Local Intentia users unfazed by Lawson merger

Combined company will have 4,000 customers

Local Intentia users spoken to by Computerworld aren't worried about Intentia's pending merger with Lawson Software.

"There's not too much cause for concern," says Resene Paints' IT manager, Paul Gruschow. "You almost expect it to happen these days," he says, referring to the trend of consolidation among ERP vendors.

Speaking to Computerworld last week, Gruschow said he hadn't had any official notification from Intentia of the merger but isn't fazed by it, "because I think Intentia is reasonably sound and is doing well here and in Australia — I don't anticipate many changes."

Mark Benjamin, finance manager at fertiliser company Summit-Quinphos, which bought Intentia's Movex system earlier this year, is also optimistic.,"I'm pleased and it makes sense," he says. "I met [Intentia CEO] Bertrand Sciard when we got the system and it's not a surprise."

There are synergies between the two companies, Benjamin says, including that both are based on Java.

"I view it as a positive," he says.

Lawson announced on June 2 that will buy Intentia in a US$480 million (NZ$675 million) all-stock deal, which is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

The merged company will operate under Lawson's name and its US headquarters will remain at Lawson's Minneapolis, US premises, but the international headquarters will be at Intentia's base in Stockholm, Sweden.

Jay Couglan, Lawson's chief executive, will leave the merged company. The new CEO is Harry Debes, a former Geac and JD Edwards executive.

Intentia CEO Bertrand Sciard will become chief operating officer, responsible for the company's global field operations.

Lawson's strength is in service-oriented industries in North America, whereas Intentia's main markets are Europe and the Asia–Pacific region and it serves the manufacturing, distribution and maintenance industries.

The "New Lawson," as it is being touted, will have 3,500 employees and 4,000 customers across 40 countries and the merged company's applications will run on IBM's WebSphere platform.

Details of staff changes at Intentia locally and in the Asia–Pacific region were unavailable as Computerworld went to press.

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