AMR Newswire recently reported that Invensys is selling Baan in a move to strip down to its bare essentials. Invensys is clearing out nearly 70 percent of the business it has built the past few years to concentrate solely on its production management in the process industries. As a result, Invensys will be holding on to the Wonderware and Protean process systems. But Baan and its pieces, including the CAPS Logistics supply chain products, the customer relationship management (CRM) system and the production life cycle management (PLM) products as well as Baan's field organization, which was never merged into Invensys, will all be sold. No word on who might buy Baan, but likely suitors include SSA Technologies, PeopleSoft, or a venture-funded group taking Baan private. Invensys says that some joint Invensys/Baan technology will still be honored after the sell, such as Baan's OpenWorldX platform that Wonderware uses as well. What can customers expect? As Newswire predicted said first reporting on this possibility a few weeks ago, not much. Life will go on, just as it did when Invensys bought Baan. Baan is a solid product and a valuable property; no matter who gets it, it will still be taken seriously and not bled dry of declining maintenance revenue until it can be shut down. Customers won't have to wait long to know their vendor's fate. AMR Research expects this all to play out in weeks, if not days. Baan will have a new home by summer, we are certain. In the meantime, users should continue with their plans.
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