Baan unveils iBaan Portal management applications

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.

Baan, with dual headquarters, can be contacted in Barneveld, the Netherlands at +31-342-42-8888, and in Reston, Virginia at +1-703-234-6000, or at

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