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Corporate Espionage

A couple weeks ago I attended the Lawson Mega User Group (MUG) conference in Indianapolis. This conference included Lawson users and vendors for both the Lawson Great Lakes User Group (LGUG) and Lawson Mid-America User Group (LMAUG).

The keynote speakers were Lawson executives speaking about the new international corporate structure. Lawson acquired Intentia International, an ERP solution provider based in Stockholm, Sweden late last year. Their combined enterprises launch Lawson into the number three spot for ERP solution providers, behind SAP and Oracle.

Many of my customers utilize Lawson for their ERP solutions. Next year I will most likely be an official vendor for a few user group events. This year I spent a lot of time researching my competition in the document imaging arena.

I have to admit, I felt like I was engaging in pure corporate espionage. In my defense, I was very up-front with all the other vendors. There were two heavy-hitters in the imaging market: ImageNow and BasWare.

ImageNow has been a partner with Lawson for many years. They provide a solution to seamlessly integrate document imaging with Lawson. They appear to be a good solution for companies looking only for document imaging solutions.

BasWare, on the other hand, has a focus on automating the accounts payable processing of vendor invoices. They do not have an integrated retrieval solution for Lawson. In other words, a user will have to user a separate application to view a document.

I would consider DocEdge closer to BasWare than ImageNow. However, this gives me a lot to think when designing the next round of feature enhancements. A solution that provides integrated document imaging and AP automation would be received very well by the user community.

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  1. November 9, 2006 at 3:55 pm

    Do you know when this event will be hosted next year and is there an easy way to register? We would consider attending.

  2. November 9, 2006 at 7:21 pm

    I found out about the conference through the LGLUG website. (There is a link to it in the post) They have not updated their website with next years information.

    As for location, they seem to alternate between Indy and Chicago. So, next year should be in Chicago.

  3. November 10, 2006 at 6:07 pm

    BasWare provides a complete end-to-end solution solution not only for invoice automation but for the entire purchase to pay process.

    Viewing and retrieving documents, images, invoices, etc. is seamlessly integrated with Lawson and NO separate application is required to view these documents. BasWare also has interfaces to over 100 other ERP and accounting systems.

    BasWare’s solution encompasses all aspects of Invoice Automation including capture, business process, reporting and archiving.

    More information on BasWare can be found at http://www.basware.com.

  4. November 10, 2006 at 8:54 pm

    Thanks for the reply BasWare. The demo we saw during the seminar did not how an image could be viewed from a Lawson screen. (ImageNow places a huge emphasis on this feature.)

    During the demonstration the presenter searched for documents from a separate BasWare search application. He found documents by searching for index fields. Are you able to place a link to associated documents on Lawson portal and lid screens? In other words, can a user in a Lawson application gain single-click access to a document?

    I reviewed your website and was unable to find any information about how BasWare integrates with Lawson. A search from your home page for “Lawson” returns no results.

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