Lawson Software sees big pickup for QuickStep ERP packages
By pre-configuring approximately 70 percent to 90 percent of the key business processes required by specific industries, Lawson QuickStep enterprise software packages help customers reduce the time, cost, and risks typically associated with normal enterprise systems implementations.
Lawson QuickStep solutions combine industry-specific content with built-in business best practices and the Lawson Stepwise implementation methodology. By pre-configuring approximately 70 percent to 90 percent of the key business processes required by specific industries, the enterprise software packages help customers reduce the time, cost, and risks typically associated with an enterprise software implementation.Since November 2006, Lawson has introduced five industry-specific QuickStep offerings. Monkhill Confectionery , a division of Cadbury Trebor Bassett , chose Lawson QuickStep Food and Beverage to speed deployment of a flexible business system capable of supporting its complex operations.“Lawson QuickStep was chosen for three reasons: a clear product development life cycle, a low-risk implementation approach, and the fact that Lawson uses industry-standard technology,” says Simon Barber, financial director for Monkhill Confectionery. “A business can take that pre-configured solution and slot it into its business, and it can work from day one. Having done several ERP implementations in the past 10 years, I believe Lawson’s has been more cost-effective and faster than any of the previous implementations. The proof is in the pudding.” NetCacao , a specialist in chocolate production in a site near Marseille, France, implemented Lawson QuickStep Food and Beverage in mid-2006 because its legacy business system could no longer support its growing operations. To achieve its aggressive production goals, NetCacao needed to quickly implement an enterprise software solution to help it more efficiently track and manage high-volume production workflows while interfacing with the company’s machine control systems.“Some of our managers were already familiar with Lawson and knew that the QuickStep solution would meet our needs,” said Jerome Charpentier, assistant general manager of NetCacao. “ SAP , which we had been considering for some time, appeared to be oversized.”“Our Stepwise implementation methodology helps organizations take a more strategic approach to managing their core business systems,” says Jim Anderson, executive VP of global services for Lawson. “By simplifying the software implementation process, we’re enabling customers to achieve business results faster while gaining the rich functionality and flexibility they need long term.”