SalesLogix Mobile – Blackberry Deployment Changes

For anyone that develops with SalesLogix mobile for Blackberry, RIM has made a security change to the BB OS that effects the deployment of SalesLogix compiled customization files. See the below info from Sage:

In response to a security vulnerability, RIM has made changes to their v4.2 OS that restrict how applications are registered and updated. As a result, SalesLogix Mobile customizations are also affected by this change. If you are planning to deploy customizations to the OTB Blackberry client, such as enabling real-time sync, please read below.

As a result of the changes above, BB 4.2 sees our SLX Mobile client as a monolithic app, and instead of just replacing the specific file(s) for a customization update, it will replace the entire app itself — meaning that a customization update (corumbusinessbase.cod) will replace all of the cod files in a pre-existing installation (thereby rendering it useless).

To workaround customization deployments for existing implementations using 4.5:

1) OTA deployments require:

  • The original out-of-the-box JAD file
  • The corumbusinessbase.com containing customizations 
  • The remaining COD files from the original out-of-the-box client

2) Desktop Manager deployments require:

  • The original out-of-the-box ALX file
  • The corumbusinessbase.cod containing customizations
  • The remaining COD files from the original out-of-the-box client

The new deployment model is addressed in 5.0, and will be addressed in a future fix pack for 4.5 following the Magellan release.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ryan Farley

Ryan Farley is the Director of Development for Customer FX and creator of slxdeveloper.com. He's been blogging regularly about SalesLogix, now Infor CRM, since 2001 and believes in sharing with the community. His new passion for CRM is Creatio, formerly bpm'online. He loves C#, Javascript, web development, open source, and Linux. He also loves his hobby as an amateur filmmaker.

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