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Lawson Delivers IBM DB2 Universal Database Integration.

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ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 28, 1999

Extends Lawson e-Business Advantages to Additional Hardware Platforms

Lawson Software, the only provider of Self-Evident Applications(TM) (SEA) for e-business, today announced the complete delivery of its enterprise software applications with IBM's DB2 Universal Database. This full integration availability extends Lawson's support of the IBM DB2 Universal Database to encompass IBM Netfinity, RS/6000 and S/390 servers. Support for IBM DB2 on Hewlett Packard and Sun Microsystems server platforms is scheduled for May 2000. Customers gain the widest possible choice of hardware platforms when using IBM DB2 with Lawson solutions, and can leverage their existing mainframe or client/server infrastructures as significant components of their e-business strategies.

Lawson's Web-based enterprise software applications address the specific information needs of executives, managers, knowledge workers and information technology professionals by employing Lawson's role-based Self-Evident Applications. Lawson offers fully integrated e-business solutions for enterprise value management, including Financial Performance Management, the Analytic Suite and Customer Relationship Management. Transactional process suites for automating and managing core business processes include Enterprise Budgeting, Financials, Human Resources, Procurement, Supply Chain and Collaborative Commerce.

In addition, Lawson offers Open Component Solutions, which leverage industry standard development environments for faster application deployment, simpler front- to back-office integration and easier customization. Lawson also markets ijob, a Web-based, outsourced solution for job candidate recruitment and screening.

"The combination of Lawson Software and IBM DB2 Universal Database provides our customers with a competitive means to achieve their e-business goals," said Jim Kelly, vice president, Marketing, IBM Data Management Solutions. "In the arena of e-business, speed is a distinct competitive advantage, and companies need a highly-scaleable, available and extensible database to power their growing e-business application needs. Lawson Software, powered by DB2 Universal Database, is positioned to help dynamic organizations move their business onto the Web and into the future."

"The increased platform support gained through integration with DB2 lets us offer customers greater flexibility in deploying Lawson solutions to achieve their e-commerce and e-business goals," said Dean Hager, vice president, e-Business Marketing, Lawson Software. "Lawson gains a significant new market opportunity in the DB2 customer base, and IBM garners more opportunities to partner in Lawson engagements. All of the stakeholders in this initiative are winners."

Shared Medical Systems Corporation (SMS) (NYSE: SMS), Malvern, Penn., the health industry's network computing leader, entered into a strategic partnership with Lawson in 1998. As part of the agreement, SMS sells, installs and supports the full line of Lawson Financials, Human Resources and Procurement applications in conjunction with the SMS NOVIUS(R) family of integrated health information applications. SMS maintains one of the world's largest installations of IBM S/390 enterprise servers and uses DB2 extensively in its Information Services Center (ISC), which provides application hosting and remote data processing services to over 1,000 health organizations.

"We are very pleased to be deploying Lawson applications on DB2," said John Kijewski, vice president, Data Center Systems and Operations, SMS. "The stability and scalability of Lawson applications on DB2 is impressive, and the more we see it perform, the more confident we are that it will prove to be a very successful platform."

As the foundation for e-business, DB2 Universal Database is the industry's first multimedia, Web-ready relational database management system, strong enough to meet the demands of large corporations and flexible enough to serve medium-sized and small businesses. DB2 Universal Database combines power for business intelligence (data warehousing and data mining) with industry-leading performance and reliability to drive the most demanding industry solutions. DB2 Universal Database together with Internet technology makes information easily accessible, available and secure. With more than one million DB2 server licenses and 40 million users, IBM is the marketshare leader in the worldwide database industry according to Dataquest, Inc., a unit of GartnerGroup, Inc. Additional information on IBM data management can be found at http://www.software.ibm.com/data.

Lawson Software, a $270 million provider of Self-Evident Applications(TM) (SEA) for e-business, offers role-based Web solutions for financials, human resources, procurement, supply chain, performance management and customer relationship management. With 2,800 mid- to large-sized corporate customers, Lawson has distinguished itself competitively through a unique blend of feature-rich customer solutions, technology innovation and user-friendly support. Lawson Software has been acclaimed by technology analysts for its innovative and unique use of leading-edge technologies, like Self-Evident Applications(TM) (SEA) on the Web, and Drill Around(TM) for integrated, cross-application data access.

Red Herring magazine names Lawson "the strongest private ERP company" and lists Lawson among the world's top 50 private companies. The Information Technology Association of America asserts Lawson is the first to be certified for Year 2000 compliance. Says the Meta Group, "Lawson gives its customers quantified savings by aiming their technology at saving corporations on overhead...a rare thing in the client/server world." Offering enterprise software solutions for UNIX, NT and AS/400 platforms, Lawson has 28 offices and affiliates serving 36 countries worldwide and a 96 percent client retention over five years. The company is headquartered in St. Paul and London. Additional information about Lawson Software is available on the company's Web site, http://www.lawson.com, or by calling (800) 477-1357, ext. 100.

Lawson and LAWSON INSIGHT are registered trademarks of Lawson Software. Other company and product names are the trademarks of their respective companies.
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