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Bringing Clarity to the ERP Selection Process Most business people only select enterprise grade software once or twice during their entire lifetimes, if at all. Companies hire consultants to help with the Request for Proposal (RFP) and to guide them through the search process. Selection teams create extensive RFPs that cover the most minute details of functionality. They consider a multitude of other factors, both tangible and intangible. The final choice can make or break a career, so people take it very seriously and ensure they cover every detail. The ERP selection process is rigorous. There are thousands of search consultants vying for the chance to help. The process has given rise to more than 10,000 books on the topic available on Amazon. The process is well defined. And it's all wrong. The ERP selection process described above focuses on minutia, and it skips... (more)

Want to Speak At QAD Explore?

QAD’s global community of leading manufacturers will be coming together for Explore, our biggest event of the year. At Explore, you will learn how QAD, our customers and our partners are working together to help every QAD customer become a more Effective Enterprise. Share Your Story With Us We would ideally like to receive presentations covering cloud conversions, add-on modules — especially in the cloud — or early adopter experiences. We welcome joint presentations with multiple speakers such as a QAD Services or R&D team members and an individual from a customer. If you have a t... (more)

QAD Wins the Stratus Award for Cloud Company of the Year

QAD just won the 2016 Stratus Award for Cloud Company of the Year. If you’re not familiar with this award, the Stratus Awards recognize companies and individuals innovating in the cloud and who provide software and services that not only stand out in the market, but add value to our daily lives. Winning this award is a huge achievement, and it’s a reflection of the dedication and team effort everyone working at QAD makes to deliver the best product possible. QAD: A Long History in the Cloud Many people don’t know this, but QAD realized early on that making a strategic decision t... (more)

Ten Quick Questions to Assess the Effectiveness of Your Manufacturing Plant

Is The Entire Manufacturing Facility Neat, Orderly, Well-Lit and Quiet Enough So Workers Can Communicate? Evaluating orderliness is one of the easiest ways to assess the effectivity of a plant. Manufacturing can be chaotic even at its best, but there’s no need to add to the chaos by allowing a mess. Messes cause waste — wasted time looking for parts and tools, wasted motion moving things around. It’s no coincidence that the “Five Ss” mantra of lean relates primarily to keeping order. As a refresher, the Five Ss are: Sort Only things that are necessary to do the job should be stor... (more)

Cloud ERP: The Ultimate in Lean IT

Defining Lean Many people think of lean as an inventory management or process improvement philosophy, but in reality, it is much more. Lean is a management strategy that puts a laser focus on waste — seeking to eliminate waste wherever it occurs. That’s why lean moved so successfully off the shop floor through the entire enterprise and why it now permeates the thinking in diverse industries such as financial institutions, hospitals and fast food outlets. One of the most difficult parts of seeking out waste in all its forms is that waste takes so many forms that it’s often hard to ... (more)