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Lawson Strengthens Technology Stack with IBM's Enterprise Service Bus

Expanded partnership simplifies application foundation for
enterprise services and business applications

ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 5, 2007--Lawson Software (Nasdaq:LWSN) and IBM announced today they have expanded their technology partnership by incorporating additional middleware from IBM, including IBM WebSphere Enterprise Service Bus, into Lawson System Foundation. The strengthened technology stack includes Lawson's own technology optimized to work with IBM's open, industry standards-based middleware. This solution provides a comprehensive service-oriented architecture (SOA)-based production and integration platform for global mid-market organizations as well as larger organizations desiring a simpler approach.

Lawson System Foundation offers more cost-effective and faster integration with enterprise applications and business processes in a service-oriented architecture. Lawson S3 System Foundation previously included IBM's leading WebSphere Application Server (WAS) ND, but has enhanced it with new, vertical scaling options. Like WAS, Tivoli Directory Server and DB2 database continue to be offered with Lawson S3 System Foundation. The latest version now includes IBM WebSphere(R) Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) for services connectivity and messaging, providing more simplicity and business flexibility than traditional enterprise application integration.

Using Lawson Process Flow Integrator with the Enterprise Service Bus to build and implement SOA applications, customers can more easily integrate heterogeneous business applications and automate business processes.

"As global business requirements become more complex, IT environments need to become simpler and more adaptable," said Dean Hager, senior vice president of product management, Lawson Software. "We're making it easier for our customers to deploy a service-oriented architecture that gives them business flexibility and automation. And our customers are responding. In fact, Lawson S3 System Foundation has been adopted faster than any previous technology offerings from Lawson. Since its launch in February 2006, more than 400 customers have licensed it."

For Lawson's services industry (S3) customers who have already licensed Lawson S3 System Foundation, Lawson will provide the additional products and capabilities as part of their current license for no additional charge. For S3 customers that have yet to license Lawson S3 System Foundation, promotional pricing is available until May 21, 2007.

All customers in Lawson's manufacturing and distribution (M3) industries that license the newly available Lawson M3 System Foundation will receive all of the Lawson M3 System Foundation runtime technology developed by Lawson as well as IBM WebSphere Application Server. Future releases of the Lawson M3 System Foundation may include additional, optional IBM components as they are optimized on Lawson M3 System Foundation.

"SOA is helping our customers drive the business flexibility and agility needed to help reach business goals," said Sandy Carter, vice president, IBM WebSphere and SOA. "Working with partners like Lawson helps us provide mid-market and large companies with a complete SOA foundation needed to accomplish this while reusing existing IT assets and lowering total cost of ownership."

About Lawson Software

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

Forward-Looking Statements

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.

CONTACT: Lawson Software
U.S. Media:
Joe Thornton, 651-767-6154
Europe Media:
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Australia/New Zealand and Asia Media:
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SOURCE: Lawson Software