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Abstract

IBM has a long-standing relationship with the development teams from Infor and Lawson who support many of the leading enterprise software solutions for the IBM i Power System platform (AS/400, System i, iSeries). Infor M3 (formerly Intentia Movex), Infor Lawson (aka LSF, S3), Infor XA (formerly Mapics), Infor LX (formerly BPCS) and Infor Infinium are some of the major Infor solutions we work with. These solutions have a long history with the IBM i platform and today include the latest software and hardware technologies.

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Infor and IBM have a strong alliance and partnership focused on our joint customers and providing our combined technologies to a diverse set of industries including manufacturing, distribution, healthcare, automotive, human resources, and many others. The IBM i development team maintains a close technical relationship with the Infor development team focused on optimization of the Infor solutions.

Infor Solutions and Java - There have been a number of emails and notices from Infor's strategy around Java and the standardization around Amazon's Corretto Java platform. This has caused some questions from IBM i customers using Infor products on what this means for them, and does this mean that Infor will not support IBM Java on IBM i, or whether Amazon's Corretto JVM will run on IBM i. For Infor customers running their Infor solutions on the IBM i platform -- nothing changes, the only Java JVM that runs on IBM i is the IBM Technology for Java JVM which is part of the IBM i platform. And that Java platform on IBM i is still the only supported Java platform for Infor solutions running on IBM i. The announcement from Infor is around a change in strategy for the Java platform on platforms where previously the Oracle Java JVM was being used and supported. Following Oracle's introduction of support charges for corporate customers using the Oracle Java platform, Infor is standardizing around Amazon's Corretto Java platform on those platforms (for example x86 servers or workstations). This is consistent with how IBM answered questions around Access Client Solutions (ACS) in terms of options other than Oracle Java on client workstations (see below).

IBM i 7.4 and Infor Solutions - Infor participated in IBM i 7.4 beta program which provided Infor early access to IBM i 7.4 code for testing. For certification and support for particular Infor solutions, users should contact Infor. Infor LX has largely completed their IBM i 7.4 testing and the following tech doc is now available: IBM i 7.4 Infor LX BPCS Technical Note

InPOWER 2019 - We encourage Infor XA, LX, System21, Enterprise Integrator users to attend inPOWER 2019 in Orlando, Florida.  IBM will be there with several presentations planned, as well as having the IBM alliance and development team available in the exhibition area to answer any questions you may have.

Java Changes in January 2019 and IBM ACS - You may be aware that starting in January 2019, Oracle will charge corporate customers for the use of the Oracle Java runtime. This has led to questions on what it means for IBM Access Client Solutions which runs on users client devices on top of Java. See the following tech doc to address some common questions: Java Options for IBM i Access Client Solutions

Inforum 2018 and IBM - IBM will be active and visible at the Inforum 2018 conference in Washington DC, in the exhibition space and with a presentation on the XA track around the IBM i roadmap.  Please be sure to stop by our booth and talk with our IBM i alliance team and add the following IBM i related session to your agenda :XA-105R - Roadmap: IBMi roadmap on Tuesday, Sep 25, 4:30 PM - 05:15 PM. The following link can be used to access IBM related presentations from Inforum as well as information on Power Systems, IBM i, AIX, and the IBM-Infor partnership: http://bit.ly/ibminforum2019

IBM POWER9 Systems Support for Infor Solutions - IBM launched the latest family of Power Systems, built on the industry leading POWER9 processor, in February 2018 with scale out systems (S914, S924, S922) followed with the enterprise scale up systems in October, November 2018 (E980). Customers often ask about support for Infor solutions on POWER9 -- and the simple answer is they are fully supported!  Infor certification is based on IBM i OS releases, and with POWER9 supporting IBM i 7.2 and IBM i 7.3 there is a wide choice of support options for all the Infor solutions. Included in that Power System roadmap are the new IBM i Solution Edition offerings based on POWER9.

InPOWER 2017 - We encourage users to attend inPOWER 2017 in Chicago. IBM will be there with several presentations planned, as well as time in the exhibition area to answer any questions you may have. Use the following link to access all IBM presentations from the event: http://bit.ly/inPOWER2017IBM

Infor Certification for IBM i 7.3 - Infor development was part of the early testing program for IBM i 7.3 and current releases of Infor solutions should support IBM i 7.3. This includes the solutions for Infor M3, XA, LX, System/21 and Lawson LSF. Customers upgrading from older IBM i releases that are out of support (IBM i 7.1 or 6.1) are encouraged to move to IBM i 7.3.

Publications

Infor M3

  • IBM and Infor M3 ERP software workload optimization on the new IBM PureFlex System

    The goal of this project is to verify and validate a customer Lawson M3 ERP application setup running in the IBM i and Windows environment. This test positions Lawson M3 to take advantage of the consolidation and flexibility offered by the new PureFlex Systems.

  • Lawson M3 on IBM PowerHA for i

    A high availability solution can include elements of data resiliency, device resiliency, and application resiliency and allow you to meet requirements for handling both planned and unplanned outages. This paper focuses on the use of PowerHA for i and more specifically the Solution Based GUI in simplifying the implementation of a cross-site mirroring with geographic mirroring solution for Infor M3 environments on IBM i.

Lawson

  • Lawson S3 on IBM PowerHA for i

    A high availability solution can include elements of data resiliency, device resiliency, and application resiliency and allow you to meet requirements for handling both planned and unplanned outages. This paper focuses on the use of POWERHA ® for i and, more specifically, the Solution Based GUI in simplifying the implementation of a cross-site mirroring with geographic mirroring solution for Lawson S3 environments on IBM i.

