A manufacturing-focused enterprise software company, QAD Inc. ( is headquartered in Santa Barbara, Calif., USA, and has 30 offices in 19 countries, 1,900 employees, and 300,000 users at 4,000 customer sites. More than 2,000 manufacturing companies have deployed QAD solutions to become what the company calls an "Adaptive Manufacturing Enterprise." In June 2021, QAD agreed to acquired by Thoma Bravo, a private equity firm.

Learn more about QAD's Adaptive Manufacturing Enterprise solutions.

Product Capabilities

Asset Management
Customer Management
Data Collection/Label Printing
Digital Supply Chain Planning
Embedded Analytics
Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
Financials Management
Global Trade Management
International Regulatory Requirements
IoT and Cloud Integration
Quality Management
Supplier Relationship Management
Supply Chain Visibility
Transportation Execution

Target Industries

Consumer Products
Food & Beverage
High Technology
Life Sciences


QAD focuses its products and sales efforts on a select group of target industries.

The company’s Next Generation ERP product portfolio is headlined by QAD Adaptive ERP, and enhanced with tools for demand, supply chain, transportation and quality management.

Ultra Insight

From Industrial Equipment Manufacturing ERP Vendor Update (2021)  DOWNLOAD

QAD’s roots are in manufacturing. In fact, it’s a manufacturing product that expanded into financials, instead of the other way around.

One of its big advantages is that is highly scalable, allowing companies to grow their QAD solution as they grow. Another advantage is that it can handle discrete (design-to-order) and repetitive manufacturing with the same depth of functionality. It utilizes a rules-based configurator to support configure-to-order, as well as the ability to configure on features and options.

QAD also offers support for capital expenditure projects, for both purchased and manufactured assets, that is fully integrated within the system, including project management and accounting. Within the core system, it has embedded quality management and advanced demand planning. And, for companies with complex requirements, QAD offers advanced, add-on products to manage supply chain and demand planning.

QAD started offering ERP in the cloud in 2007, and today nearly all net new customers use the QAD Cloud or a partner cloud.

In the United States, QAD solutions are largely implemented by QAD’s implementation services team. QAD also has a global implementation partner network and a training and certification program.

From Food & Beverage Manufacturing ERP Vendor Update (2020)  DOWNLOAD

QAD is no stranger in the ERP world, having been around since 1979 and building a loyal customer base along the way. The company focuses exclusively on six manufacturing verticals – Automotive, High-Tech, CPG, Industrial Equipment, Life Sciences and Food & Beverage.

QAD deploys its software either on-premise or in its own private cloud, something that makes it stand out against its competitors who prefer a public cloud option.

QAD has honed-in on a few sub-verticals within F&B, with strong and growing customer bases in meats/ proteins, candy/confections and spirits/wine/beer.

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