SANTA BARBARA, Calif.–QAD Inc. (NASDAQ: QADI), a leading provider of enterprise software and services for global manufacturers, announced today its fall line-up of user group events, beginning with it Midwest User Group (MWUG) Conference on September 26 – 28, in Dearborn, MI, followed by its Southeast User Group (SEUG) Conference on October 10 – 12, in Atlanta, GA and concluding with its California User Group (CAUG) Customer Day on October 21 in Santa Clara, CA.
The QAD MWUG is the largest independent user group for its Enterprise Applications software for manufacturing management. This fall, the event will be held at The Henry Hotel and feature Joe Phelan, director of Research and Development for QAD, providing the keynote address on QAD’s manufacturing product development roadmap. MWUG members, including manufacturing companies, QAD partners and other product/service providers will participate in a host of concurrent breakout sessions on manufacturing, technical, distribution and business process issues, including such topics as: Plant Operation’s Impact on Manufacturing, What’s New in the Latest QAD .NET User Inferface (UI), and Peer-to-Peer Discussion Forum for Automotive Suppliers.
QAD SEUG will host its semi-annual conference at the Westin Atlanta Perimeter North, where Phelan will also present the keynote address. Serving QAD Enterprise Applications software users throughout the Southeast, the fall event will focus on sharing and exchanging information, establishing mutual support and peer contacts, and promoting and advancing mutual understanding and needs within the manufacturing enterprise resource planning environment.
The QAD CAUG Customer Day, to be held at the Hilton Santa Clara, is co-sponsored by QAD alliance partner Strategic Information Group. This event will focus on QAD’s future roadmap, including product highlights from its latest browse feature: Guide Me, offering new tools for searching, exporting, messaging and metrics. Users will also enjoy interactive discussions from customers using QAD On Demand, the latest Software as a Service (SaaS) solution, and the company’s foray into unit serialization, a key issue for Life Sciences customers.
For more information, or to register for any of these events, visit http://www.qad.com/erp/Resources-Events-Calendar/.
QAD is a leading provider of enterprise applications for global manufacturing companies specializing in automotive, consumer products, electronics, food and beverage, industrial and life science products. 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. For more information about QAD, telephone +1 805-566-6000, or visit the QAD web site at www.qad.com.
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