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The Baan Corporation
Former type
Industry Software
Fate acquired by SSA Global Technologies, now part of Infor Global Solutions
Founded Barneveld, Netherlands, (1978)
Defunct July 2003
Barneveld, Netherlands

key_people = Jan Baan,Paul Baan,Laurens van der Tang

Products ERP
Baan was a vendor of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software that is now owned
by Infor Global Solutions.

Baan or Baan ERP was also the name of the ERP product created by this company.

Contents [hide]
1 History
2 Product version
3 Supported Platform and Database (Server)
4 Standard Packages
5 Baan Virtual Machine - bshell
6 Fraud
7 See also
8 References
9 External links
The Baan Corporation was created by Jan Baan in 1978 in Barneveld, Netherlands, to
provide financial and administrative consulting services. With the development of
his first software package, Jan Baan and his brother Paul Baan entered what was to
become the ERP industry. The Baan company focused on the creation of enterprise
resource planning (ERP) software.

Jan Baan developed his first computer program on Durango F-85 computers in BASIC
language. In the early '80s, Baan Company began to develop application on Unix
computers with C and self-developed Baan-C language, whose syntax was very similar
to BASIC language.[1]
Baan gained its popularity in the early nineties. Baan software is famous for its
Dynamic Enterprise Modeler (DEM), technical architecture and its 4GL language. Baan
4GL and Tools nowadays is still considered to be one of the most efficient and
productive database application development platforms. Baan became a real threat to
market leader SAP after winning a large Boeing deal in 1994. It went IPO in 1995
and became a public listed company in Amsterdam and US Nasdaq. Several large
consulting firms throughout the world partnered to implement Baan IV for multi-
national companies. It acquired several other software companies to enrich its
product portfolio, including Antalys, Aurum, Berclain, Coda and Caps Logistics.
Sales growth rate was once claimed to reach 91% per year.

However the fall of the Baan Company began in 1998. The management exaggerated
company revenue by booking "sales" of software licenses that were actually
transferred to a related distributor. The discovery of this "creative" revenue
manipulation led to a sharp decline of Baan's stock price at the end of 1998.[2]

In June 2000, facing worsening financial difficulties, lawsuits and reporting seven
consecutive quarterly losses and bleak prospects, Baan was sold at a price of
US$700 million to Invensys,[3] a UK automation, controls, and process solutions
group to become a unit of its Software and Services Division. Laurens van der Tang
was the president of this unit. With the acquisition of Baan, Invensys's CEO Allen
Yurko began to offer "Sensor to Boardroom" solutions to customers.

In June 2003, after Allen Yurko stepped down, Invensys sold its Baan unit to SSA
Global Technologies for US$ 135 million. Upon acquiring the Baan software, SSA
renamed Baan as SSA ERP Ln. In August 2005, SSA Global released a new version of
Baan, named SSA ERP LN 6.1.

In May 2006, SSA was acquired by Infor Global Solutions of Atlanta, a major ERP
consolidator in the market.

Product version[edit]
Triton 1.0 to 2.2d, 3.0 to last version of Triton is 3.1bx, then the product is
renamed to Baan

Baan 4.0 (last version of BaanIV is BaanIVc4 SP30) & Industry extensions (A&D,...)

Baan 5.0 (last version of BaanV is Baan5.0 c SP26.0)

Baan 5.1, 5.2 (for specific customers only)

SSA ERP 6.1 /Infor ERP LN 6.1 / Infor10 ERP Enterprise / Infor LN

ERP Ln 6.1 FP6, released in December, 2009

ERP Ln 6.1 FP7, released in January, 2011
ERP LN 6.1 10.2.1, released 2012
Infor LN 10.3, released in July, 2013
Infor LN 10.4, released 2015
Infor LN 10.5, released in June, 2016
Infor ERP Ln 6.1 supports Unicode and comes with additional language translations.

Supported Platform and Database (Server)[edit]

Server Platform:

Windows Server, Linux, IBM AIX, Sun Solaris, HP-UX, AS400(Obsolete), OS390


Oracle, DB2, MS SQL Server, Informix (Obsolete since December 2015), MySQL
(Obsolete since year 2010), Bisam (Obsolete), Btam (Obsolete)

Standard Packages[edit]
Baan IV Packages:
Common (tc), Finance (tf), Project (tp),Manufacturing (ti),Distribution
(td),Process (ps),Transportation (tr),Service (ts),Enterprise Modeler
(tg),Constraint Planning (cp),Tools (tt),Utilities (tu), Baan DEM ( tg)

ERP Ln 6.1 Packages:

PDM BaanIV (ba), Conversion (bc), Enterprise Modeler (tg), Common,Taxation
(tc),People(bp), Financials (tf),Project (tp),Enterprise Planning (cp),Order
Management (td), Electronic Commerce (ec),Central Invoicing (ci),Manufacturing
(ti),Warehouse Management (wh),Freight Management (fm), Service (ts), Quality
Management (qm), Object Data Management (dm), Tools (tt), Tools Addons(tl),
Development Utilities (du)

Baan Virtual Machine - bshell[edit]

Bshell is the core component of Baan application server. It is a process of virtual
machine to run Baan 4GL language. Bshell were ported to different server platforms
and make Baan program scripts platform independent. For example, a Baan session
developed on Windows platform can be copied to Linux platform without re-compiling
the application code. Bshell is similar to nowaday's Java VM or .Net CLR.

In 1998 Baan had a class action against them for violation of the securities
exchange act of 1934 held in the United States District Court of Columbia. Baan "..
undertook a scheme and course of conduct intended to inflate Baan's results through
various financial manipulations".[4] The movie De uitverkorene was based on the
events with the Baan brothers in 1998. The end credits indicate that it is not a
documentary but fiction and that the makers have not intended to give individuals
and events accurately; However, the similarity with the Baan debacle is obvious.

See also[edit]
Comparison of accounting software
Exact Holding
Jump up ^ dr Henk A. Post "Ongoing Innovation - The way we built Baan"
Jump up ^ Baker, Stephen; Menno Spiro; Steve Hamm (2000-08-14). "The Fall of Baan
(int'l edition)". BusinessWeek. The McGraw-Hill Companies Inc. Archived from the
original on 2007-03-23. Retrieved 2007-08-23.
Jump up ^ "The Rise & Fall of Baan Co.". BusinessWeek. The McGraw-Hill Companies
Inc. 2000-08-14. Archived from the original on 2008-10-14. Retrieved 2007-08-23.
Jump up ^ "Class Action against Baan". Stanford University Law School.
External links[edit]
BaanERP at PC mag
Jan Baan the software man at The Register
Baan news
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