Build Enhancements & Customizations with Manhattan ProActive

Manhattan ProActive is a powerful application within the Manhattan Active® platform. It empowers companies to enhance the base application with their custom business logic and processes. Using the tools available in ProActive, many of your identified gaps and custom requirements can be resolved. Some of the key benefits of include:

  • Customizing the base reports and labels available or developing unique ones from scratch 
  • Using one of thousands of touch points across the different components to inject logic on top of base functionality 
  • Extending entities in the database with new custom attributes that can be populated by the host system, by users using mobile or UI, or by custom logic injected at the available touch points 
  • Creating new API endpoints that external systems can use to perform unique CREATE, READ, UPDATE, and DELETE (CRUD) actions 
  • Manipulating and enriching messages between components or messages between WMS and external systems 
  • Adjusting the UI or mobile transactions to your unique preference 
  • Taking full advantage of ProActive can be challenging at first, particularly when trying to learn the rest of the Active product simultaneously. It requires an understanding of the new component-based architecture, their available access points for injection, and experience using JasperSoft Studio to develop reports or FreeMarker/Velocity to write custom logic and manage the deployments of these modifications across locations and environments. Depending on your specific need, 4SiGHT’s ProActive experts can guide you through different elements and find a beneficial solution for your situation.  

    The initial step involves collaborating with the client to comprehend their desired enhancements and the extent of their developers’ experience, participation, and bandwidth for completing the changes. While ProActive has many solutions available, it can’t solve every problem. Some customizations may need to go through the traditional Manhattan modification process. For example, significant changes that involve creating entirely new UI screens or deeply enhancing existing screens/transactions with additional features not used anywhere else are likely candidates that need to go through the traditional development process. Modifications created by Manhattan may partially involve ProActive, and once they deliver an extension, the ProActive portion can be turned over to the client for ownership. Going forward, additional changes can be made in-house.

    Once we determine which change requests ProActive can solve and understand your current system’s deployed configuration, 4SiGHT can begin development using our in-house team of developers to turn your business requirements into a deployed modification. If there is an upcoming deadline or no internal development resources available or qualified to work on ProActive, then 4SiGHT can fully own the development process. If the client has enough time and internal resources, we can use this development process to provide training and delve deeper into ProActive; by learning how the extensions function and how to build them, clients are empowered to make their tweaks or create entirely new customizations on their own with little or no external cost. Later, if your resources need additional assistance or a deeper knowledge of a particular concept, 4SiGHT can be brought back for ad-hoc support.

    In conclusion, ProActive is a robust platform enabling users to enhance their Manhattan Active product with various customizations. Taking full advantage of the suite of capabilities can be challenging, especially if you’re new to the Active ecosystem. At 4SiGHT, we help clients overcome these challenges and develop tailored solutions. Whether a client requires a turnkey solution without committing internal resources or a comprehensive training program for future in-house development, our 4SiGHT development team guides you through the development process and ensures the achievement of desired results. 

    To help illustrate some of the specific problems ProActive can solve, here are some past extensions 4SiGHT has developed in-house for clients: 

    • Creating a custom attribute on the orders that populate during the creation step that assists users with filtering in the UI and reporting 
    • Developing a new API endpoint that users in the host can utilize to access particular inventory information only located in the WMS system 
    • Designing three different versions of a packing list, each having unique logic applied during the payload generation step, and getting printed for specific order types 
    • Enhance receiving mobile transaction and receipt history ui to display additional custom attributes

    Contact 4SiGHT for any of your Manhattan Associates software development needs.  

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