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Mark Harrop is the founder and Managing Director of WhichPLM. During a career that has spanned more than four decades, Mark has worked tirelessly to further the cause of PLM – providing the unbiased, expert advice that has enabled some of the world’s best known retailers, brands and manufacturers achieve efficiency savings across their entire supply chain through informed technology investments.

WhichPLM Blog 13 July, 2009: The Perfect PLM Match Made In Heaven

So you’ve had the first dates and you’re now getting closer to popping the key question: who is it that you want to spend the rest of your project with? OK you’ve spent time getting to know each other, you know what they have to offer and you like their looks: U.I. (User Interface), Features […]

WhichPLM Blog 10 July, 2009: How to define accurate ROI benefits

How to build a reliable ROI ahead of a PLM implementation   Building the ROI is as important as selecting the right PLM solution in my mind and it’s often something that’s swept under the carpet. People often get carried away and get taken in by the WOW factor generated by the latest features & […]

WhichPLM Blog 09 July, 2009: The Total Cost of PLM

Before going ahead with a PLM Strategy, you need to be aware of all the costs involved, including the hidden ones. So, what can you expect the Total Cost of PLM to be? Well one thing’s for sure, the total cost is probably going to be more than what is often stated by the marketing […]

WhichPLM Blog 08 July, 2009: PLM isn’t just about features and functions!

When You Choose Your PLM Software You Also Choose Your PLM Supplier   OK, so you’re ready to select your PLM solution; you’ve done your homework on your business pain points and matched these with the processes and functional abilities of a PLM Supplier’s solution. If that’s the case, stop right there! The fact is, […]

WhichPLM Blog 07 July, 2009: Top Ten Tips for a Profitable PLM Implementation

The Apparel & Textiles PLM market has experienced a massive growth in PLM since its forerunner, PDM (Product Data Management), developed in the late 1980’s by Microdynamics based in Dallas, Texas. Over the last few years, PLM solutions have continued to mature at an ever increasing rate and PLM customers, like your customers, are also […]

WhichPLM Blog 20 May, 2009: PLM Training and Education

PLM Training & Education I recently arrived home from a seven week trip to Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Norway, France, Holland and finally Germany (for the IMB trade show), in between which I managed a few days at home to check-in with the family in Manchester to make sure that they hadn’t forgotten what […]

WhichPLM Blog 24 Apr, 2009: IMB Forum 2009

Another IMB to add to the many visits over the years, so how has this one fared against past exhibitions? Whilst at the show last week, I was explaining to Rebecca (Editor of WhichPLM) that in the ‘old days’ you could measure the attendance of the show by how long it took you to get […]

WhichPLM Blog 27 Mar, 2009: Fast Facts = Fast Fashion!

During the many implementations on both PDM & PLM that I’ve been involved in, it’s clear that very few people within organisations have a full and clear understanding of the end-to-end business process. This is most likely due to limited visibility and complexity linked to managing multiple brands, collections, product ranges, seasons and extended supply-chain […]

WhichPLM Blog 30 Oct, 2008: Survive the Credit Crunch with PLM

Watching the endless news on the ‘credit crunch’ made me start to think of ways in which Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) can overcome some of the challenges our industry faces. With daily announcements of companies going to the wall and the increased costs associated with designing and delivering products to the ever-cautious consumer, one of […]

WhichPLM Blog 13 Oct, 2008: PLM – education, education, education!

Back to this week’s trips, we were talking a lot about implementation and training and I made a note in my pad to discuss education strategy. The traditional implementation of CAM (Computer Added Manufacture), CAD (Computer Added Design) and even today’s PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) solutions tend to be offered in a two to three […]