Baan to lunch finance app for handhelds

Baan has announced a software package that lets users tap into its financial applications via wireless mobile devices.

Called Baan Coda E-Finance, the product gives users access to Baan's financial applications via a browser interface, either via their own corporate intranet or from a mobile device such as a palm-top computer, according to Tim Tribe, director of product marketing for Baan Financials.

The Baan software is designed to work with devices such as Windows CE-based handheld computers running Microsoft's mini-browser, the Pocket Internet Explorer, Baan said.

Users will be able to access financial and accounting applications such as checking balances, posting documents or browsing ledgers, Baan said. The Baan software is expected to be generally available in the first quarter of 2000. It is in beta test in several locations right now in the Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg) countries and the US, Tribe said.

Although pricing is not yet available, Tribe said it will partly incorporate Baan's new user-based pricing model, where users are charged based on their role in the organization and how frequently they access the application.

Baan's financial applications integrate the functions that the Dutch-American vendor inherited when it purchased Coda PLC, a UK-based financial software vendor, in 1998.

E-Finance is part of Baan's new lineup of products geared for electronic business, joining the recently launched Baan E-Sales, Baan E-Procurement and Baan E-Collaboration.

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