Baan’s E-commerce Push Gathers Steam

Oracle puts all its ASPs in one basket, and a J.D. Edwards reseller sees the world. StaffFebruary 22, 2001

Baan Gets Busy

Baan sold a license for its iBaan E-commerce system to Komatsu Mining Systems of Vernon Hills, Ill. Komatsu has integrated iBaan with its existing enterprise resource planning system to support B2B E-commerce activity with more than 200 customers and suppliers.

The company plans to use the installation to reduce inventory and procurement costs.

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Baan also sold a license for its iBaanERP system to Marumiya Corp., a Japanese food manufacturer, which will use the system to support its supply chain management. Marumiya will integrate the ERP system with its existing installations of Baan’s sales and logistics packages.

The system will be installed at production sites in Japan, and Marumiya will use it to deliver real-time business data across its enterprise.

Baan also said that Fuji Electric Co. will be a reseller for its products in the Japanese market, focusing on supply chain management for manufacturers.

WorldSoftware Users Get a Web Upgrade

J.D. Edwards says it signed a marketing agreement with its Norcross, Ga.-based reseller Enabled Worlds, to connect users of J.D. Edwards’ WorldSoftware enterprise resource planning systems to E-marketplaces. As part of the agreement, IBM’s WebSphere Commerce software will be linked to WorldSoftware installations via CD Group’s e-Integrator.

WorldSoftware users will be able to use WebSphere to publish integrated electronic storefront information on business-to-business and business- to-consumer Web pages.

J.D. Edwards will sell, support, and help develop future releases of e- Integrator along with Enabled Worlds. Enabled Worlds will oversee the implementation at client sites.

Once WebSphere is installed, WorldSoftware users can take orders over the Web and flow that information directly into their core ERP systems.

Oracle’s One-Stop Shop

Oracle is creating a new division called to put a greater emphasis on its presence in the application service provider market. Reuters says it’s the first time Oracle has brought all its hosted offerings together under one roof.

Oracle announced the new service at its applications user conference in New Orleans this week, the same event where former President Bill Clinton spoke. The Boston-based market research firm AMR Research says the ASP market was worth $350 million in 1999 and increased to $950 million in 2000, according to Reuters. Looking ahead, however, the firm says the market will decrease to just $800 million in 2001, following the declining demand for business software delivered via an ASP.