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Industry Computer software
Founded Carpinteria, California (1979)
Headquarters 100 Innovation Place
Santa Barbara, California 93108
Key people Pamela Meyer Lopker (Chairman of the Board and President)
Karl F. Lopker (CEO)
Products ERP, QAD Enterprise Applications, QAD Cloud ERP
Employees 1,540 (January, 2014)

QAD is a software company that provides Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software to manufacturing companies around the world.[1]

Company Overview[edit]

QAD is a leader in full-strength ERP in the cloud and on premise. The company’s product suite is called QAD Enterprise Applications (known as MFG/PRO prior to 2007). QAD Cloud ERP is the software as a service (Saas) or cloud computing model of QAD’s product suite (Enterprise Applications).

QAD sells its products and services to companies in six main manufacturing industries: automotive, consumer products, high technology, food and beverage, industrial equipment and life sciences. As of December 2013, QAD software is in use at 5,300 manufacturing sites in more than 95 countries.

QAD is focused on providing flexible ERP solutions that enable customers to move toward achieving the vision of becoming an "Effective Enterprise", in which every business process is working at peak efficiency and perfectly aligned with their strategic goals.

For the full year ended January 31, 2013, total revenue was $252.2 million.[2]


QAD was formed in 1979 by Pamela Lopker, who remains QAD President and Chairman today. QAD initially developed proprietary software applications for manufacturing companies in southern California. In 1984, QAD launched its flagship product MFG/PRO. MFG/PRO was built using the Progress Software Corporation's Fourth Generation Language (4GL) and relational database. MFG/PRO was one of the first software applications built for manufacturers following the APICS principles. MFG/PRO was also one of the first applications to support closed loop Manufacturing Resource Planning (MRP II), as well as operating in the newly emerging open systems arena. QAD software supports Lean Manufacturing principles and inter-operates with other systems via open standards. In 2003, a product called Supply Visualization was first hosted in multi-tenant configuration for QAD customers and those customers' suppliers making QAD an early player in providing SaaS software for manufacturing. Supplier Portal (previously called Supply Visualization and Supply Chain Portal) continues to allow customers and their authorized suppliers to share information about inventory, scheduling, purchase orders, shipments, Kanbans, and much more.

1984 - QAD launched its flagship software, MFG/PRO, now known as QAD Enterprise Applications.

1987 - QAD created the first business application that ran on UNIX.

1996 - Pamela Lopker received Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award for the Greater Los Angeles area.

1997 - QAD stock began trading as of its initial public offering (IPO) on August 6.

1997 - Pamela Lopker was inducted into the Women in Technology International (WITI) Hall of Fame.

2001 - Fortune magazine named Pamela Lopker a “Hero of U.S. Manufacturing.”

2006 - QAD launched its next generation user interface called .NET UI.

2006 - QAD acquired Precision Software, a company delivering industry leading transportation, global trade and supply chain management software to businesses around the world.

2006 - QAD acquired Bisgen Ltd., a UK-based company whose product is tailored to the unique sales force and marketing automation needs of manufacturers.

2006 - QAD acquired FBO Systems, Inc., a Georgia-based company and leading provider of Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) products and professional services.

2007 - QAD renamed its core product suite from MFG/PRO to QAD Enterprise Applications. With the launch of QAD Enterprise Applications 2007, QAD pioneered hybrid deployment, with the ability to deploy the application either On Premise, On Appliance or On Demand (SaaS).

2008 - QAD launched a significant enhancement to its core suite with the release of the Enterprise Edition of QAD Enterprise Applications.

2008 - QAD acquired FullTilt Solutions’ product suite, including Perfect Product Suite, an enterprise PIM solution that addresses the growing need for product-centric Master Data Management (MDM) for Internet-enabled commerce.

2012 - QAD acquired CEBOS, a leading provider of enterprise wide quality management and management system standard software and services. CEBOS’ MQ1 software, offers significant time savings while providing the assurance that your company is in compliance with industry and governmental regulations including: ISO, TS, FDA, AS, OHSAS, and cGxP.

2012 - QAD acquired DynaSys, one of the leading European providers of collaborative Demand & Supply Chain Planning solutions. DynaSys provides expert business decision-making software to market leaders of all sizes, including forecasting, planning, optimizing and performance analysis.

