Review of Infor/Lawson M3 ERP

April, 2013

Rating: 5/5

Infor/Lawson M3 (Make, Move and Maintain) ERP is a solid ERP for medium-to-large companies. It includes the functionality you need in an enterprise-grade ERP - Customer Services, Sales, Manufacturing, and Financial.

First, Lawson was acquired by Infor in early 2012, and we’re still not entirely clear on the future of the product. While we like the Infor/Lawson M3 product, be aware that Infor own a number of competing ERP solutions, and we aren’t clear on their priorities for development and support.

Second, Lawson M3 has some industry-specific strengths. While the ERP is a good generic solution, it has particularly good strengths in a few industry verticals - chemicals, distribution, equipment services/management/rental, fashion, food and beverage.

Third, Infor have released Infor ION - a purpose-built middleware solution. This is used to integrate other systems and data in your organisation, manage events and workflow. I’m really pleased to see this, and I think it’s a great addition.

Finally, Infor offer a large variety of hosting options. You can run the software yourself, in their facilities (which we’re told are hosted by Velocity) or on the Amazon EC2 cloud. All of these bring different security measures and different risk profiles, so I recommend you review your chosen architecture carefully.

I recommend Infor/Lawson M3 if you’re looking for a specific food and beverage, fashion/textiles, or equipment services/management/rental ERP. You may also want to consider Epicor, Microsoft, SAP and Oracle on your shortlist.

The Sales Pitch

Designed for companies that make, move, or maintain products, Infor M3 delivers an unmatched user experience and a broad array of integrated applications. It is a centralized multi country, multi-lingual, multi currency, multi-company, multi-site solution with the flexibility to adapt to your changing business needs. It provides flexibility in managing mixed-mode and complex environments, and deep industry-specific functionality to support the unique needs of businesses that deal with chemicals, distribution, equipment, fashion, food and beverage, and industrial manufacturing.


Customer Services, Sales, Manufacturing, Financial


ArjoHuntleigh, Brooks Sports, Gucci

Tech Information
Service Name
Lawson M3 ERP
Parent Company
No. of Staff maintaining this service (estimated)
Medium (100-499 people)
SAS 70 / SSAE 16
Telephone, Online, Email
Head Office
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