H5 Client

H5 Client is a new web-based user interface in Infor Workspace that brings Infor M3 to modern web browsers.

H5 Client is built using standard HTML5/JavaScript, and uses jQuery as one of the JavaScript libraries. It can potentially run on any major browser (Microsoft Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Apple Safari, Mozilla Firefox, etc.), on potentially any operating system (Microsoft Windows, Mac OS, Linux, etc.), on potentially any device (PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android, etc.). It’s a major milestone since the old Movex Workplace.

Movex Workplace had been built solely for Internet Explorer 6 over 10 years ago with non-standard IE-only features to optimize development and maintenance after Internet Explorer had emerged winner of the first browser war. Despite having been mono-browser, Movex Workplace had been praised by IDC as “the most technologically advanced business portal on the market” extensively using XmlHttpRequest long before the term Ajax was coined.

Fast forward to 2013, the web is growing exponentially with demand for multiple devices, multiple platforms, multiple vendors. H5 Client is the response to that demand and is a new player to complement its big sister Infor Smart Office.

H5 Client was announced and made Generally Available (GA) and I want to advertise it further with this post.

First tests with Google Chrome

  1. To determine if you have H5 Client, open the Grid Information page and look for Application Type mne:
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  2. Click on the /mne/ Web Application Link and authenticate with your M3 user/password. It will go to this Home page:
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  3. Start an M3 program as usual in the QuickStart, for example CRS610:
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  4. The M3 program will start like it did in Movex Workplace, but this time in a modern browser, Google Chrome for instance:
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  5. From here, use the program as usual, for example Options > Display CTRL+5:
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  6. And Options > Change CTRL+2:
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On Safari

Here is a screenshot of H5 Client in Safari on my PC:
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On the iPhone

I tested H5 Client on Safari on my iPhone, and here is the result:

Start > CRS610 > Options > Display CTRL+5:
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In Landscape View:
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Batch Customer Order – OIS275/B1:
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Customer Orders – OIS300/B:
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Shortcuts

Also, it’s possible to use Shortcuts like in Smart Office:
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JavaScript

Also, I can use the browser’s Developer Tools and the JavaScript Console to integrate with the H5 Client with Classes similar to Smart Office Scripts (UserContext, Configuration, Controller, Content); that reminds me of MNEAI for Movex Workplace and will probably lead to more posts in the future:
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Disclaimer

H5 Client is supposed to run as part of Infor Workspace. Thus, H5 Client alone won’t provide all the features necessary for the user.

Also, not all devices and browsers are officially supported. I successfully tested it in Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Safari on my PC, and Safari on my iPhone. It failed to run on Firefox on my PC (the entries in the Options menu were disabled), and on Chrome on my iPhone (it froze at /mne/index.jsp). And I yet have to test it on iPad, Linux, Mac OS, and Android.

For more information

To learn more about H5 Client, visit the Summit Week or Inforum 2013.

That’s it! I hope this quick overview will spark an interest in Infor Workspace and H5 Client.

 

UPDATE 2013-03-15: Added link to HTML5.