|[December 12, 2012]
QAD Allows Global Customers to Blend Deployment of ERP in the Public Cloud and On Premise - an Industry-First for Manufacturing
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
Inc. (NASDAQ:QADA) (NASDAQ:QADB), a leading provider of enterprise
software and services for global manufacturers, today announced QAD
Enterprise Applications solution allows global customers to blend
deployment of ERP in the public cloud and on premise - an industry-first
Designed exclusively for global manufacturers, QAD innovative
architecture enables enterprises to implement a full-strength ERP
solution via the public cloud or as a blended deployment model
containing a mix of both on premise licenses and cloud users. Customers
benefit from the same functionality, business processes,
internationalizations and user experience across QAD Enterprise
Applications regardless of the deployment model.
"As companies continue to embrace cloud applications and cloud
deployment strategies, the benefits of on demand ERP systems with strong
security, high performance and a common user experience continue to
emerge as competitive differentiators," said Nick Castellina, senior
research associate, Enterprise Applications, Aberdeen (News - Alert) Group. "The
capability to run ERP on premise at company headquarters, for example,
with on demand ERP deployed in other locations, offers manufacturers a
A Gradual Pragmatic Approach to Running ERP in the Cloud
Global manufacturing companies that choose to migrate to the cloud can
rarely move existing implementations overnight. QAD blended deployment
allows customers to gradually migrate ERP solutions to the cloud.
"Deployment flexibility is essential," said Gordon Fleming, QAD chief
marketing officer. "Global manufacturing customers with existing QAD
Enterprise Applications are interested in the benefits of the public
cloud platform, but want to take a gradual, pragmatic approach to
Enterprise Applications On Demand provides the same functionality
and user experience as QAD Enterprise Applications On Premise software.
As software-as-a-service (SaaS (News - Alert)), QAD On Demand benefits customers with
automatic upgrades and rapid implmentation, per-user pricing and global
accessibility. IT departments globally are recognizing the benefits of
having QAD manage application support, server hardware, systems
administration, database administration, upgrade planning, first-line
user support, disaster recovery, usage and analysis reporting.
QAD delivers both deployment independence and deployment portability.
QAD On Demand, QAD On Premise and QAD blended deployment options deliver
the functionality that global manufacturing companies require to become
more effective enterprises.
The scalability of QAD Enterprise Applications allows companies with as
few as five users and as many as thousands to use the same applications.
QAD helps level the playing field for fast-growing companies to operate
on par with global organizations.
Built to support best-in-class business processes - easily visible using
QAD Process Maps - and changeable to match each company's unique
processes, QAD Enterprise Applications offers built-in support
for local languages, currencies, business practices and legal
"QAD realizes that no matter what deployment model a customer needs,
it's vital to deliver consistent functionality," added Fleming. "One
size does not fit all so QAD innovates to deliver the flexibility our
manufacturing customers need to become more effective enterprises. Since
2007, we've delivered QAD Enterprise Applications to customers via the
public cloud. Now, QAD customers can select the proven solutions and the
flexible delivery model that works best for them today and easily scales
for business in emerging and new markets in the future."
For more information, please 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 ERP solutions 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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current expectations and assumptions regarding its business, the economy
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actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking
statements. These risks include, but are not limited to, evolving demand
for the company's software products and products that operate with the
company's products; the company's ability to sustain license and service
demand; the company's ability to leverage changes in technology; the
company's ability to sustain customer renewal rates at current levels;
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company, its products and technology; the reliability of estimates of
transaction and integration costs and benefits; the entry of new
competitors or new offerings by existing competitors and the associated
announcement of new products and technological advances by them; delays
in localizing the company's products for new or existing markets; the
ability to recruit and retain key personnel; delays in sales as a result
of lengthy sales cycles; changes in operating expenses, pricing, timing
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mix; timely and effective integration of newly acquired businesses;
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
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entitled "Risk Factors" therein, and in other periodic reports the
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