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St. Paul, MN  June 18, 2001  e-Business is reaching the local garage, and gaskets, bearings and manifolds are now being sourced as slickly as computer chips. Lawson Software today announced it has signed an enterprise e-business software contract with O'Reilly Automotive Inc. The Springfield, Mo.-based auto parts company licensed lawson.insight Financials engines and Open Component Extensions for Lotus Domino.

O'Reilly, ranked as the eighth-largest auto parts chain in the United States by Automotive Marketing magazine, will use its lawson.insight solutions to replace an aging legacy accounting system. O'Reilly will leverage the workflow capabilities and scalability of lawson.insight to automate and manage financial operations at its corporate headquarters and 716 stores. Company officials cited Lawson's full compatibility with the AS/400 platform, feature-rich financials modules and Lotus Domino customization tools as key factors in their decision to select Lawson.

"Our legacy accounting system had become seriously outdated and very cumbersome for our IT department to maintain," said Michael Williams, O'Reilly Automotive's chief information officer.

Jim Batten, chief financial officer at O'Reilly, commented, "Lawson's ability to integrate with our AS/400 platform and existing applications helped drive the return on investment of this project. We're anticipating many benefits upon implementation."

Lawson Software is recognized as one of the retail industry's preferred providers of e-business enterprise applications. Among Lawson's retail industry customers are 20 of the top 100 North American retailers. Lawson's retail e-business solutions include Web Self Service, Retail Analytics, Comparative Metrics Analyzer, Retail Activity Management, Payables Management and Franchise Management.

"Lawson's reputation in retail is solid, and winning new customers like O'Reilly continues to validate Lawson's position in the industry," said Carol Lippmann, director, Retail Industry Marketing, Lawson Software. "Lawson earned that reputation by offering retailers a whole solution that fully automates and streamlines financial, human resources and supply chain management processes. The software's open architecture makes it easy for companies to integrate their Lawson applications with other software systems.