QAD Australia, a global provider of enterprise software applications and services, and Progress Software, a provider of application infrastructure software to develop, deploy, integrate and manage business applications.
QAD Australia and Progress Software announced that they 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 Australia has been an Application Partner Note for Editors: An Application Partner is a Progress Software term for ISVs (Independent Software Vendors) who partner with Progress Software and use their infrastructure technologies to build their business applications of Progress Software for more than 20 years.
Under the terms of the expanded agreement, QAD Australia 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 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 Australia is on course to deliver on its vision of shaping the Perfect Lean Market for manufacturing by helping its customers leverage their existing IT investment.
QAD Australia and Progress Software’s customers stand to benefit from this alliance as the two companies continue to focus on their respective core competencies, share market intelligence and product development plans, and ensures that technology will be available when needed.
For example, Progress' Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) capabilities bring enhanced functionality into QAD Enterprise Applications.
Taken together, this enables global manufacturers to better manage supply and demand chains, enterprise assets, transportation and logistics, while streamlining communication and improving manufacturing productivity.
“In today’s 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 have 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 QAD’s deep-rooted industry knowledge and our open technologies, QAD’s customers will gain a significant market advantage.”