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The Hub will provide Internet-enabled software through an application service provider (ASP) service to UK-based SMEs. The iBaan software automates and streamlines business processes between suppliers, partners and customers, and will be hosted at The Hub's data centre in Leicestershire.
Commenting on the deal, Tim van Oerle, Baan's channel and alliances manager, said: "Given the economic climate and the hesitancy of companies to make large investments in IT infrastructure, the ASP model can provide a better route for financing IT solutions."
By adopting the "software as a service" approach, where companies lease IT facilities, van Oerle added, Baan can make its software accessible to smaller businesses that cannot afford to implement a full supply-chain management system.
Tony Lock, a senior analyst at Bloor Research, said the ASP model is extremely effective for managing applications. However, he warned: "Companies providing this type of service have to be able to deliver the service at a price that the customer is willing to meet."