QAD and Progress Software extend partnership to offer SOA-based, lean manufacturing applications

QAD Inc., a global provider of enterprise software applications and services, and Progress Software Corporation, a provider of leading application infrastructure software to develop, deploy, integrate and manage business applications, have expanded their longstanding Technology Alliance to allow QAD to globally license and distribute a wide range of application infrastructure products from Progress Software.  QAD has been an Application Partner*  of Progress Software for more than 20 years.

Under the terms of the expanded agreement, QAD and Progress may extend their joint offering beyond the Progress OpenEdge application platform to include Progress Sonic ESB (Enterprise Service Bus), Progress Actional for SOA management , the Progress EasyAsk Natural Language and Query product, and other best-in-class technologies that deliver the reliability, high service levels and enterprise-wide visibility that a lean manufacturing environment demands. 

With access to a broader portfolio of Progress technologies, QAD is on course to deliver on its vision of shaping The Perfect Lean Market for manufacturing by helping their customers leverage their existing IT investment.  In addition, many QAD applications are evolving towards a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) deployment model giving QAD the ability to deliver application services to their customers across the web.  QAD applications currently deliver the industry-leading, lowest TCO (total cost of ownership) and this SaaS approach will benefit QAD customers with even faster time to value, lower total cost of ownership, and easier deployment.

Employing Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) capabilities, QAD includes enhanced functionality into their applications that enable global manufacturers to better manage supply and demand chains, enterprise assets, transportation and logistics, while streamlining communication and improving manufacturing productivity.

In todays rapidly evolving business marketplace, customers seek efficiency and competitive advantage. It is vital that QAD and its key technology providers work closely to create better, more robust and flexible business solutions, said Pam Lopker, president of QAD. We view Progress as an important component in our aggressive R&D strategy, and we expect customers will benefit from the investments both our companies are making to deliver on our vision of The Perfect Lean Market.
QAD embeds Progress technology in its core product offering, QAD Enterprise Applications, which are in use at more than 5,500 customer sites in over 90 countries.

QAD has carved out a significant market-leading position with manufacturing companies around the world with their powerful and flexible enterprise software solutions.  QAD, and their customers, will benefit from the high reliability, low administrative overhead and faster application development provided by the Progress best-in-class technologies, said Dave Ireland, president of the OpenEdge Division for Progress Software.  With QADs deep-rooted industry knowledge and our open technologies, QADs customers will gain a significant market advantage.

About QAD Inc.

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 5,500 licensed sites in more than 90 countries and in as many as 27 languages. 

About Progress Software Corporation

Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS) provides application infrastructure software for the development, deployment, integration and management of business applications. Our goal is to maximize the benefits of information technology while minimizing its complexity and total cost of ownership.

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