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WhichPLM Editorial Review – 18 November 2011


While this year’s survey (and our bespoke online portal) continues to attract end users of PLM from around the world, the last fourteen days have been no less active for vendors or here at WhichPLM.

First in the news recently were Indian PLM vendor Plural Technology, who announced that Blauer Manufacturing (who claim to be the global leader in Performance Apparels and Uniforms) had adopted the company’s Apparel Innovator solution to help manage their worldwide product development processes.  Plural Technology also revealed the second in a series of webinars dedicated to Apparel Innovator – this one taking place next Tuesday, 22 November.  You can register your interest in the webinar now.

Also active recently were Lectra, whose Modaris solution is still one of the most-viewed on our expanded solutions listings, and who announced the completion of their implementation at La Jolla Group.  La Jolla are a prestigious group whose brands include the likes of O’Neill Clothing USA, and this successful implementation bodes well for PLM’s place in its future.

Lectra also – just yesterday – published their latest whitepaper.  Taking a detailed look at the increasingly vital role that 3D technology has come to play in product development lifecycles throughout the apparel industry, you can download a copy of the whitepaper here.

The educational content and insight didn’t stop there, though, as Ilona Foyer from FastFit360 (one of the latest expanded PLM suppliers to join WhichPLM) penned a guest blog examining the impact of the social media revolution on industries like ours.

Also joining the ranks of expanded PLM suppliers this week were E-Spec, whose just-announced Digital Image Workflow solutions are just part of an overall image management suite that integrates closely with PLM.

As I mentioned in a previous editorial, September and October were crowded with PLM-focused events, and over the last fortnight we have shared impressions of Centric’s first UK PLM seminar and revisited Technia’s PLM Innovation Forum in detail.  Our Managing Director, Mark Harrop (who spoke at each event) was also interviewed by Technia for their latest PLM Magazine, and today we reproduced the article for our readers right here on WhichPLM.

As always, if you’d like to discuss any of this week’s news and opinion please feel free to contact me at any time.

In the meantime, if you have an opinion about the day-to-day experience of working with PLM, why not make your voice heard by taking part in our Customer Survey?  There are several prizes on offer to reward you for volunteering your time, beyond the knowledge that you can help to shape the future of our industry.

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.