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MENLO PARK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 19, 1994--Baan USA, Inc., a leading supplier of client-server Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software solutions, today announced the commercial availability of TRITON 3.0, its suite of manufacturing, distribution and financial management applications that meet the complex requirements of today's customer-driven, business environment.

In addition, Baan announced availability of Orgware, a set of proven methodologies, services, knowledge tools and business templates that enable rapid implementation of TRITON applications and continuous business improvement.

"Baan is committed to providing market-leading, ERP solutions to innovative companies that see information technology as a strategic tool for improving their competitive advantage," said Amal Johnson, president of Baan USA. "The new release of TRITON applications and Orgware take advantage of emerging technologies and business practices to meet the evolving requirements of global manufacturers. With the introduction of Orgware, and multiple platform and database support, we have made it easier for customers to implement TRITON applications and quickly receive their full benefits."

Multi-Plant Capabilities

Included among the new TRITON Manufacturing features are integrated management of multi-site manufacturing operations that allows companies to easily exchange data and centrally plan activities among multiple plant locations. This capability enables manufacturers to coordinate production activities and shipments to customers among multiple plants to fulfill individual orders, maximizing efficient use of manufacturing resources.

TRITON Manufacturing also now has distributed requirements planning (DRP) capabilities for managing the movement of materials among multiple plant locations. The software enables end-users to monitor inventory levels and requirements corporate- wide, and facilitates replenishment and balancing to ensure necessary materials are available at the appropriate plants to support manufacturing operations.

The multi-site and DRP modules can be integrated to manage the continuous flow of materials throughout the manufacturing process. Because TRITON is a true distributed, client-server application, customers can deploy different industry-standard server platforms, with local databases, at each of its plants, and then link these systems via a wide area network.

TRITON Manufacturing also now features engineering data management capabilities to facilitate product adjustments and modifications that occur in dynamic manufacturing environments. TRITON can import data from CAD applications, and manage revision authorization and engineering change orders, supporting rapid product innovation and order-driven production. In addition, Baan has added support for repetitive manufacturing environments to TRITON Manufacturing, providing increased flexibility for production line management.

Next Generation Financials

TRITON Finance, Baan's next generation financial application, now provides robust support for diverse corporate structures and enables users to control complete financial information company-wide, as well as for individual business units. To meet the current and future market requirements of large corporations, the application is well- suited for companies with global operations and supports country- specific financial requirements and multiple currencies. TRITON Finance also provides activity-based costing procedures that reflect data from other TRITON applications and allows companies to "drill down" from screen graphs to underlying levels of financial information.


The Orgware component of TRITON is a set of software tools and methodologies that expedites and simplifies system implementation and end-user training through the use of reconfigurable intelligent business objects. For example, TRITON Organizer, a component of Orgware, provides the tools, templates and utilities to simplify repetitive implementation tasks and assist in the maintenance of TRITON applications. TRITON Organizer also provides an enterprise information system that monitors business performance and is a valuable tool for system and organizational optimization.

TRITON Pricing

TRITON applications are highly scalable across heterogeneous networks and can support a company s entire business process. They can be used in a single CPU configuration or operate in a client-server environment of networked, industry-standard UNIX workstations and servers. Baan supports open systems solutions from Hewlett-Packard, Digital Equipment Corp., Sequent, IBM, and Sun Microsystems. Pricing is based on customer configuration and typically a license for 100 simultaneous users at a single site costs about $500,000.

Baan's TRITON family of UNIX-based, client-server applications support the entire spectrum of an organization's business processes, including manufacturing, finance, distribution, service and maintenance operations. Baan also offers advanced fourth- generation language (4GL) tools, called TRITON Tools, that extend the capabilities of TRITON applications by enabling further application development. In addition, Baan provides organizational tools and utilities, called Orgware, that help TRITON customers reduce the time and costs required for implementation and training, and maximize their return on systems investment.

Baan USA is a subsidiary of Baan International, a leading supplier of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software solutions for multi- national, multi-location corporations in the discrete and process manufacturing, distribution and construction industries. Founded in 1978 in Ede, The Netherlands, Baan operates from dual corporate headquarters in Ede and Menlo Park, Calif. Baan has three International Service Centers in Grand Rapids, Mich., Barneveld, The Netherlands, and Bombay, India, that provide product training, implementation assistance, and systems and applications consulting. The company has an installed based of more than 1,800 corporations in more than 35 countries worldwide. Customers include ABB, Boeing, Mercedes-Benz, Noranda, Northern Telecom, Philips and Snap-on Incorporated.
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