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WhichPLM Editorial Review – 24 February 2012


The response to last week’s launch of the WhichPLM Events Calendar has been terrific, with some of the world’s biggest vendors of core and expanded PLM adding their upcoming webinars, shows and other customer-facing events to our listings.  I would advise readers to check the calendar regularly as events are being added on an almost daily basis.  Coming soon, too, will be special promotions and some unique insight into specific events from the WhichPLM team.

Over the last seven days we have also revamped the mobile version of WhichPLM.  Smartphone and tablet browsers account for a growing percentage of our traffic, and we wanted to ensure that readers on the move had the best and the quickest way of accessing the latest news, opinion and insight.  You needn’t do anything to take advantage of these improvements – simply visit WhichPLM on your smartphone – although iPhone users are now able to pin WhichPLM to their homescreens for ease of access.

This week saw the publication of a unique guest piece from BMS (suppliers of the Vertex PLM solution), with Mark Anderson examining a real-world use case scenario for the collaborative powers of PLM.  It is rare for a vendor to take so direct an approach to advertising the benefits of their solution, so why not let us know if Mark’s story resounded with you?

Lectra announced a further recruitment this week – following that of Laurent Alt last week – with the appointment of Javier Garcia as Director of Strategic Manufacturing Accounts.

Visual 2000 (vendors of the Visual PLM.Net solution) announced on Thursday the launch of their new customer e-earning initiative, designed to supplement on-site training and reduce the cost of training that is traditionally conducted in person.

Beyond these three items, this week’s news has been primarily comprised of selections.  Madison88 (a supplier of private label accessories, based in New York) have adopted Fast React’s Vision solution; Dsquared2 (an Italian company specialising in high-end fashion) have selected Centric Software as their PLM supplier; and Piazza Italia (another Italian business – this time focused on the delivery of fast fashion) have chosen iShopShape for their visual merchandising requirements.

Look out next week for a further instalment of our NRF interviews, a special guest article from PDP and yet more additions to our Events Calendar.  As always, you can follow us on Twitter to ensure that you are kept up to date with the latest news and opinion at every level of the 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.