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Explore 2013 Customer Conference Puts Training Spotlight on Next Generation QAD Business Process Management

QAD Provides Hands On Training for Customers to Optimize the ERP Industry’s First Fully Embedded BPM Solution

Save $500 by Registering Online by April 1, 2013 for the QAD Explore 2013 Conference to be Held in San Antonio, Texas, on May 6-9, 2013

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.--March 13, 2013--QAD Inc. (NASDAQ:QADA) (NASDAQ:QADB), a leading provider of enterprise software and services for global manufacturing companies, announced today Explore 2013 Customer Conference training sessions will be available for the new QAD Business Process Management (BPM).

Intended for business analysts and developers with an interest in BPM, the training sessions have two schedule options:

Option 1:     1:30-4:30 PM on Tuesday, May 7th and Wednesday, May 8th
Option 2:     1:30-4:30 PM on Thursday, May 9th, and 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM on Friday, May 10th

The QAD BPM suite comes with a set of templates that define a range of processes and default tasks. Task assignment and ownership are easily tailored to meet customers’ specific requirements.

QAD BPM provides a suite of tools to help develop, manage and monitor business processes:

  • Process Modeler allows business analysts to create, update and simulate business processes
  • BPM Studio enables process implementers to implement process models created by the analysts
  • QAD BPM Server is utilized to control process automation and collect process metrics useful in optimizing business processes
  • QAD .Net UI provides an integrated task list, process list and metrics to facilitate automation and management

During this course participants will gain hands-on experience with QAD BPM to do the following:

  • customize the end-user experience with QAD .Net UI
  • build, deploy and test changes to existing business processes
  • manage task responsibility and ownership rights
  • test and validate process logic
  • create effective business rules in a business process
  • properly manage informal Review/Approval tasks
  • make the most of QAD Standard Templates

“By the end of this class customers will be able to identify where QAD BPM capabilities can be used in their organization and build a business case for QAD BPM,” said Bernadette Bagley, director of education for QAD. “The training at Explore provides a great interactive environment to help customers get advanced skills to leverage QAD ERP solutions, accelerate time to value and learn best practices from QAD experts, manufacturing partners and peers.”

QAD Explore Training Offers the Building Blocks for the Effective Enterprise

QAD’s popular educational program includes more than 46 hours of hands-on training classes and lectures on a wide variety of topics including sessions on Going Mobile with QAD Enterprise Applications, QAD Business Process Management (BPM) and the Advanced Manufacturing with Planning and Scheduling Workbenches.

QAD Explore 2013 brings the latest products and services for global manufacturing companies to partners, customers, business users and IT professionals at all levels. The customer conference is renowned for insights into manufacturing trends, professional networking and intensive technical training — all presented in a community-focused atmosphere. Explore 2013 offers a four-day experience of unmatched value, education and entertainment.

To learn more about QAD Explore 2013 or to register for the event, visit: www.qad.com/explore.

About QAD

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.

For additional information, contact:

Ashley DeVan
Sr. Director of Marketing Communications
QAD Inc.
+1 805 566 6126
ashley.devan@qad.com
Heidi Wieland
Media Relations
QAD Inc.
+1 805 565 2452
Heidi.wieland@qad.com

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