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RPI SMEs review Lawson’s short and long-term landscape

Greg Pollard, Richard Stout, Keith Wayland, and Justin Braun presenting live via video conferencing for RPI's Summer Classic of Webinars

RPI Consultants delivered its Summer 2015 Webinar Series, dubbed the ‘Summer Classic’, this past Friday, July 31st. The webinars were broadcast live from RPI’s Baltimore Headquarters at 101 North Haven St. and focused heavily on current and upcoming project initiatives for Lawson customers. Over one hundred customers attended the various webinars online, with a handful joining the presenters at RPI headquarters in Baltimore and sitting in on presentations in person.

RPI’s webinars included a session on Advanced Technical Differences for Infor Lawson 10x, an upgrade that is in process for a large portion of the Lawson customer base and a session discussing Infor’s Cloud offering for Lawson, which continues to see increased adoption.

Richard Stout, a Partner with RPI Consultants who is responsible for technical services, delivered the 10x session which focused on differences and upgrade considerations based on lessons learned, targeting advanced Lawson users and technical resources. Highlights included Ming.le/SharePoint integration with Portal, ESS/MSS considerations, Process Flow to IPA migration planning, Landmark considerations and ISS Sync planning and prep, as well as system architecture and hardware considerations.

Senior Technical Consultants Carl Seay and Chip Cunningham also participated and helped field questions. Commanding total knowledge of the application stack from OS to user interface, Carl Seay has been helping Lawson customers make the most of their technology investment for over seven years as a Systems Analyst, Programmer, Administrator, and Installer. Over the last two years, Carl has had the rare opportunity to master emerging technologies such as LSF 10, Ming.le, and Landmark federation while working on four new 10x implementations and multiple 9.0.1 to 10x upgrades. With experience managing people and projects, implementing large-scale enterprise systems and comprehensive knowledge of the application stack from OS to user interface, Chip Cunningham has been helping Lawson customers make the most of their technology investment for over ten years as a Technical Lead, Architecture Manager, Integration Architect, Systems Administrator, Systems Analyst, and Programmer. The 10x session can viewed here.

The Cloud presentation focused on the opportunities surrounding migrations from Lawson on-premise deployments to Infor’s AWS-hosted cloud offering. Joining Richard Stout to deliver this presentation were three other partners at RPI, Keith Wayland, Greg Pollard and Justin Braun. With certifications in Lawson’s Financial and Procurement Suites, as well as PMP credentials from the Project Management Institute, Mr. Braun has been providing thought leadership to Lawson clients on various projects since 1999. Mr. Braun has managed enterprise applications within the IT department of a healthcare organization running all Lawson application suites, resulting in an in-depth understanding of the staffing levels and skill mix required to appropriately support and optimize the Lawson system. Greg Pollard has over 14 years of experience working with ERP, imaging, workflow and data capture technologies to automate business processes in roles ranging from hands-on technical development to Solution Design Architect, where he helps assess the unique needs of each business problem and develops strategic solutions to best leverage the applications and related business processes. The Infor Cloud session can be viewed here.

Senior Human Capital SMEs Melissa Olson and Paula Brody discussed Global HR and Infor Talent Management solutions that are likely to be widely-adopted across the Lawson customer base once the 10x upgrades are completed. The presentation focused on decision points and implementation best practices, including a focus on organization, position and supervisor structures. Certified in Lawson Global Human Resources and Talent Management, as well as the Lawson S3 HR applications, Melissa Olson has served as Project Manager and HCM SME for multiple Employee and Manager Self Service implementations, Infor/Lawson upgrades including a version 10 beta upgrade, as well as various Global HR implementation and optimization efforts. Also experienced in Lawson Global Human Resources, Talent Management, and all Lawson S3 HR applications, Paula Brody has worked as Technical Lead for Talent Management implementations, including the deployment of Employee and Manager Space, Global HR, Performance, Goals and Compensation. The Global HR session can be viewed here.

The last session of the day focused on the next version, 11, which is still in development. Keith Wayland, Managing Partner at RPI, explained, “It’s important to keep our eyes on the horizon and to understand Infor’s long term direction with the product. And for Lawson specifically, that future is exciting.” The version 11 presentation can be viewed here.

A listing of all RPI recorded webinars can be found here.

About RPI Consultants

RPI Consultants is a business applications implementation and optimization firm focused on delivering best practices through technology, systems integration, and process redesign. The RPI team includes certified technical and functional experts in Lawson, Kronos, ImageNow, and Kofax as well as other automation technologies to enhance the procure-to-pay, financial reporting, and human resources processes.

RPI’s model focuses on delivering solutions to specific business problems through on-demand strategic intervention. Our team-based approach allows us to leverage the best resources part-time, on a task-by-task basis, while working closely with our clients to identify opportunities to minimize costs associated with travel and downtime. RPI prides itself on providing customers with the most value for their dollar, delivering value-added information and genuinely caring about the outcome of an engagement.

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