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QAD Inc., the business-software vendor, has entered into a co-marketing arrangement with LANSA, a developer of data-synchronization and supply-chain automation tools. QAD will offer LANSA Data Sync Direct along with its own QAD Enterprise Applications to customers in a variety of industries. The technology will enable users to participate in the supply-chain initiatives of large retailers and distributors, the partners said. Data Sync Direct, aimed at mid-market companies, arose from the mandate of a major international retailer and was first offered to the marketplace in June of 2002. LANSA recently announced the release of version 6 of the browser-based tool, with enhancements to facilitate migration by suppliers, distributors and retailers to the new 1SYNC data pool platform. QAD also announced a new agreement to license and distribute the application infrastructure products of Progress Software on a global basis. QAD has been an application partner of Progress for more than 20 years. The expanded agreement allows QAD and Progress to extend their joint offering beyond the Progress OpenEdge application platform to include Progress Sonic ESB (Enterprise Service Bus), Progress Actional for service-oriented architecture, the Progress EasyAsk national language and query product, and other technologies.
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