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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 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 […]

WhichPLM Blog 11 Oct, 2008: Out with the Old, in with the New!

Just arrived back to the UK following a business trip in Scandinavia and Holland, where I’ve been working on two new PLM projects, and I wanted to share some thoughts that came to mind during and after the sessions.   ‘Old rules no longer apply’   PLM is fast becoming an enabling technology for retailers […]

Be the savvy PLM customer

Up until now, the selection process has been greatly influenced by PLM suppliers and external organizations heavily sponsored by suppliers. So what do you need when choosing a PLM solution?

Trading on facts, not spin!

Over the last few months, I have spoken to many companies from both sides of the fence, including PLM technology suppliers and PLM users at Retailers, Brands and Manufacturers, on the why the industry needs WhichPLM…