Baan unveils iBaan Portal management applications

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BOSTON (01/30/2001) -- Dutch ERP (enterprise resource planning) software maker Baan Co. NV unveiled a suite of Internet-based management applications and services Monday, its first offering since British software maker Invensys PLC bought a controlling stake in the embattled company last year.

The Web-enabled applications are based around the iBaan Portal, an online access point for employees to view relevant information sources, applications and business processes.

New products include: iBaan OpenWorld, designed to allow companies to integrate third party and legacy applications into the Web using graphical business object mapping and XML-based gateway technology; iBaan Collaboration, which allows businesses to reconfigure applications on the fly as relationships change; iBaan Webtop, a thin client for iBaanERP 5 that provides customers with a Web interface using the Webtop navigation framework and integrating Baan functionality within a standard Web browser; and iBaan Solutions -- a package of e-business applications and services for online customer interaction, business-to-business Web selling and secure Web-based buying and procurement.

Last month, Invensys said it intended to transform what used to be known as BaanFrontOffice into a Web-enabled application within the next year. It also said it would phase out two of Baan's customer relationship products, the Matrix sales force automation tool and Classys product modeling software.

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