With the year 2000 rapidly approaching, QAD announced its plans last week to offer Y2K-compliant enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions in alliance with IBM and JIS.
The ERP solutions are aimed at mid-market manufacturers in the automotive, consumer products, electronics, food and beverage, industrial and medical products industries.
The bundles utilise QAD's MFG/PRO software and IBM's UNIX or NT servers, and are available with either Oracle or Progress databases.
Extended ERP solutions
David Thodey, IBM's general manager, commercial business, claims the systems offer an "e-business solution that enables customers to extend the reach and functionality of their ERP solutions through the supply chain".
Thodey sees this partnership as on opportunity for IBM and its business partners to deliver a business solution that improves the management and control of a company's internal manufacturing and distribution processes.
Rob McKie, JIS managing director, argues that "even at this late stage many companies are only now starting to react to the business issues that the year 2000 presents".
Company officials claim the QAD and IBM bundles are already Y2K compliant because of design features that operate under the same system prior and after 2000.