"It is reported that Lawson Software is to discontinue
selling its "fat client" client/server applications in favour of
its "thin client" browser-based applications. ... There seem
to be a number of contributory reasons behind this decision. The
first is the growing unpopularity of the fat client model as there
is now a much better understanding of the costs of implementing and
maintaining the traditional client/server architecture."
"A second reason for the decision is to encourage the use of the
simpler interface represented by the new applications. Lawson
Software has for some time been promoting its Self-Evident
Applications (SEA) initiative. This initiative is aimed at
de-mystifying the complex transactions typically encountered in ERP
"The third, and most topical, reason is that Lawson has joined
the ranks of application vendors that are looking to the ASP
industry for future growth potential. ... This adds to our belief
that buying software services "across the wire" instead of in-house
implementations will become the most common model within the space
of 3 years or so."
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