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Baan Company Unveils Baan OpenWorld E-Business Integration Framework

Baan Company N.V. today announced its Baan OpenWorld Integration Framework. OpenWorld is an enterprise integration architecture that enables new levels of inter-enterprise collaboration to optimize traditional and Internet-based business-to-business commerce.

OpenWorld is built on four tiered levels of exchange. The first is the Data Level, where applications share or exchange common elements such as customer information, part numbers and inventory levels. This level includes data migration, replication, and data connectivity.

The second level is the Applications Level. At this level, applications exchange data in the form of objects at the sub-process level. The application level integration takes advantage of a new hub-and-spoke model to provide enterprise-wide integration between various application components.

At the third level, the Business Process level, organizations are able to integrate business processes between applications using standards such as XML and based on IBM MQ series or MSMQ messaging queues.

The top level is the Business Community level. This level of exchange enables true business process collaboration within an enterprise and across the enterprises of business partners and customers. True business collaboration allows organizations to partner with suppliers and customers to flexibly adapt business processes and business models to best meet customer demands.

The first three tiers of the OpenWorld Integration Framework are included in the Baan Enterprise Solutions suite. Beta customers for new products supporting the Business Community level are planned for the first half of 2000.

Contact Baan Company, (408) 986-8100, www.baan.com.

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Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.

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