QAD, Inc., a leading provider of enterprise software and services for global manufacturers, has announced that Ray Hammond, the experienced and widely published futurologist, will keynote its customer conference, QAD Explore EMEA 2008, being held from 17-19 November, 2008 in Sorrento, Italy.
Hammond has written and broadly spoken about how future trends will affect society and business for over 25 years. He is the author of numerous best-selling books including four futuristic novels and ten non-fiction books. Hammond's speech, titled "The Future of Manufacturing: The Perfect Lean Market," will focus on climate change, the impact of technology on business and the future of energy.
Sessions at QAD Explore EMEA 2008 will focus on the latest product innovations, competitive strategies and best practices to achieve The Perfect Lean Market. The conference provides powerful and informative sessions tailored especially for those who do business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and features enlightening keynotes and an invaluable Solutions Expo. Added to the conference this year is a day of optional education classes offered through "Education at Explore," a hands-on, user-focused training curriculum, taking place on Monday, 17 November.
QAD will highlight QAD Enterprise Applications 2008, the latest edition of QAD's global software solution. QAD 2008 features QAD Enterprise Financials as well as an elegant user interface and significant enhancements to QAD's Manufacturing, Distribution, and Customer Management solutions designed to help QAD customers of all sizes to stay ahead in the ever-changing world of global manufacturing.
"We are excited to present Explore EMEA to our customers doing business in this region of the world," said Jean Claude Walravens, Vice President, EMEA region, QAD. "Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about QAD Enterprise Applications 2008, get more hands-on training, and also have the opportunity to network with their peers, surrounded by one of the most beautiful locations in Italy."
For more information on Explore EMEA 2008 and to register, visit: www.qad.com/portal/site/exploreemea/
Early Bird discounts on the registration fee are valid on or before 17 October, 2008. Group discounts are also available.
QAD is a leading provider of enterprise applications for global manufacturing companies. 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. Manufacturers of automotive, consumer products, electronics, food and beverage, industrial and life science products use QAD applications at approximately 6,100 licensed sites in more than 90 countries and in as many as 27 languages.