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As a Customer What would do to keep your ERP Implementation intact
Proactively define Business Process-- Take the Project Ownership
Handover everything to System Integrator from drawing BP till implementation of ERP
Hire more inhouse skilled & capable IT Resource to work directly with SI
Rely on SI Architects/Consultants
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By patvdv at 19 Feb 2008 - 23:32


The development tools supplied by the BaanERP Tools package enable developers to program additional functionality for existing BaanERP applications or to build entirely new applications. The features provided by the development tools include:

  • The BaanERP 3GL programming language.
  • 4GL language features that enable you to add to or modify the default behaviour of sessions, reports, and the Data Access Layer.
  • Baan SQL, which enables you to retrieve database data.
  • Support for Dynamic Link Libraries (DLLs).

3GL scripts are program scripts that are either linked to sessions without forms or not linked to sessions at all. They do not have any relationship with the 4GL Engine (previously known as the Standard Program). When creating such scripts, you must specify the entire program flow, including the main function. You cannot use 4GL event sections or functions.


Database Handling
By patvdv at 19 Feb 2008 - 23:08

All of the application data used by BaanERP is stored in database tables in the underlying RDBMS. To keep the majority of the BaanERP processing independent of the RDBMS, BaanERP uses its own data dictionary. The data dictionary includes domain, schema, and referential integrity information that is stored in a database independent manner.


The BaanERP system provides a RDBMS interface, called 'database driver', to the major RDBMSs (Oracle, Informix, Sybase, DB2, and Microsoft SQL Server). The BaanERP database driver has a built-in mechanism for preserving referential integrity; it does not depend on the underlying RDBMS for maintaining referential integrity.


Companies and Users
By patvdv at 19 Feb 2008 - 22:51

BaanERP companies are defined by company number, name, currency, and a package combination that associates a specific database schema with the company.


Figure 1: Users and Developers:



Version Management
By patvdv at 19 Feb 2008 - 22:40

Complex application software systems, like ERP systems, are subject to continuous change. Both the discovery of programming errors and new technical as well as legal requirements call for modifications of the ERP system software. In addition, various parts of the standard software have to be customized for supporting country-, branch- and company-specific business processes. In order to be able to perform all these changes in a systematic way, different versions of software components (notably tables and sessions) can be maintained and configured into customized versions of a BaanERP system. Therefore, all components exist on a logical naming level and on the level of special instances or versions, like shown in Figure 1.


Figure 1: Version management in BaanERP:


Software Architecture
By patvdv at 19 Feb 2008 - 22:19

Both tables as well as application programs ('sessions') and their software components are assigned to modules grouping related business functions.


Figure 1: Packages, modules, sessions:


Business areas such as distribution, manufacturing, and finance are mapped into pro-gram packages that have a two character identification code, as listed in Table 1. The most important ones are: tc/Common, td/Distribution, ti/Manufacturing, and tf/Finance.


Table 1: BaanERP packages. The most important ones are emphasized.

System Architecture
By patvdv at 19 Feb 2008 - 22:09

BaanERP supports a three-tier architecture consisting of a user interface tier, an application tier, and a database tier. The user interface tier provides presentation and input services for user interaction. The application tier consists of the BaanERP application server and the application programs. The database tier includes the BaanERP database driver and a third party RDBMS product that acts as the database server.


By patvdv at 9 Dec 2007 - 18:26

Baan - The Company

  • Founded: 1978
  • Head quarter: Barneveld (The Netherlands) and Herndon (Virginia, USA)
  • Customers: 13,000 customer sites worldwide (biggest customer: Boeing)
  • Employees: approx. 4,700
  • Revenues 1998: 736 Mio USD



In Table 1, we list the most important terms where the Baan jargon departs from usual terminology.


By patvdv at 9 Dec 2007 - 17:18

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems are generic and comprehensive business software systems based on a distributed computing platform including one or more database management systems. They combine a global enterprise information system covering large parts of the information needs of an enterprise with a large number of application programs implementing all kinds of business processes that are vital for the operation of an enterprise.

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