Early Adopters Embrace Fully Embedded Business Process Management in QAD Enterprise Applications
QAD Solutions Teams Help Global Customers Realize Return on Rapid Deployment, and Drive Enterprise Performance, Operational Process Quality and Greater Agility
SANTA BARBARA, Calif.—Dec 11, 2012—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 improvement.
Dedicated QAD Services and Solutions Team Helps Customer Go Live on Time
“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 workflow.”
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 responsibilities.
- 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 company (Nucleus Research m146 - The impact of business software integration on ROI, October 2012).
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.” (© 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 enterprises.”
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.
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