Baan wins process manufacturing site

Baan has won its first New Zealand site in a key target market of process manufacturing, delivbering on a promise in May that it would be putting more emphasis on the process manufacturing industry.

Baan has won its first New Zealand site in a key target market of process manufacturing.

Baan NZ said in May that it would be putting more emphasis on the process manufacturing industry. A sale of Baan IV Microsoft Backoffice to Wellington-based Goulds Fine Foods is Baan’s first in the process manufacturing industry in New Zealand. Its other New Zealand sites are Tait Electronics, Firth Industries, Mercury/Transfield and MM Cable of Christ-church.

Goulds spokesman Phil Brown says the aim is to better manage inventory.

“Product traceability is an important issue.”

He says one of the considerations in choosing a product, was a proven track record which was difficult with Baan in New Zealand.

“But we developed enough confidence through other areas and discussion with customers to believe they can do the job.”

Brown says Goulds looked at 15 products and came up with a shortlist of SSA’s BPCS, JD Edwards and Baan.

He says cost was a big factor in choosing Baan. Being a small company, Goulds did not have a big budget.

“And also a higher degree of suiting our business — it matches our industry.”

Baan IV Microsoft Backoffice, with support for Windows NT 4.0 and Microsoft SQL Server 6.5, was released worldwide on May 14.

Brown says that reduces costs and makes the installation easier. He says the cost is a “few hundred thousand” dollars.

Baan is being implemented on a H-P hardware platform and tailored to the needs of Goulds’ business, using a full suite of ERP (enterprise resource planning) functionality including sales forecasting, procurement and inventory, manufacturing control, project management, distribution, transportation, service, finance and other functions.

Stage one of the project (finance and distribution) is expected to go live in October. Brown says Goulds will look at stage two (manufacturing functions) next year.

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