SANTA BARBARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--QAD Inc. (Nasdaq:QADA) (Nasdaq:QADB), a leading provider of enterprise software and services for global manufacturing companies, today announced that futurist Jim Carroll, lean manufacturing expert Dr. James P. Womack and cybersecurity authority Dr. Doug White headline the speaker lineup for its annual customer conference, QAD Explore 2016, May 2-5, 2016 at the Hilton Chicago.
Jim Carroll is an author, columnist, media commentator and frequent speaker with a focus on linking future trends to innovation and creativity. He is recognized as a thought leader and authority on global trends, rapid business model changes, and business transformation in a period of economic uncertainty and fast-paced innovation. His books include The Future Belongs to Those Who Are Fast, What I Learned From Frogs in Texas and Ready, Set, Done. His keynote speech will take place on Tuesday, May 3.
Dr. James P. Womack, the founder of and senior advisor to the Lean Enterprise Institute, Inc., will present for the second straight year. He coauthored The Machine that Changed the World, the book that detailed Toyota's groundbreaking production system. As research director of MIT’s International Motor Vehicle Program, Womack led the team that coined the term “lean production” to describe Toyota’s system. As a champion of lean manufacturing, Womack encouraged U.S. manufacturers to transition from the “just-in-case” inventory management model to the more efficient “just-in-time” approach, which made the lean enterprise the goal for many manufacturers around the world. His presentation will take place on Wednesday, May 4.
Dr. Doug White is a cybersecurity expert with over three decades of professional experience specializing in computer forensics, C++ programming, networking and security. Dr. White is a professor of Computer Information Systems at Roger Williams University, director of RWU's Forensics, Advanced Network and Security Lab and an advisor on security issues in the public and private sectors. He will present on Wednesday, May 4.
“The QAD Explore 2016 speaker lineup is truly extraordinary,” said Pam Lopker, President and Chairman of the Board, QAD. “Jim Carroll, Dr. James Womack, and Dr. Doug White are visionaries in their respective fields. Being able to hear them speak will be a highlight for the attendees at this year’s Explore.”
Explore is QAD’s largest annual event where customers, partners, sponsors and QAD experts come together for a week of informative sessions, hands-on training, manufacturing industry-specific presentations and networking. The agenda provides updates on key trends in manufacturing, strategic developments in QAD’s target industries and information on new solution developments.
In addition to over 60 speakers, Explore features more than 40 workshops and hands-on training classes, many of which count toward APICS continuing education credits. The QAD Solutions Expo provides ample opportunity for sponsors and other members of the QAD community to exhibit, demonstrate and solicit feedback on their products and solutions.
QAD is offering an early bird registration fee of $1295 (a $600 discount) for those who register by April 1. Registration includes access to all sessions, invitations to the welcome reception and the closing night off-site dinner, meals during the event, electronic access to all presentation materials and access to the Solutions Expo show floor. Customers can register for the event at expore.qad.com/register.
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About QAD – The Effective Enterprise
QAD Inc. (Nasdaq:QADA) (Nasdaq:QADB) is a leading provider of enterprise software and services designed for global manufacturing companies. For more than 35 years, QAD has provided global manufacturing companies with QAD Enterprise Applications, an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system that supports operational requirements, including financials, manufacturing, demand and supply chain planning, customer management, business intelligence and business process management. QAD Enterprise Applications is offered in flexible deployment models in the cloud, on-premise, or in a blended environment. With QAD, customers and partners in the automotive, consumer products, food and beverage, high technology, industrial products and life sciences industries can better align daily operations with their strategic goals to meet their vision of becoming more Effective Enterprises.
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