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QAD, a leading provider of enterprise business software and services for global manufacturing companies, announced that Connected World editorial director Peggy Smedley will co-host a panel called IoT, Big Data and Manufacturing with QAD CTO Tony Winter at QAD Explore 2016. QAD Explore, which is QAD’s largest annual event, runs May 2-5, 2016 at the Hilton Chicago.

“I am excited to be a part of QAD Explore 2016,” said Smedley. “Manufacturers are starting to see the value they can achieve through the Internet of Things, and software providers like QAD play a crucial part in helping them realize that value. Tony is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about IoT, and has wonderful insight into how it can be leveraged by manufacturers. I am really looking forward to speaking with him at Explore.”

Smedley, in addition to publishing Connected World, is an internationally known speaker and highly respected personality in the media world, educating businesses and consumers on the latest technological advances shaping everyday lives. An outspoken advocate and supporter of security and connected devices Smedley hosts The Peggy Smedley Show, and is the founder of the Peggy Smedley Institute, which provides professional education focused on the IoT (Internet of Things) and its impact on the digital transformation in the ecosystem and business value chain.

At QAD Explore, QAD partners, sponsors and QAD experts come together for a week of informative sessions, hands-on training, manufacturing industry-specific presentations and networking. The agenda provides updates on key trends in manufacturing, strategic developments in QAD’s target industries and information on new solution developments. Attendees can participate in over 60 sessions and panels led by QAD experts, QAD customers and a wide range of industry experts including futurist Jim Carroll, lean manufacturing expert Dr. James P. Womack and cybersecurity authority Dr. Doug White.

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