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September 27, 1998

BAAN & LEY IN SOFTWARE DEAL

By CBR Staff Writer

Dutch Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) company, Baan NV and German software company LEY GmbH – a company recently formed from the merger of Software-Ley GmbH and Cosa Solutions Standardsoftware GmbH – have signed what Ley described as a major collaborative agreement. Managing Director of Ley, Dietmer Ley, said that under the agreement Cosa Workflow software would be integrated with Baan’s Dynamic Enterprise Modeling (DEM) software to form a new product package that the two companies would continue to sell separately under their own names and within their respective market sectors: Ley’s customer base is in the public, financial and banking sectors whereas Baan’s customers are mainly private enterprises. Ley said that the two technologies are both based on the ‘Petri net’ mathematical modeling and so integration presented no great difficulties. He also told Computerwire that Baan and Ley had already been working together on workflow software on an informal basis for around two years. Baan will be demonstrating the integrated software at Baan World in Europe in the October. No one from Baan was available to comment on the deal.

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