As another calendar year (our second as WhichPLM and our fourth as PDP) draws to a close, I wanted to take the time to look back over everything we have achieved in 2010 and to wish all our friends across the industry a very happy Christmas and a prosperous new year.
Ours is one of the few industries that have managed to weather and even benefit from the global financial crisis, as businesses the world over look to PLM to help deliver the efficiency savings they need to keep pace in an increasingly competitive market. Some vendors and suppliers are even reporting this fiscal year as their best for a long time! Be that as it may, one thing is certain, and that is that PLM is a critical tool, now more than ever.
With that in mind, I could not be more proud of the services we provide. This year alone we have helped companies of all shapes and sizes select and implement the right solution to deliver savings on their bottom line. Alongside that, we have continued in our aim of objectively evaluating every possible PLM solution to enable prospective customers to make informed decisions, and strengthened our great working relationships with each supplier.
Most important, though, is the sheer range of new projects we have pioneered this year. From April to August we contacted more than 500 customers of PLM around the world to contribute to what became the acclaimed, 20,000-word Customer Survey Report & Buyer’s Guide. We began work on transforming WhichPLM into an industry-defining online magazine and news hub with more than 15,000 regular readers. We laid the groundwork for an executive recruitment service and developed the framework and materials for the upcoming WhichPLM Certification Programme, offering expert training to companies whose staff need to learn how to make the best and most efficient use of a new solution. And all of this is without mentioning the projects that will begin to bear fruit in the next year, not least of which is the launch of the brand new WhichPLM website and comparison engine in January!
None of this development would have been possible without a substantial investment in people, and our team has doubled in size over the past twelve months. Bringing in specialists in technology, law, marketing, programming, writing and consultation, we have assembled a group of the best and the brightest, each of whom are dedicated to providing the world class services, unbiased, informed advice and groundbreaking software that our industry needs to grow.
I am confident that each member of the team will help PDP and WhichPLM to achieve further and greater things in the year ahead. I could not be more excited by the opportunities that the next twelve months offer.
I hope each of you will join me in wishing our industry another successful year in 2011.
December 21, 2010