Sterling Commerce and QAD Inc. Announce Strategic Partnership

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Sterling Commerce, the multi-enterprise collaboration company, and QAD Inc. (NASDAQ: QADI), a leading provider of enterprise applications for global manufacturers, today announced a strategic partnership at the AutoTech Conference.

As part of the relationship, QAD will resell Sterling Commerces Gentran Integration Suite (GIS), the industrys most complete B2B suite for Multi-Enterprise Collaboration that enables companies to extend their business and supply chain processes to partners worldwide, in support of their growth initiatives.

By delivering a solution set that includes pre-built maps, templates and integration services centric to the industry, the companies have created a high value proposition for their mutual customers. The integrated offering called the QAD Total ECommerce Solution - provides Sterling Commerce and QAD global customers with an end-to-end B2B solution. Its capabilities range from communications, transformation, integration and business process management to industry focused professional services and best-practices to deliver the electronic connectivity and integration global manufacturers require to remain competitive and grow their business.

With the more robust solution, customers can increase visibility and efficiency for improved process management, reduced operational costs, and optimised revenue streams.

With this strategic partnership we join QADs best-in-class manufacturing applications with the industrys recognised best-in-class B2B software to better enable auto supply chain visibility, reduce operational costs and optimise revenue, said Tom Griffin, vice president of strategic alliances for Sterling Commerce.

The marriage builds upon QADs leading enterprise solutions and Sterlings unified multi-enterprise collaboration, said Michelle Seibert, director, QAD Global Consulting Services. Together, we now deliver manufacturers a more robust solution for conducting business with other customers, suppliers and business trading partners.

QAD and Sterling Commerce have a history of providing solutions to mutual customers such as SanDisk the world's largest supplier of flash memory data storage card products. SanDisk relies on QAD MFG/PRO enterprise software and Sterling Commerce GIS to ensure fast, accurate e-commerce with its business partners though out the world.

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