturing, distribution, maintenance and service sector industries across 40 countries. Lawson’s solutions include Enterprise Performance Management, Supply Chain Management, Enterprise Resource Planning, Customer Relationship Management, Manufacturing Resource Planning, Enterprise Asset Management and industry-tailored applications. Lawson solutions assist customers in simplifying their businesses or organizations by helping them streamline processes, reduce costs and enhance business or operational performance. Lawson is headquartered in St. Paul, Minn., and has offices around the world. Visit Lawson online at</p>
<p>Forward-Looking Statements</p>
<p>This press release contains forward-looking statements that contain risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements contain statements of intent, belief or current expectations of Lawson Software and its management. Such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future results and involve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from the potential results discussed in the forward-looking statements. The company is not obligated to update forward-looking statements based on circumstances or events that occur in the future. Risks and uncertainties that may cause such differences include but are not limited to: uncertainties in Lawson’s ability to realize synergies and revenue opportunities anticipated from the Intentia International acquisition; uncertainties in the software industry; uncertainties as to when and whether the conditions for the recognition of deferred revenue will be satisfied; global military conflicts; terrorist attacks; pandemics, and any future events in response to these developments; changes in conditions in the company's targeted industries; increased competition and other risk factors listed in the company's most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Lawson assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking information contained in this press release.</p>

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