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QAD has announced the availability of MFG/PRO eB2, a comprehensive, Web-enabled suite of enterprise applications for manufacturing, distribution and financial management in Australia and New Zealand.

MFG/PRO eB2 incorporates more than 24 new areas of functionality, and includes more than 20 enhancements requested by global manufacturers to address their specific needs.

With MFG/PRO eB2, QAD draws upon more than two decades of focus on manufacturing systems.

The enhancements include:

· New lean manufacturing functions to accelerate lead and cycle times for efficient responsiveness to customers;

· Collaboration functions to better coordinate fulfillment and invoicing with trading partners;

· Service/support management (SSM) improvements for better contract management;

· Functions to streamline international financials and profitability analysis; and

· Desktop interface changes for greater ease of use and minimal user training.

Working with customer development groups in real-world manufacturing environments, QAD added industry-specific features that benefit manufacturers in the automotive, food and beverage, consumer packaged goods, medical devices, industrial products and electronics industries.

This collaborative process ensures that MFG/PRO eB2 delivers the business-critical functionality manufacturers need.

According to Gordon Fleming, managing director QAD Australia, MFG/PRO eB2 will give the organisation a distinct advantage over its competitors in both the middle and upper tiers of the collaborative application space.

"We have been building a strong following in ANZ for many years, particularly in the food and beverage and industrial sectors,” he said.

“With eB2 we have an advanced e-business product that addresses the requirements of manufacturing organisations which will continue to be delivered with one of the lowest costs of ownership in the industry."

MFG/PRO eB2 manufacturing, distribution and financial management enterprise applications are built on open, standards-based architecture to maximise interoperability with legacy systems and a variety of enterprise applications.

Open Applications Group Integration Specification (OAGIS) messaging standards, Business Object Documents (BODs) and XML enable communication with other applications inside the organisation and outside, with suppliers and customers.

Its open, three-tiered architecture also makes MFG/PRO eB2 flexible and scalable, to accommodate operations of any size in both centralised and distributed environments.

This new thin-client solution contributes to reduced cost of ownership by minimising application deployment and management, as well as required user training.

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