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Baan - What Will The Future In Invensys’ Stable Bring? Part 2: Evaluating Baan
Baan, once a leading global provider of ERP software hopes its adoptive parent, Invensys, will put it back on the enterprise software applications map. However,

baan iv  from its monolithic 4GL-based Baan IV product. Unfortunately for Baan, this undertaking coincided with its financial troubles, which had an impact on its execution. It is also ironic that the Baan business was hit with troubles exactly when it finally seemed to have delivered its most stable and mature product (Baan IV) and when it finally seemed to have straightened out its service and support part of the business. Conversely, during its golden days of over 80% annual growth, the company struggled to Read More

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Is Baan Clinically Dead?
On January 4, 2000 Baan, Europe's No. 2 business software company, sank deeper into trouble as its CEO resigned and it forecast a fourth quarter loss of $240

baan iv  Baan Clinically Dead? Event Summary On January 4, 2000 Baan, Europe's No. 2 business software company, sank deeper into trouble as its CEO resigned and it forecast a fourth quarter loss of $240 million to $250 million after restructuring. Its shares plunged over 30 percent as analysts cut recommendations on the loss-making vendor, which has yet to name a replacement for Mary Coleman, who is returning to her Silicon Valley home after taking charge only last May. Baan had reported a fifth consecutive Read More
Baan And SSA GT Merge To Form A Mid-Market Empire With An ''Iron Side'' Part Two: Market Impact On Baan
Baan is now in a much better company, one that is solely dedicated to the enterprise applications business. In addition to Baan being in a better shape and

baan iv  With the introduction of BAAN IV product release, Baan was one of the first ERP vendors to deliver serial effectivity and the US government-specific financial control and reporting. Despite a number of lost customers during multiple transitions, Baan has, at least, addressed the existing customer base attrition, partly by its senior management personally reassuring the major customers of the company's viability. The next step was to expand the business in its existing large customer base, both by Read More
It Is Possible - SAP And Baan Strange Bedfellows
Baan keeps on showing us wonders are still possible. The OEM alliance with its nemesis SAP was all but inconceivable a year ago.

baan iv  Possible - SAP And Baan Strange Bedfellows It Is Possible - SAP And Baan Strange Bedfellows P.J. Jakovljevic - July 19, 2001 Event Summary What may have seemed impossible not so long ago, happened on July 3 - two former ERP foes have entered into an OEM relationship. SAP Portals, Inc. , a provider of enterprise information portals and business intelligence products and wholly owned subsidiary of SAP AG (NYSE:SAP), the leading provider of business software solutions and Baan, the recently resurrected Read More
Invensys Announces New Division - Baan Process
Invensys has announced a new division, Baan Process Solutions Group (BPSG), which combines the PRISM and Protean process ERP products with the Baan Dimensions

baan iv  the Baan Dimensions and Baan IV Process product targeted at Food and Beverage, Chemicals, Plastics, Primary Metals, Pulp & Paper, and Cable & Wire industries. Robert Thomas is the name of the executive who will head-up BPSG. Thomas is a long term Invensys executive with a long career in the process automation industry. He has experience in automation research and development, sales and customer service. Under the new division, sales and development of both PRISM and Protean is planned to continue. While Read More
Baan Seeking A New Foster Home -- A Déjà vu Or Not Quite? Part Two: Baan Under Invensys
Baan's phase under Invensys, after a turbulent three years that have seen considerable people, market and technology change, and considerable worthwhile

baan iv  With the introduction of BAAN IV product release, Baan was one of the first ERP vendors to deliver serial effectivity and the US government-specific financial control and reporting. This is Part Two of a three-part note. Part One detailed the recent announcement. Part Three will discuss the Market Impact and make User Recommendations. Responding to the US Market We would have almost bought the recent news about several hundred new customers as a firm sign of resurrection if it were not for one minor' Read More
Global Trade Hits Home at MegaResistCap-Part IV: Blinded Me with Science
At the end of part III of this series, the software selection team at MegaResistCap had turned in their software selection votes to the company’s executive

