Baan Announces the Creation of the World's Largest Software Group For The Process Industry

Combines Resources from Baan and Wonderware to Provide Process Industry

Customers With Tighter Integration and Full Visibility

Across Their Entire Supply Chains



Apr 24, 2001, 01:00 ET from Baan

    LONDON, April 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Baan, the global provider of enterprise
 business solutions, has announced the creation of Baan Process Solutions, a
 new business unit focused specifically on addressing the enterprise software
 requirements of the continuous and hybrid process industries.  The new unit
 combines the resources of three process industry focused application groups --
 Baan Dimensions, Baan IV Process and Wonderware Solutions' Protean/PRISM
 business unit.  Baan Process Solutions will leverage Baan's powerful iBaan
 suite of Internet-enabled collaboration solutions to provide process industry
 customers with tighter enterprise integration and full sensor-to-boardroom
 visibility across their entire supply chain.
     With the integration of these operations, the new business unit now has
 the largest number of process ERP customers, with over 1,000 companies using
 Baan Process Solutions products and solutions across over 1,800 sites
 worldwide.  Using iBaan, Baan Process Solutions will help to develop offerings
 that will allow current users of Baan Dimensions, Baan IV Process, Protean and
 PRISM to extend their existing enterprise systems with additional capabilities
 including Internet-enabled collaboration, business intelligence, customer
 relationship management and supply chain solutions.
     Baan Process Solutions will become a business unit within Baan and will be
 headed by Robert Thomas -- who will be Vice President of Baan Process
 Solutions -- reporting to Laurens van der Tang, Baan's President.  It will
 have offices in Newton, Massachusetts and Eindhoven and Veenendaal in the
 Netherlands.
     "Invensys Software Systems businesses have a track record of success in
 the process industry, with over 60 per cent of its revenue coming from this
 important sector," commented Laurens van der Tang, President of Baan.  "The
 creation of Baan Process Solutions shows us as responding to our customers'
 demands for process-focused enterprise solutions and support, whilst
 highlighting the long term potential of this market sector.  With Baan Process
 Solutions we now have a foundation from which we can build a market leading
 position in the industry.
     "The combination of Baan Process Solutions' unique process functionality,
 Baan's powerful new iBaan approach, and the process and consulting expertise
 of Invensys Software Systems companies, IPA and APV provides a unique offering
 to the process industry.  With the creation of this unit, Invensys is now the
 only company able to offer unified, customer-to-supplier, sensor-to-boardroom
 e-enterprise solutions for the process industry," he continued.
     Chris Humphries, Chairman of the UK and Ireland Protean User Group said:
 "This is great news for the process user community.  The proven capabilities
 of the ERP backbones combined with the e-enterprise and supply chain product
 portfolio of Baan will provide many opportunities for the customer bases
 moving forward. Users will be pleased about the prospects of leveraging the
 software now available to help them gain a competitive advantage."
     The new iBaan suite of Internet-enabled collaboration solutions addresses
 manufacturers' growing demands for tighter integration and full visibility
 across their entire supply chains.  The suite combines proven Baan technology
 with significant new developments that enable customers to take significant
 steps towards the seamless integration of systems and processes, provide
 end-users with personalised and easy-to-use information, and empower
 businesses to collaborate with their customers and suppliers over the
 Internet.
 
     About Wonderware:
     Wonderware Corporation is an independent operating unit of the Invensys
 Software Systems Division of Invensys plc.  The company is the world's leading
 supplier of industrial automation software.  Founded in 1987, Wonderware
 pioneered the use of Microsoft Windows-based, Human-Machine-Interface (HMI)
 automation software for manufacturing operation systems. Today, Wonderware's
 mission is to provide integrated software suites that drive the customer's
 strategic, planning and operational decision-making based on real-time plant
 floor information.
     Wonderware is based in Irvine, Calif., and has regional sales and
 development offices throughout North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia
 to provide support to its network of more than 160 independent distributor
 offices.  Wonderware has more than 180,000 successful software installations
 in more than 25,000 plants worldwide.  For more information, visit the
 Wonderware home page at: http://www.wonderware.com .
 
     About Baan:
     Baan helps companies to compete in the 'networked economy' with its
 ever-increasing demands for more information, integration and collaboration.
 Through its powerful new iBaan suite of Internet-enabled solutions, Baan is
 ideally placed to support organisations in the manufacturing, logistics,
 service and engineering industries as they move towards tighter integration of
 their complex processes, collaborate more closely with customers and partners,
 and provide employees with essential build-to-order shop floor data and supply
 information.  Baan has more than 15,000 customer sites worldwide, and is part
 of the Invensys Software and Systems Division -- a global leader in the
 provision of e-business/automation solutions.
     For more information, please visit http://www.baan.com .
 
     About Invensys plc:
     Invensys is a global leader in the Automation and Controls industry.  With
 its head office in London, England it operates in all regions of the world
 through four focused divisions -- Software Systems, Automation Systems, Power
 Systems and Control Systems.  With over 80,000 employees, the company's
 products and services range from advanced control systems and networks for
 automating industrial plants and controlling the environments of buildings, to
 electronic devices and controls found in residential buildings and light
 commercial applications, plus complete power systems for the
 telecommunications and information technology industries.
 
