Baan Adopts Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications to Enable Customization of Baan Supply Chain Suite

REDMOND, Wash., and BARNEVELD, Netherlands, April 24, 2000 — Baan Company N.V. (Nasdaq
), a global provider of enterprise business solutions, and Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq
“MSFT” ), the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies for personal and business computing, today announced an agreement for Baan to incorporate Microsoft® Visual Basic® for Applications (VBA) 6.0 into its BaanSCS Planner application.

Planner 2.0 represents a new generation of supply chain management systems that focuses on optimizing and simplifying the process of enterprise production planning. It will be the first Baan application to integrate VBA. By embedding VBA into Planner, Baan will provide customers and reseller partners with the ability to customize user interfaces, extend application functionality and integrate Baan’s Supply Chain products with other resource planning and management systems to create fully customized business solutions.

“Our customers are leaders in the industry and recognize the need to customize applications to fit the way their organizations do business,”
said Martin Morel, Supply Chain Manufacturing development manager, Baan Company.
“By embedding VBA into Planner 2.0, we will deliver the functionality, scalability and flexibility our customers need to succeed in this highly competitive market. Baan strives to provide powerful enterprise solutions that address the ever-changing business environment of the Internet economy.”

Baan is among the first in a growing trend of leading enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendors leveraging VBA to enable customization of enterprise-level supply chain and ERP applications. The use of VBA in these applications enables developers to combine the benefits of robust enterprise planning and management applications – scalability, performance and accessibility – with the flexibility provided by VBA to tailor applications to customers’ specific needs.

“Embedding VBA in Baan’s Planner 2.0 will help reduce deployment cycles and allow for development of applications that integrate and extend across the enterprise,”
said Tod Nielsen, vice president, Platform Group, Microsoft.
“Baan is an excellent example of how leading ERP vendors are utilizing VBA to develop solutions with a higher degree of customization and functionality.”

More information on BaanSCS Planner and the Baan Supply Chain Suite can be found on the Baan Company Web site at .

More information about the VBA technology can be found on the Microsoft site at .

About Baan Company

Founded in 1978, Baan Company (Nasdaq
) is a global provider of enterprise business solutions. Baan Company offers a comprehensive portfolio of integrated services and best-in-class, component-based applications that span an organization’s entire value chain including e-business and Web commerce, customer relationship management, enterprise resource planning, supply chain management and corporate knowledge management.

Deployed at more than 15,000 customer sites worldwide, Baan Company solutions enable organizations to drive strategic business growth, improve business processes, reduce operating complexity and increase corporate flexibility. Baan Company has dual headquarters in Barneveld, The Netherlands and Herndon, Va., U.S.A., and can be found on the World Wide Web at

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq
) is the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software – any time, any place and on any device.

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