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Industry-wide change is forcing manufacturers to enhance their capabilities, and speed is vital for reducing the uncertainties around responding to change. The theme for this year’s Explore customer conference is “The Speed of Business,” which is to be held May 6-9 in New Orleans. We have a lot in store for you and your colleagues, so please consider this roadmap of key attractions and pit stops for this year’s automotive sessions at QAD Explore 2019.

Key Attractions in New Orleans

We will start off the week with the Automotive Kickoff Session with Tom Roberts, QAD’s Vice President of Business Development, following Tuesday morning presentations from keynote speaker Bob Moesta and QAD executives. While QAD’s Chief Marketing Officer Carter Lloyds will lead a discussion on industry disruptors, Tom will discuss the latest trends in automotive as well as the impact of these disruptions in automotive manufacturing with respect to Anything as a Service (XaaS), Make-to-Order at Scale and Digital Transformation.

You will also get the opportunity to hear directly from your industry peers on how they are successfully leveraging QAD in the following sessions:

A Hands-On Digital Transformation Journey: Moving at the Speed of the Business
Raman Mehta, CIO, Visteon will discuss Visteon’s digital transformation journey in an industry undergoing major disruption. Learn how foundational infrastructure improvements such as global network transformation, service management modernization and cloud ERP with standardized processes are paving the way for innovations at Visteon. Raman will share his blueprint of how IT can successfully become an innovation partner by leveraging emerging trends such as AI and edge computing.

Customer Case Study: Integration and QAD Automation Solutions. Is it Flexible and Scalable?
Lucian Manolache, Yanfeng Automotive Interiors will discuss implementing QAD Automation Solutions in two greenfield automotive plants in two different countries in Europe.

Customer Case Study: Adient’s Rapid QAD Automation Solutions Global Implementation
Lorenzo Simoncini, IT Vice President and Ramesh Akkala, IT Director at Adient will discuss how Adient implemented QAD Automation Solutions rapidly across several global sites. Adient and QAD will share their experience of building a global core model for QAD Automation Solutions and then successfully rolling it out globally.

QAD EE Cloud Deployment for Caterpillar Foundry in South Carolina
Henry Laprun, Enterprise Architect, QAD Application and Services, will discuss Caterpillar’s journey to implement QAD EE Cloud Channel Islands 2018 for the Caterpillar Foundry in Hodges, SC, including QAD QMS, QAD Automation Solutions, QAD Supplier Portal and machine (IoT) integration.

Pit Stops for Obtaining the Latest on QAD Solutions

In addition to the customer sessions, you will also want to join us for the following QAD sessions:

ERP Moves to Real-Time via Integrated Production Execution
This session will discuss how the integration of Production Execution capability enables a more responsive ERP system, improved service levels and improved operational effectiveness.

The Value of APQP
Learn about the inherent benefits of implementing Advanced Production Quality Planning. This session covers the process framework that establishes a set of quality requirements that supports the suppliers to ensure that design criteria of a product meets the customer requirements.

Procure to Pay – A Day in the Life
This session highlights the extensive collaborative purchasing process and supplier interactions in the Channel Islands user experience. This session will explore the complete flow from the variety of first steps through requisitions, purchase orders or supplier schedule releases; over the interaction with suppliers in the QAD Supplier Portal through the inventory result with PO receipts. In addition, this session will highlight the financial visibility of the inventory and cost transactions, the supplier invoice and the supplier payments approval process.

Drive Customer Satisfaction and Profitability through the Customer Lifecycle
Managing all aspects of the process from sales management, discrete or scheduled order processing, pricing and promotions, to warranty and service contracts is critical for your business. Learn how you can drive customer satisfaction and profitability with QAD Customer Management solutions.

Manage your Enterprise Assets from Cradle to Grave – A Day in the Life
Join this session for a full flow overview of a fixed assets lifecycle in the Channel Islands user experience. Learn how assets are built up and capitalized with QAD Enterprise Asset Management Capital Projects, turning them into fixed assets in the Financials Fixed Asset App. Explore the different financial activities and operational maintenance interventions on the asset through its lifecycle and the impact on its valuation and operational cost analysis.

Are You in Need of Training?

Looking for training and interested in expanding your skillset in a hands-on environment at Explore? Don’t forget to sign up for training! This year’s training courses include: 

  • Streamlined Manufacturing with Production Orders & QAD Automation Solutions
  • Personalization & Collaboration in the New QAD Web UI
  • Extending Your Supply Chain with QAD Supplier Portal

Be sure to check out the complete Explore 2019 Agenda for more information on these sessions as well as the other breakouts, training classes, demos and networking activities. Register for Explore before March 29 and take advantage of the Early Bird discount! You will not want to miss this year’s Explore conference!

See You Along the Journey!

If you see me along your journey at Explore, please stop and say hello. I enjoy hearing from you and discussing the industry and any challenges you’re facing. I look forward to seeing you in New Orleans!