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|Fate||acquired by SSA Global Technologies, now part of Infor Global Solutions|
|Founded||Barneveld, Netherlands, (1978)|
|Headquarters||Barneveld, Netherlands, Hyderabad, India|
|Key people||Jan Baan,Paul Baan,Laurens van der Tang|
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.
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 porfolio, 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.
In June 2000, facing worsening financial difficulties, law suits and reporting seven consecutive quarterly losses and bleak prospects, Baan was sold at a price of US$700 million to Invensys, 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.
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
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)
Baan 5.1, 5.2 (for specific customers only)
SSA ERP 6.1 /Infor ERP LN 6.1 / Infor10 ERP Enterprise
ERP Ln 6.1 FP6, released in December, 2009 ERP Ln 6.1 FP7, released in January, 2011 ERP LN 6.1 FP8, released 2012 - latest version
Infor ERP Ln 6.1 supports Unicode and comes with additional language translations.
 Supported Platform and Database (Server)
Windows Server, Linux, IBM AIX, Sun Solaris, HP-UX, AS400(Obsolete), OS390 (Obsolete)
Oracle, DB2, Informix, MS SQL Server, MySQL (Obsolete since year 2010), Bisam (Obsolete), Btam (Obsolete)
 Standard Modules
Baan IV modules:
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 modules:
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
Bshell is the core component of Baan application server. It is a process 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.
 See also
- dr Henk A. Post "Ongoing Innovation - The way we built Baan"
- Baker, Stephen; Menno Spiro, Steve Hamm (2000-08-14). "The Fall of Baan (int'l edition)". BusinessWeek. The McGraw-Hill Companies Inc. Retrieved 2007-08-23.
- "The Rise & Fall of Baan Co.". BusinessWeek. The McGraw-Hill Companies Inc. 2000-08-14. Retrieved 2007-08-23.