SANTA BARBARA, Calif.—December 14, 2011—QAD Inc. (NASDAQ: QADA) (NASDAQ: QADB), a leading provider of enterprise software and services for global manufacturing companies, announced today that Aeroflex Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Aeroflex Holding Corp. (“Aeroflex”), will upgrade to QAD Enterprise Applications 2011 (QAD 2011) to increase manufacturing efficiency at its Stevenage, United Kingdom plant.
Aeroflex provides test and measurement instrumentation to meet the needs of global blue-chip brands across a wide range of industries, including wireless mobile and broadband communications, aerospace and defense.
Since first deploying QAD’s ERP solution in 1998, Aeroflex has consolidated three manufacturing operations into one. Aeroflex has chosen to upgrade to standardize on the latest release of QAD Enterprise Applications. It plans to leverage the built-in best practice business processes of QAD 2011 and reduce its reliance on non-integrated, bolt-on applications.
“We’re looking to significantly improve our Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) processes and redefine the way we do business,” explained Theo Waarbenburg, implementation project manager for Aeroflex. “This upgrade will allow us to create a more efficient system.”
The upgrade to QAD 2011 will provide Aeroflex a fully integrated solution to improve its supply chain visibility, forecasting and inventory control. “One of the biggest costs to our business is in the manufactured element of our product,” said Derek Smith, finance director for Aeroflex Limited. “The (QAD 2011) Enterprise Edition will help us build a better forecast and enhance visibility into our supply chain, lowering our manufacturing costs and reducing our inventory.”
Additionally, as part of its improvement efforts, Aeroflex also is using QAD Configurator to standardize and simplify its configure-to-order process. QAD Configurator supports configurations from quoting and order entry through to production planning and fulfillment and after-sales service and support. This will enable Aeroflex to improve its delivery times and customer satisfaction.
“It was critical that we selected a solution that would support our proposed growth plans,” said Smith. “QAD Enterprise Applications will provide us the flexibility we need to rapidly respond and adapt to customer requirements and market changes, and deliver a framework to support a standard set of business processes across all areas of the company.”
To learn more about QAD Enterprise Applications, visit: www.qad.com/upgrade.
Aeroflex Holding Corp. is a leading global provider of microelectronic components and test and measurement equipment used by companies in the space, avionics, defense, commercial wireless communications, medical and other markets.
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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