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Baan catches ERP Internet wave

Antony Adshead
Baan has launched a family of Internet-enabled business applications in a bid to remain competitive with rival ERP software such as SAP's mySAP.com, writes Antony Adshead.

The iBaan line adds Internet features to its ERP supply chain and collaborative applications, but analysts have warned that business processes should be studied carefully before implementation.

Analyst Simon Bragg of ARC Advisory said, "It is all very well to promise the ability to cut across business partners' multiple sites and improve efficiency and cut costs, but gaining an understanding of the business processes involved is the difficult part - without this it is just nice to have.

"All ERP suppliers are moving in this direction and technically it is as good as any other - it will integrate with all the acronyms. The difficulty will come in convincing potential users how exactly this will make a difference to profits."

IBaan Webtop is a thin-client user interface for iBaanERP 5 that gives HTML functionality in a standard Web browser installed remotely to the client. The iBaan Portal gives employee-tailored access to applications and has role-based security.

IBaan Collaboration is business-to-business collaboration software that allows organisations to make adjustments to business processes as relationships change. Users, roles, business objects and process can all be altered.

IBaan Openworld is an XML gateway-based application integration framework for linking Baan software to other programs.

In addition, the company has released a range of e-business solutions, including iSell and iBuy, and industry and department-specific solutions such as iPlan, iMake and iAccount.

Baan recently declared profits for the first time since its takeover by Invensys. It had been in the red for the previous eight quarters.


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