Introduction > Overview
QAD Enterprise Applications is a complete integrated suite of software solutions for enterprise resource planning. QAD Enterprise Applications, an enterprise resource planning suite, has been developed around best practices in business processes. The deployment methodology of QAD has been designed to simplify implementation of our solutions and to measure the efficiency of the new processes.
QAD Enterprise Applications uses leading-edge user interface (UI) technology through the QAD .NET UI, which provides a rich client framework and gives users state-of-the-art user interface features, such as ad hoc management of windows, tree view menus and drag-and-drop capabilities. Within the QAD .NET UI, Enterprise Applications transaction programs, lookups, and browses are available with powerful new .NET capabilities.
The  .NET browses integrate with Microsoft Office productivity applications, with the ability to export data to Microsoft Excel and to use Excel as a means of entering data, such as financial forecasts, back into the application.
QAD Enterprise Applications is available in two editions: Standard Edition and Enterprise Edition. Both editions use the QAD .NET UI Interface, and while screen layout and navigation are common to most applications in the two editions, there are some differences in the way some Standard and Enterprise Edition programs behave:
Standard Edition is the core QAD solutions suite. It includes Standard Financials, as well as a number of other key functional areas, such as Distribution (sales and purchasing elements), Manufacturing (including Kanban), Supply Chain, and Service and Support, among others.
Enterprise Edition offers all of the core capabilities provided with Standard Edition. The key difference is the addition of Enterprise Financials—a new set of financial modules that provide a complete solution for global manufacturing companies. Another major difference is Internationalization—a series of enhancements to base functionality made to align QAD applications with the differing needs of international customers. In addition, Enterprise Edition offers enhancements and new features in a number of other areas.
The applications available in Standard Edition are written in traditional procedural-written client-server Progress 4GL code. The  .NET UI for these applications is rendered, and does not contain application code on the  .NET client side. All Enterprise Edition applications are also Progress 4GL-based, with the exception of QAD Enterprise Financials.
QAD Enterprise Financials is an event-driven, component-based application, for which the underlying business logic is written in Progress 4GL, while the QAD .NET UI application code is developed in .NET Visual Studio and written in C#. Enterprise Financials is said to be component-based because each area of the application is written as a single business component which you maintain separately from other business components. For example, the functions to create, modify, or delete daybooks are each separate business components.
This programmatic difference means a slightly different look and feel to Financials screens, browses, and functions.
This guide refers to these different types of functionality as follows:
Non-component based programs use traditional procedural-written Progress-based technology. All Standard and Enterprise Edition programs are non-component based, except QAD Enterprise Financials.
Component-based programs use business component-based technology. QAD Enterprise Financials is component-based, has additional features and utilities, and is navigated differently from non-component based programs.
Component-based and non-component based programs are described in more detail in Component and Non-Component Based Programs.