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WhichPLM Editorial Review – 14 October 2011


With many financial years having ended or due to close with the month, this week has seen several vendors organising events to kick-start their strategies for the coming year.

WhichPLM’s own Mark Harrop has been invited to speak at several of them, and post-event analyses of TXT’s Thinking Retail Event, Centric’s UK PLM Seminar and Technia’s PLM Forum will be published here soon.

Next week’s event in London (for which registration is still open) is only part of Centric’s season of PLM seminars – with events in Paris and New York filling out the roster.  All three event are focused on the retail, footwear and apparel industry and will highlight the new capabilities of the company’s Centric 8 PLM solution.

Also boasting a trio of events is TEXbase, who this week announced a three-part series of webinars focused on supply chain optimisation.  Readers can register to attend the first event (which takes place on 26th October) now.

Plural Technology (vendors of the Apparel Innovator software) are also accepting registrations for their webinar – to be held on 18th October.  The webinar is designed to look at how PLM generally (and Plural’s software specifically) can held organisations of every stripe to streamline their supply chains and deliver efficiency savings.  Registration is still open, although space is limited.

On a slightly different front, Gerber Technology this week announced their sponsorship of and organisational support for a University-level competition held in Mexico.  The several-week competition has seen nearly 5,000 fashion design students from 30 universities across Mexico putting forward their fashion design, pattern design and marker making skills, with winners announced on 29th September.

Away from events in the no-less-exciting world of software revisions, DeSL announced the latest version of their Adobe Illustrator Integration application.  The application is designed to allow designers to perform all of their PLM-centric tasks without having to leave Adobe’s industry-standard design tool.  With more designers than ever either adopting Illustrator itself or using equivalent (or complementary) software that handles the .AI or layered PDF file formats, tighter integration between those suites and PLM can significantly streamline routine tasks and data management.

Also away from events, this week saw NGC reveal that Marchon Eyewear – one of the world’s largest global manufacturers and distributors of quality eyewear and sunwear – has adopted their Extended PLM software.

Last but not least, the survey portion of WhichPLM’s own Annual Review will be opening to all end users of PLM next week.  Building on last year’s industry-defining document, this year’s survey will allow the real customers of PLM to make their voices heard to some of the most influential industry figures.  More details and a full online portal (allowing participants to complete the survey at their leisure) will be posted in the coming days.

As always,  I look forward to hearing your comments about this week’s developments.

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.