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WhichPLM Editorial Review – 25 November 2011


The customer survey phase of our Annual Review 2011 (and our bespoke online portal) has this week drawn in a fresh wave of end users of PLM from around the world, but things have been no less active elsewhere on WhichPLM.

I explained the rationale behind our survey in an article entitled “The Power Of The End User”, in which I set out my case for the myriad ways in which PLM is empowering end users – not just to work more efficiently, but to influence the future direction of our entire industry.

The past seven days have also seen the beginning of a new series of interviews and thought-leadership pieces of Rob Smith, Operations Manager at PDP.  These interviews are a counterpoint to his earlier series looking at end-to-end systems, and are intended to highlights the benefits and drawbacks of what is known as the “best of breed” approach.  First off, Rob took an introductory look at the “best of breed” approach, after which he met with James Horne, Director of Marketing and Business Development for Centric Software (and an authority on the best of breed methodology) who has some fascinating insight into the matter.

James has actually appeared twice on WhichPLM this week, with Centric Software reporting that he was a finalist in the Vistage International Member Leadership Awards.

Interestingly enough (given the ongoing discussion about the relative merits of “end to end” and “best of breed” approaches), in the news this week were Visual 2000 (suppliers of the Visual PLM.Net solution), who have organised a high-profile webinar in which they intend to discuss the considerable potential of their “End-2-End” solution.  Registration is now open.

Up next week are further interviews in the “best of breed” series, a new blog from industry veteran Mark Harrop, an insight into social media, and more.  As always, if you’d like to discuss any of this week’s news or opinion, please contact me directly.


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.