Sweet Spot: A&D Industry

Baan releases ERP solution for aerospace and defense contractors

Barneveld, The Netherlands  November 15, 2002  Baan, an enterprise application provider for industrial enterprises and part of Invensys plc, has announced the release of its latest enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution for aerospace and defense contractors, iBaan Enterprise for A&D.

According to the company, iBaan Enterprise for A&D is a solution for aerospace and defense contractors to implement ERP with functionality designed to support the stringent standards of the industry. This solution contains software modules for defense contracts, contract invoicing, overhead cost allocation, project pegging and program management inherent to all A&D companies.

With this release, iBaan OpenWorld is added to Baan's A&D solution. iBaan OpenWorld, the universal integration framework for the iBaan environment, is meant to enable the integration of a variety of legacy and third-party systems. For aerospace and defense companies, iBaan OpenWorld provides XML-based integration capabilities to provide Baan customers with increased flexibility when connecting a variety of applications with their ERP systems in real-time.

Also included in iBaan Enterprise for A&D is iBaan Worktop, a new user interface that can be used for Baan and other enterprise applications. In addition, iBaan for Product Lifecycle Management (iBaan for PLM), iBaan for Supply Chain Management (iBaan for SCM) for finite capacity scheduling, and iBaan Business Intelligence Suite (BIS) for enterprise reporting and decision management are available for use with iBaan Enterprise for A&D.

Edward Talerico, aerospace and defense industry director, Baan, said: "Designing, manufacturing, and servicing large discrete items has been and will always be the sweet spots for Baan's solutions. iBaan Enterprise for A&D is a continuation of what we do best in an industry where we have added significant value for our A&D customers."

EMS Technologies Inc., is a provider of wireless, satellite and broadband communications products and solutions and a sub-contractor for NASA, Lockheed Martin, Astrium, Alcatel, Boeing and all major satellite builders and operators in the Americas, Asia, Europe, Russia and around the world. EMS said it has deployed iBaan for PLM to help it increase the efficiency of its product development.

"By implementing iBaan for PLM, we were looking to overcome several inefficiencies in our data management processes," said Mark Gagne, configuration and data management analyst, EMS Technologies Inc. "Our PLM system now stores all files for documents released since January 2000 with automatic system back up. We can easily retrieve newly stored files for updating. Files are available online with multi-user access for immediate viewing and printing and all required data can be quickly extracted and sorted direct from the iBaan solution."

Baan has one of largest installed bases of aerospace and defense companies among enterprise applications suppliers. Snecma, Boeing, L-3 Communications, Fokker, and BAE Systems are just a few of Baan's A&D customers utilizing iBaan Enterprise along with other iBaan solutions for Product Lifecycle Management, Customer Relationship Management, Supply Chain Management and Business Analytics.