QAD Inc. (NASDAQ:QADA) (NASDAQ:QADB), a leading provider of enterprise software and services for global manufacturing companies, announced today new training sessions on Advanced Manufacturing with Planning & Scheduling Workbenches will be held at its customer conference QAD Explore 2013, in San Antonio, Texas, on May 6-9, 2013. The QAD Advanced Manufacturing sessions are intended for supply chain personnel with a focus on production planning and scheduling. The Advanced Manufacturing Training Session offers two schedule options:Option 1: 1:30-5:30 PM on Tuesday, May 7th and Wednesday, May 8thOption 2: 1:30-6:00 PM on Thursday, May 9th, and 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM on Friday, May 10th QAD Planning and Scheduling Workbenches provide simultaneous visibility to plans, schedules and supporting data, enabling control and collaboration across the production and materials planning space. The solution includes three key aspects:
- Master Scheduling Workbench (MSW) — learn how to create a master schedule in an efficient way by assembling critical information into a single decision point to make informed decisions. Master schedule focus is typically one week to several weeks or months out.
- Production Scheduling Workbench (PSW) — learn how to make effective production schedules with production sequencing and order management (release/printing/splitting orders) from a single access point. Production schedule focus is typically a couple of days to a couple of weeks out.
- Component Availability Check (CAC) — integrated within the workbenches is visibility to material availability for the master and/or production schedule you created.
QAD Explore Training Offers the Building Blocks for the Effective EnterpriseQAD’s popular educational program includes more than 46 hours of h ands-on training classes and lectures on a wide variety of topics including sessions on Going Mobile with QAD Enterprise Applications, QAD Business Process Management (BPM) and the Advanced Manufacturing with Planning and Scheduling Workbenches. Explore brings the latest products and services for global manufacturing companies to partners and customers — business users and IT professionals at all levels. The customer conference is renowned for insights into manufacturing trends, professional networking and intensive technical training — all presented in a community-focused atmosphere. Explore 2013 offers a four-day experience of unmatched value — education and entertainment. To learn more about QAD Explore 2013 or to register for the event, visit: www.qad.com/explore. About QAD QAD is a leading provider of enterprise applications for global manufacturing companies specializing in automotive, consumer products, 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 www.qad.com. "QAD" is a registered trademark of QAD Inc. All other products or company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners. Note to Investors: This press release contains certain forward-looking statements made under the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as “expects”, “believes”, “anticipates”, “could”, “will likely result”, “estimates”, “intends”, “may”, “projects”, “should”, and variations of these words and similar expressions are intended to identify these forward looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on the company’s current expectations and assumptions regarding its business, the economy and future conditions. A number of risks and uncertainties could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. These risks include, but are not limited to, evolving demand for the company's software products and products that operate with the company's products; the company's ability to sustain license and service demand; the company's ability to leverage changes in technology; the company's ability to sustain customer renewal rates at current levels; the publication of opinions by industry and financial analysts about the company, its products and technology; the reliability of estimates of transaction and integration costs and benefits; the entry of new competitors or new offerings by existing competitors and the associated announcement of new products and technological advances by them; delays in localizing the company's products for new or existing markets; the ability to recruit and retain key personnel; delays in sales as a result of lengthy sales cycles; changes in operating expenses, pricing, timing of new product releases, the method of product distribution or product mix; timely and effective integration of newly acquired businesses; general economic conditions; exchange rate fluctuations; and, the global political environment. In addition, revenue and earnings in the enterprise resource planning (ERP) software industry are subject to fluctuations. Software license revenue, in particular, is subject to variability with a significant proportion of revenue earned in the last month of each quarter. Given the high margins associated with license revenue, modest fluctuations can have a substantial impact on net income. Investors should not use any one quarter's results as a benchmark for future performance. For a more detailed description of the risk factors associated with the company and the industries in which it operates, please refer to the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for fiscal 2012 ended January 31, 2012, and in particular, the section entitled “Risk Factors” therein, and in other periodic reports the company files with the Securities and Exchange Commission.