The WhichPLM team continues to work on the Annual Review, which is a publication I am particularly proud of. As regular readers will know, the glossy digital magazine will feature the best of WhichPLM from the past twelve months, exclusive new content and thorough insight into the global PLM marketplace – all informed by our unique combination of insight and expertise. The Annual Review will debut here on WhichPLM, free of charge, very soon.
This week Pavilon Kleber in Paris played host to core PLM supplier TXT’s second “Thinking Retail!” event. Our Managing Director, Mark Harrop, spoke at last year’s event, and this year he and I made the trip across the Channel to experience what promised to be a high-profile and insightful event. My full report will be published next week.
While I was away, there were several other developments in the world of PLM-focused events. First of all, Gerber Technology (suppliers of both core and E-PLM) announced that they would be adopting a new strategy when it comes to demonstrating their solutions at this year’s Texprocess Americas show. Here at WhichPLM, we have always tried to emphasise the importance of finding a PLM solution (whether core or extended) that meets a business’s own unique challenges – not vice versa – so it’s heartening to hear that vendors are beginning to follow suit in the way they approach physical demonstrations.
Secondly, this week saw Aras (developers of an open-source, core PLM solution) announce their own event. ACE 2012 International will take place in Michigan this May, and is a two-and-a-half-day event dedicated to PLM best practices. Find out more by visiting the ACE 2012 International entry in the WhichPLM Events Calendar.
On the business side of things this week, Lectra (suppliers of both core and E-PLM to the retail, footwear and apparel industries) revealed that prominent Chinese children’s clothing brand Les Enphants had adopted the company’s Fashion PLM solution. E-PLM suppliers TradeCard and core PLM suppliers Technia also chose this week to announce a joint partnership intended to support their global trade platform in Northern Europe.
If the preponderance of tablets at this week’s Thinking Retail event (also an obvious trend at January’s NRF Convention) is anything to go by, core PLM supplier DeSL’s launch of new and improved iPad and Android applications this week is well-timed. Perhaps not coincidentally, TXT partners Microsoft chose this week’s Paris event to demonstrate their own tablet software – in that case running on the Windows 8 consumer preview. Mobile integration has been something of a buzzword within the market for some time now, but we’re now beginning to see real, considered touchscreen applications that act as more than just web portals for core solutions. Software designed for a mouse and keyboard interface rarely survives a straightforward port to the world of touch and gestures, so I look forward to seeing how the most forward-thinking suppliers choose to tailor the functionality of their main solutions for a whole new environment: one that is seeing increasing adoption at the enterprise level.