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Lawson Selects Digex for Managed Hosting

Lawson Software is selecting Digex Inc. as the managed hosting provider for the lawson.insight e-Procurement Service. The companies announced the strategic agreement at the recent annual Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans.

Lawson's e-Procurement Service, the company's Web-hosted purchasing management service, provides automated requisitioning, approval, receiving, reconciliation, invoice payment and posting to the general ledger. The service allows healthcare organizations to find the right items, at the right price -- regardless of suppliers' system capabilities -- by integrating Lawson's business applications with those of preferred suppliers, trading exchanges and group purchasing organizations.

"As Internet trading exchanges build momentum, Lawson is helping healthcare organizations leverage e-business efficiencies and cost-savings with a safe and secure e-service that seamlessly connects them to their preferred exchanges and suppliers," said Tony Marzulli, vice president, Product and Industry Marketing. "The lawson.insight e-Procurement Service completes a whole solution that reduces overhead costs and streamlines purchasing in an end-to-end e-business process. It brings buyers and sellers together in real-time, integrating and automating every step in the supply chain."

As the managed hosting partner for Lawson, Digex will build, operate, monitor and maintain the Sun servers that power the solution.

Digex was the first hosting provider to be awarded the SunTone Certification, Level One, from Sun Microsystems for its managed hosting products and services on the Sun Solaris platform. SunTone certification recognizes Digex's investments in process, methodology and infrastructure that help to ensure the delivery of secure, reliable and predictable hosting services. In addition, Digex was one of the first service providers designated as a Cisco Powered Network Application Infrastructure Provider in recognition of its high performance, reliable and secure integrated technology infrastructure for the management of multiple hosted applications.

"The combination of Lawson Software's powerful e-procurement solution and Digex's industry-leading managed hosting capabilities makes for a world-class offering for the healthcare industry," said Ellen Lynn, director of channel development for the Beltsville, Md.-based Digex. "Lawson clients can have complete confidence in Digex's ability to provide the most secure, highly available environment for this mission-critical application."

The company is located on the Web at http://www.digex.com.