Founded in 1979, QAD has been recognized as a leading provider of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software applications for global manufacturing companies. Today, QAD enterprise applications leverage advances in Internet and enabling technologies to 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.
QAD enterprise applications are focused and optimized for select manufacturing industry segments: automotive, consumer products, electronics, food and beverage, industrial and life sciences. They address business-critical functions and processes at three levels required by today's global manufacturing companies: 1) Enterprise, providing traditional ERP functionality for intra-enterprise functions, 2) Extended Enterprise, providing Distributed Order Management capabilities for functions involving external sources such as customers and suppliers and 3) Community, providing a Portal for gaining visibility and access to information across the larger manufacturing community.
QAD has built a solid customer base of global Fortune 1000 and mid-market manufacturers who are excellent prospects for QAD's enterprise applications. With a proven track record of more than 25 years of industry leadership, QAD is ideally qualified to meet the business and technology requirements of global manufacturing companies worldwide. We develop our products with constant and direct input from leading global manufacturers within the industries we serve. This industry focus is a key differentiator for QAD, enabling our customers to implement QAD applications rapidly, realize a rapid return on investment, and achieve a low total cost of ownership compared with other vendors targeting the industries we serve.
Global service and support are an important component of our solutions. QAD offers service and support capabilities that are truly global in scope. We are one of a few select organizations with the capabilities and industry expertise required to implement our solutions around the globe and support them in multiple languages and currencies. Our geographic management structure ensures that our global practices meet local requirements and that our services are delivered effectively within each region around the globe. We support our customers' global operations through our network of regional support centers and online support, accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all around the world.