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Rob Smith

Rob Smith is a contributor to WhichPLM. He previously served as Operations Manager to the Product Development Partnership. His expertise range from Fashion/Retail systems to Gaming and his contributions focus on the realities of selecting and implementing PLM and ERP. As a fully qualified commercial solicitor he often writes about the legal and legislative frameworks that affect the way companies in our industry do business. He runs his own consultancy and is editor of a number of iGaming related sites like Return to Player and Lost World Games.

Implementing PLM: Managing the Project

In this exclusive guest blog, Rob Smith, Operations Manager at the Product Development Partnership and fully-qualified solicitor in England and Wales, examines some of the common pitfalls and challenges of implementing a PLM solution. He also goes on to look at the differences that exist between implementation methodologies, and weighs up the strengths and drawbacks of each.

Best-In-Breed Systems Deployment – Vendor Interview with Peter Eklund, Sales Manager Apparel, Retail & Footwear Europe for Technia

Following on from his introductory look at the "best in breed" approach, Rob Smith recently met with Peter Eklund, Sales Manager for Apparel, Retail & Footwear in Europe for Technia, to discuss their thoughts on both methodologies.

Best-In-Breed Systems Deployment – Vendor Interview, Judy Gnaedig, Director Strategic Projects – Fashion PLM, Lectra

Following on from his introductory look at the "best in breed" approach, Following on from his introductory look at the "best in breed" approach, Rob Smith recently met with Judy Gnaedig, Head of PLM Business Development for Lectra to discuss their thoughts on both methodologies.

Best-In-Breed Systems Deployment – Vendor Interview James Horne, Director of Marketing and Business Development Centric Software, Inc.

Following on from his introductory look at the "best in breed" approach, Rob Smith recently met with James Horne, Director of Marketing and Business Development for Centric Software (a vendor that subscribes to the approach) to discuss the merits of the "best in breed" methodology.

One Size Fits All Series: Blog #3 – ‘That’s how dad did it and it’s worked out pretty well so far’

In this, a new blog in the "One Size Fits All" series, Rob Smith looks at the opposite side of the coin from his previous articles examining the virtues of the end-to-end approach. With some vendors choosing to focus their efforts on delivering a "best in breed" experience in a single solution area, Rob weighs up the benefits and drawbacks of both strategies.

WhichPLM Blog: 5 July, 2011 – Vendor Interview – End-to-End Systems Deployment – Infor

Here we have another of our vendor interviews in the WhichPLM series on end-to-end solutions and we ask Kevin Piotrowski, Director of Product Management for Infor10 ERP Process iBusiness (System21) for his assessment on how ERP and PLM systems can function together. Infor is headquartered in Alpharetta, Georgia and is the third largest provider of enterprise applications and services, helping 70,000 customers in 164 countries. The solutions available include CRM, EAM, ERP, FM, HCM, PM, PLM, SCM and WFM.

WhichPLM Blog: 27 June, 2011 – Vendor Interview – End-To-End Systems Deployment – DeSL

Here we have the last in the WhichPLM series of articles on end-to-end solutions and we ask Colin Marks, CEO of DeSL for his assessment on how the two systems can function together. Discover e-Solutions Limited (DeSL) was founded in 2002 with headquarters in Cardiff, Wales and is the only Gold Certified Microsoft Partner delivering web based software solutions to the Fashion & Consumer Goods sectors. The solutions available include PLM, ERP, CRM, SRM and E-Commerce.

WhichPLM Blog: 24 June, 2011 – Vendor Interview – End-To-End Systems Deployment – Visual 2000

Here we have the next in the WhichPLM series of articles on end-to-end solutions and we open the floor to yet another vendor who offer both ERP and PLM systems and ask them for their assessment on how the two systems can function together.

Today, Rob Smith meets with Charles Benoualid, Vice President, R&D of Visual 2000 founded in 1998 and with headquarters in Montreal and offices in USA, Europe and China. Drawing on its deep industry experience, Visual 2000 develops comprehensive end-to-end software solutions for apparel and soft goods retailers, brands, and manufacturers including PLM, SCM, ERP, WMS and BI solutions.

WhichPLM Blog: 20 June, 2011 – Vendor Interview – End-To-End Systems Deployment – TradeStone

Here we have the next in the WhichPLM series of articles on end-to-end solutions and we open the floor to yet another vendor who offer both ERP and PLM systems and ask them for their assessment on how the two systems can function together.

This week, Rob Smith meets with Sue Welch, CEO of TradeStone Software. Headquartered in Gloucester, Mass., TradeStone Software has been providing full end-to-end Merchandise Lifecycle Management solutions to retailers, brand manufacturers and suppliers since 2003. TradeStone’s solutions include, PLM for Retail, Collaborative Sourcing, Order Management, Global Trade Management and Supplier Community Management.

Texprocess 2011 made its debut in Germany last month and WhichPLM provide some insight into the event

Texprocess 2011 made its debut in Frankfurt on 24 – 27 May 2011. WhichPLM sent Rob Smith to Frankfurt, and notwithstanding Iceland’s volcanic ash cloud and substandard European vegetables, he gives his thoughts and opinions in this following report.