QAD Supports ERP Consolidation of Two Magna International Subsidiaries
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Press release date: July 21, 2006
GXE flexibility leads to a rapid 23 day implementation for Decoma and Intier Automotive United Kingdom - 21st July, 2006 - QAD Inc. (NASDAQ: QADI), a leading provider of enterprise software applications for global manufacturers, today announced that Decoma (Merplas) UK Ltd and Intier Automotive succeeded in a 23 day data migration and implementation of QAD GXE, the Global Enterprise Edition, QAD's flagship software application. The flexibility and ease of integration of QAD's software will enable the parent company Magna International Inc. to drive synergies between its two subsidiaries Decoma and Intier.
Over an incredible time period of 23 days, Intier Automotive migrated from a version of QAD MFG/PRO that was five years old and a legacy of its previous status as a Johnson Controls company to a QAD GXE platform hosted at Decoma's own site. Decoma had the in-house resources, implementation experience and IT infrastructure to step forward and assist its sister company with its migration needs. In addition to assisting Intier's data migration, Decoma streamlined its own systems, clearing a path to the intended migration from QAD MFG/PRO to QAD GXE in the near future
Garry Bowers, IT Manager at Decoma, commented: "The flexibility, ease of implementation and integration of QAD's software, the desire and focus of local IT teams and the support and experience of QAD's consultants enabled us to successfully implement the system within 23 days. QAD has allowed us to actively bring the two companies' updated IT systems together on to one site and one platform."
The Intier team extracted their data from the system based in Germany and used spreadsheets in the process of cleansing and moving its static data to the Decoma site. An Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) Gateway was established for Intier to upload orders from OEM customers such as Jaguar, with a server and mailbox operating separately from Decoma's own system.
Jean-Claude Walravens, Vice President of QAD EMEA, commented: "We are very pleased that the implementation has taken place so successfully and within the required timeframe, and credit QAD's consultants and Decoma's & Intier's in-house teams for the complex data migration from the Intier site. Our consultants are industry, product and technology experts and are thoroughly trained, experienced and certified in QAD applications.
Overlay this skill set with best practice knowledge of the vertical markets we serve and our customers are assured smooth project implementation, effective knowledge transfer and rapid ROI."
Garry Bowers continued: "At Decoma itself, we plan to migrate our own system to QAD GXE, the Global Enterprise Edition. Also with the array of new functionality in QAD GXE, we will implement new software modules on a business priority basis. Although a total move to lean manufacturing is some way off, we plan to pave the way this year by putting the foundations in place as part of this upgrade. The understanding of our market which QAD's consultants possess and offerings such as the QAD e-Learning Portal will be just as essential for us during this process as the technical features and benefits of QAD applications."
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About Intier Automotive
Intier Automotive Interiors is an innovative leader in the development and manufacture of vehicle interior components and systems for the global automotive industry. Interiors is also a leader in vehicle interior integration and program management. The group employs approximately 7,000 people at 36 manufacturing and research and development facilities in 9 countries.
About Decoma International
Decoma International is a wholly-owned operating division of Magna International Inc. and is a full service supplier of exterior vehicle appearance systems for the world's automotive industry. Decoma designs, engineers and manufactures automotive exterior components and systems which include fascias (bumpers), front and rear end modules, liftgates and running boards, plastic body panels, exterior trim components, sealing and greenhouse systems and lighting components for cars and light trucks (including sport utility vehicles and mini-vans). Decoma has approximately 16,000 employees in 54 manufacturing, engineering and product development facilities in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Germany, Belgium, England, Japan, France, Poland, Austria and the Czech Republic.
About Magna International
Magna International, the most diversified automotive supplier in the world, designs, develops and manufactures automotive systems, assemblies, modules and components, and engineers and assembles complete vehicles, primarily for sale to original equipment manufacturers of cars and light trucks in North America, Europe, Asia and South America. Its capabilities include the design, engineering, testing and manufacture of automotive interior and closure systems; metal body and structural systems; exterior and interior mirror and engineered glass systems; exterior systems including front and rear end modules, plastic body panels, exterior trim and other systems; various powertrain and drivetrain systems; as well as, complete vehicle engineering and assembly.
Magna International has approximately 82,000 employees in 220 manufacturing operations and 56 product development and engineering centers in 22 countries.
QAD is a leading provider of enterprise applications for global manufacturing companies. 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. Manufacturers of automotive, consumer products, electronics, food and beverage, industrial and life science products use QAD applications at approximately 5,500 licensed sites in more than 90 countries and in as many as 27 languages. For more information about QAD, telephone +1 805 684 6614, 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.