Infor appears to be close to announcing the acquisition of Lawson Software, about six weeks after news of its $US1.8 billion offer for the ERP vendor came to light. The company apparently posted and then pulled a press release announcing the deal, in which Lawson would be bought by GGC Software Holdings, an affiliate of Infor, and its private-equity-firm backer Golden Gate Capital. While no longer available on Infor's site, a cached copy of the release, which was dated Monday, can be found in Google's search engine. The deal is expected to close in the third calendar quarter of this year, according to the pulled release. No purchase price was given. Spokesmen for the companies did not immediately respond to a request for confirmation. Private-equity-backed Infor, which has grown through a long string of acquisitions, has a reputation as more of a holding company than a vendor bent on developing unique software. The company has in recent months tried to change that image, announcing plans to hire 400 additional software developers and rolling out next-generation technology based on the Microsoft stack. "Infor's manufacturing, supply chain, product lifecycle, workforce, and asset management products will be combined with Lawson's best-in-class enterprise financials and human resources products to improve business process flows and reduce integration costs via single sign-on, common look-and-feel and seamless navigation across composite applications deployed on-premise and in the cloud," according to the cached press release. But Infor may want to buy Lawson more for its strong presence in vertical markets such as health care than its technology.