Further Consolidation in Distribution ERP: Infor Buys Lawson Software for $2 Billion

The market for distribution enterprise resource planning (ERP) software just gets cozier and cozier as software vendors of what's becoming a mature product seek advantages in sheer size. A month ago, the news was about Epicor Software, Irvine, Calif., which specializes on the manufacturing side, and Activant Solutions, Livermore, Calif., which specializes in distribution and retail systems, both being bought by private-equity firm Apax Partners to create a software company with combined sales

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