8.1 Lawson Technology Overview

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8.1 Lawson Technology
Overview




Lawson Technology Strategy

1.
We deliver new technologies
to clients only when they
deliver value.

2. We protect our clients
investments and ease the
transition to new value
-
added
solutions on their schedule.

3. We present data in the
context in which our clients
work.

Technology Guiding
Principles


Investment
Protection


System
Collaboration


Data in Context


Broad User
Adoption


Industry Standards

Technology

Fundamentals

Lawson ERP Technology Architecture

Lawson Version 8.1 Technology

8.1 Technology
-

Fast Facts


Next major release of Lawson Technology


Generally available in the second half of calendar year
2005


Unix and Windows only


Compatible with application versions:


8.1 applications


8.03 applications


8.02 applications, MSP#7


Client has options on which features to implement


LID is still supported


Portal required to take advantage of significant new
features


Industry Standards


Java / J2EE


Java programming language


Java servlets


EJB integration




J2EE application servers


BEA WebLogic 8.1


IBM WebSphere 5.1



Browsers


Microsoft Internet Explorer


Netscape


Safari (timing to be determined)


Hardware platforms


IBM
-
AIX


HP
-
UX RISC


HP
-
UX Itanium


Sun Solaris


Windows 2003 Server


Databases


Oracle


IBM DB2


Microsoft SQL Server


LDAP


IBM Tivoli Directory Server


Microsoft ADAM 2003 (Active
Directory Application Mode)

8.1 Technology

8.1 Technology


Security


Performance


ProcessFlow


“Stand Alone”


ProcessFlow Integrator

Technology Performance


System performance factors


Throughput


Response time


User


Capacity


Critical system performance areas


System logon


Form presentation


Transaction execution


Drill
-
Around


Reporting


Lawson J2EE Integration


Continued adoption of Java / J2EE (Java 2 Enterprise
Edition) technology


Java programming language


Java servlets


EJB (Enterprise Java Bean) integration


Performance



J2EE application server integration


BEA WebLogic 8.1


IBM WebSphere 5.1



Scalability


Vertical


Horizontal

8.1 Technology Performance Enhancements


J2EE (Java 2 Enterprise Edition) Technology


Servlets


IDA (Internet Drill
-
Around)


DME (Database Mining Engine)


AGS (Application Gateway Service)


Application Server


JCA (Java Connector Architecture) specification


Application pool


Distributed Lawson metadata repository (GEN) in RDBMS


Scale
-
out


Database access


New database API’s


Table joins


Array fetch


Application Server Definition


Server
-
side component that:


Manages application resources


Improves application performance


Provides for application distribution


Provides for application redundancy & fail
-
over


Provides transaction support

J2EE Application Server


Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE)


Builds on Java 2 Standard Edition (JDK)


Collection of standards that specify:


Behavior


Services


Interfaces


Operating environment


Provide comprehensive object oriented framework for:


Building/Hosting enterprise applications


Delivering dynamic web content


Implemented by multiple vendors and licensees


Cooperate on standards, compete on implementation


Benefits of J2EE Application Server


Better management of application resources


Greater performance and scalability


Improved ease of use


Improved interoperability


Provides for


Application distribution


Application redundancy & fail
-
over


Transaction support


Vertical scaling


Multiple J2EE server instances running on one machine


Horizontal scaling


Multiple J2EE servers running on multiple machines

J2EE Application Servers & Scalability


Vertical Scaling


Multiple J2EE application server instances running on one
machine

J2EE App. Servers & Scalability (cont.)


Horizontal Scaling


Multiple J2EE application
servers running on
multiple machines

Lawson Security

Lawson Security

Authorization

Authentication/

Single sign
-
on

Resource

Management

The three major components
of Lawson Security

Lawson Security


Business process focused


Roles and Rules based


Granular security checking


Object oriented


Flexible policy modeling


Allows organizational modeling for security


Allows attribute driven policies


Element based policies


Allows for distributed administration


Integration to LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol)

Lawson Security Features/Benefits


Business process
-
focused security


Role based security, can match Roles in your organization


Decrease time required for ongoing security administration; as soon as an end
-
user is assigned to a Role,
security is instantly applied


Central repository for security administration


Lawson Security can be called by all Lawson layers


One location to set
-
up and administer security for all Lawson Portal based products


Organizational modeling


Create organizational hierarchies of “securable objects” that match how your organization functions and is
structured


Lawson Security can be configured to exactly match your organizational structures


Rules builder


Build security rules that apply to your organizational structures in the Organizational Modeler


Rules can be reused and inherited; Rules can be simple or arbitrarily complex

8.1 Lawson Security Architecture

Web Server

Web

Database

Data

Warehouse

Lawson Environment

4GL

Applications

MDBS

Lawson

Security

LATM

Active Object

Repository

Browser

Web Server

Application Server

Data Server

Collaborative

Commerce

IOS

Drill

IDA

Brokers

Services

Lawson Security

Roles and Rules based
security system

Essbase

Microsoft OLAP

Note:

Lawson Security will
NOT support LID users.

