May 3-6, 2015

Washington, DC

Special Guest Announcement - John Brandt

John Brandt will be joining us for a panel discussion at QAD Explore. John is the CEO and founder of the MPI Group and has over 20 years of experience studying organizational leadership. Prior to the MPI Group, John was publisher and editor-in-chief of IndustryWeek (IW) magazine, which received over 70 awards during his time there. 

In the Explore panel discussion, “Trends in the Manufacturing ERP Space,” John will sit down with QADers Tony Winter, CTO and Carter Lloyds, CMO, to share his thoughts about the IoT (Internet of Things), the evolution of computing from on premise to the cloud to the future as a ubiquitous service like a utility, and how Big Data and new technologies such as 3D printing are changing manufacturing and the supply chain.

This is a talk you don’t want to miss, so if you haven’t registered for QAD Explore, do it now! In addition to the insightful and eye-opening sessions, Explore also offers the unique opportunity to engage directly with QAD’s experts for training sessions. See the training schedule and register soon as spots are filling up fast. We’re looking forward to seeing you at Explore in just a few short weeks!

Spotlight on the QAD Explore Platinum Sponsors

We are are thrilled to see Progress and Progress BravePoint back as sponsors of QAD Explore!

Progress has long provided QAD with the foundation for a scalable and reliable platform. QAD users benefit because Progress is easy to deploy, manage, and administer, and their tools give you the flexibility to easily extend the application. Learn more about Progress and their solutions by visiting their website: www.progress.com.

As a QAD Accredited Consulting Partner, Progress BravePoint provides superior products and services for the QAD global community. Learn more about their products and services by visiting their website: www.progress.com/bravepoint.

Be sure to visit Progress and Progress BravePoint at the Solutions Expo at QAD Explore. If you haven't registered for the event yet, do so now to resesrve your spot!

Off and Running: Auto Industry Insights

With Explore approaching, I’m looking forward to seeing customers again. It’s so good have the opportunity to catch up with you on what you all have been up to in the past year and hear your future plans.

For those of you who don’t know me, in my role at QAD I spend the majority of time with automotive customers and global automotive industry associations to be proactive in ensuring that QAD solutions help you stay ahead of OEM and industry requirements. I was just reading that in 2014 the global automotive industry produced 85 million vehicles. At that rate, by 2018 IHS predicts global sales will break 100 million! According to several analyst projections, the global automotive industry is expected to remain healthy through 2020. I hope this means continued healthy sales and growth for you in the foreseeable future.

Now, on to QAD Explore … I hope you will join me Monday at Explore for an Automotive Industry Kickoff during lunch,  where we will have a customer panel discussing  key industry challenges. You won’t want to miss this! Immediately following, I will be conducting the session Supply Chain Risk Management. During this session, we’ll be talking about how the industry and OEMs are requiring automotive suppliers to proactively assess and manage supply chain risk and the QAD solutions to that can help. April Dines, Senior Quality Engineer at Cascade Engineering, will be joining me to share with you how her company is addressing risk management. It will be a great opportunity to learn what is in store for your organization in this area.

When I’m not doing what I love in the automotive industry at QAD, I absolutely love to run. Last year I reported in an Explore blog article that I was running 5Ks. This year, I am happy to report that I moved up to running 10Ks. My goal in 2015 is to do a half marathon. I find running a great way to relieve stress and I have a growing list of friends and family who now run with me. My favorite runs this year were the Big House 5K (Ann Arbor, MI), the Big 10K (Chicago, IL) and the Mackinac Bridge Run (Mackinac, MI). The Mackinac Bridge Run was extra special as I ran it with my two young nephews.

Let’s stay in touch, connect with me on Twitter and LinkedIn. I’m looking forward to seeing you at Explore in May. If you haven’t registered yet, you should do so now and save big with the Early Bird Discount that expires tomorrow!

Have a great day — I’ve gotta run! :)

A Look Back at QAD Explore 2014 in New Orleans

Whether you were at QAD Explore 2014 or not, who doesn't love a good montage of people having a fantastic time?

Grab your morning coffee and take a look at all the fun we had last year in New Orleans:

Don't miss out on your chance to join us for QAD Explore 2015 in Washington, DC. You only have a few more days to save $600 on your registration with the Early Bird Discount!

Early Bird Rate Extended to April 10th!

Great news for those of you who haven’t had a chance to register for QAD Explore yet — the Early Bird Rate has been extended to April 10th! That means you have one more week to save $600 on registration.

