QAD recently announced plans 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, which include QAD's MFG/PRO software and IBM's Unix or NT servers, are available with either Oracle or Progress databases.
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."
However, Rob McKie, JIS' managing director, was a little less upbeat in his assessment of customers' approach to compliance. He argued that "even at this late stage many organisations are only now starting to react to the business issues that the year 2000 presents."
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.
Murray Ray, QAD's managing director, believes that the greatest benefit that this system can offer is that it is one of the few complete supply chain-enabled ERP systems that analysts acknowledge can still be installed by 2000.