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London, UK, Feb. 23, 2010 – Lawson Software (Nasdaq:LWSN) today announced that independent industry analyst firm IDC positioned Lawson as a “leader” in integrated talent management in its January 2010 report, “IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Integrated Talent Management 2010 Vendor Analysis,” by Lisa Rowan, program director, HR, Talent and Learning Strategies for IDC.

Lawson has made a complimentary copy of the excerpt available for download at http://forms.lawson.com/forms/idc_2010_Integrated_tm.

The report states: “Lawson again emerged as a market leader in this analysis. IDC sees the Lawson approach of enabling access where the individual user works as particularly noteworthy. Bringing the capability to Microsoft Outlook works well for users that are not bound to their desktop devices and sets Lawson up well as UIs become more mobile.”

The IDC Marketscape report evaluated 15 talent management system vendors across 27 criteria, encompassing the vendors’ talent management offering strategy, go-to-market strategy, system capabilities, and business factors such as financing and R&D available. Lawson received high scores for its talent management functionality, global reach, industry sector expertise, and focused investment in its future product roadmap.

“Lawson Talent Management delivers advanced tools that better connect an organization’s workforce needs to its business objectives,” said Larry Dunivan, general manager, Strategic Human Capital Management, Lawson. “Our positioning in this report reflects the benefit of Lawson’s strategy to offer a suite of talent management capabilities in a familiar technology space such as Microsoft Outlook. Lawson Talent Management delivers actionable information about increasingly complex workforce needs that helps our customers gain knowledge and take action in support of business strategies, enterprise-wide.”

Lawson also received a “leader” position in IDC’s December 2008 report, “IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Integrated Talent Management 2008 Vendor Analysis2,” by Lisa Rowan.

Lawson Talent Management, part of the Lawson Strategic Human Capital Management (HCM) System, is designed to help organizations strategically manage, develop and retain employees, and improve the ability to identify and develop top talent and emerging leaders. Lawson combines core HCM functionality such as payroll, benefits management, and employee self-service with strategic HCM functionality, including talent management and other advanced capabilities. By identifying and optimizing talent, organizations have tools that help maximize employee effectiveness and efficiency, and drive improved profitability. Lawson recently announced further enhancements and updates of Lawson Talent Management Suite, to support managers and employees in better defining career and learning goals.

More than 1,400 companies use Lawson Human Capital Management applications to manage talent, automate administrative HR processes and help HR staff focus on more strategic, value-added employee initiatives. Lawson Human Capital Management applications provide organizations with the information they need to maximize workforce potential while helping HR leaders contribute to organizational excellence with applications that directly support business operations.

About IDC MarketScape
IDC MarketScape vendor analysis model is designed to provide an overview of the competitive fitness of ICT (information and communications technology) suppliers in a given market. The research methodology utilizes a rigorous scoring methodology based on both qualitative and quantitative criteria that results in a single graphical illustration of each vendor’s position within a given market. IDC MarketScape provides a clear framework in which the product and service offerings, capabilities and strategies, and current and future market success factors of IT and telecommunications vendors can be meaningfully compared. The framework also provides technology buyers with a 360-degree assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of current and prospective vendors.

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