M3 H5 Client provides an HTML 5-based user interface for accessing work-related information and applications from the M3 business system. In this post by Jack Rubillar gives you a quick introduction to the new web client for M3. M3 Workplace has been replaced with the H5 client and since it has support for more than one browser and Workspace / Infor Ming.le this is a great improvement.
There are two editions of M3 H5 Client.
M3 H5 Foundation
This is the base version, which provides the functionality for running M3 Transactions. It has only basic features compared to the Enterprise edition, and Web browser support only includes Internet Explorer. Installing M3 UI Adapter already enables the Foundation edition.
M3 H5 Enterprise
This is the extended version, with additional features such as:
- Interpretation of personalizations
- Saving of Context Publisher settings
- Web Mashups
- Multi-Web browser support (IE9, IE10, Chrome, and Safari)
The Enterprise edition is enabled by installing the M3 H5 Enterprise in LifeCycle Manager. To enable access to the features of this application, users must be assigned to the app-enterpriseuser role in Grid.
M3 H5 Client and Infor Ming.le (formerly Workspace)
Infor Ming.le provides the first level navigation for one or more Infor Applications as well as an infrastructure to mash-up these applications. This includes the capability to send context data between Infor Core products and Web Parts (a.k.a. Context Applications).
As an Infor Core product, M3 H5 Client runs inside Infor Ming.le and is able to utilize its infrastructure to communicate with the built-in Web Parts of Infor Ming.le.
Samples of M3 H5 interacting with Web Parts (see figures below):
- Shortcut web part – M3 H5 can add M3 Bookmark items to that web part. Clicking that M3 Bookmark item will open that record in M3 H5
- Map web part – When configured, the Map web part will display the location of the record selected in M3 H5
- Currency Converter web part – When configured, the currency web part can be used to calculate the amount in another currency
M3 H5 can also interact with “custom” web parts by having that web part process the InforBusinessContext data. M3 H5 can be configured to publish the InforBusinessContext data every time a panel is opened or a record is selected. Sample web part that consumes InforBusinessContext data is the Related Information web part (a.k.a DAF Widget).
The InforBusinessContext data is the standard context data structure and is used by different Web Parts and Infor Core products. However, if the web part requires a different structure for the context data, you can add an entry in the Context List grid property (see MUA Install Guide) that will match the required data structure of that web part.
M3 H5 also communicates with other Infor Core products thru application drillback.
- In IES Web UI, clicking on a search result will make Infor Ming.le switch to M3 H5 and open the record for that search result.
- When you click a document link in M3 H5 that has a source of “Document Archive”, Infor Ming.le will switch to DAF and will perform a DAF search based on that link.
M3 H5 also integrates with Infor Social Space. M3 H5 can post screenshots and links to the Activity Feed of a Group or selected Users. Clicking on this link will make Infor Ming.le switch to M3 H5 and open the M3 Bookmark specified on that link.
M3 H5 also supports links that are generated by the Mail button in the “Add Shortcut” window of Ming.le. The Mail button generates a URL and opens Outlook or the default mail client. When the recipient clicks on this URL, it will first open Infor Ming.le and then it will switch to M3 H5 and open the M3 Bookmark specified on that link (see Figure 7).
Future versions of M3 H5 Client will have more integration to the different features of Infor Ming.le.
By Jack Jubillar