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WhichPLM Editorial Review – 22 July 2011


On Tuesday afternoon I was ready to call this a “slow week”.  The heat (or lack thereof for our UK readers) seemed to have driven the industry indoors, and news was looking thin on the ground.

Wednesday proved me wrong, and Thursday and Friday added insult to injury.

This week has seen significant industry developments, some more routine news and, in what’s fast becoming a trend, yet more expansion here at WhichPLM.

Dassault Systèmes published the latest edition of Contact mag this week (including an interview with PDP Managing Director, Mark Harrop).  Focusing on the changing face of the consumer industries, this issue is of particular relevance to our readers.  It explains how the right software can enable forward-thinking companies to take full advantage of these developments.

One group of people who will have keenly felt the changes mentioned in Dassault’s magazine are the Mexican and Central American arm of Gerber Technology, who celebrated thirty years in business this week.  The shifts in the retail and consumer industries in that time have been considerable, but Gerber’s multinational teams have been able to weather those changes well – continuing to deliver the same dedicated to invention as ever before.

That same foresight and commitment to the future inspires Gerber’s annual “ideation” conferences, the next of which will be held in Miami this October.  With everything from panel discussions and hands-on workshops to product demonstrations, ideation 2011 promises to replicate the success of previous shows, and our readers will hear plenty more about the 2011 event in the run-up to October.

In an equally celebratory mood this week are Infor and Golden Gate Capital, who recently announced their acquisition of Lawson Software.  Customers of Infor (developers of the Runtime PLM solution) and Lawson (developers of Fashion PLM) now find themselves in an uncertain position, and I looked at the impact this acquisition is likely to have on both installed bases and our industry as a whole.

Vector Vogue, developers of the Verve Sketch collaboration design library, this week announced their first resale partnership.  Visual 2000 (developers of the Visual PLM.Net solution) have been named as exclusive resale partners in Canada, with similar announcements to follow for other territories to coincide with Verve Sketch’s global launch.

Speaking of Verve Sketch, our readers are still (until 1 August) in with a chance of winning an enterprise license worth more than £6,000.

I mentioned that this week had seen yet more developments to WhichPLM itself, and I wasn’t kidding.  In the last seven days we have opened our doors to third-party PLM consultancies (and I explained why this is so important) and welcomed Which Executive Search to our website in the form of a sponsored feed advertising the latest apparel industry vacancies.

Finally, we took account of the weight that the WhichPLM Verified symbol carries and improved the way we present it to our readers.  More and more PLM suppliers are successfully using the Verified seal of approval to demonstrate their faith in their solution, and some of the biggest retailers and brands in our industry consider it to be a significant influence on their shortlisting and selection process.

Beginning today, our readers will be able to learn not just which solutions have earned the Verified stamp, but when and which precise software revision underwent our notoriously exacting benchmark.  An out-of-date benchmark may well affect a customer’s buying decision, and I believe it is consistent with the aim of WhichPLM to provide our readers with as much information as possible to enable them to make informed choices.

As always, feel free to drop me a line if you’d like to discuss any of this week’s news.  I’d love to hear from you.

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.