Infor IDF - Rejuvenating IBM i
IDF evolved from the Infor ERP XA solution. The technology implemented and continuously developed in XA is now also available for your application. Contrary to the usual approaches Infor uses no tools to provide a web interface or Windows applications to the user or modernizes the program code. Infor's strategy is based on your existing data. The goal is a complete application based on state of the art technology. Step by step - IDF not merely brings a new user interrface, it also carries your technology on a new basis. Behind this lies the Infor Development Framework - briefly IDF.
Everything revolves around your data
IDF runs natively on the IBM i and is based on your data. It is insignificant whether your data come from an ERP system or a separate application. All data on the IBM i, and optional external data from databases with JDBC driver, such as MS-SQL, PostgreSQL or MySQL can be integrated in IDF applications.
IDF architecture - overview
The diagram below shows the various levels of IDF.
The lower level is the IDF application that is based on the database. Optionally, there are also user exits that allow you to implement additional program logics.
Above this the two user interfaces Powerlink and NetLink are found. Powerlink is a fat client for Windows, Linux and Mac. With NetLink, your IDF application can be operate with every popular browser.
The third pillar is system link. System Link opens up integration into the company up for your application. SystemLink uses the IDF logic to get access to your data, so consistency is also ensured.
Infor IDF also supports mobile applications and makes your applications available for the sales force. Again, your defined business logic applies in connection with applications that have been optimized for mobile devices.
Dialogs for data entry, map display, diagrams and much more are possible, so that management and sales force stay connected with your IBM i at any time. Whether you want to see your stock inventory, or an order entry, analysis or schedulings, your business becomes mobile. Scanning barcodes is also possible using the built-in camera.