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WhichPLM Editorial Review – 23 March 2012


Following last week’s close of our Customer Survey, the entire WhichPLM team have been hard at work on analysing and compiling the results for publication in the WhichPLM Annual Review.   In addition to those results, the free-of-charge digital magazine will include exclusive new content, a thorough report on the financial performance of the PLM industry in 2011/12, and the very best interview, editorial insight and blogs that have been hosted here over the past twelve months.

The Annual Review will debut here on WhichPLM, free of charge, very soon.

In my absence last Friday, John Jobson (a consultant at The Product Development Partnership) kicked off a series of articles designed to expose and explain some of the core technical concepts underlying modern product development. In his article, John explained the role of hosting and master data – just two of the basic concepts that are all too often considered to be common knowledge, when in fact they can be the source of significant misunderstandings between customers and suppliers.

By way of recent news, Plural Technology announced that their open-source Apparel Innovator solution (along with comparable solutions for different industry verticals) is now available on a free trial basis from their newly-launched website.  The concept of trialling enterprise-level software is an interesting one; typically, demonstrations of PLM solutions are conducted in closely-controlled scenarios, at trade shows, or in well-rehearsed pitches.  It will be interesting to see how this approach fares, and how feasible it is for organisations to gain an accurate impression of working with the software in that trial period.

Gerber Technology (developers of the YuniquePLM solution) revealed last week that Wolverwine Worldwide would be offering some insight into their implementation at the Apparel Tech Conference West, which took place this Wednesday.  WhichPLM will soon be speaking with Wolverine, so stay tuned for some further insight into why one of the world’s biggest footwear marketers chose to implement a PLM solution.

Finally this week, Lectra (providers of both core and E-PLM designed to meet the needs of the fashion industry) announced the latest in a series of high-profile appointments.  Bertrand Crönert joins the company as Manufacturing Marketing Director, reporting directly to Lectra CEO Danial Harari.  This news follows a string of recent recruitment announcements from Lectra.

The coming weeks will see some new faces joining the ranks here at WhichPLM, as well as the continued expansion of our E-PLM and consultancy listings.  Readers can look forward to some exclusive insight into systems integration and design, as well as the publication of our brand new WhichPLM Annual Review.

As always, I welcome your comments on both our developments and the week’s news.

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.