At the end of July, Infor’s owner Golden Gate Capital completed a $1.83 billion takeover of Lawson Software to merge the two former competitors. It was the end of the line for a proud American ERP company founded in a garage in Minneapolis in the mid-1970s that grew to around 4,000 employees in more than 40 countries with 4,500 customers. At least 2,000 of these customers are running on the IBM i operating system. Perhaps unsurprisingly, given its Minnesota roots, Lawson had a strong ...

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