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WhichPLM Editorial Review – 13 April 2012


The WhichPLM team have been moving offices this week and last (accounting for yesterday’s short server outage, for which I apologise), so today’s instalment of my usually-weekly column will cover news and events from the past fortnight.

As I mentioned at the end of last month, WhichPLM were invited to attend core PLM supplier TXT’s second “Thinking Retail!” event, which took place on 29th March in Paris.  Readers can look forward to a full report, exclusive insight and photography – all of which will be published this coming week.  Two similar, high-profile events are taking place in London and New Jersey before the end of April, and we will be providing similar insight – along with an exclusive interview – into both before the month is out.

Our design team are currently applying the final layers of polish to the brand-new WhichPLM Annual Review, which will collect the results of our long-running industry survey, detailed market analysis and some fascinating exclusive content.  Look for the Annual Review available exclusively on WhichPLM, free of charge, very soon.

In the meantime, regular readers may have noticed a new face on the site this month.  Kilara Le – a business process expert and freelance consultant who has worked with most of the world’s leading PLM systems – began an exclusive new series of articles for us, opening with a detailed examination of E-PLM and its role in extending the capabilities of what is now thought of as “core” PLM.  Readers can look forward to a new instalment of Kilara’s ongoing series each month, as well as some more exciting and as-yet-unannounced new contributors lending their expertise to WhichPLM.

The news this past fortnight has been a typical mix of partnership and implementation announcements, as well as major new software revisions and award ceremonies.

First off, Lectra (suppliers of both core and E-PLM to the fashion industry) announced the signature of a new, global partnership with WGSN.  WGSN are recongised as one of the world’s leading trend forecasters, and this partnership certainly seems as though it will solidify Lectra’s industry expertise over the coming months and years.  The companies plan to host a series of events to celebrate the new partnership: the first such event will take place in London next month.

Secondly, Plural Technology (developers of the open-source Apparel Innovator core solution) announced that Blauer Manufacturing had completed its migration from Gerber’s WebPDM solution, to the company’s own Apparel Innovator.

Outside of partnership and implementation news: the Human Solutions group (comprising Assyst and AVM) launched a new website this week, designed to better display its range of CAD, ERP and PLM solutions; Dassault Systèmes introduced a major new version of its 3DSwYm social innovation application (which interfaces with the company’s ENOVIA PLM solution); and Gerber Technology, developers of both core and E-PLM specifically designed for the fashion industry, issued a press release explaining their bestowing a webPDM Achievement Award on graduate Breanna Broach at the Los Angeles-based Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.

As always, I welcome any discussion of the week’s events or our forthcoming plans.  I and the rest of the WhichPLM team remain contactable via email and telephone during our office move, and I look forward to continuing to expand the work we have done already this year from new premises.

Ben Hanson Ben Hanson is one of WhichPLM’s top contributors. Ben has worked for magazines, newspapers, local government agencies, multi-million pound conservation projects, museums and creative publications before his eventual migration to the Retail, Footwear and Apparel industry.Having previously served as WhichPLM’s Editor, Ben knows the WhichPLM style, and has been responsible for many of our on-the-ground reports and interviews over the last few years. With a background in literature, marketing and communications, Ben has more than a decade’s worth of experience, and is now viewed as one of the industry’s best-known writers.