Back
-
end sign
-
on

Specific end
-
user
connectivity to the database

Front
-
end sign
-
on

One user id and password for
Lawson Portal based products

New Security Model

Rules express security policies

-

Rule execution allows or denies access to a securable object

Security Classes group rules for common tasks

-

Constitutes a task oriented privilege pack

Multiple security classes to Roles

-

Easy creation of Roles with overlapping functionalities

Multiple Roles to users

-

Allows for multiple responsibilities

A Security Policy Illustration

Users

Roles

Security

Classes

Securable

Objects

Jane

John

Steve

Mary

Employee

HR Manager

Payroll Manager

Payroll Clerk

Employee Info

Manager Info

Payroll Access

Form HR11

Check Printer

Note: Users can be assigned multiple Roles simultaneously

Resource Management: Administrator

Resource Management: Structure

Release 8.1 Lawson Security

Scope:


Browser based access only

-

Includes Lawson Terminal (for Environment admin.)


Single sign
-
on solution for Lawson Portal based
products

-

User name password based solution


Formalized identity management


Framework for future support of third
-
party SSO

Lawson Portal 8.1

Portal 8.1 Feature Highlights


User Interface Enhancements


Role Manager


End User Options


Multi
-
Step Jobs


Integration with Lawson Security


Enhanced Help System


Continued Performance Enhancement

User Interface Enhancements


Extensive feedback from Lawson users and customers


Significantly enhanced graphical user interface


More intuitive buttons, icons, and screen layout


More user
-
friendly navigation behaviors


Benefits:


Much enhanced readability and user friendliness


User Interface Enhancements

Role Manager


New graphical user interface to specify characteristics
of Role Files for groups of users.


Administrators can specify:


Keyboard short cuts (hotkeys)


Access to Search, Menus, Default Actions


Custom Welcome message


Commonly used application forms and external web links


Benefits:


Much simplified administrative tasks to create and maintain Role Files
for groups of Portal users.


Portal Role Manager

Portal Role Manager

Portal Role Manager

Portal Role Manager

Jobs & Reports


Streamlined multi
-
step job definition process:


Direct links between the job definition and each step (token)


Consistent token selection look & feel


Consistent navigation behaviors


Upfront validation of end user entry before job definition is complete


Benefit:


Simplified work process for greater user efficiency



Multi
-
Step Job Definition

End User Options


Easy graphical interface for end users to manage
many aspects of their daily work in the Lawson Portal,
such as:


Default

keyboard

shortcuts

(hot

keys)


Number

of

records

to

display

for

DrillAround,

Select,

etc
.


Frequently

used

application

forms


Favorite

websites,

and

other

navigation

preferences
.



Benefit
:


End

users

can

easily

tailor

the

Portal

interface

to

best

meet

their

individual

habits

and

work

needs,

increasing

user

productivity

and

accuracy
.


User Options

User Options

User Options

User Options

Integration with Lawson Security


Lawson Security Components:


Resource Management and LDAP (roles, structures)


Authorization (rules engine)


Authentication and Single sign
-
on (SSO)


Lawson Portal is completed integrated with Lawson Security


Benefits:


Single Sign
-
On to all applications, self
-
service centers and extension
products within the Portal


Eliminate duplicated user administration tasks for the Portal

Enhanced Help System


Dynamic, integrated help system


Within an application form, a single help interface
brings together


Form Help,


relevant procedures and concepts from User Guides


access to the Lawson Knowledge Base


Benefit


Rich, context
-
based performance support to the end user, reducing the need
for ad hoc training, and increasing user productivity


Much improved presentation features make it easier for users to locate and
understand the information.

Enhanced Help System

Enhanced Help System

Continued Performance Enhancement


Continued commitment to maximize performance and
scalability


Much improved transaction speed due to design and
architectural improvements, such as


Smaller transaction size


Reduced demand on bandwidth


Eliminated unnecessary activities


Continued improvements in IOS


Benefit:


Robust and reliable browser
-
based user interface for organizations of any
size


Much improved end
-
user experience, particularly for data entry tasks