 

SOURCE Baan
    LONDON, April 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Baan, the global provider of enterprise
 business solutions, has announced the creation of Baan Process Solutions, a
 new business unit focused specifically on addressing the enterprise software
 requirements of the continuous and hybrid process industries.  The new unit
 combines the resources of three process industry focused application groups --
 Baan Dimensions, Baan IV Process and Wonderware Solutions' Protean/PRISM
 business unit.  Baan Process Solutions will leverage Baan's powerful iBaan
 suite of Internet-enabled collaboration solutions to provide process industry
 customers with tighter enterprise integration and full sensor-to-boardroom
 visibility across their entire supply chain.
     With the integration of these operations, the new business unit now has
 the largest number of process ERP customers, with over 1,000 companies using
 Baan Process Solutions products and solutions across over 1,800 sites
 worldwide.  Using iBaan, Baan Process Solutions will help to develop offerings
 that will allow current users of Baan Dimensions, Baan IV Process, Protean and
 PRISM to extend their existing enterprise systems with additional capabilities
 including Internet-enabled collaboration, business intelligence, customer
 relationship management and supply chain solutions.
     Baan Process Solutions will become a business unit within Baan and will be
 headed by Robert Thomas -- who will be Vice President of Baan Process
 Solutions -- reporting to Laurens van der Tang, Baan's President.  It will
 have offices in Newton, Massachusetts and Eindhoven and Veenendaal in the
 Netherlands.
     "Invensys Software Systems businesses have a track record of success in
 the process industry, with over 60 per cent of its revenue coming from this
 important sector," commented Laurens van der Tang, President of Baan.  "The
 creation of Baan Process Solutions shows us as responding to our customers'
 demands for process-focused enterprise solutions and support, whilst
 highlighting the long term potential of this market sector.  With Baan Process
 Solutions we now have a foundation from which we can build a market leading
 position in the industry.
     "The combination of Baan Process Solutions' unique process functionality,
 Baan's powerful new iBaan approach, and the process and consulting expertise
 of Invensys Software Systems companies, IPA and APV provides a unique offering
 to the process industry.  With the creation of this unit, Invensys is now the
 only company able to offer unified, customer-to-supplier, sensor-to-boardroom
 e-enterprise solutions for the process industry," he continued.
     Chris Humphries, Chairman of the UK and Ireland Protean User Group said:
 "This is great news for the process user community.  The proven capabilities
 of the ERP backbones combined with the e-enterprise and supply chain product
 portfolio of Baan will provide many opportunities for the customer bases
 moving forward. Users will be pleased about the prospects of leveraging the
 software now available to help them gain a competitive advantage."
     The new iBaan suite of Internet-enabled collaboration solutions addresses
 manufacturers' growing demands for tighter integration and full visibility
 across their entire supply chains.  The suite combines proven Baan technology
 with significant new developments that enable customers to take significant
 steps towards the seamless integration of systems and processes, provide
 end-users with personalised and easy-to-use information, and empower
 businesses to collaborate with their customers and suppliers over the
 Internet.
 
     About Wonderware:
     Wonderware Corporation is an independent operating unit of the Invensys
 Software Systems Division of Invensys plc.  The company is the world's leading
 supplier of industrial automation software.  Founded in 1987, Wonderware
 pioneered the use of Microsoft Windows-based, Human-Machine-Interface (HMI)
 automation software for manufacturing operation systems. Today, Wonderware's
 mission is to provide integrated software suites that drive the customer's
 strategic, planning and operational decision-making based on real-time plant
 floor information.
     Wonderware is based in Irvine, Calif., and has regional sales and
 development offices throughout North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia
 to provide support to its network of more than 160 independent distributor
 offices.  Wonderware has more than 180,000 successful software installations
 in more than 25,000 plants worldwide.  For more information, visit the
 Wonderware home page at: http://www.wonderware.com .
 
     About Baan:
     Baan helps companies to compete in the 'networked economy' with its
 ever-increasing demands for more information, integration and collaboration.
 Through its powerful new iBaan suite of Internet-enabled solutions, Baan is
 ideally placed to support organisations in the manufacturing, logistics,
 service and engineering industries as they move towards tighter integration of
 their complex processes, collaborate more closely with customers and partners,
 and provide employees with essential build-to-order shop floor data and supply
 information.  Baan has more than 15,000 customer sites worldwide, and is part
 of the Invensys Software and Systems Division -- a global leader in the
 provision of e-business/automation solutions.
     For more information, please visit http://www.baan.com .
 
     About Invensys plc:
     Invensys is a global leader in the Automation and Controls industry.  With
 its head office in London, England it operates in all regions of the world
 through four focused divisions -- Software Systems, Automation Systems, Power
 Systems and Control Systems.  With over 80,000 employees, the company's
 products and services range from advanced control systems and networks for
 automating industrial plants and controlling the environments of buildings, to
 electronic devices and controls found in residential buildings and light
 commercial applications, plus complete power systems for the
 telecommunications and information technology industries.
 
 SOURCE  Baan