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Lawson Software-IPO and Several Acquisitions After Part Two: Retail and Professional Service Initiatives
Lawson is sticking to its focus on selected vertical markets, but going forward the tenets of that focus will likely be more finely tuned. Namely, the vendor

w part 3  investments. The above delivery was in great part a result of the July 2002 acquisition of certain assets of Armature Holdings Ltd., a then bankrupt provider of merchandising/category management and supply chain management (SCM) solutions for retailers, consumer goods manufacturers, and wholesalers. The Armature suite had been focused on grocery and hard line retail sectors, specifically those sectors with complex product/item definition and rapid inventory management. The assets acquired included all

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