Baan's focus on discrete manufacturing has not been a close fit with Invensys' plant automation products that have been geared mostly to process industries. To that end, Invensys has had a nightmarish job of trying to rationalize Baan and its process ERP counterparts, Protean and PRISM, development - strategy abandonment has been a catchphrase of late. Thus, while the savvy buyer will obtain much improved technology and large customer base in need for new products, the overriding problem has been the lingering negative sentiment around the company, as viability of the vendor is of utmost importance in the enterprise applications space.
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IVc. BAAN IV is still a traditional monolithic third- and fourth-generation procedural language (3GL/4GL)-based product, with an internally developed proprietary toolset (i.e., Baan Tools ) that requires significant domain expertise to be productive. Like most contemporary ERP products, BAAN IV's Internet-enablement had to be developed outside its native toolset and represents a minute portion of the total functionality of the product. In addition, the number of integration points, i.e., published