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WhichPLM Editorial Review – 8 July 2011


I and the rest of the WhichPLM team have tended to work behind the scenes.  Barring those articles and interviews that bear our names, we have usually allowed the content – the tools, the breaking news, the insight – to speak for itself.

Beginning today, this is going to change slightly.

Our absolute focus still is, and always will be, on the service that we provide to our readers (suppliers and customers alike), but as WhichPLM has grown, so too has the range and diversity of what we have to offer.

Our traffic has doubled since last year, and each month I watch as nearly a thousand new readers join the ranks of routine visitors.  Since we founded the site in 2008, I have overseen its development from a niche hub to the primary source of news, opinion, supplier listings and tools specific to PLM for the retail, footwear and apparel industry.

With all this growth, keeping track of the most important industry news and insight can prove difficult.  Believe me, I know!  We now post more news, conduct more interviews, host more premium supplier listings and develop more tools than ever before.  This is why I’m breaking with tradition and stepping out from behind the desk.

In this first instalment of a weekly column, my aim is to offer my own editorial insight into the pick of the week’s news.  I genuinely believe that the content we offer is compelling enough that I simply don’t want any of our readers, new or long-standing, to miss the best of it, which this week included:

Bill of Labour Within PLM

In parts one and two of an ongoing series, Paul Timson, Managing Director of GSD began to examine the importance of accurately quantifying the Bill of Labour, and argued that it is should be given equal importance to Bill of Materials throughout the product development process.

I have worked closely with Paul, and I agree that the importance of an accurate, consistent Bill of Labour can’t be understated.  Even beyond the scope of ethical and environmental compliance requirements, a Bill of Labour based on detailed and transparent data is critical in accurately predicting the cost of new product development in the factory and the boardroom.

I know Paul plans to investigate the further repercussions of Bill of Labour across the entire product development process, so keep an eye out for further instalments very soon.

Whitepapers from Lectra and Dassault Systèmes

It coincides with one of my main aims for WhichPLM that two suppliers have this week provided our readers with fascinating, educational whitepapers.

Dassault Systèmes look at how PLM tools can help companies in our industry remain profitable in an increasingly competitive market by facilitating global collaboration and streamlining the flow of data across entire organisations.  This whitepaper covers the central promise of PLM, and is a good introduction to the field for anybody wondering just how the right PLM solution can deliver the kind of efficiency savings that they require.

Lectra present a detailed insight into the ways in which the right PLM solution can help of all shapes and sizes in our industry manage their environmental impact whilst also delivering efficiency savings and adding value to their ways of working.  This is particularly topical, since environmental credentials are rapidly becoming an important indicator of business success; no longer is it sufficient to do business well, nowadays we must be do business in ways that the planet and global society can afford.

WhichPLM Featured in Contact Magazine

Our own Managing Director, Mark Harrop, appeared in Dassault Systèmes’ internal magazine this week.  You can read the short interview here.

Alongside our usual news reporting (Visual 2000 Inc. stepped up their recruitment this week, and German-based Human Solutions – parent company of Assyst – acquired AVM), the past week has seen more people use our Comparison Engine than ever before, producing in-depth reports that compare the solutions on offer from more than twenty different suppliers.

Our supplier listings themselves are busier than ever, with companies like BMS, CGS, Dassault Systèmes, DeSL, GSD, Infor, Lawson, Lectra, NGC, Patternworks, Polytropon, Porini, PTC and Visual 2000 choosing to host detailed premium listings with us, and more joining every week.

So from today onwards on you might see more of me, but I can promise that, behind the scenes, my team and I will continue striving to offer the best possible services to our growing readership.

As always, please feel free to get in touch.

– Ben Hanson


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.