In our recent Make to Order Webinar series, we started the session by presenting the value of Ultra’s people, processes, and technology methodology. Next, we handed the presentation over to six of the top ERP vendors in the make to order industry. This blog will discuss the content presented by representatives from QAD, including a basic background of their company, and an overview of the QAD make to order ERP system, including its vast capabilities and functionalities.
QAD By The Numbers
QAD was established in 1979, and its original product was an inventory management system. Today, QAD has offices in 18 countries, over 1,600 employees, 4,000+ sites, and over 300,000 users. The company has remained family-run since its inception, but in addition is now a publicly traded technology empire, whose revenues in 2015 nearly hit $300 million.
Their mission statement says, “We strive to help all of our customers to become an effective enterprise with every business process working at peak efficiency and perfectly aligned to their strategic goals.”
Solution Offerings of the QAD Make to Order ERP System
The QAD make to order ERP solution offers:
- Cloud capability
- CRM to store customer information
- Ability to attach files and drawings
- A visual dashboard
- Estimating and quoting features
- Electronic Kanban functionalities
- Picklist & pick pack ship
QAD Make to Order and the Cloud
When asked what differentiates QAD make to order ERP from other vendors that offer cloud solutions, there were several items. QAD says they have taken the now 37 years of their company history, their general knowledge and vertical expertise, and the six primary markets they own globally and packaged that capability into the Cloud by vertical. They say you’ll find make to order processes in each of these capabilities, some more than others, in each of the six vertical markets.
In researching how customers use their software, QAD found majority use it for business processing; QAD introduced the business process map and framework almost a decade ago. This capability enables QAD to take make to order processes that are similar across industry and package them in order to shorten implementation.
Even though the QAD make to order ERP demo software was accessed via a cloud ERP platform, it is the same exact software a customer would run if they chose to run on-premise versus cloud. As a matter of fact, many customers run a hybrid between on-premise and cloud. For example, there are a handful of smaller facilities outside North America, in countries like Mexico and Brazil, where they run those locations from the cloud, but have a larger office or part of the company that uses an on-premise deployment of QAD.
To learn more about the QAD make to order ERP system, visit their website.