Lawson antes up top benefits per dollar for midsize manufacturers

For the money, Lawson Software comes out on top as a provider of business performance improvement. Compared to five other ERP vendors, and based on a survey of 645 midsize manufacturing companies, Boston-based Aberdeen Group ranks cites Lawson for more measurable business improvement given the same investment in software and associated professional services over QAD, Epicor, SAP, Oracle, and I...
By Staff October 1, 2007

For the money, Lawson Software comes out on top as a provider of business performance improvement.

Compared to five other ERP vendors, and based on a survey of 645 midsize manufacturing companies, Boston-based Aberdeen Group ranks cites Lawson for more measurable business improvement given the same investment in software and associated professional services over QAD, Epicor, SAP, Oracle, and Infor.

The report, The Total Cost of ERP Ownership in Midsize Companies , offers these comparisons:

  • Lawson delivered an average 22.9-percent improvement in manufacturing process performance—better than the other five vendors. This includes an average 25-percent reduction in inventory costs, 28.8-percent improvement in complete and on-time shipments, and 18.1-percent reduction in manufacturing operational costs.

  • In contrast, Oracle averaged a 13.2-percent improvement in performance, and SAP a 15.6-percent improvement.

  • Each percentage point improvement in performance cost Lawson’s midmarket customers $516 per user, versus SAP’s cost of $969 per user, and Oracle’s cost of $1,791 per user—88 percent and nearly three times more expensive respectively. Lawson also is significantly less expensive than the other two ERP vendors included in the study.

  • Lawson delivered an average 21.4-percent reduction in administrative costs and a 21.3-percent reduction in manufacturing schedule compliance—both significantly better than the other five vendors studied.

About the studies:

Aberdeen’s results are based on a survey of 645 manufacturing companies with annual revenues between $50 million and $1 billion. The firm selected vendors for the two reports— The Total Cost of ERP Ownership in Midsize Companies and The Cost of ERP Functionality —based on the sample size available from its pool of survey respondents. Samples per vendor ranged from 41 to 275. If a sample size was less than 100, vendors were only included in the study if responses were uniform and consistent.