QAD Announces O3 ERP Release

Posted on: November 16, 2023 | By: Meaghan Andrews | QAD Practice News

Earlier this fall, QAD announced that it is releasing a new ERP solution under the name O3 (oh-three). Their stated goal is to provide a solution that is “easier to implement, use, upgrade, on-board new employees, and administer.” This blog will cover information on the QAD announcement of the O3 ERP release as well as some of the new features.     

What’s New and Different?

One of the fundamental differences between the current Adaptive ERP and Adaptive UX is that the O3 release will be a true cloud solution running on Amazon Web Services (AWS). As a part of this switch, the software and database applications will both move away from Progress and will be replaced with Java and Amazon’s relational database management software using MariaDB.

Transition to these new technologies support the goal of O3 providing No-Code / Low-Code extensions to replace intrusive customizations. The extensions will be written in a variant of JavaScript called Typescript. QAD believes this extension approach will allow clients to tailor the application to meet their specific needs and support their differentiating processes without the “lock-in” created by custom Progress code or wrappers. This will make future upgrades much more seamless and pain-free than in the past.

QAD is also rolling out a single, robust integration platform that will allow clients to integrate QAD with third-party applications and deliver a best of breed application model.

As with the existing Adaptive UX, O3 provides a modern interface, consistent across modules, that is intuitive and can run on a desktop, laptop, or tablet, without any client installation or VPN requirements.

O3 will also introduce AI technology to provide actionable tools on how processes are being executed versus how they were designed. This will allow clients to prevent the “devolution from design” that can occur over time due to employee turnover, back-sliding to old processes, or moving outside the system (i.e., using Excel versus using the appropriate function in O3).

QAD has announced that early adoption for O3 will begin mid-2024 and general release is targeted for the beginning of 2025. As a part of this, QAD expects no .NET UI in the O3 product at the end of 2024. Since QAD has stated challenges with moving MSW/PSW and the QAD Reporting Framework to HTML5, these will likely be replaced with new modules that provide similar functionality.

For those clients who are on older versions and have been anticipating moving to AUX in 2024, QAD has stated that this is still preferred over waiting until 2025 or beyond to move directly to O3. Moving to AUX in the near term is a logical stepping stone to eventually migrating to O3 as it also has the no-code / low-code capability and allows for the retirement of Progress-based customizations.


Next Steps

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