SDMO Goes Live On QAD Enterprise Applications

QAD Inc. (NASDAQ: QADA) (NASDAQ: QADB), a leading provider of enterprise software and services for global manufacturers, and its strategic alliance partner, Sopra Group, announced today that SDMO, the third largest global manufacturer of generators, has upgraded to QAD Enterprise Applications 2011 Enterprise Edition.

SDMO, a division of Kohler Co., is headquartered in Brittany, France, and has three production sites, with an annual output of over 100,000 generators. Through its extensive sales and distributor network, SDMO continues to penetrate new markets and ensure its continued growth.

SDMO turned to QAD to provide a solution that would support its plans for corporate expansion and the introduction of new product lines, with minimal impact on the company’s day-to-day operations.

QAD 2011 Enterprise Edition has enabled SDMO to standardize its core ERP solution across its headquarters and main manufacturing sites in France as well as additional sales and distribution sites across Europe. SDMO also plans to bring additional manufacturing and sales operations onto the QAD Enterprise Applications solution.

"We have worked with QAD for over 20 years and this is our fourth major project,” said Pierre Abautret, IT and customer service director, SDMO. “QAD has helped us to develop as a company, and the QAD solution encompasses all of our major functions, including sales, purchasing, engineering, manufacturing and after-sales.”

The SDMO implementation team was comprised of personnel from QAD, Sopra Group, and SDMO. QAD’s implementation methodology was used to standardize on best practices, minimize customizations, and accelerate deployment of the QAD solution.

“We see QAD Enterprise Applications Enterprise Edition as the most comprehensive and compelling release of our product yet,” said Steve Gardner, EMEA vice president sales and marketing, QAD. “The application is designed to address the challenges our manufacturing customers are facing today — and to help get them ready for the economic recovery of tomorrow.”

The deployment of QAD Enterprise Applications will allow SDMO to benefit from the QAD .NET User Interface, which allows users to experience greater personal productivity. SDMO is also taking advantage of QAD Analytics to allow users to quickly view trends within the system and drill down into the data with ease, providing the flexibility to answer questions as they arise, and the accuracy to make informed decisions.

QAD Enterprise Applications gives us control and visibility across the business,” added Abautret. “We have found the QAD solution easy to deploy across multiple entities. Our plan is to roll out the QAD solution to our subsidiaries in the near future.”

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About SDMO

SDMO is recognized as one of the top international generating set manufacturers and is continually strengthening its leading position through its solid structure as an international group. SDMO puts its engineering expertise into practice by designing tailor-made power plants. Whatever the power needed or the purpose of the generating set, a commitment to quality is guaranteed by an ISO 9001 certification, ensuring on-time delivery and high-performance for all products. For more information on SDMO, visit the website at

About QAD

QAD is a leading provider of enterprise applications for global manufacturing companies specializing in automotive, consumer, electronics, food and beverage, industrial and life sciences 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

“QAD” is a registered trademark of QAD Inc. All other products or company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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