Its core, the Baan software suite focused on corporate record keeping and administrative services. Initially known as Triton, Baan was a modular software suite, offering numerous small programs that companies could purchase to suit their individual needs. Baan programs could aid in manufacturing and distribution, financial calculation, project estimates and management applications.
Features of the software varied across numerous versions and, in Baan’s early days, the company’s programmers could even customize the software to suit the needs of specific clients. However, one of the keys to Baan’s success was creating an off-the-shelf, core version of Baan ERP software that could be used on standard computing systems. This was initially powered by the Unix operating system in the early 1980s, which helped make the software platform-independent. Later, the software would become compatible with Windows platforms, too.