Bored of Baan? We can help.

Background
Baan Corporation, founded in 1978, was one of the first dominant ERP software companies. It became famous for its Dynamic Enterprise Modeler and technical architecture and became a threat to SAP after winning a large Boeing deal. After facing some financial difficulties, Baan was sold to Invensys in 2000, then to SSA Global in 2003, where it became ‘SSA ERP Ln’, then finally in 2006, SSA was acquired by Infor Global Solutions where the Baan architecture currently lives.

However, if you are one of the companies who has not upgraded from the Baan software, you should probably start thinking about implementing a more modern ERP system. And before you can decide between upgrading, you first must decide what is going to be most beneficial for your company.

Why would you stay on Baan?
The simplest thing to do is nothing, make no change. The system works, why put in all the effort of upgrading? If you stay, you experience:
  • Less capital expenditure.
  • No retraining of users.
  • Less business disruption.
But what you don’t know…
While you’re staying comfortable with your outdated system, your competitors are beginning to make moves to gain competitive advantages in the market. Modern and cloud-based ERP systems give them the opportunity to hurdle the competition. Highly complex systems such as Baan do not facilitate ongoing vendor innovation and incorporation of new technologies. Without debating the differences between Baan, Infor and Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations or any other modern ERP system, the ultimate truth is that most ERP systems today, will give you an advantage over the outdated ERP system you’re currently running.

What do modern ERP systems have that Baan doesn’t?
The benefits are significant. No matter what version of older ERP software you are running, you’re guaranteed to experience multiple advantages with a newer system:
  • More support options – As newer technologies and software are developed and invested in, older, more obsolete products will be faded out over time, which means less and less support. Fewer consultants and programmers still work with the Baan system. By contrast, there are thousands of Microsoft Certified Professionals and ERP specialists that give full business support.
  • User experience – Nearly everyone knows how to use a PC and their smartphone today. The screens are colorful. Menu options are intuitive. We can access information on the go. The ERP system looks and feels more like all the other productivity tools in your office.
  • More functionality – If there are features/solutions that you need that aren’t part of the core ‘out of the box’ system, you can often find partnering solutions that can integrate with the new system. Older systems cannot easily integrate with partnering solutions because the solutions are fresh technology and built to be integrated with modern systems.
  • Better insight – You can view reports easily and see actionable insights from your data by marrying your system data with big data. Use machine learning and predictive business analytics to forecast demand and reduce data quality issues.
  • Attract and Retain Employees – As Baan and other systems grow older, so are the people who know how to work and configure the systems. And as those employees near retirement age, the positions will need to be filled. But with an older system in place, it is harder to attract and hire new, younger employees because they did not learn how to work with the older systems. Most college grads studied the modern systems and know all the ins and outs.
Why Wait?
Decades ago, ERP solutions like Baan were the dominant players in the enterprise software market. Although these systems included robust capabilities, they did not always respond to the complex needs of large enterprises – hence vendors offering customization services to customers who could afford to pay for custom features.

Don’t continue to sit in the shadow of your competitors who have already upgraded. In years past, you would have had to buy all new hardware and new software – have a large upfront capital outlay and the project would have taken weeks, maybe months. With cloud-based software like Dynamics 365, you can have a new server in hours. There’s never been an easier time to switch ERP systems. You’ll have to move off Baan eventually. Why not now? Contact us to begin your business transformation.

Author: Mark Lanoue, Solution Architect D365 Finance and Operations

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