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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.

WhichPLM Blog: 24 January, 2011 – Vendor Interview – Comply or Die Series

Bill BrewsterIn this, the latest in a series of deep insights into the 'green' trident of governance, Rob Smith discusses green issues and the increasing importance of compliance with regulations in the current economic environment with Bill Brewster, President of Gerber Software Solutions.

WhichPLM Blog: 21 January, 2011 – Vendor Interview – Comply or Die Series

Philippe RiberaIn this, the latest in a series of deep insights into the 'green' trident of governance, Rob Smith talks to Philippe Ribera, Software Marketing Director for Lectra about green issues and the economic environment.

WhichPLM Blog: 17 January, 2011 – Vendor Interview – Comply or Die Series

Mike Zepp of Dassault SystemesIn this, the latest in a series of deep insights into the 'green' trident of governance, Rob Smith meets with Mike Zepp, Director - Global Market Development Environmental Compliance & Sustainability for Dassault Systèmes to discuss a range of green issues and the industry's place in an increasingly difficult economic climate.

WhichPLM Blog: 14 January, 2011 – Comply or Die Series

Ethical complianceIn the final blog in his series on ethical compliance, Rob Smith looks at the risks of ethical compromises in a supply chain, taking in working conditions and business practices across global operations.

With legislation, regulations and formal guidelines to consider, Rob looks at why transparency, equality and environmentally friendly trading practices are paramount, and why non-compliance can prove so costly.

WhichPLM Blog: 10 January, 2011 – Comply or Die Series

Rob SmithIn the penultimate blog in his series on ethical compliance, Rob Smith looks at how economic regulation (specifically those global restrictions concerning the use of hazardous and chemical substances) affects our industry.

With penalties for non-compliance being severe, Rob looks at how retailers, brands and manufacturers from any sector in the consumer goods industries can ill afford to ignore these regulations.

WhichPLM Blog: 07 January, 2011 – Comply or Die Series

Corporate GovernanceIn the latest of his continuing series of blogs, Rob Smith looks at how corporate governance is defined - internally and externally - and how a company of any size can fall foul of outdated or improperly regulated trading and accounting practices

Rob also examines the difficulties that can arise when a given strategy appears to be flawless on paper, but aspects of corporate governance mean that insufficient account is taken of how well (if at all) it will operate in the real world.

WhichPLM Blog: 05 January, 2011 – Comply or Die Series

Rob SmithIn the first of a series of blogs looking at the trident of governance, Rob Smith examines the importance of comprehensive supply chain auditing and the difficulties that companies can face when their trading practices fall short of mandated standards.

As this series grows, Rob will go on to look at the two remaining prongs of governance, namely: environmental regulation and ethical compliance.