Lawson Software has announced its new Lawson M3 7.1 applications for manufacturing, distribution and maintenance companies, highlights of which include a new user interface, enhanced industry functionality and a simpler upgrade approach.
Lawson M3 7.1 is designed for customers in the fashion, food and beverage, distribution, asset-intensive and manufacturing industries.
The new application release includes Smart Client – a significantly enhanced user interface, increased functionality through Supply Chain Orders, enhancements to Lawson’s industry-specific functionality, and a new system foundation that separates Lawson M3 applications from Lawson M3 technology and helps customers avoid disruptive upgrades.
With the Lawson Smart Client user interface, which is a core element of the overall M3 7.1 applications release, Lawson claims that it is redefining how customers will interact with their Lawson applications. Lawson worked with user interface developer Frog Design to create Smart Client, which will become the common user interface for Lawson products moving forward.
Smart Client is a client application that sits on a central server. It delivers an intuitive user interface that allows user-specific customization and personalization to put the right tools and information on every user’s screen. The new user interface can incorporate features such as documents, two- and three-dimensional graphics, and video.
The new Lawson Supply Chain Orders, meanwhile, provides functionality for a wide variety of industries that use the M3 applications. Supply Chain Orders links the various orders within a supply chain to provide greater visibility into the entire supply chain and allow greater flexibility to successfully react to changes in orders.
In addition, Lawson M3 7.1 applications provide enhancements to better meet a company’s global capable-to-promise needs. A user can analyze orders and quickly identify its capability to deliver as promised, based on inventory, sourcing needs and overall capacity. This ‘what if’ capability can help save time and provide critical intelligence to help companies provide realistic delivery dates to their customers.
The Lawson M3 7.1 applications will be phased in globally beginning in May.