  • IBM and Infor Lawson ERP applications: workload optimization on the new IBM PureFlex System i

    A high availability solution can include elements of data resiliency, device resiliency, and application resiliency and allow you to meet requirements for handling both planned and unplanned outages. This paper focuses on the use of POWERHA ® for i and, more specifically, the Solution Based GUI in simplifying the implementation of a cross-site mirroring with geographic mirroring solution for Lawson S3 environments on IBM i.

Infor XA, LX and System 21

  • Infor LX best practices with IBM i Db2 Mirror - link
  • Infor ERP XA R7,R7.8 and R9 in an iASP environment

Benchmarks and Performance

Infor M3

  • Infor M3 on IBM POWER7 and IBM i 7.1

    This paper describes testing that was done with Infor M3 on the new IBM POWER7 750 and the IBM i 7.1 operating system. This report highlights the benefits of the latest IBM POWER hardware and IBM i operating system. First it shows how runtime performance on the new POWER7 has improved over a similarly configured POWER6 system. Second it shows the runtime performance of IBM i 7.1 compared to IBM i 6.1.

  • Infor M3 on IBM Power 740 Express

    This paper describes testing that was done with Infor M3 on the new IBM Power 740 Express and the IBM i operating system. This report highlights the benefits of the latest low end IBM POWER hardware and shows the enhanced scalability it can provide. First it shows how runtime performance the new POWER7 740 has improved over the previous POWER6 520 model. Second it shows scalability of the new IBM Power 740 with up to 6 processors. In addition when you combine the benefits of the new low end POWER7 hardware with the IBM i Solution Edition for Infor you can create a complete hardware and software solution that is low cost and competitively priced.

  • Infor M3 7.1 Large User Scaling on System i

    This paper describes testing that was done to test flexibility, integration, and scalability of the new Infor M3 7.1 running on a System i server. The test scenario was run using the i5/OS operating system, V5R4, and using the new IBM Technology for Java Virtual Machine, or IT4J, available in V5R4. All Infor M3 applications were installed on the same System i server. The test scenario was as follows: simulated users entered orders through M3 Workplace into M3 Business Engine, which includes full back-end processing to invoice the orders. The test team then ran the scenario using a System i model 570 system. Several different test scenarios were run to show the performance and scalability of Infor M3 7.1 running on a System i server.

  • Infor M3 7.1 16-Way Scaling on System i

    This paper describes testing that was done to test flexibility, integration, and scalability of the new Infor M3 7.1 running on a System i server. The test scenario was run using the i5/OS operating system, V5R4, and the new IBM Technology for Java Virtual Machine, or IT4J, available in V5R4. All Infor M3 applications were installed on the same System i server. The test scenario was as follows: simulated users entered orders through M3 Workplace into M3 Business Engine, which includes full back-end processing to invoice the orders. The test team then ran the scenario using a System i model 570 system. Several different test scenarios were run to show the performance and scalability of Infor M3 7.1 running on a System i server.

  • Infor M3 7.1 on IBM POWER 520 and IBM i V6.1

    This paper describes testing that was done with Infor M3 7.1 on the new IBM Power 520 with processor feature code 5587 and the IBM i V6.1 operating system. This report highlights the benefits of the latest IBM Power hardware and shows the enhanced scalability it can provide. First it shows how runtime performance has improved with the new IBM Power 520 model with processor feature code 5587 over the older IBM Power 520 model with processor feature code 5633. Second it shows scalability using a realistic number of order entry users on the new IBM Power 520 model with up to the full 4 processors it can have.

  • Infor M3 7.1 on IBM Power Hardware and IBM i 6.1 Operating System

    This paper describes testing that was done with M3 7.1 on the latest IBM Power hardware and the IBM i 6.1 operating system. This report highlights three benefits of this latest technology. First it shows how runtime performance on IBM i 6.1 has improved over IBM v5r4. Second it shows how run time performance with POWER6 processors has improved over previous POWER5+ models. Finally it shows the benefits of the new low-end IBM Power 520 Express offerings.

  • Infor M3 7.1 Large User Scaling on System i

    This paper describes testing that was done with M3 7.1 on the latest IBM Power hardware and the IBM i 6.1 operating system. This report highlights three benefits of this latest technology. First it shows how runtime performance on IBM i 6.1 has improved over IBM i 5.4. Second it shows how run time performance with POWER6 processors has improved over previous POWER5+ models. Finally it shows the benefits of the new low-end IBM Power 520 Express offerings.

Lawson

  • Lawson 9.0.1 on IBM i V7.1 and IBM POWER7

    This paper describes the testing that was completed by IBM® using the Lawson S3 benchmark kit to run a set of both on-line and batch tests using some of the most common Lawson S3 applications. Testing was performed on an IBM POWER7® 780 with the IBM i 7.1 operating system. The results were compared to previous measurements that were performed on an IBM POWER6® 570 with IBM i6.1. The testing results described in this paper show the benefits POWER7 and IBM i 7.1 bring to organizations using Lawson 9.

  • Lawson 9.0.1 on IBM i V6.1 and IBM POWER6

    The power of a centrally managed, consolidated computing platform, which the IBM PUREFLEX computing environment delivers, lends itself ideally for use by business and data center providers. This paper describes the testing of the Infor Lawson enterprise resource planning (ERP) product suite on the IBM PUREFLEX System.

Infor XA, LX and System 21

  • Infor XA on IBM POWER7+ and IBM i 7.1

    This paper describes testing that was done with Infor XA 9.5 on the IBM POWER7+ 720 and the IBM i 7.1 operating system. This report highlights the benefits of the latest IBM POWER7+ technology and shows how run time performance on the new POWER7+ has improved over a similarly configured POWER7 system.

Websites, Forums and Blogs

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