Small-medium business finds Baan attractive in ERP sector

Baan is making its mark in the ERP market for small to medium-sized firms. A small Lower Hutt furniture manufacturer, Formway Furniture, chose Baan's ERP (enterprise resource planning) suite to manage its engineer-to-order, assemble-to-order and distribution information processing, as well as financial accounting and reporting. Baan recently sold packages to two 10-user sites and another of the same size is pending.

Baan is making its mark in the ERP market for small to medium-sized firms.

A small Lower Hutt furniture manufacturer, Formway Furniture, chose Baan's ERP (enterprise resource planning) suite to manage its engineer-to-order, assemble-to-order and distribution information processing, as well as financial accounting and reporting. Baan recently sold packages to two 10-user sites and another of the same size is pending, says Baan New Zealand's general manager Mike Murphy.

Formway designs and manufactures office furniture, specialising in seating, tabling and modular workstation systems. It has 85 employees in New Zealand and 25 in Australia. It will have 23 concurrent users in Lower Hutt and Sydney.

Formway managing director Rick Wells says the company needed as system with the flexibility to grow with the company in future, and which could absorb additional business operations. "Flexibility was the single most important consideration." The Baan suite replaces older, standalone applications, including those which aren't Y2K compliant.

He says the company looked at a number of options. "We aren't a large organisation and it took us a while to sift through all the options and find a solution we felt confident about."

Wells says his aim is to raise the com-pany's level of service to its outlets, increase its response to demand and, over time, gain a substantial improvement in overall efficiency.

The Baan modules will run on Compaq Proliant hardware, with the Informix RDBMS (relational database management system and the Baan- in-a-Box Microsoft Backoffice version for NT.

Baan will work with the KPMG Baan implementation team to install the solution. Murphy says the solution Formway is using is a scaled-down version of the product.

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