EMT Workbench – How It Works

Enterprise Material Transfer

How does EMT Workbench Differ From Traditional QAD EMT?

Similar to traditional QAD EMT functionality, you can process transshipment or direct shipment transactions.
However, unlike traditional QAD EMT process, EMT Workbench combines backend process automation with
dashboard like user interface, making EMT processing much more efficient, reliable and robust.

Here’s how QAD EMT works. In a nutshell, when a sales order is created in the central entity (Primary Business
Unit), it automatically generates a purchase order and an electronic message for a distribution or
manufacturing entity (Secondary Business Unit). This electronic message gets transferred and imported
as a sales order into the secondary business unit (SBU). The SBU manufactures the product and ships
it either directly to customer or to the primary business unit (PBU). The shipment generates another
message that gets imported into PBU and updates the status of EMT PO and SO. Changes to EMT sales
order that occurred between then time it is created and shipped generate a set of messages that get
exchanged between PBU and SBU and keep the order in sync. Message export, transfer and import
happens in batch mode using the QAD EDI E-commerce module.

The idea behind EMT and its realization in QAD is great! It is targeted to eliminate manual double entry of
sales orders, ensure data accuracy and transparency and, as a result, save company efforts and increase
its efficiency. However, the EDI E-Commerce setup and maintenance can be time-consuming and costly for IT.
Also, if the business units involved are on different servers, an additional engine to transfer files
between servers may be needed which involves additional cost and potential communication problems.

Another drawback is that EMT messaging processing happens in batch mode making error handling difficult. If a
message import or export fails, it can take a great deal of time and effort to troubleshoot and fix the problem.

32 Soft’s EMT Workbench eliminates the need for the QAD EDI E-commerce module and includes a data exchange
engine. Our simplified data exchange process eliminates errors. This Data Loaders also validate data before
attempting to transfer and during the load. If there is an error, we return a detailed and relevant error
message that is easily interpreted by users.

Below is a schema of EMT Workbench interaction with PBU and SBU QAD domains/databases