Volume 10, Number 8 -- February 23, 2010

Lawson Updates M3 Suite of ERP Apps for i/OS

Published: February 23, 2010

by Alex Woodie

Lawson Software last week unveiled version 10.1 of M3, a Java-based ERP system for manufacturers and distributors that has traditionally been deployed on IBM System i servers. Lawson claims to have made more than 600 functional enhancements, including many desktop-oriented features aimed at improving the user experience. But version 10.1 also includes a lot of process-oriented enhancements, such as improvements to bulk ordering and demand planning, which are designed to save money and improve efficiency.

At the top of the new product heap are new search and user interface enhancements. Lawson says it has improved the Smart Office interface, the Microsoft .NET-based framework introduced two years ago that enables users to access a range of Lawson applications (including ERP, collaboration, business intelligence, and portals) from within MS Office applications, such as Outlook or Excel.

With M3 version 10.1, Lawson gives Smart Client users the capability to create bookmarks that they can send to colleagues via e-mail or Instant Messaging chat. Lawson says the feature works similar to social networking sites (like Facebook) and will enable a "faster, more collaborative working process."

The St. Paul, Minnesota-based software vendor also brought Enterprise Search to M3. Enterprise Search--the "Google-style" search function that lets users search against structured and unstructured data residing in their Lawson systems and elsewhere--was rolled out by Lawson at its user conference last year, but only for users of S3, its other major ERP product line. Now all of Lawson's customers can use Enterprise Search.

But version 10.1 brings plenty of enhancements to the back-office, the warehouse, and beyond. For example, Lawson added a new package management functionality that's designed to streamline the handling and tracking of packages, including eliminating the need for workers to re-package and re-label packages when boxes are placed within other boxes or packages.

Lawson also added new demand planning and forecasting capabilities to M3 10.1. With this release, forecast calculations can be made directly in the demand planner, which features new views, charts, and graphs. Also, a new audit trail in the demand planner makes it easier to see when forecasts change, which Lawson says will make it easier to optimize inventory.

Suppliers buying from customers will benefit from new bulk order management capabilities in M3 10.1. Lawson says this feature will enable the call-off, or distribution order, trigger process to take place more smoothly and efficiently, whether manual or EDI processes are used. Warehouses running M3 10.1 also gain the capability to re-group advanced orders as soon as accurate supply and inventory information becomes available, which Lawson says will make warehouse activities more efficient.

Support for "catch weights," or the difference in weight of variably-sized products in the meat, poultry, and dairy industries, will enable M3 customers in these industries to more accurately track catch weight and pricing information across the supply chain. Lawson has also expanded the lot number and related fields to 20 characters, which will allow customers to abide by new global supply chain standards.

Lawson also bolstered M3's financial software with new capabilities to sort and filter AR and AP information in user-definable ways, eliminating the need for special reports and software modifications.

Lawson also used the M3 10.1 roll-out to introduce a specialized version of M3 designed specifically for the clothing and apparel industry. Lawson for Fashion, as the new product is known, joins several other specialized versions of M3, including Lawson Food & Beverage, Lawson Equipment Service Management & Rental (ESM&R), and Lawson for Wholesale Distribution. Previously, Lawson offered a QuickStep product for the clothing industry.

A number of other new capabilities were also introduced for each of the major industries served by the software. To see lists of these enhancements, go to www.lawson.com/wcw.nsf/pub/m3_101.


Lawson Finds Search Software a Good Fit for M3

Lawson Boosts Profits Even as Economic Meltdown Bites

Lawson Retrenches as it Reconnects with Customers

Lawson Debuts Another M3 BI Tool

Lawson for Equipment ERP Based on M3

Lawson Debuts New Offerings at User Conference

                     Post this story to del.icio.us
               Post this story to Digg
    Post this story to Slashdot

Sponsored By

Crypto Complete will secure your data at rest

Guard sensitive data fields automatically with Crypto Complete. With strong AES encryption and integrated key management, Crypto Complete helps System i shops quickly comply with regulations and PCI requirements. No source code changes are required for encryption. Crypto Complete provides an intuitive user interface and comprehensive audit trails.

Tokenization is now available with the new release of Crypto Complete 2.20, which should be considered when sensitive data is stored on multiple systems. Tokenization is the process of replacing sensitive data with unique identification numbers (e.g. tokens) and storing the original data on a central server in encrypted form. By centralizing sensitive data, tokenization helps to thwart hackers and minimize the scope of compliance audits such as PCI.

Tokenization can be used to protect any sensitive data elements including credit card numbers (PAN), bank account numbers, Social Security numbers and other personal identity information.

