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Thought-Provoking Commentary for the Lawson Software Community
I’ve told you before that Lawson’s acquisition by Infor would be interesting. Our first taste of this new combination is Infor10 Lawson S3 (quite a mouthful, isn’t it?). I’ve been attending various product briefings and user groups, perusing the documentation, participating in a lead adopter project, and receiving my usual eyewitness reports and unsubstantiated rumors. What’s caught my attention?
Workspace = Game Changer If you’ve seen it, you know what I mean. Infor Workspace is built on Microsoft SharePoint, a pervasive solution running in many organizations. Using Infor Workspace, you can switch from Infor SyteLine ERP system running on a local server to Infor Expense Management in the cloud, or to Infor EAM deployed at another site. The user experience stays consistent across all of the applications. Now with Lawson S3 10, it’s not only functionally superior to Lawson Portal, but it’s also simply gorgeous.
It’s Complicated Perhaps that is the price you pay for progress. If you’ve been around Lawson as long as I have, you know that, with each new version, things get just a bit more complicated. That is to be expected, but simply put, Lawson S3 10 is a beast. Under the covers, yes it’s still Lawson, so you still have GEN and the Lawson Environment. But you also need a Landmark runtime environment to support Process Automation, which replaces ProcessFlow. You need Infor10 Workspace to replace Lawson Portal. You need SharePoint. If you use Lawson Smart Office, you need that too. Trust me, if you’re a small shop, it might not be beneficial to learn, install, and/or maintain all of this yourself. You’ll want some help. I think a hosted/cloud-delivered version might be in your future.
MKS No More? If you’re on the Windows platform, you might be familiar with Lawson Unix Utilities (LUU) as a replacement for MKS. Lawson S3 10 appears to have altogether removed MKS as a supported option.
LID, You’re (Almost) History It’s been a decade now that we’ve been hearing that LID was gone. This time it’s (mostly) true.
LAUA, You’re (Definitely) History Seriously.
With “Mongoose”, Wither Landmark? Infor has been touting its Mongoose development framework. As part of Infor’s acquisition of Lawson, does this signal the beginning of end for Landmark?
It’s the Apps, Stupid I’ve frequently guilty of harping that Lawson is supposed to be an applications company, not a technology company, not a middleware company. This release is no exception. Again, it’s mostly about the technology, and getting you into the Infor portfolio of products.