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Order the WhichPLM Report: 6th Edition (The IoT issue) – now shipping!


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WhichPLM’s ‘6th Edition’ Report is now shipping! Available in print, this year’s publication contains features on PLM and the Internet of Things (including an exclusive interview with IoT inventor, Kevin Ashton), detailed profiles of key players in the PLM and IoT sectors, the results of our extensive PLM user survey, extensive market intelligence and more. Order your copy today!

For five years, WhichPLM has provided the industry with the ‘PLM bible.’ And this year is no exception. In mid-September 2016, we published ‘The WhichPLM Report: 6th Edition’.

While our 2015 publication blended our traditional PLM market analysis and editorial with a special focus on 3D working, this year’s report marries the same degree of PLM insight to an extremely in-depth look at the Internet of Things as it relates to retail, footwear and apparel.

Much of the discussion that today surrounds how the retail, footwear and apparel industry will respond to the IoT is devoted to understanding precisely what its impact will be on consumers, and where its potential value lies for retailers, brands, manufacturers, supply chain partners and agents who often recognise the term at the acronym level but would be hard-pressed to articulate it any further.

The purpose of our 6th Edition Report is to take meaningful steps towards a greater and more widespread understanding of the IoT among our readers – from the CEOs to the sourcing managers – and to present a unique, unbiased examination of its history, its technological foundations, and how other industries are already making use of it.

As with previous years, the report opens with a scene-setting introduction from our CEO, and then collects a host of brand new editorial pieces. Arguably the most important feature this year, is our exclusive interview with Internet of Things inventor, Kevin Ashton. Covering many pages, this exclusive conversation was conducted at the highest level, and includes discussions about the history of the IoT, the confusion that surrounds its definition, the nature of creativity in fashion technology, and the shift from the 20th to the 21st century paradigm of computing.  The purpose of Kevin’s interview is to contextualise what follows, to serve as a primer for readers new to the concept, and to spark discussion between those who are not.

Kevin’s piece is followed by four extensive features on exactly how the IoT applies to the retail, footwear and apparel space, assembled from interviews with more than thirty industry figures. Following this are features focused solely on PLM – after all, that’s our namesake.

Interest in the report has already been phenomenal, and the level of response to our PLM user survey has been overwhelming. These participants have provided us their unvarnished feedback on the real experience of shortlisting, selecting, implementing and working with PLM day in and day out, as well as their involvement (or lack thereof) with supporting.

As with previous years, the 6th Edition includes profiles of the retail, footwear and apparel industry’s key PLM vendors, as well as their thoughts on the Internet of Things. This year, each vendor has been given the chance to write a two-page article on the topic. As have the industry’s key consultants & implementers, who are listed straight after.

Our in-house expert advisors continue the publication with exclusive market intelligence and analysis; and we round of with a look into the future. ‘The future of PLM’, our closing feature, looks at how PLM (and fashion technology at a broader level) is likely to change in the next 1,3 and 5 years, and sets the theme for our ‘7th Edition’…

The 6th Edition is available to order today, with shipping having commenced 19th September.  If you’re interested in getting your hands on a copy of this year’s ‘fashion PLM bible, we advise you to order now.

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Lydia Hanson

Lydia Hanson has been part of the WhichPLM team for over four years now. She has a creative and media background, and is responsible for maintaining and updating our website content, liaising with advertisers, working on special projects like the Annual Review, and more.

Joining mid-2013 as our Online Editor, she has since become WhichPLM’s Editor. In addition to taking on writing and interviewing responsibilities, Lydia has also become the primary point of contact for news, events, features and other aspects of our ever-growing online content library and tools.