Lawson`s Preferred Outsourcing Partner, Velocity Outsourcing, Lands First Retail Deal
ST. PAUL, Minn.--Nov. 6, 2003--eMac Digital today announced the signing of a five-year software hosting and support contract with Lawson Software`s preferred outsourcing partner, Velocity Outsourcing. eMac`s FSC subsidiary (Franchise Services Company, LLC), a leading provider of restaurant-focused technology solutions and business services to the global foodservice industry, selected Velocity Outsourcing to provide world-class hosting, application management and help desk support for its Lawson software and other related applications as part of this long term agreement.
eMac`s FSC subsidiary will use Lawson software applications along with Velocity`s capabilities to provide turn-key human resources and financials application services for its rapidly expanding base of multi-unit restaurant chains. Systems will be hosted within one of Verizon`s four hardened, large-scale data center facilities used by Velocity.
"We are very pleased to welcome eMac Digital to the companies selecting Velocity, Lawson`s new preferred hosting provider," said Tom Bruno, President and CEO. "They join a growing class of savvy businesses that are now actively seeking to leverage the benefits of technology outsourcing. By selecting Velocity, FSC has ensured that its end-customers will receive superior service levels and the peace of mind that comes with hosting solutions with a viable and secure provider."
"Lawson is delighted that eMac and Velocity have constructed this long-term partnership," said Jim DeSocio, Lawson`s executive vice president for Retail. "Together they offer a strong hosted Lawson HR and financials solution for the multi-unit restaurant marketplace. eMac`s deep restaurant domain expertise, coupled with Lawson applications and Velocity Outsourcing, represent a fresh and highly scalable approach to applications hosting."
"eMac sees a huge opportunity to scale our hosted Lawson business, which wonderfully complements our full service accounting and payroll outsourcing business," said John Clendening, President of eMac`s business services division. "Many of our prospects want the benefits of new technology while maintaining their current staff rather than fully outsourcing these processing functions to us. For these restaurant company`s, this partnership will allow us to offer a highly efficient hosted Lawson solution, with unparalleled service quality in a secure and disaster-protected environment."
This total end-to-end solution presents several benefits. The costs for hardware, software, and technical expertise are distributed; hence start-up and ongoing expenses are reduced. eMac`s customers are provided with top tier Lawson financial and HR applications, and gain support from one of the largest IT organizations in the world through outsourcing with Velocity Outsourcing powered by Verizon.
Verizon Information Technologies provides the IT infrastructure and backbone in their world-class data center facilities providing the power behind the Velocity services offering. Verizon IT with the support of more than 10,000 IT professionals delivers scalable IT infrastructure and services, a full service Enterprise Helpdesk, and a multi-tiered security offering.
Lawson`s industry-focused software solutions help retailers integrate the systems they use to run and grow their businesses. Lawson customers include five of the top 10 U.S.-based retailers, eight of the top 20 apparel retailers, seven of the top 25 grocery chains, 23 of the top 100 restaurant chains and 20 of the top 100 specialty chains.
About Lawson Software
Lawson Software (Nasdaq: LWSN) provides business process software solutions that help services organizations in the retail, healthcare, professional services, public sector, financial services and other strategic markets achieve competitive advantage. Lawson`s solutions include enterprise performance management, distribution, financials, human resources, procurement, retail operations and service process optimization. Headquartered in St. Paul, Minn., Lawson has offices and affiliates serving North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. Additional information about Lawson is available at www.lawson.com.
About Velocity Outsourcing
Velocity Outsourcing, LLC is a leading provider of enterprise application outsourcing services and now serves as Lawson`s cross-industry preferred provider of managed hosting solutions. The combined power of Velocity`s 15-year relationship with Lawson, its certified, experienced professionals, and Verizon IT`s massive facilities and national fiber-optic network provide Lawson`s customers with a truly world-class outsourcing solution. Velocity`s customers enjoy peace of mind knowing that their systems are hosted with a viable player that offers highly available and secured access, all backed by a comprehensive service level agreement. Velocity is a subsidiary of top-ranked accounting and advisory firm, Eisner LLP, headquartered in New York, New York. For additional information about Velocity, please visit www.velocityoutsourcing.com.
About eMac Digital
eMac was formed to serve the worldwide foodservice industry with innovative technologies and services that save time and money while improving operations. Today, eMac has a diverse, international customer base encompassing more than 30 quick service and table service restaurant brands accounting for more that 4,000 store locations in 44 countries. Customers include McDonald`s, Applebee`s, Domino`s, Hardee`s, KFC, Pizza Hut and other well-known multi-unit companies. eMac was recently selected to develop McDonald`s next generation point of sale software system. eMac is a leading provider of outsourced accounting, payroll and management information services to the restaurant industry, through its Franchise Services Company (FSC) subsidiary. The company services both publicly and privately held enterprises and range from 1 store to well over 200.
eMac is privately owned and has operations in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois; Wichita, Kansas; Sao Paulo, Brazil; and Singapore.
This press release contains forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements contain statements of intent, belief or current expectations of Lawson Software, Inc., and its management. Such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future results and involve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from the potential results discussed in the forward-looking statements. The company is not obligated to update forward-looking statements based on circumstances or events which occur in the future. In addition to factors discussed above, risks and uncertainties that may cause such differences include but are not limited to: a decline in general economic conditions; uncertainties in the software industry; global military conflicts; terrorist attacks in the United States, and any future events in response to these developments; changes in conditions in the company`s targeted service industries; increased competition and other risk factors listed in the company`s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and as included in other documents the company files from time to time with the Commission.