Understanding M3 Version Numbering

Jan 28 2017

In this re-post of one of our most popular articles, George Zagas, one of our senior M3 technical folk sheds some light on M3 version numbering. For anyone who is managing legacy Movex / M3 systems, considering upgrades, or new to M3, this is a valuable resource.

Video Content included.

Includes:

  • A Quick Guide
  • Detailed Video Explanation

Understanding M3 Version Numbering

Many of us have experienced confusion related to version numbering associated with M3. Way back in 1992 Movex Release 7 integrated “AMACS” and “Movex” into the one system. In 1998, Movex Version 11 saw the Application Layer being split from the Business Engine which led to increasingly split version numbering as the years rolled on. In 2005, Movex changed to M3, which accounted for another leap in numbering to M3 Version 5, and then as GUI interfaces (such as Smart Office) with their own numbering came into being, it added yet more complexity. Today we have M3 Version 13.x, M3 Engine Version 15, and  Infor Smart Office Version 10. Of course with Infor’s impressive Infor10x (which delivers a new level of capability to Infor’s core products, including M3), the numbering just went up a notch.

The reasons are many but basically come down to the following:

  • Changing companies – Intentia, Lawson, Infor
  • Changing name – Movex, M3
  • Changing release strategies – more responsive, easier upgrades and updates
  • Changing technology – splitting out the application layer, adding usable interfaces, adapting to the cloud and ‘consumer-style’ software demands.
I could write for hours about the why’s and wherefores of the version numbering, but I thought it might be more efficient to give you a couple of visual aids.

1. The Quick Guide 

(note from editor – we suggest you bookmark or print this one out – its a great snapshot of whats what)

Year

M3/Movex Version

GUI

Version

Business Engine Ver.

Notes

1992

Movex Release 7

n/a

n/a

AMACS and Movex integrated into one    system.

1994

Movex Release 8

n/a

n/a

1995

Movex Release 9

GUI

n/a

Screen scraping interface

1997

Movex v10

Movex Explorer

n/a

1998

MIA 10

11

Movex Industry Applications minus Paper and Steel integrated into “Movex Standard”.

1999

Movex v11 ThisGen and V11 NextGen

11

Java version called NextGen introduced as version 11 pilot to some select customers.

2001

Movex v12 ThisGen and V12 NextGen

MvxExplorer (ThisGen),
Workplace
or
MvxExplorer
(NextGen) 

12

Movex 12 NextGen is on BE12

2002

Movex 12.5 RPG

12

Paper and Steel (ACP) functionality included in 12.5RPG.

2003

Movex 2003#2

12

New notion of Editions is introduced.

2004

Movex 2004#1 and #2

12

No more RPG version releases.

2005

M3 v5.1 and v5.2

12

2006

M3 v5.2US

12

US version. Lawson merges with Intentia.

2007

Lawson Smart Client

2008

M3 v7.1

Lawson Smart Client v10.0.5

13

Decoupling M3 Technology and M3 Application.

2009

M3 v10.1

Lawson Smart Office v10.1.1

14

M3 Enterprise Search introduced.

2010

M3 v10.1 (HB 201005)

14

Lawson Cloud introduced. Flexible Subscription licencing of M3 on Amazon.

2012

Infor merges with Lawson.

2013

M3 v13.1

15

Introduction of Feature Packs for M3.

2013

Infor H5

New HTML5-based thin client for M3.

2014

Infor Smart Office v 10.2

2014

M3 v13.2

15

2. The Documentary Version

If you are a visual/auditory person, or if you would like to understand some of the detail about what the different versions include, this is the one for you. In this 5 minute video, I talk you through some of the history aided by a helpful graphical timeline.

Watch the Video

If you have any questions about M3 version numbering, don’t hesitate to contact me on george.zagas@comactivity.com.au

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