Baan announced a radical change in its pricing models yesterday after warning that it will post a loss this quarter because of a substantial shortfall in licence revenues.
The Dutch enterprise resource planning (ERP) supplier is bundling its products with Microsoft software. Instead of paying several thousands of dollars upfront, the new licences are monthly, costing between $99 and $170 per desktop. They cover the costs of software licenses, upgrades and support.
The modules include Baan's Front Office, ERP, Supply Chains, Corporate Office and Data Enterprise Modelling, along with Microsoft's SQL Server, Exchange Server, and Site Server Commerce.
Baan also announced at its Baan World user conference this week, that its ERP software is available for IBM's AS/400. Over the next few weeks IBM is expected to announce a service and support programme for Baan software on the AS/400, mainframes, Unix and the Netfinity family.
IBM will load modules onto its servers and target the combined systems at specific industry sectors. It is building three Baan Centres to speed up and simplify ERP implementations.
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