|By Business Wire
|December 11, 2012 10:08 AM EST
QAD Inc. (NASDAQ:QADA) (NASDAQ:QADB), a leading provider of enterprise
software and services for global manufacturers, today announced
early adopters of the new QAD Business Process Management (BPM) solution
are realizing significant improvements in enterprise performance.
Delivered as part of their maintenance plan, customers utilizing QAD
Enterprise Applications gain the fully integrated QAD BPM solution that
is driving greater operational excellence and agility while offering
easy on-boarding for business users.
IMRIS Sees QAD Enterprise Applications as a Core Platform
“QAD Enterprise Applications solution is the core platform our company
uses to manage our customer orders and deliveries,” said Ben VanOsch,
director of IT Services at IMRIS, a global leader in providing image
guided therapy solutions through its VISIUS Surgical Theatre. “The
announcement of the QAD BPM early adopter program at the QAD 2012
Explore conference was extremely timely and valuable for us. Earlier
this year, our company began re-engineering our business processes.
Using QAD BPM allows us to automate the manual notification components,
streamline our workflow and mitigate risks associated with paper
notifications and tribal knowledge of our systems and products.”
QAD BPM supports implementations of management practices, policies and
metrics to enable businesses to improve their efficiency. It consists of
software tools designed to help organizations document, automate,
manage, analyze and improve processes. It offers enterprises a faster,
better and more intelligent way to visualize and automate business
processes. QAD BPM empowers organizations to identify and follow
conditional decision points throughout the business process. It allows
measurement of key process efficiencies critical to facilitating process
Dedicated QAD Services and Solutions Team Helps Customer Go Live on
“The QAD team was invaluable in helping us deliver the requirements on
schedule and configure our systems accordingly,” added VanOsch. “We see
QAD BPM becoming the core tool within the QAD stack that will help us
drive efficiencies in our business through business rules, alerts and
With QAD BPM, companies gain greater visibility across the entire
organization to identify and optimize end-to-end performance.
“Many businesses have unique processes that may exist on the edge but
are integrated with their enterprise resource planning (ERP),” stated
Mike Beasley, director of Information Systems at Mueller Industries.
“The QAD BPM tool has allowed us to fully align our work procedures with
our QAD systems. The enhanced visibility of the workflows allows us to
better monitor and continue to improve our process quality, and makes
user cross training and new user on-boarding much more effective.”
The new BPM offering from QAD helps manufacturers:
Create, manage, and automate business process models which can be used
to assign tasks to individuals or departments based on their roles and
Provide the information needed to monitor active processes through
pre-defined metrics and identify what doesn’t work in order to reduce
or eliminate bottlenecks.
Modify business processes affected by internal or external changes and
implement them across the company without causing major disruptions to
the activities of their employees.
QAD Delivers the Power of Simplicity for IT with Fully Embedded BPM
In a recent research note published about the new QAD BPM announcement,
Nucleus Research discussed the value of a fully embedded solution versus
partial functionality: “Many ERP vendors provide workflow management and
even some BPM functionality as part of their core ERP offering, but
these features are usually not enough for companies to create and manage
business processes. Another approach adopted by ERP vendors is to
integrate with standalone BPM solutions provided by vendors like IBM,
Software AG, SAP, or Oracle. Integration between ERP and BPM may work,
but it brings with it technological and organizational challenges, which
can add to the complexity of the IT infrastructure managed by the
“An embedded BPM module offers the best of both worlds because it is
part of the ERP package and requires little or no maintenance. It also
provides robust functionality for companies to manage their business
processes and change them as required. The embedded BPM module enables
businesses to be more agile since they can react quickly to changes in
their industry or market and minimize the disruptions caused by these
changes. Another important challenge that agile business processes can
address is regulatory compliance for industries like life sciences and
food and beverage.” (Nucleus Research m146 - The impact of business
software integration on ROI, October 2012. © 2012 Nucleus Research, Inc.)
“We continuously innovate QAD Enterprise Applications with capabilities
like this full fledged, fully embedded BPM solution because it helps our
manufacturing customers become more effective in a big way,” said Bill
Keese, SVP research and development at QAD. “The power and simplicity
our customers gain with QAD BPM helps them run better processes, deliver
excellence and align with strategic goals to become more effective
For more information on QAD BPM and QAD Enterprise Applications, visit www.qad.com.
QAD is a leading provider of enterprise applications for global
manufacturing companies specializing in automotive, consumer products,
electronics, food and beverage, industrial and life sciences products.
QAD applications provide critical functionality for managing
manufacturing resources and operations within and beyond the enterprise,
enabling global manufacturers to collaborate with their customers,
suppliers and partners to make and deliver the right product, at the
right cost and at the right time. For more information about QAD,
telephone +1 805-566-6000, or visit the QAD web site at www.qad.com.
"QAD" is a registered trademark of QAD Inc. All other products or
company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.
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general economic conditions; exchange rate fluctuations; and, the global
political environment. In addition, revenue and earnings in the
enterprise resource planning (ERP) software industry are subject to
fluctuations. Software license revenue, in particular, is subject to
variability with a significant proportion of revenue earned in the last
month of each quarter. Given the high margins associated with license
revenue, modest fluctuations can have a substantial impact on net
income. Investors should not use any one quarter's results as a
benchmark for future performance. For a more detailed description of the
risk factors associated with the company and the industries in which it
operates, please refer to the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for
fiscal 2012 ended January 31, 2012, and in particular, the section
entitled “Risk Factors” therein, and in other periodic reports the
company files with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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