Snell Advanced Media consolidates ERP with QAD

QAD Inc., provider of enterprise business software and services for global manufacturing companies, has announced that Snell Advanced Media (SAM) will deploy QAD Enterprise Applications company-wide to improve information visibility and reduce the complexity of its business processes.

Headquartered in Newbury, UK, SAM manufactures smart, agile media technology used in Live Production, Production, Editing & Finishing, Playout & Delivery and Infrastructure & Image Processing, all running under enterprise-wide management and workflow automation. SAM employs more than 550 people worldwide.

SAM was formed in 2014 when digital production equipment manufacturer Quantel acquired Snell Ltd., a leader in broadcast and media technology. Snell Ltd. has used QAD's ERP solution since 1993. Quantel used another provider which forced the newly formed SAM to decide between adopting a dual ERP strategy or implementing one solution across the company.

SAM decided to install one integrated ERP solution that could meet the needs of the Snell and Quantel businesses. SAM considered several ERP vendors before choosing QAD Enterprise Applications 2015. SAM selected QAD for the following reasons:

  • QAD's extensive manufacturing focus and experience.
  • QAD's Easy On Boarding methodology to minimize implementation costs and reduce the burden on the SAM implementation project team.
  • The QAD ERP solution had worked effectively at Snell Ltd. for 22 years.

"QAD Enterprise Applications was the best choice for all our business units after the Snell acquisition," said Simon Gatt, Director of Operations. "Using one fully-featured, integrated ERP solution lets us improve overall information visibility, eliminates the need for customisations and reduces the complexity of our business processes. Our existing in-house knowledge of QAD's solution and the QAD Easy On Boarding process gives us the ability to install the software more quickly and efficiently than we could have done with another vendor."

"QAD has had a long, successful relationship with Snell Ltd. and we look forward to working with SAM," said J.C. Walravens, Senior Vice President of QAD EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa). "When manufacturers make an acquisition they face a unique set of challenges and decisions that can impact the success of their investment. We are honoured that SAM chose QAD Enterprise Applications to streamline its business processes as it meets those challenges."

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