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QAD Opens Registration for QAD Explore Global Customer Conference: Building the Effective Enterprise in 2013

QAD Inc. (NASDAQ:QADA) (NASDAQ:QADB), a leading provider of enterprise software and services for global manufacturing companies, announced today that it will hold its annual global customer conference, QAD Explore 2013, in San Antonio, Texas, on May 6-9, 2013.

Early Bird Registration Offers More than 30 Percent Savings

QAD is offering an early bird registration fee of $1,295, a discount of $600, for those who register by March 1, 2013. Easy, fast enrollment online is at

Explore brings together the latest solutions for global manufacturing companies, the best in ERP and exclusive access to QAD products and services, partners, peers and product developers. The customer conference is renowned for insights into manufacturing trends, professional networking and intensive technical training — all presented in a community-focused atmosphere. Explore 2013 offers partners and customers — business users and IT professionals at all levels — a four-day experience of unmatched value — education and entertainment.

Building the Effective Enterprise at Explore 2013

“At QAD Explore 2013, we look forward to meeting with global manufacturing customers to share best practices and unveil next-generation solutions that offer customers a future where their business processes operate at peak efficiency,” said Pam Lopker, president, QAD. “We’re packing a powerful agenda to give customers the tools they need to build an increasingly Effective Enterprise in 2013 and beyond.”

At the conference, QAD will unveil QAD Enterprise Applications 2013 — the latest version of QAD's enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution — and also will be showcasing important developments in application support and operation such as QAD On Demand and Blended Cloud and On Premise Deployment Models, Business Intelligence and Demand Planning Analytics, Mobile BI and the industry’s first fully integrated Business Process Management modules.

QAD CEO Karl Lopker will provide a keynote address on the company’s strategic direction, including new capabilities developed in collaboration with its recent acquisitions. QAD president Pam Lopker will share the QAD vision for the future and new product development plans.

QAD Explore 2013 will also host QAD Solutions Expo, where solutions from QAD partners will be showcased. Partners exhibiting include QAD Explore Platinum Sponsors: Eagle Consulting and Progress Software; Gold Sponsors: BravePoint, Hewlett Packard, PICS, Radley Corporation, Strategic Information Group; Silver Sponsors BizNet Software and RCM; and Bronze Sponsors: Avalara, Freedom Technologies, Minisoft, Trubiquity and Unicorn HRO.

Explore Training and APICS Continuing Education Credit Wrapped All in One Event

The conference’s popular educational program has been expanded. It will include more than 46 hours of hands-on training classes and lectures on a wide variety of topics including sessions on Going Mobile with QAD Enterprise Applications, QAD Business Process Management (BPM) and Advanced Manufacturing with Planning & Scheduling Workbenches. The training provides a great interactive environment to help customers get advanced skills to leverage QAD ERP solutions, accelerate time to value and learn best practices from QAD experts, manufacturing partners and peers. “Explore offers an excellent opportunity to attend select sessions that provide APICS credit,” said Bernadette Bagley, director of education for QAD. “The agenda highlights many sessions eligible for APICS credit. It’s a great way to hone skills and have a great time doing so all in one event.”

To learn more about QAD Explore 2013 or to register for the event, visit:

About QAD

QAD is a leading provider of enterprise applications for global manufacturing companies specializing in automotive, consumer products, electronics, food and beverage, industrial and life sciences products. QAD applications provide critical functionality for managing manufacturing resources and operations within and beyond the enterprise, enabling global manufacturers to collaborate with their customers, suppliers and partners to make and deliver the right product, at the right cost and at the right time. For more information about QAD, telephone +1 805-566-6000, or visit the QAD web site at

"QAD" is a registered trademark of QAD Inc. All other products or company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Note to Investors: This press release contains certain forward-looking statements made under the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as “expects”, “believes”, “anticipates”, “could”, “will likely result”, “estimates”, “intends”, “may”, “projects”, “should”, and variations of these words and similar expressions are intended to identify these forward looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on the company’s current expectations and assumptions regarding its business, the economy and future conditions. A number of risks and uncertainties could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. These risks include, but are not limited to, evolving demand for the company's software products and products that operate with the company's products; the company's ability to sustain license and service demand; the company's ability to leverage changes in technology; the company's ability to sustain customer renewal rates at current levels; the publication of opinions by industry and financial analysts about the company, its products and technology; the reliability of estimates of transaction and integration costs and benefits; the entry of new competitors or new offerings by existing competitors and the associated announcement of new products and technological advances by them; delays in localizing the company's products for new or existing markets; the ability to recruit and retain key personnel; delays in sales as a result of lengthy sales cycles; changes in operating expenses, pricing, timing of new product releases, the method of product distribution or product mix; timely and effective integration of newly acquired businesses; general economic conditions; exchange rate fluctuations; and, the global political environment. In addition, revenue and earnings in the enterprise resource planning (ERP) software industry are subject to fluctuations. Software license revenue, in particular, is subject to variability with a significant proportion of revenue earned in the last month of each quarter. Given the high margins associated with license revenue, modest fluctuations can have a substantial impact on net income. Investors should not use any one quarter's results as a benchmark for future performance. For a more detailed description of the risk factors associated with the company and the industries in which it operates, please refer to the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for fiscal 2012 ended January 31, 2012, and in particular, the section entitled “Risk Factors” therein, and in other periodic reports the company files with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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