Baan E-Enterprise(TM) Solution Powered By Microsoft(R) Site Server Includes Baan E-Sales(TM), Baan E-Collaboration(TM), Baan E- Procurement(TM); Applications Offer 'Snap-In' Integration with Existing Front- and Back-Office Infrastructure Baan Company N.V. (Amsterdam: BAAN; Nasdaq: BAANF) today announced its Baan E-Enterprise(TM) suite of Web-enabled enterprise software applications that facilitate business between the entire "value chain" of employees, partners, resellers, suppliers, and multiple customer tiers. Based on the Microsoft(R) Site Server 3.0 Commerce Edition(TM) platform, Baan Company customers can now take advantage of the power of their existing Baan enterprise applications through the addition of these high-ROI business-to-business e-commerce, supply-chain collaboration and indirect procurement solutions.
Adhering to the Baan Company vision of an "extended enterprise," Baan E-Enterprise(TM) is the first in a series of product deliveries focused on meeting the needs of electronic business. Baan E-Enterprise consists of three applications: Baan E-Sales(TM), Baan E-Collaboration(TM) and Baan E-Procurement(TM). With general availability in June 1999, the new application suite leverages 18 months of unique experience by Baan Company in developing proven, best-in-class customer facing front-office applications. Unlike the yet-to-ship products announced by other vendors, the new Baan application suite does not require re- investment in a new back-office foundation. Instead, it enables customers to leverage their existing investment in Baan Operations Management (specifically the BaanIV series of products, BaanERP(TM), and Baan supply-chain solutions), Corporate Management (human resources and financials applications), and Customer Management (specifically BaanSales and BaanConfiguration) software by offering packaged "snap-in" integration with these Baan products.
"As a leader in enterprise applications, Baan clearly understands how to get its customers to the next level of Internet application functionality," said Charles Stevens, vice president, Microsoft Application Developers Customer Unit. "By combining Baan E-Enterprise applications with Microsoft Site Server 3.0 Commerce Edition, Baan customers will benefit from a flexible e-commerce platform that enables IT departments to develop next-generation information portals, extended supply- chains and sophisticated selling solutions."
"One of our top business priorities this year is to develop a Web-based customer-ordering process that integrates with our ERP system," said Robert Owen, director of IS at Microchip Technology Incorporated. "When we realized that Baan E-Enterprise could both give us the ability to extend our in-house e-commerce system, while extending our currently installed Baan ERP system to the Web, we became very interested. Industry analysts are saying that companies can't forget to integrate existing back-end fulfillment and business processes when moving to e-commerce. As a beta customer on Baan E-Enterprise, we have the opportunity to integrate our Web presence and fulfillment systems into a single service center for our customers."
Baan E-Enterprise: Baan Company Leads Industry with Delivery of Shipping Product
Baan E-Enterprise is the latest offering in a series of firsts for Baan Company: The first back office vendor to acquire and integrate a full-fledged front-office vendor; the first vendor to bring to market a complete front- to back-office enterprise software suite; the first vendor to offer comprehensive dynamic enterprise modeling (DEM); the first vendor to deliver a complete low cost bundled product solution on a Microsoft technology stack (Baan Enterprise Software Agreement- BESA); the first vendor to deliver an enterprise-class browser- based front-office product; Baan is now the first vendor to ship an e-commerce suite that provides an "information hub" and extends information all the way through to several tiers of customers.
The Baan E-Enterprise solution is comprised of:
Designed for business-to-business selling environments, Baan E-Sales is an Internet-based, unassisted sales solution that enables businesses to sell direct or through channel partners and offer a secure, personalized buying experience. Baan E-Sales offers seamless "snap-in" integration with BaanFrontOffice(TM) and Baan ERP(TM) solutions to ensure consistency among sales channels, while leveraging the order management capabilities of ERP and offers:
* Multi-media product catalogs, quotes and order list
* Self-service lookups for real-time access to key information,
including negotiated prices, product availability, sales order
status, and invoices.
* Available proven configuration technology enabling even the
most complex products and services to be accurately defined
and ordered within minutes.
Baan E-Collaboration Baan E-Collaboration is an XML-based supply-chain collaboration solution that provides greater access to enterprise information. It also enables business partners to interact online to improve the accuracy of communication, decrease supply- chain cycle times, and reduce the overall cost of doing business. Baan E-Collaboration also offers the following key features:
* Centralized hosting of key documents such as purchase orders,
forecasts, shipping notices in a Web-based repository
* Secure, sharable documents published in XML and pulled from
Baan systems with notification to key business partners
involved with each document.
* Real-time resolution of complex pricing and availability
issues using Microsoft NetMeeting(TM).
Baan E-Procurement is an intranet-based, indirect procurement solution for Baan ERP. By automating a largely paper-based process to purchase office supplies and MRO items, Baan E- Procurement reduces the cost of a purchase order by up to 80%, while instilling best-practice controls across the enterprise to better manage corporate spending. Baan E-Procurement's main features include:
* A tailored and controlled buying experience for employees via
an intranet-based requisitioning system.
* A consolidated multi-vendor product catalog with customized
content maintained by the purchasing department and/or a third
* Workflow-defined user limits and rules fully supporting
approval process with user spending limits and rules.
Integration with Baan ERP for approval and processing of
Pricing and Availability
Sample pricing in North America for Baan E-Sales and Baan E- Collaboration is US$25,000 each per server for up to 25 concurrent users and is also available integrated with Baan E- Config(TM). Baan E-Procurement is available on a per user basis at US$1000 per seat. World-wide pricing is available by contacting a regional Baan Company sales office.
General availability for Baan E-Sales and Baan E- Collaboration is expected in June 1999. Baan E-Procurement is expected to ship in Q3 1999, and additional suite applications will be available in a phased rollout of components.
Baan E-Enterprise is sold through Baan's direct sales force, VARs, solution integrators and Microsoft Certified Solution Providers. For a complete listing of Baan's sales partners, visit http://alliances.baan.com.
About Baan Company
Founded in 1978, Baan Company (Amsterdam: BAAN; Nasdaq: BAANF) is a leading global provider of enterprise business software. Baan Company offers a comprehensive portfolio of best- in-class, component-based applications for front office, corporate office, and back office automation solutions which are in use at over 12,000 customer sites worldwide. Baan Company products reduce complexity, improve core business processes, are faster to implement and use, more flexible in adapting to business changes and optimize the management of information throughout the entire value chain.
Baan Company has dual headquarters in Barneveld, The Netherlands and Reston, Virginia, USA and can be found on the World Wide Web at www.baan.com.
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