ERP Achieves Liftoff at Boeing

Aerospace company implements solution to gain access to data, drive efficiencies

Herndon, VA  December 3, 2002  Enterprise application provider Baan, a part of Invensys plc, and The Boeing Co. today announced the implementation of Baan's enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution, version 5.1a, in the production of the Boeing 757 commercial airliner.

Boeing's iBaan Enterprise implementation is an enterprise resource planning solution supporting heavy manufacturing industries and includes the iBaan modules for Purchase & Sales Schedules and Assembly Line Control. This implementation also adds iBaan technologies that deploy ERP capabilities.

With this addition, Boeing said it is now ready to incorporate into its plans the implementation of iBaan OpenWorld, which provides XML-based integration capabilities for increased flexibility to connect a variety of applications with their ERP systems back and forth in real-time.

"By implementing a comprehensive iBaan solution for all of our 757 production IT, we now have immediate access to full production line and supply chain data from start to finish," said Michele Martin, Boeing information systems director for ERP and Supply Chain Systems. "This gives us new manufacturing capabilities that are leading to significant increases in our efficiency, along with lower costs  two critically important factors in today's increasingly competitive marketplace."

Baan's relationship with Boeing began in 1994. Baan Enterprise is used extensively as the ERP technology at facilities in Boeing's commercial business. In addition, iBaan for Aerospace and Defense solutions is being used by Boeing for two projects within its defense business. Baan also provides onsite support services for business, functional and technical areas at numerous Boeing locations.

The Boeing 757 family includes the 200-passenger 757-200, the 243-passenger 757-300 and the 757-200 freighter.

Implementation of the iBaan Enterprise system at the 757 facility began in November 2001 and was completed in July 2002.