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WhichPLM Editorial Review – 19 August 2011


The past seven days have been, typically, the quietest of the year so far.

With the sun sinking from its apex, thoughts across the industry turn to snatching last-minute vacations and making the most of the waning summer.  After the flurry of activity that constituted the first three quarters of the year, August seems positively uneventful; deals are all signed, implementations are running smoothly, and around the world out-of-office replies begin to spring to life.

I am taking my own holiday – beginning this evening and running until 31st August – but I’m confident that I leave WhichPLM in capable hands.  My Media Manager, Judith Jones, will be on hand to answer your queries and to ensure that our readers remain up to date with the latest industry news.

My colleagues are also hard at work on the WhichPLM Annual Review 2011, which is due for publication later this year.  We will open up the questionnaire to all customers of PLM (irrespective of business size), and the Review itself will contain the distilled best of WhichPLM over the past twelve months – all absolutely free of charge.

If you haven’t downloaded your copy of the industry-defining 2010 Customer Survey yet, visit this page.

All of this is not to say that the industry has been completely dormant, though.

Although not specifically designed for the retail, footwear and apparel industry, Siemens’ adaptable PLM solution has this week been acknowledged as being an HP AllianceONE Partner of the Year.  Siemens are a major player in a great many industries, and it is always heartening to hear that software with potential for our industry has been awarded any kind of accolade.

Where accolades are concerned, they don’t come much larger than an independent consultancy landing one of the largest PLM implementation contracts of the year.  The Product Development Partnership (PDP) announced on Tuesday – further to Centric Software’s own press release on the matter – that it has been appointed to conduct the implementation of Centric Software’s PLM solution for JD Sports Fashion PLC.

With more than 600 stores in the UK, Ireland, France and Spain, the FTSE 250 JD Sports holds one of the largest portfolios of apparel, fashion and sportswear in Europe.  The latest in an inspiring series of high-profile PLM implementations in institutionalised multi-national retailers, JD Sports’ selection of Centric’s PLM solution serves as yet another vote of confidence for the potential and the power of PLM.

It also demonstrates the importance of choosing (where appropriate) a third party consultancy with considerable, demonstrable expertise – and one who is truly independent.  So, as the balmy summer evenings linger on, why not take the time to look over our list of expanded PLM suppliers and consultancies?

I hope you enjoy the last of your summer.  And, as always, keep an eye on WhichPLM for some exciting developments as the leaves begin to turn.

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.