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Date Posted: 5/18/2011

PDS Tech Goes Live with Lawson Cloud Services

Top-five engineering staffing firm moves to latest Lawson applications and technology in its shift to Cloud computing
ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Lawson Software (Nasdaq: LWSN) today announced that PDS Tech, Inc., the fourth-largest engineering staffing firm in the United States, is now live on all of its Lawson enterprise applications on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). The company took advantage of Lawson’s Cloud migration offer for existing customers. PDS Tech completed the move from its on-premises data center to Amazon Web Services in early May 2011.

Dallas-based PDS Tech fills more than 10,000 staffing requests per year in the areas of Aerospace and Defense engineering, CAD/CAM engineering and IT staffing and project support. The company uses Lawson enterprise applications to help automate many of its financial, human resources and payroll processes. It also uses Lawson Employee and Manager Self Service to help support more than 3,500 employees.

PDS Tech’s move to Lawson Cloud Services is part of a comprehensive strategy to move all applications, including e-mail, business productivity tools and desktop virtualization off-premises. The company is seeking the advantages of the scale, value, reliability and availability of the Cloud.

“Our objective is to outsource our IT infrastructure and application maintenance, and focus our internal expertise on optimizing our business processes,” said Cash Nickerson, CFO and president of PDS Tech. “By using Lawson Cloud Services for our core business applications, we free up our IT staff to execute on the next major area of focus – evaluating and automating business processes. Our people can use their expertise and creativity to deliver greater business value for our company because Lawson and Amazon Web Services are there for the applications and Cloud infrastructure.”

PDS Tech began its move to the Cloud because many of its business applications and hardware were approaching end of life. PDS began testing its Lawson applications in the Cloud in January. The company then completed its move to Amazon EC2 after three rounds of testing – all of which was completed ahead of the planned schedule.

“We were extremely pleased with the ease with which the migration process went. We were actually ready for go-live weeks before our scheduled live date,” stated Matt Hahn, CIO for PDS Tech.

“As existing and new Lawson customers look to replace or implement new ERP applications and infrastructure, we’re able to demonstrate tangible business benefits of moving to the Cloud,” said Terry Plath, vice president of Cloud & Managed Services for Lawson. “We can offer compelling, cost-effective options to help our existing customers like PDS Tech – and new customers alike – make the move to the cloud.”

“Cloud computing offers multiple benefits and we’re very pleased PDS Tech is taking advantage of Amazon EC2 to experience cost-effective pricing, elasticity, and ability to run complex workloads,” said Terry Wise, Director, Business Development, Amazon Web Services. “By entrusting significant parts of its infrastructure to AWS and Lawson, PDS Tech can focus greater energy on the key things that make them a leader in the staffing industry.”

About Lawson Software
Lawson Software is a global provider of enterprise software. We provide business application software, maintenance and consulting to customers primarily in specific services, trade and manufacturing/distribution industries. We specialize in and target specific industries including healthcare, services, public sector, equipment service management & rental, manufacturing & distribution and consumer products industries. Our software solutions include Enterprise Financial Management, Human Capital Management, Business Intelligence, Asset Management, Enterprise Performance Management, Supply Chain Management, Service Management, Manufacturing Operations, Business Project Management and industry-tailored applications. Our applications help automate and integrate critical business processes, which enable our customers to collaborate with their partners, suppliers and employees, reduce costs and enhance business or operational performance. Lawson is headquartered in St. Paul, Minn., and has offices around the world. Visit Lawson online at For Lawson’s listing on the First North exchange in Sweden, Remium AB is acting as the Certified Adviser.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements that contain risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements contain statements of intent, belief or current expectations of Lawson and its management. Such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future results and involve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from the potential results discussed in the forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties that may cause such differences include but are not limited to: the risk that the pending merger with GGC Software Holdings, Inc., an affiliate of Golden Gate Capital and Infor, may not be completed on a timely basis, if at all; the risk that the conditions to the consummation of the merger may not be satisfied; the risk that the merger may involve unexpected costs, liabilities or delays; the risk that expected benefits of the merger may not materialize as expected; the risk that, prior to the completion of the merger, Lawson's business may experience significant disruptions, including loss of customers or employees, due to transaction-related uncertainty or other factors; the fact that legal proceedings that have been instituted and the possibility that additional legal proceedings may be instituted against Lawson, its directors and/or others relating to the merger and the outcome of such proceedings; the possible occurrence of an event, change or other circumstance that could result in termination of the merger agreement; uncertainties in the software industry; uncertainties as to when and whether the conditions for the recognition of deferred revenue will be satisfied; increased competition; the impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations; changes in conditions in Lawson's targeted industries; the outcome of pending litigation; and other risk factors listed in Lawson's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Lawson assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking information contained in this press release.


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