Crystal Decisions' Crystal Analysis Professional Provides Analytic Application Front-End for iBaan Business Intelligence Solution

Agreement extends the two companies’ strategic alliance, enabling Baan customers to perform powerful multidimensional reporting and analysis

PALO ALTO, CA—October 29, 2001—Crystal Decisions, an information infrastructure company that is a market leader in reporting, analysis and information delivery, and Baan – the global provider of B2B collaborative commerce solutions and a unit of the Invensys Software Systems division of Invensys plc - announced today that the Crystal Analysis Professional On-Line Analytical Processing (OLAP) tool now provides an analytic application front-end for the iBaan Business Intelligence Solution. Crystal Analysis Professional will give customers the ability to translate the multidimensional data in the iBaan Business Intelligence Solution into easy-to-understand web-based reports for interactive viewing.

This announcement follows on the heels of a Best of Show award conferred on Crystal Analysis Professional by Penton’s Windows 2000 Magazine Network at Microsoft Tech Ed 2001. That award and the rapid acceptance of Crystal Analysis Professional in the marketplace reflect the product’s innovative presentation of OLAP data in simple snapshots requiring no complex manipulations, opening the value of multidimensional analysis to every business manager in an enterprise.

“We are pleased that Crystal Analysis Professional is available to our customers for viewing the information built by the iBaan Business Intelligence Solution because, in our opinion, it offers one of the most user-friendly interfaces and intuitive navigation of any comparable tool on the market,” said Henk de Ruiter, Senior Vice President for Alliances and Marketing at Baan. “The combination of business content and a user specific interface means that we can take a step towards offering our customers a series of Analytic Applications in the domains of finance, inventory, sales, purchasing to name just a few. This is of significant value to our customers who are looking for a packaged Business Intelligence solution instead of purely a technology offering.”

The availability of Crystal Analysis Professional for the iBaan Business Intelligence Solution also extends the strategic relationship established between Baan and Crystal Decisions last year. That relationship has resulted in the development of the Crystal Enterprise Solution Kit for Baan, a solution that provides native access to information stored in iBaan enterprise systems for use with Crystal Decisions’ best-of-breed Crystal Reports reporting application and Crystal Enterprise information distribution platform. Crystal Decisions has added more than 100 Baan customers to its portfolio since that solution kit was completed.

“With last year’s embrace of Crystal Reports, and now with Crystal Analysis Professional, Baan is continuing to provide its customers with best-of-breed technologies. And through a joint initiative, the needs of Baan customers will continue to be met in future releases of Crystal Analysis Professional,” said Janet Wood, vice president of business development for Crystal Decisions. “Since both applications use our Crystal Enterprise platform to handle information delivery, users can employ the same distribution mechanism in both their ERP and OLAP environments and thereby simplify the process of sharing critical business information throughout the enterprise.”

Baan’s Business Intelligence Solution offers a strategic business information framework provides manufacturing organizations with a comprehensive out-of-the-box solution that helps reduce business intelligence time implementation time and effort.

Crystal Analysis Professional is available through the channel from various resellers and directly from Crystal Decisions. More information is available at or by phoning 1-604-681-3435 (International) or 1-800-877-2340 (U.S. and Canada).

The iBaan Business Intelligence Solution is part of the iBaan suite of Internet-enabled solutions that combines proven Baan technology with new developments that enable customers to take significant steps towards seamlessly integrating systems and processes. It provides end-users with personalised and easy-to-use information, and empowers businesses to collaborate with their customers and suppliers over the Internet.

About Baan
Baan helps companies to compete in the 'networked economy' with its ever-increasing demands for more information, integration and collaboration. Through its powerful new iBaan suite of Internet-enabled solutions, Baan is ideally placed to support organisations in the manufacturing, logistics, service and engineering industries as they move towards tighter integration of their complex processes, closer collaboration with customers and partners, and providing employees with build-to-order shop floor data and supply information. Baan has more than 15,000 customer sites worldwide, and is part of the Invensys Software Systems Division - a global leader in the provision of e-business/automation solutions.

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About Invensys plc
Invensys plc is one of the global leaders in automation and controls. Headquartered in London, England, Invensys operates in all regions of the world through four focused divisions - Software Systems, Automation Systems, Power Systems and Control Systems. With close to 80,000 employees, the Group supplies products and services ranging from advanced control systems, remote diagnostics and energy management for process plants, factories and commercial environments to electronic devices and networks for residential buildings, as well as complete power systems for the industrial, telecommunications and information technology sectors.

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

For more information, please contact:

Kristine Berry
Crystal Decisions Public Relations
Tel: + 1 (604) 647-8557

Alex Bell, IBA
PR for Baan
Tel: + 44 1780 721433

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