I’m developing an application for Google Glass to have rich interactive picking lists from Infor M3 with:
- list of items to pick with quantities and stock locations
- a picture of the item from Document Archive so the user can get a visual cue of what to pick
- floor plan of the warehouse with walking directions so the user can optimize the picking time
- tap to confirm picking
It’s a proof-of-concept of wearable computing for M3 and a base for future experiments in Augmented Reality for M3. Also, it’s a great visibility to showcase the integration capabilities of M3, and it’s a way to strengthen the collaboration between all the different actors (management, product development, consultants, colleagues, customers, partners).
I will make the resulting source code free software and open source on this blog and on my GitHub repository. I’m passionate enough about AR and I need to uplift my skills that I’m working independently on my own during evenings and week-ends. My goal is to complete the first set of features before Google I/O 2014 in two weeks from now. After that my next goal will be to complete the second set of features for Inforum 2014 in New Orleans on September 15-18 this year where I will do a demo with Peter.
Peter A Johansson is the manager of the Global Demo Environment (GDE) Demo Services team at Infor. Peter is an appreciable visionary and has the necessary pragmatism and focus to make ideas a reality. I was looking around for an M3 server with Infor Smart Office and Infor Process Automation to do the software development, so I pitched the idea to Peter in April and at once he was attracted. He saw potential for a great demo at Inforum and suggested the idea to his manager. Peter and I have worked together in the past, and knows my drive, so he said: “We all know that if you give Thibaud what he needs then cool-stuff happens :-)” And they approved and made available for this project a full stack of M3 13.2 demo image servers on Infor CloudSuite deployed as virtual machines on Amazon Web Services (AWS).
Servers on Infor CloudSuite
The M3 stack for this project consists of: LifeCycle Manager (LCM), M3 Business Engine (M3 BE), Grid, Enterprise Search (IES), M3 Enterprise Collaborator (MEC), M3 BE BODs, Smart Office (ISO), H5 Client, Ming.le, ION Desk, Graphical Lot Tracker (GLT), Customer Lifecycle Management (CLM), Counter Sales for Distribution, Document Archive (DAF), MetaData Publisher (MDP), StreamServe for MOM, M3 Report Manager (MRM), Business Performance Warehouse (BPW), M3 Analytics, Event Hub, Event Analytics, Process Automation (IPA), Product Configuration Management (PCM), and more. For this project I only need M3 Business Engine, Event Hub, Event Analytics, Process Automation, and Document Archive.
The servers cost money per uptime and I can only work on this three times a week so I need to use the uptime carefully on a schedule we setup together based on my preferences.
Demo @ Inforum
Peter and I will do a demo at the M3 Labs booth at Inforum in September. Come check it out. And if there is a feature you’d like to see at the demo let me know in the comments below.
After the demo at Inforum in September, I’ll re-assess the future of the project.
That’s it for the announcement! Special thanks to Peter A Johansson, his manager, the GDE Demo Services team, and Infor CloudSuite for believing in and sponsoring this project.