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WhichPLM Editorial Review – 29 June 2012


The WhichPLM Annual Review 2012, our industry-defining digital magazine, has now been available to download directly from WhichPLM for a month.In that time, it has been read by industry figures on virtually every continent, and the magazine’s popularity is only set to increase as it becomes available in more regions and on a wider range of devices later this summer.

News and events from the past fortnight have had a similarly global bent, with a major supplier announcing their expansion into brand-new territories, and WhichPLM providing coverage of events in London and Paris, and meeting with fashion industry visionaries from around the world.

First off, however, is this fortnight’s exclusive: a detailed article from Rob Smith (Operations Manager for the Product Development Partnership) examining the different methods for managing the implementation of the PLM solution.  Rob has served as project manager on several high-profile implementations, and his expertise informs an article that any prospective customer of PLM will find useful.

In the first of several notable announcements over the past two weeks, Computer Generated Solutions (CGS), suppliers of the BlueCherry software suite, announced a continuation of their expansion strategy.  The company has this month opened a new sales and delivery office in the UK, solidifying and building upon support arrangements it has had in place throughout Europe for some time.  We will be bringing our readers some exclusive insight into CGS’s European expansion this summer.

The past fortnight has also been characterised by a number of major software revisions.  Dassault Systèmes announced the latest version (V6 Release 2013) of its 3DEXPERIENCE platform, and Verve Sketch Software unveiled a significant new version of its Verve Sketch industrialised style library.  According to the company’s press release, Verve Sketch 1.3 incorporates industry-standard GSD labour costing data alongside a host of new functionality and usability improvements.

On a related note, Lectra (suppliers of both core and E-PLM to the fashion industry), who recently revealed V3 of their Fashion PLM solution, this week announced that leading intimate apparel group DBA has adopted that brand-new revision.

Also adopting software this week were UK-based footwear supplier Goldline, who it was revealed today have adopted Fast React’s Vision solution to meet their global product development needs.

Less customer-facing was a joint announcement from Centric Sofware (suppliers of core PLM to the fashion industry) and vrSoftware (suppliers of E-PLM to the same industry) that the two organisations had agreed a partnership that will see Centric offer the virtual relaity vrMockshop solution to customers of its Centric 8 PLM solution.

Away from software and outside of the boardroom, Gerber Technology recently presented awards to several top Canadian fashion students, as part of a series of educational partnerships we have seen from the Connecticut-based supplier of core and E-PLM in recent months.

Next month will see some exciting developments here at WhichPLM, including: the latest instalment in Kilara Le’s popular series on E-PLM, reports from the British Retail Consortium’s International Retailing 2012 event and PTC’s Executive Roundtables, several exclusive interviews and profiles, and the publication of our Annual Review 2012 on a range of new web and mobile platforms.

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.