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Baan Sinks Deeper into Red Quicksand
On May 3, analysts suggested that Dutch business applications maker Baan faces a takeover bid or a break-up, after the latest tumble in the troubled firm's

baan iv  Deeper into Red Quicksand Baan Sinks Deeper into Red Quicksand P.J. Jakovljevic - May 25, 2000 Event Summary On May 3, analysts suggested that Dutch business applications maker Baan faces a takeover bid or a break-up, after the latest tumble in the troubled firm's stock price. Baan shares fell as much as 34% in morning trading, taking their year-to-date slide to 85%. Analysts suggested that the decline might threaten a $135 million debt-for-equity swap with Bear Stearns, which, with a series of asset Read More
SSA GT Beefs Up BPCS V8 Through Partnerships' Spree Part 2: Market Impact
SSA GT has mostly achieved its most imminent and important goal of enticing existing BPCS customer base to stay on their maintenance contracts. Vendors vying to

baan iv  GT Regain Lost Ground? Baan Achieves A Speedy Recovery Despite The Tough Times Is Ross Systems Up To A Hat Trick? Nevertheless, one should hold his/her horses in the SSA GT's case. It may seem cynical to object to SSA GT's returning to profits by severely trimming fat and milking revenue from the existing client base only; the fact that the vendor had reached its near extinction point lends its positive results more than mere a psychological gravity. The face value of the indisputably impressive SSA GT's Read More
Software Leasing Trend Slams Baan Earnings
On October 21, the Baan Company announced a larger-than-expected loss of $25M. Baan's stock price tumbled more than 10% after the loss more than tripled Wall

baan iv  Leasing Trend Slams Baan Earnings Event Summary On October 21, Baan Co. reported a net loss of $25 million, or 12 cents per share, as well as significantly lower year-on-year revenue for the third quarter ended Sept. 30. Although the business software vendor was able to reduce its third-quarter loss compared with the $40 million in red ink it posted for the corresponding quarter in 1998, revenue fell by roughly 27% to $143 million, down from $195 million in last year's third quarter. Baan cited Read More
The Name and Ownership Change Roulette Wheel for Marcam Stops at SSA Global Part Five: Merger Impact and Challenges
Like previous SSA Global's acquisitions, this merger too seems aimed at enlarging the existing customer base, market share, and, more importantly, the

baan iv  SSA Global also bought Baan about a year ago. Before we delve deeper into the merger's strengths and weaknesses, let us revisit what SSA Global hereby obtains. The acquired company, although constantly morphing from Marcam to IPS back to Marcam, has a good track record and a heritage of selling solutions to manage divisional or autonomous plant sites within selected process industries. (For details, see Parts Two and Three of this note) For an extensive discussion of the PRISM and Protean products, see Read More
The ERP Market 2001 And Beyond - Part 3: Rating The Vendors
We generally believe that, in the long run, market winners will be those vendors with an established large customer base and with huge financial and human

baan iv  A Disguised ERP Follower?. Baan seems to have reversed its descent of 1999/2000 on the ERP ladder and is currently in a tight fight for the Fifth largest ERP vendor position owing to GEAC's beleaguered situation. Although Baan returned to profitability much before the expected time, its revenues are still far below the 1998 level, and the company has yet to regain confidence and exercise sufficient damage control. Strengths : Discrete manufacturing and project industries functionality, DEM SE concept of Read More
Resurrection, Vitality And Perseverance Of Former ERP 'Goners' Part Four: Challenges
Where these vendors' challenges take more individual tracks would be the state of affairs of harmonizing their installed user base across a controllable number

baan iv  migration for customers of Baan IV and iBaan ERP, given this is an issue which Baan is very aware of and is specifically addressing. Otherwise, valuable R&D and service & support resources will continue to be diluted indefinitely by the requirement to maintain multiple code bases. Moreover, while the Gemini product migration strategy has been put in place and conveyed to the market, it still reflects a year timeframe, during which time both releases will be enhanced and supported, and during which the Read More
Coficab Group Standardizes on Infor LN for Automotive
Infor recently announced it has signed a contract with Coficab Group, one of the biggest worldwide suppliers of wires and cables for the automotive industry

baan iv  In the days of Baan (Infor LN’s ancestor of sorts), there was no such a thing as being able to standardize on Baan ERP due to the product’s poor global finances and reporting. Infor seems to have not only fixed that shortcoming, but also done many more good things for the product, as Infor LN for Automotive is one of the Infor products with the most new customer wins. Read More

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