You’re not going to want to miss this chance to network with your peers, get face-time with the QAD community, and be the first to see QAD's 2015 road map with a special announcement from QAD President, Pam Lopker.

Act now to save on QAD’s biggest event of the year! 

Recent news about Explore:

Off-Site Event Location Announced

Join QAD for our last night of Explore at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum which houses thousands of aviation and space artifacts, including the 1903 Wright Flyer and the Apollo 11 Command Module Columbia.
Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis, one of the most important and popular artifacts is currently located on the floor of the museum, allowing a rare up-close view of this historic aircraft. One of the newest exhibits that will be on view at the National Air & Space Museum during this time will be the “Hawaii by Air” exhibition. Recounting how air travel to one of the most remote islands in the world has changed drastically throughout the years.  

As an extra bonus, the Flight Simulators will provide an exciting, interactive experience of flying and handling a jet-age combat sortie. Guests will be able to control the action and perform 360-degree barrel rolls, while others will try their hands at air-to-air combat in an F-4 Phantom II jet fighter!  
We hope to see you at this very special event, you'll have the opportunity to walk around and enjoy cocktails and food on both levels of Museum. The gift shop will be open from 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM; if you are like me, coming home with unique gifts for kiddos is a must!

Be there to experience it with us, register for Explore by this Friday — April 3rd — to take advantage of the Early Bird Discount and save $600.

Special Guest Speakers Announced

This year's conference is going to be even more exciting than the last, as we've invited two noted authors and speakers to Explore. Experts in business growth strategy and lean thinking, respectively, Todd Hewlin and James Womack will share their knowledge and give a bit of insight into the future of technology and manufacturing.

Todd HewlinTodd Hewlin is a Managing Director at TCG Advisors, the leading growth strategy firm in Silicon Valley. He is co-author of Consumption Economics and B4B.


Explore Session: Getting to B4B

The pace of change in the tech industry is accelerating and innovation is changing the world. Todd's talk will frame where technology are headed and define the capabilities you should be investing in now to be ready for the future.


James Womack

James P. Womack, PhD, is the founder of the Lean Enterprise Institute, a nonprofit research and education company created to advance lean thinking around the world.


Explore Session: The Challenge of the Lean Enterprise

Many business understand the advantages of working toward a strategy, but they face challenges in aligning goals to performance. James will discuss how to be a lean and effective organization.


We’re so excited to hear from these incredible speakers at Explore, make sure you’re there with us! Register for Explore by April 3rd to save $600!


Who's Going to QAD Explore? Spotlight on Scosche

We’re thrilled to share that our friends from Scosche Industries will be joining us this year at QAD Explore in May. When we asked Michael Amaladhas, Director of IT at Scosche, why he is joining us, he said: “I am going to QAD Explore to learn more about what’s happening in and around the QAD world and bring energy back to Scosche.”

Scosche was founded in 1980 and is an award-winning innovator of consumer electronics/technology and car audio installation hardware products. They pride themselves on their high-quality products at competitive prices and unbeatable customer service. You will notice that Scosche products are very attractive and incredibly useful, but the high quality of their audio and mobile technologies is what really stands out among the competition. Scosche products are sold in over 50 countries worldwide by a wide array of the most recognized names in retail. While global in reach, Scosche still finds much of its inspiration in the local California lifestyle, culture, music and people. These influences can be seen in the accessories and products that are now in the hands and vehicles of people across the globe.

Scosche will be at QAD Explore 2015

To learn more about Scosche — and maybe do a bit of shopping — visit their website: www.scosche.com

Don’t forget to say “Hi” to the team from Scosche if you run into them at Explore. We want to see all of the QAD community at Explore this year, so be sure to register soon to take advantage of the early bird savings.

Justify Explore Attendance to Your Manager

The value of QAD Explore might be clear to you, but do you need help making the case to your manager or organization? We're here to help.

We've developed a document that can help you sell the value of Explore through an email or discussion with your manager.

Have questions about the event? Let us know explore@qad.com.

Agenda Update — After Hours Demo: Effective Material Handling

Did you see the recent addition to the QAD Explore agenda on Wednesday afternoon? We’ll be holding a FREE after-hours demo on improving material handling using QAD Data Collection with handheld devices. You’ll also see how you can utilize QAD Label Printing services and ​leverage serialized packaged inventory (License Plates)​. By taking advantage of these new capabilities, you'll have more granular information to track, trace, and control your inventory in real time.​ It's a demo and discussion you don't want to miss!

Space is limited,​ ​so preregistration is required. If you​’re interested in attending, once you’ve registered for Explore, please email education@qad.com with your contact information.