09 May 2002 | Robin Parker
Baan has refocused its entire business strategy to provide tighter integration of key processes in different stages of the manufacturing supply chain.
The enterprise application vendor has formed three business units to focus separately on research and development in supply chain management (SCM), customer relationship management and product lifecycle management.
The SCM unit aims to integrate its software and services for sourcing, manufacturing, warehousing, transportation and fulfilment across the enterprise and into back-office systems.
iBaan Collaborative Dispatch, an event management system for integrated logistics planning, is the first fruit of the new unit. It will be followed by a web-based sourcing toolkit in August and a catalogue management solution at the end of the year.
Baan has also upgraded its integration framework, iBaan OpenWorld, to speed up data transfer and collaborative tasks.
Ronald Teijkin, director of products and marketing for supply chain and c-commerce, said the combined offerings aim to equip each part of the supply chain with the visibility of the whole manufacturing process.
"We want to give a richer view of the supply chain from the design process to end-of-life.
"A lot of customers are moving to involve procurement staff in the design and build stage, and each part of the chain needs to be addressed strategically."