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Stroke Intervention Technology Developer Chooses Strategic Information Group to Ensure Successful QAD Enterprise Applications Upgrade

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A company that can react to change quickly is a company that succeeds and grows.

Strategic Information Group (Strategic), a full-service provider of enterprise technology, quality and regulatory management solutions, announced today that medical device maker Concentric Medical, Inc. (Concentric Medical) has gone live on QAD Enterprise Applications.

Headquartered in Mountain View, California, Concentric Medical is a fast-growing global company that designs and develops minimally invasive, neuro-interventional solutions for acute ischemic stroke. To keep its business processes operating at peak efficiency and aligned with its strategic goals, Concentric Medical called upon its enterprise technology partner Strategic for help.

In just four months, from inception to Go Live, Strategic provided Concentric Medical with system validation and services, and upgraded its QAD enterprise resource planning (ERP) software from version QAD eB2.1 to QAD Enterprise Applications 2010 Standard Edition (QAD 2010 SE), which includes the latest QAD .NET user interface (UI).

“From discovery and planning to implementation, I was impressed with the unified effort of Strategic’s management and technical staff,” said Marcello Dugatti, IT manager for Concentric Medical. “This unity ensured a successful, on-time and on-budget implementation that exceeded our expectations.”

The switch to the intuitive and customizable QAD .NET UI is helping Concentric Medical users to improve their effectiveness and productivity. With the “favorites” feature, users can organize different QAD processes, visually, simplifying their experience with the software and expediting their actions.

“Our Finance and Operations staff needed fast, on-demand access to critical information -- the QAD .NET UI customizable browses are excellent for this,” said Dugatti. “Now, our users can easily and quickly gather key data points from multiple database tables, making it significantly more manageable to transform abundant data into relevant, actionable information.”

The Strategic technical team provided Concentric with .QAD .NET UI customizations, browse development and training, speeding Concentric’s users’ learning curve and time-to-benefit. Additionally, the .NET reporting framework allowed Concentric Medical to streamline its reports and processes, and simplify its IT management costs.

With the QAD Enterprise Applications’ enhanced reporting capabilities, Concentric Medical expects to improve its organizational efficiency to deliver its vital technology for the treatment of stroke to the market more quickly and effectively.

“A company that can react to change quickly is a company that succeeds and grows,” said Dugatti. “Strategic is helping ensure that we leverage the capabilities of QAD Enterprise Applications to their fullest potential to drive productivity and new market opportunities.”

Strategic provides consulting services in support of QAD Enterprise Applications to companies looking to better leverage their ERP investment. Strategic also offers specialized software validation products; the company's Validation Toolkit helps with FDA CFR 21 Part 11 validation requirements, streamlining validation for regulatory compliance, and allowing companies to implement and upgrade QAD Enterprise Applications with speed and ease.

About Concentric Medical, Inc.
Concentric Medical, Inc. (Concentric Medical), located in Mountain View, California, was founded in 1999. The company manufactures and markets minimally invasive neuro-interventional solutions for acute ischemic stroke. For more information about Concentric Medical, please visit http://www.concentric‐medical.com.

About Strategic Information Group, Inc.
Strategic Information Group (Strategic) helps companies achieve their corporate goals with the application of enterprise technology. The company specializes in providing proven solutions for a full range of enterprise applications including ERP, CRM, and QMS. Strategic works with start-ups, multinationals and market leaders to implement their systems on time and on budget, helping them maximize the value of their enterprise technology. For more information about Strategic, telephone +1 760-697-1050 or visit the Strategic website at http://www.strategic.com.

About QAD Inc.
QAD is a leading provider of enterprise applications for global manufacturing companies specializing in automotive, consumer products, electronics, food and beverage, industrial and life science 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 http://www.qad.com.

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

For additional information, contact: Shaw Coates Strategic Information Group +1-760-697-1057 shaw(at)strategic(dot)com

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