QAD, IBM Extend eQ B2B Applications to WebSphere, SanFrancisco Framework

QAD (Carpinteria, Calif.) and IBM have announced a joint agreement that will combine their technical resources to make available QAD eQ, a solution that provides unattended B2B transaction order processing across multi-enterprise supply chains, on IBM’s WebSphere and SanFrancisco Framework. The joint effort will enable QAD eQ to support multiple platforms, including AS/400, RS/6000, and Netfinity, operating on IBM's DB2 Universal Database.

The QAD eQ B2B Order Management System will enable companies to jump to e-business through a suite of applications consisting of Sell-Side, Fulfillment, Replenishment and Buy-Side Management, with Trade and Sourcing Exchanges. Using a B2B Relationship Framework, QAD eQ will be designed to execute transactions based on the agreements and preferences of key parties making up the supply chain.

"This joint development agreement will expand the infrastructure choices our customers have to roll-out the QAD eQ suite of B2B applications," says David Myers, senior director, QAD eQ applications. "Not only will this make QAD eQ available to an expansive audience, but it will make it easier than ever for companies to leverage their existing IT investments to quickly realize ROI from unattended B2B transaction order processing across the extended supply chain."

"QAD and IBM are redoubling cooperative efforts to enable manufacturers and distributors worldwide to realize rapid results from industry-specific QAD B2B e-business solutions," adds Archie James, segment executive, IBM Global Midmarket Business, Industrial Segment. "QAD has shown an outstanding commitment to its partnership with IBM and its customers by choosing to expand its QAD eQ solution offering using IBM software development tools."

IBM SanFrancisco provides a bridge from the traditional method of application development to a more efficient way of building business applications from reusable business components that will operate on any platform. Combined with WebSphere, the technology also gives companies the advantage of running Web servers inside or outside its firewall, enabling the creation of a distributed network.

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