Lawson Expands Collaborative Commerce Suite

Joanna Doyle

Lawson Software (St. Paul, Minn.) has expanded its Collaborative Commerce Suite with the addition of six new e-commerce applications. The new products provide Web-enabled solutions in three categories—system-to-system, system-to-people and people-to-people.

Trade Communication Services and Payment Server Integrator are system-to-system tools that have been added to the application suite. Respectively, they provide cross-enterprise communication and data file transfer, and credit card payment processing functionality. In the system-to-people category, the Collaborative Commerce Suite now includes Lawson’s Auction System and Site Builder, a Web development and integration tool. Finally, Lawson has added its e-Resource Management and Mail Server people-to-people tools, which allow system administrators to collect centralized enterprise directory-type data, and to connect e-mail systems directly with the Lawson system.

The commerce application suite utilizes Lawson’s n-tier open component software architecture and metadata repository. It is designed to provide a comprehensive set of e-commerce solutions. The six new products join the existing Collaborative Commerce Suite applications: Lawson’s Business Component Integrator, Enterprise Workflow, Broadcast System and Imaging Integrator.

“Enterprise software vendors, like Lawson, have been able to grow and prosper in a demanding market by consistently delivering flexible architectures and advanced technology solutions that bring value to the enterprise,” says Sam Clark, senior research analyst at the META Group. “Lawson’s collaborative commerce applications leverage its architectural underpinnings in tandem with new technologies like SML and Java to better enable e-commerce and e-business processes. Lawson is building on its core transactional system to integrate the front-and back-office, assist stakeholders with access to enterprise information and help companies better tailor e-business solutions to fit their specific needs.”

Lawson’s complete Collaborative Commerce Suite is now shipping.

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