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WhichPLM Editorial Review – 2 December 2011


As offices around the world enter the pre-Christmas crunch and lights are kept blazing well into the dark evenings, it is no wonder that news has been limited this week.  We have, however, been graced with some terrific insight in the form of three contributions from PDP this week, with more original content to come as we head into the festive season.

Yesterday Gerber Technology announced that Koi Design (an American supplier of designer workwear for the medical industry) had implemented both its YuniquePLM and AccuMark solutions, cementing PLM’s place outside the world of high street fashion.

Rob Smith, Operations Manager at PDP, presented us today with the latest interview in his series on the “best-of-breed” methodology.  Rob met with Judy Gnaedig, Head of PLM Business Development at Lectra, to discuss the different methodologies, and Judy offers some interesting insight from the opposite side of the coin to last week’s interview.

Also coming from the PDP stable this week was a twopart series on the importance of Master Data, by industry veteran and Managing Director, Mark Harrop.  In both parts, Mark sets out why he believes that the cleansing and unification of data is an absolutely vital part of any implementation – from PLM and beyond.

Finally, as I explained in my article – “The Power Of The End User” – PLM is empowering end users not just to work more efficiently, but to influence the future direction of our entire industry, so it’s no wonder that the customer survey phase of our Annual Review 2011 (and our bespoke online portal) has become even more popular this week, or that more vendors than ever before are supporting our efforts.

As always, I look forward to hearing your comments on this week’s news and insight and I urge all end users of PLM to take the time to answer our questionnaire and make their voices heard.

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.