Throughout the summer months the industry has been biding its time, waiting for “the week” when it all would pick up again – news would begin to flow and announcements to arrive in inboxes the world over as financial years began anew and fresh eyes surveyed the market. As it happened, “the week” turned out to be one of the most active we’ve seen all year, and also coincided with my absence on a long weekend break!
As a result, I’ve collected below the best of the news from the last fortnight in one bumper instalment of my usually-weekly column.
Here in the WhichPLM offices the team are applying the final coat of polish to our online portal – launching in October – which will enable PLM customers of every stripe to make their voices heard and have their opinions published in our industry-defining Annual Review. Vendors the world over who are proud of their solutions are already encouraging their customer bases to take part, and registration will open very soon.
One PLM supplier who is justifiably proud of their software is Polytropon. Published this week were the high-level results of our evaluation of their PolyOrganize PLM solution. Developed in-house by the prominent Greek supplier, the WhichPLM Verified PolyOrganize is a robust, adaptable and powerful out-of-the-box solution with a broad feature set and support for a very wide range of standard and complex apparel industry processes. The solution scored particularly highly in the Commercial category, and is recommended by WhichPLM primarily to companies in the SME sector.
You can read the full verdict here, or visit Polytropon’s supplier listing to find out more.
Also notable in September have been high-profile retail-focused events by Technia and TXT, with Centric Software also due to conduct a series of seminars in several territories throughout October. WhichPLM are flattered to have been invited to speak at all three events, and we hope to be able to share summaries, presentations and video from each in the very near future.
Also working closely with WhichPLM lately have been Lectra, who this week announced the availability of Version 7 of Modaris, their advanced pattern making, grading and 3D prototyping solution that aims to revolutionise the way fashion works. Modaris also becomes the latest expanded solution to join WhichPLM, reflecting just how far it (and tools like it) have become a part of the product development process.
Find out more about Modaris by visiting our expanded supplier listing.
Prominently featured in the news over the past two weeks have been Gerber Technology, suppliers of Yunique PLM. They announced that Consortio Fashion Group AB (CFG) in Sweden had adopted Yunique PLM to help manage the complexities of its mail order business, as well as revealing that Michael Lock (formerly of Cardiff-based DeSL) has been appointed Delivery Manager for their PLM implementations throughout the U.K. and Northern Europe.
Finally, Gerber announced that it would be highlighting its complete portfolio of software and hardware systems at the China International Sewing Machinery & Accessories Show (CISMA) show in Shanghai, which finishes today.
Also in the news recently, E-Spec announced that they would be exhibiting their Image Integration suite at Adobe Max 2011 in early October, where E-Spec are heralded as an Emerging Technology Sponsor.
Elsewhere, FastReact announced that Esquel Group (who produce for brands like Hugo Boss, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren and Lacoste) had chosen their planning software to support a strategy for expansion and growth.
In similar sales news, iShopShape announced that Telstar Trading, a Netherlands-based company that designs, develops and distributes outdoor clothing and travel articles, has chosen its complete range of PLM, collaboration and retail solutions. While Tradestone announced that Canadian women’s apparel and accessories retailer Groupe Dynamite would be adopting its range of software to support its own expansion plans.
Taking a slightly different tack from the usual business-to-business announcements, Visual 2000 announced that LaSalle College (Canada’s most prominent fashion school) would integrate Visual PLM.net® and Visual ERP™ software into its wide-ranging fashion curriculum. It’s always heartening to see industry-standard systems taught to the designers and developers of tomorrow, and I expect to see relationships emerge between the more savvy PLM vendors (where they have not already) and leading educational establishments in the future.
Last but by no means least in this busy fortnight’s events came announcements from OptiTex and Vector Vogue that their respective solutions had received significant revisions:
OptiTex’s latest update brings native support for both Mac and Win OS, 64-bit capability, and other enhancements to DAZ Studio 4, its popular 3D character design and illustration tool. These are intended to bring the solution a step closer to true cloth simulation.
Vector Vogue’s announcement contained a slew of new features, including a new user interface, the introduction of layered PDF compatibility, support for a wide range of open-source drawing tools and significant stability and security changes. According to the company, these represent just the initial stages of a well-established future roadmap for the collaborative design library.
As always, keep watching WhichPLM for the latest industry news, and if you’re a customer of PLM be ready to take part in the Annual Review survey very soon!