"I think this is a better home for Lawson than pretty much any place it could have ended up," he said. "We went after Lawson for strategic reasons. We wanted Tier 1 financials and [human capital management] applications that get us in leading positions in new verticals."
A Lawson spokesman noted that for now, the companies remain separate entities.
"Until there are plans in place after the deal closes, [customers'] investments in the products are intact, and the road maps we have shared with them are also intact," said Terry Blake, vice president of corporate communications.
Blake declined to identify other vendors Lawson spoke with regarding a takeover.
Companies such as Oracle or SAP may have felt there was simply too much product overlap between their own portfolio and Lawson's, said analyst Ray Wang, CEO of Constellation Research.
Chris Kanaracus covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Chris's email address is Chris_Kanaracus@idg.com.