Ahmad Ludin

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Vendor Profile: Lawson

In Uncategorized on June 30, 2009 at 8:48 PM

Lawson has been in the HCM space for quite a while with a number of different customers. Lawson is consistently building on new products in the HCM space.

Product lines:

  • M3 Line: Products for companies who have Make, Move and Maintain processes
  • S3 Line: Products for companies in service industries

HCM Modules :

  • Lawson Talent Management
  • Lawson Human Resources Management
  • Lawson Workforce Management

Lawson Talent Management is in early stages and would be interesting to see what they can offer

Website: www.lawson.com

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Competition for the HCM Customers

In Uncategorized on June 26, 2009 at 8:22 PM
Let’s face it;  the basis of todays economy is competition. The result of the competitive forces is better products and services in the form of value to the customer. Micheal Porter, the Harvard University professor who studies competition, defines value as
Value is the ability to meet or exceed the needs of customers, and do so efficiently.
SAP is facing alot of competition in the Human Capital Management area; more specifically in the talent management realm and in the way software is delivered to the customers. Recently, Siemens AG picked SuccessFactors for their global talent management inititive. This is the largest client for the SuccessFactors; more interesting is the fact that Siemens AG have been big SAP Shop. One wonders why Siemens did not stay with SAP and chose another vendor that deploys the softwars in the clouds as a service. I believe the answer to this is:
  1. The Software as a service (SaaS) model is more attractive to not only small but large and complex enterprises as well
  2. The best of bread web based vendors are providing a good balance of form and function,  in other words user friendliness is not sacrificed at the expense of rich and indepth functionality.
  3. Total Cost of Ownership as a value to the customer is more important than ever before and SaaS vendors are addressing this in a much better way than the traditional software players.

As Thomas Otter noted in his blog,  “no vendor likes to lose at home“, this pace of competition is a good news for HCM customers and it will be interesting to see what SAP and others will do in response.