Crypto Complete offers several advantages when tokenization is required:

· Centralizes key management and policies on a single server

· Supports tokenization of data from diverse systems including System i, Windows, Linux, AIX, etc.

· Provides remote connections to token functions through secure HTTPS protocol

· Auto-assigns token identifiers from the central token server

· Encrypts and stores tokenized data into scalable DB2 physical files

· Allows securing data elements by User Id, User Group and/or Authorization Lists

· Provides centralized audit logs and message alerts

Get Compliant with PCI, HIPAA and State Privacy Laws!

To learn how to protect your data
and download a free Crypto Complete trial, visit


Editor: Alex Woodie
Contributing Editors: Dan Burger, Joe Hertvik,
Shannon O'Donnell, Timothy Prickett Morgan
Publisher and Advertising Director: Jenny Thomas
Advertising Sales Representative: Kim Reed
Contact the Editors: To contact anyone on the IT Jungle Team
Go to our contacts page and send us a message.

Sponsored Links

PowerTech:  Strengthen your security. Get a FREE Compliance Assessment today
looksoftware:  Learn more and get your complementary ilook licences
COMMON:  Join us at the annual 2010 conference, May 3 - 6, in Orlando, Florida


IT Jungle Store Top Book Picks

Easy Steps to Internet Programming for AS/400, iSeries, and System i: List Price, $49.95
The iSeries Express Web Implementer's Guide: List Price, $49.95
The System i RPG & RPG IV Tutorial and Lab Exercises: List Price, $59.95
The System i Pocket RPG & RPG IV Guide: List Price, $69.95
The iSeries Pocket Database Guide: List Price, $59.00
The iSeries Pocket SQL Guide: List Price, $59.00
The iSeries Pocket Query Guide: List Price, $49.00
The iSeries Pocket WebFacing Primer: List Price, $39.00
Migrating to WebSphere Express for iSeries: List Price, $49.00
Getting Started With WebSphere Development Studio Client for iSeries: List Price, $89.00
Getting Started with WebSphere Express for iSeries: List Price, $49.00
Can the AS/400 Survive IBM?: List Price, $49.00
Chip Wars: List Price, $29.95

The Four Hundred
The Power7 Systems Sales Pitch

i/OS Gets Short Sheeted with Power7 Thread Counts

The System iWant, 2010 Edition: Clustered Boxes

As I See It: Opinions Are Like ISPs--Everybody Has One

Spend on the Old, Scrimp on the New

Four Hundred Guru
Handling Constraint Violations in RPG

CPYTOIMPF Doesn't Create Column Headers, But You Can

Admin Alert: Six Things Power i Administrators Need to Know

Four Hundred Monitor
Four Hundred Monitor's
Full iSeries Events Calendar

System i PTF Guide
February 20, 2010: Volume 12, Number 08

February 13, 2010: Volume 12, Number 07

February 6, 2010: Volume 12, Number 06

January 30, 2010: Volume 12, Number 05

January 23, 2010: Volume 12, Number 04

January 16, 2010: Volume 12, Number 03

TPM at The Register
Teradata ekes out sales and profit growth

SGI spins up Cyclone HPC cloud

Unisys parts with server chief

Red Hat projects to seed cloudy IT

Big Blue says Power7 will make world smarter

Hitachi inks Xsigo pact for server I/O virt

IBM chills sealed data center with outside air

Riverbed WAN optimizers get SSDs, 10 GE

Intel's 'Tukwila' Itaniums - hot n' pricey

AMD talks energy with 'Llano' cores

Power7 v Power6 - it's all about the cache

Power7 - Big Blue eye on UNIX


Linoma Software
Vision Solutions
RJS Software Systems

Printer Friendly Version

Visual LANSA Gets Expanded Interoperability, Developer Convenience

Linoma Bolsters Surveyor/400 with Excel Capabilities, SSL

Lawson Updates M3 Suite of ERP Apps for i/OS

Customers Begin Using ilook to Web-Enable i/OS System Screens

Shield Adds IFS Replication to HA Offering

News Briefs and Product Shorts:

Aldon Ventures Into Professional Services with ACE . . . Micro Focus Streamlines Modernization Activities with Workbench 3.1 . . . Keane Unites AS/400 and Unix Healthcare Products and Teams . . . LogLogic Boosts Performance of Log Devices . . . eCMS Gets an Interface to Vehicle Scales . . .

Four Hundred Stuff


Subscription Information:
You can unsubscribe, change your email address, or sign up for any of IT Jungle's free e-newsletters through our Web site at http://www.itjungle.com/sub/subscribe.html.

Copyright © 1996-2010 Guild Companies, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Guild Companies, Inc., 50 Park Terrace East, Suite 8F, New York, NY 10034

Privacy Statement