This week has been a momentous one for WhichPLM. On Monday we launched, free of charge, the WhichPLM Annual Review 2012. This premium digital magazine collects 82 pages’ worth of premium content – exclusive articles, the best of our content from the past year, the results of our long-running customer survey, exhaustive market analysis, and a unique look at the future of our industry – in a single editorial volume.
I am particularly proud of the work that went into producing the 2012 Annual Review: our editorial and design teams worked diligently to produce what I firmly believe is the most comprehensive picture ever produced of the PLM industry for retail, footwear and apparel. You may find smaller or more niche publications sold elsewhere, but to my knowledge only WhichPLM has the industry experience, editorial expertise, and research insight to produce something as far-reaching as the Annual Review. And, in the interests of creating better-informed customers and opening channels of communication between them and the PLM vendors that serve them, we chose to distribute this premium publication absolutely free of charge.
You can download your copy of the WhichPLM Annual Review 2012 today, with publication on mobile and web viewing platforms coming very soon. This is, after all, your industry – so why not read what the customers and vendors and analysts who work alongside you have to say about it?
This week has also seen the publication of business process expert Kilara Le’s latest column for WhichPLM, entitled “Extending PLM: Integrating Planning to Kick-Off Product Development”. As well as making the cut for inclusion in our Annual Review 2012, Kilara’s first column for us proved extremely popular with readers and social media audiences, and this month’s should be no exception. In it, Kilara examines the benefits and potential drawbacks of extending PLM’s role to the very spark of product development – the planning stages. Find out more by reading the full, exclusive, article, and look out for future instalments from Kilara throughout the year.
The news over the past fortnight has seen flurries of activity from several suppliers, so I have collected the press releases, events, and developments that pertain to each below.
First of all, Dassault Systèmes announced that FashionLab ambassador Jonathan Riss had been honoured as a top industry innovator. WhichPLM was present at the FashionLab launch event in London last month, and readers can expect to see more on FashionLab in these pages in the very near future.
Secondly, PTC announced a French-language seminar taking place on 25 June in Paris. Registration remains open, so interested readers can put their names forward (as well as reading WhichPLM’s first in-house news translation) here.
Thirdly, TradeStone (suppliers of core and E-PLM) announced that PartyLite had adopted its “MLM” solutions to meet the company’s product development needs, and that the supplier themselves had signed a business intelligence partnership with MicroStrategy.
Fourthly, Aras (suppliers of open-source PLM to a range of industries) announced the availability of their PLM platform on SQL Server 2012, and revealed that their Director of Product Management, John Sperling, is to present at the 2012 Collaboration and Interoperability Congress.
Last (but by no means least), Lectra – suppliers of both core and E-PLM to the fashion industry – issued a range of announcements this week. Their Kaledo design solution saw a milestone release in the form of V3, and the company celebrated its recent partnership with trend agency WGSN in an event at Sketch in London. Lectra also released details of two high-profile appointments over the past fortnight: Bruno Mattia’s to the role of Director of Strategic Accounts for Fashion, and today’s appointment of Emmanuel Mussault to the role of Director of Marketing Intelligence and Communication.
As the length of this bumper column will attest, ours is an industry that shows no sign of slowing down. The WhichPLM Annual Review 2012 may well be the best and the most comprehensive summation of that industry’s activities over the past year, but I look forward with just as much anticipation to the developments that will come throughout 2012/13.