Lawson Technology Review
Lawson’s payroll system, as part of its broader HCM software, is largely neutral when it comes to database and operating system. It supports Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle and IBM DB2 databases, and several OSs and can be deployed on-premises or as a managed or hosted solution. The Lawson drive to stay at the front edge of technology trends has led to the development and use of open, standards-based (TCP/IP, HTTP, Java, HTML, XML, and SOAP) software and despite the fact that some of the company’s technology is actually outdated – such as the largely COBOL-based S3 line - the current platform (Lawson System Foundation) adds IBM middleware to that technology to produce a solution that preserves hardware platform choice and provides a solid base for next-generation Lawson applications.
The company's latest technology environment is Lawson Landmark. Utilizing Java-based code, Landmark offers a backbone of J2EE-compliant Web services for SOAs running on industry-standard platforms, such as IBM WebSphere. This new environment will enable Lawson to rapidly develop new services – not least due its support for key standards such as WSDL, XML, and SOAP - without a prolonged period of product. At the same time, Landmark will be an enabler for those clients and users wishing to incorporate Lawson applications and components into new composite systems.
Lawson System Integration Capabilities
For integration purposes, Lawson’s ProcessFlow Integrator is available as part of both the S3 and M3 Enterprise Management Systems, allowing customers to automate manual processes and create their own electronic workflows. What’s more, with a graphical user interface (including drag and drop functionality) the ProcessFlow Designer component provides easy adjustment of those processes requiring neither custom coding nor familiarity with programming languages. By leveraging IBM’s WebSphere Transformation Extender, the ProcessFlow Integrator simplifies integration of Lawson applications with third party and legacy systems by effectively "unlocking" the data from its resident location and facilitating its use by another application.
Lawson Software Customization Capabilities
When it comes to user customization of the Lawson payroll application, the HCM system offers a number of entry points.
- For users wishing to customize their desktop, Smart Office permits the personalization of information workspaces by combining MS Office tools with workflow, BI, and applications.
- Taking personalization a step further, the Lawson Mashup Designer enables the combination of business application screens with external content to structure horizontal process-oriented views. (Again, this point-and-click tool does its job without the necessity of programming skills on the part of the user).
- Application data from disparate sources can be mixed to create new applications, such as forms, list views, reports, visualizations, process flow triggers, user interface components and web applications.
- For ultimate customization ease (at the expense of a unique identity), Lawson also provides industry-specific QuickStep solutions – pre-configured setups designed to comply with best practices within a given industry and probably more suitable for client organizations needing little in the way of bespoke modifications.
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