QAD Enterprise Applications[edit]

QAD Enterprise Application is designed to streamline the management of manufacturing operations, supply chains, financials, customers, technology, and business performance. QAD ERP solutions provide manufacturers easy access to the time-sensitive information they need to plan for the future as they continue to meet daily manufacturing targets. QAD enterprise resource planning (ERP) system includes the following solution suites:[3]

  • Enterprise Financials: Addresses complex regulatory requirements, strict segregation of duties, and more controls as required by larger, more complex enterprises; includes sophisticated budget modeling capabilities, advanced reporting, multiple reporting layers that simplify complex Multi-GAAP reporting requirements and enhanced audit capabilities.
  • Customer Management: Provides improved responsiveness through collaboration and management of customers and demand.
  • Manufacturing: Enables companies to reduce costs and increase throughput using the latest manufacturing scheduling techniques, including the capability to support lean principles.
  • Demand and Supply Chain Planning: Provides manufacturers with the ability to effectively collaborate with suppliers and customers, allowing companies to align production with customer requirements, providing improved customer service, less direct and indirect material and finished goods inventory, and greater order fulfillment accuracy all while driving increased sales and improved margins.
  • Supply Chain Execution: provides functionality for linking and managing trading partner relationships for the purchase of stock items, supplies and services to coincide with plans and operations.
  • Service and Support: Provides the capability for after-sale service and support. Manages warranty tracking, services calls, and returns and repairs.
  • Enterprise Asset Management: Supports all plant maintenance activities, including preventive maintenance and predictive management, work orders and service requests to ensure equipment is reliable and ready to go at all times, and to ensure compliance with regulatory mandates regarding product safety and cleanliness standards.
  • Analytics: Helps companies analyze data to measure business performance in key areas with business intelligence and mobile capabilities.
  • Interoperability: Allows database portability and operating system flexibility, and works with QAD Q-Xtend application-to-application (A2A) integration toolset that enables enterprise applications to interoperate with the complete QAD Enterprise Application suite without coding. Q-Xtend serves as the "adapter" between QAD and other enterprise applications, automating critical tasks such as data synchronization, and eliminates the burden of maintaining custom interfaces and manual data entry.
  • Process and Performance: Performance Monitoring Framework provides the capability to monitor system performance and take action to prevent or correct any issues that may affect optimum performance. Business Process Manager allows for simple configuration of business processes and associated workflows.
  • Internationalization: Helps manage your processes across the globe with country extensions and local bank drivers.

QAD Cloud ERP[edit]

QAD Cloud ERP (formerly known as QAD On Demand) is the Software as a Service (Saas) deployment option for QAD Enterprise Applications. With QAD Cloud ERP users harness the full capabilities of QAD Enterprise Applications, anywhere in the world, without the need to manage computers, databases or other infrastructure.

Under this model, QAD provides individual instances of QAD Enterprise Applications for each company. Users simply connect via the Internet or a private network. QAD provides all of the IT management for servers, database and applications; all customers do is use the application. New users and sites can be connected whenever and wherever required.

QAD’s Enterprise Applications architecture allows customers to choose to deploy their systems in a blended configuration. In the blended deployment, customers may elect to deploy to some of their sites using QAD Cloud ERP, integrated — or not — with their on-premise solutions. This unique capability is useful for companies making structural changes such as mergers or acquisitions, or who are strategically moving their IT systems to the cloud.

QAD Cloud ERP is delivered in three standard editions: General, Life Sciences, and Automotive.[4]

QAD Explore[edit]

QAD Explore Customer Conference is held annually, bringing together QAD customers and partners for a week of informative sessions, hands-on training, and stimulating discussions on where QAD Enterprise Applications is going and the future of manufacturing ERP.

Previous QAD Explore Customer Conference Locations:

  • 1998 Chicago, Illinois
  • 1999 Atlanta, Georgia
  • 2000 Nashville, Tennessee
  • 2001 San Antonio, Texas
  • 2002 Long Beach, California
  • 2003 Orlando, Florida
  • 2004 Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 2005 Washington DC
  • 2006 Denver, Colorado
  • 2007 Grapevine, Texas
  • 2008 Orlando, Florida
  • 2011 San Antonio, Texas
  • 2012 Atlanta, Georgia
  • 2013 San Antonio, Texas
  • 2014 New Orleans, LA
  • 2015 Washington, DC


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