Crystal Decisions Provides Key Business Intelligence Components for iBaan Portal

    BARNEVELD, Netherlands and PALO ALTO, Calif., March 28 --
Baan, the global provider of enterprise business solutions, today announced a
strategic alliance with Crystal Decisions, an information infrastructure
company that is a market leader in reporting, analysis and information
delivery.  This strategic relationship was recently showcased at the iBaan
launch, where Crystal Decisions' Crystal Enterprise technology was presented
as part of the business intelligence solution for the iBaan Portal.  Crystal
Enterprise will continue to play an important role in delivering comprehensive
business intelligence components for the iBaan Portal.
    The iBaan Portal is a personalized enterprise information portal that
provides end-users access to relevant company information sources.
Crystal Enterprise is a powerful and fully customizable web-based
infrastructure that helps companies improve decision-making by organizing,
categorizing and delivering reports, analytics and strategic business
information into any web or enterprise application.  The combined solution
delivers access to vital company information, as well as best of breed
reporting and analysis capabilities and the ability to deliver this
information across the enterprise.
    "The iBaan Portal and Crystal Decisions technologies work in synergy to
unlock the power of information across the enterprise," said Henk de Ruiter,
senior vice president of marketing and alliances for Baan.  "We wanted to
deliver a best-of-breed solution to meet the enterprise reporting needs of our
customers, and we're pleased to have the Crystal Decisions reporting and
analysis technologies to complement our iBaan solutions portfolio."
    With multidimensional and relational reporting capabilities and the
ability to access disparate data sources including both iBaan and non-Baan
data sources, Crystal Decisions is solidly positioned to meet the needs of
iBaan customers.  "We are excited to extend our strategic relationship with
Baan through the iBaan initiative," said Tony Wind, vice president of product
development at Crystal Decisions.
    Wind continues:  "Baan's choice of superior enterprise reporting
capabilities with Crystal Enterprise, together with the iBaan solutions,
create a powerful combined business offering and provides customers with
intuitive decision-making capabilities that can not only help increase
end-user productivity, but can also help companies maximize the ROI on their
strategic information assets."

    The Baan / Crystal Decisions Alliance
    Baan resells Crystal Decisions solutions through its enterprise sales
force.  Crystal Enterprise Solutions for Baan provides access to iBaan data
and gives business users the ability to easily extract decision-making
information and extend the value of their iBaan ERP systems.
    As the makers of Crystal Reports, the de facto world standard for
high-performance reporting, Crystal Decisions has a long and proven history of
delivering scalable web-based reporting solutions for mission-critical
applications.  With millions of users in thousands of companies worldwide,
Crystal Decisions continues to develop innovative technology to meet the
ever-changing information delivery and consumption needs of its customer base.
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    About Baan
    Baan is a business unit of Invensys plc, having been acquired in
September 2000.  Baan has been integrated into the Invensys Software Systems
division -- a global leader in providing unified E-Business/automation
    Baan's best-in-class solutions address the business needs of the entire
extended enterprise, with powerful E-Business solutions that help engineering
and manufacturing companies transition to the Internet.  The company's
inter-enterprise ERP, Supply Chain Management, Customer Relationship
Management and E-Business solutions are deployed at more than 15,000 customer
sites worldwide, helping customers to drive strategic business growth, improve
business processes, reduce operating complexity, and increase corporate
    For more information on Baan Company and the new generation of iBaan
solutions, please visit

    About Crystal Decisions
    Crystal Decisions, formerly Seagate Software, is a privately held Seagate
company owned by a group of investors that include Silver Lake Partners and
Texas Pacific Group.  Crystal Decisions is an information infrastructure
company, which provides award-winning reporting, analysis, and information
delivery solutions.  The company's world-class products are used by millions
of customers in thousands of companies worldwide and include,
Crystal Analysis, Crystal Enterprise, Crystal Reports and Holos.
Crystal Decisions can be found on the Web at
    NOTE:  Seagate Software Information Management Group Holdings, Inc.
Crystal Decisions, Crystal Reports, Crystal Enterprise, Seagate Holos and
Seagate Info are either a registered trademark or trademark of
Seagate Software Information Management Group Holdings, Inc.  Seagate is a
registered trademark of both Seagate Technology and Seagate Software.  All
other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective

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