Arena News and QAD Form Technology Partnership

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Foster City, Calif., Jul 31 - today announced that it has entered a technology partnership with QAD, a leading provider of collaborative commerce applications for manufacturers. Through this partnership, QAD's global manufacturing customers can extend their existing QAD collaborative commerce solutions with powerful product lifecycle management (PLM) functionality. QAD applications are currently used at more than 5,400 sites worldwide, a number that includes 32 percent of Fortune 500 manufacturers. is the leading provider of zero-IT, cost-effective, rapidly deployed online PLM.

“PLM and ERP are a natural fit,” said Michael Topolovac, president and chief executive officer of “Each on its own is critically important in the design and manufacturing process. But together they create synergies that increase efficiencies, speed time to market and reduce costly errors. We're thrilled to partner with such a well-respected leader in the manufacturing industry.”

“When manufacturers have visibility, collaboration is more effective and ROI more rapid,” said Pam Lopker, chairman, president and founder of QAD. “PLM enables our customers to reduce their supply chain pain and deliver bottom-line improvements.”

About QAD
QAD delivers value through collaborative commerce for manufacturers, empowering enterprises to integrate diverse business processes and increase profitability. Manufacturers of automotive, food and beverage, consumer, electronics, industrial and medical products use QAD applications at more than 5,400 licensed sites in more than 80 countries and in as many as 26 languages. For more information about QAD, telephone +1 805 684 6614, or visit the QAD web site at: To receive any of QAD's press releases via facsimile, contact +1 800 356 0747, or outside the U.S. contact +1 213 253 5647.

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