Based on its recent analysis of the cloud enterprise resource planning (ERP) market for the automotive industry, Frost & Sullivan recognizes QAD, Inc. with the 2015 Global Frost & Sullivan Award for Product Leadership. QAD's ability to accurately analyze customer needs and tailor ERP solutions to those requirements has helped it popularize its cloud ERP solution across the automotive industry. QAD Cloud ERP Automotive Edition optimizes the cloud experience for customers through a comprehensive set of monitoring and management capabilities.
QAD’s holistic cloud ERP solution boasts features such as Web-based supplier communications, bar coding, serialization, release management, business process management, business intelligence, supply chain management, lean manufacturing, and multi-GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles) internationalized financials. Additionally, it enables manufacturers to comply with standards and regulations such as the automotive industry standard ISO/TS 16949, Materials Management Operations Guideline/Logistics Evaluation (MMOG/LE), and electronic data interchange (EDI) for transacting and communicating across the supply chain.
“QAD has leveraged its 30 years of experience in the automotive sector, eight years in the cloud space, and its thorough understanding of automotive manufacturing to help customers address various ERP-related challenges,” said Frost & Sullivan Global Vice President David Brousell. “As ERP is highly integrated into business operations, QAD believes that customers desire the freedom to implement solutions that reflect their unique business needs. This approach is drastically different from the ‘one-size-fits-all’ method adopted by most software-as-a-service (SaaS) vendors.”
QAD achieves high service levels through cloud management automation by tracking hundreds of metrics on each customer’s system every few minutes. The measurements are fed to a multi-terabyte database on which real-time analytics identify system trends and protect the system using alerts or automated remediation. The alerts are tracked by QAD's global cloud operations team 24x7. Thus, QAD Cloud ERP reacts to the system patterns across its cloud customer base.
QAD has an excellent track record for implementation through its proven easy on boarding (EOB) services. The QAD solution used to implement, upgrade or customize clients’ ERP solution contains pre-defined EOB and industry-specific process maps. These EOB services ease processes for customers, particularly large and/or more complex customers, during project implementation and help shorten time-to-implementation.
“An additional advantage of QAD’s platform is that it offers integration to third-party applications through a combination of cloud-based Dell Boomi and its own Q-Xtend integration product. Dell Boomi provides a cloud-based global view across all integrations,” noted Brousell. “The integrations are stored in a common library, and when a new customer comes on board, QAD uses these existing templates to quickly implement needed integrations.”
QAD has also demonstrated a willingness to enhance its architecture and platform design. It recently built a framework for capturing data from handheld devices and scanners. The platform allows each customer to personalize their screens to include only pertinent data.
In summary, QAD, with its industry-specific cloud ERP software solutions and advanced cloud operations, has effectively resolved the unique market challenges and met the demanding standards of automotive manufacturers.
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About QAD The Effective Enterprise
QAD, Inc. (qad.com) is a leading provider of enterprise software and services designed for global manufacturing companies. For more than 35 years, QAD has provided global manufacturing companies with QAD Enterprise Applications, an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system that supports operational requirements, including financials, manufacturing, demand and supply chain planning, customer management, business intelligence and business process management. QAD Enterprise Applications is offered in flexible deployment models in the cloud, on-premise, or in a blended environment. With QAD, customers and partners in the automotive, consumer products, food and beverage, high technology, industrial products and life sciences industries can better align daily operations with their strategic goals to meet their vision of becoming more Effective Enterprises.
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