Water district to improve business operations with Lawson solution

West Basin Municipal Water District has licensed the Lawson S3 Human Capital Management, Supply Chain Management, Enterprise Financial Management and Enterprise Performance Management Suites to help improve operational efficiency and cross-departmental data-sharing. West Basin Municipal Water District is a public agency that wholesales water imported from surrounding regions to cities, water agencies and investor-owned utilities in the South Bay and unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County...

• Unified Lawson system will help California water district boost operational efficiency, improve data access organization-wide

ST. PAUL, MN, Jan. 29, 2008 -- Lawson Software announced that West Basin Municipal Water District licensed the Lawson S3 Human Capital Management, Supply Chain Management, Enterprise Financial Management and Enterprise Performance Management Suites to help improve operational efficiency and cross-departmental data-sharing. The contract was signed during Lawson's second quarter of fiscal 2008, which ended Nov. 30, 2007.

Formed in 1947, West Basin Municipal Water District is a public agency that wholesales water imported from surrounding regions to cities, water agencies and investor-owned utilities in the South Bay and unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. The district is committed to ensuring a safe and reliable water supply to nearly one million residents living within its service area.

"With a smaller workforce supporting such a large community, efficiency is key. We wanted a business system that would help us increase employee productivity by automating formerly manual processes," said Margaret Moggia, chief financial officer, West Basin Municipal Water District. "Lawson's advanced workflow and business intelligence capabilities along with its reputation as a quality, long-term partner were major factors in our decision."

The unified Lawson system will replace the district's legacy business system, which required duplicate data entry and could not support cross-departmental data-sharing or reporting. The Lawson system will help the district consolidate its financial, procurement and human resources processes onto a single system while gaining business intelligence functionality and organization-wide reporting. This will help the district improve access to operational information to help guide decision-making.

Specifically, the Lawson S3 Human Capital Management Suite will help automate the district's workflow processes, enabling employees to directly access and update information related to their benefits. With the Lawson S3 Supply Chain Management Suite, district staff will receive proactive notifications to help them negotiate and finalize contracts by deadlines, streamlining the procurement process and helping to ensure the right products and services are delivered at the right time at the best price.

The Lawson S3 Enterprise Financial Management and Enterprise Performance Management Suites will provide the district with a centralized financial system that supports proactive, role-based notifications to designated employees. This timely business intelligence will help district staff take action to improve operational efficiencies and customer service.

"Providing critical resources to consumers at the lowest cost demands that providers like West Basin turn to IT solutions to help them improve overall business performance and employee productivity," said Brian Murphy, vice president of sales, Public Services, Lawson Software. "Our intuitive applications, operational business intelligence and low total cost of ownership help customers like West Basin elevate employee productivity, reduce administrative burdens and enhance customer service."

Lawson serves more than 120 public services customers, including three of the top seven digital state governments and four of the 25 largest school districts in the United States. Governments, cities, counties, school districts, publicly owned utilities/authorities and special districts rely on Lawson solutions to help meet the needs of a variety of stakeholders -- constituents, employees, students, vendors and the community -- while helping to maximize limited budgets.

Lawson Software provides software and service solutions to 4,000 customers in manufacturing, distribution, maintenance and service sector industries across 40 countries.

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