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WhichPLM Editorial Review – 9 December 2011


You could forgive the week that is, for many, the penultimate working week of the year for being a little sedate.  Not so, when the last seven days have graced us with selections, implementations, appointment, awards and interviews.

At the start of the week, PTC announced that Tommy Bahama (renowned makers of breezy apparel and accessories for men and women) had selected their WhichPLM-verified FlexPLM solution to meet its global supply chain needs.  The rigours of adopting and implementing an enterprise software solution like PLM might seem at odds with the company’s “one long weekend” ethos, but it speaks to just how far PLM has become a core component of any modern product development, no matter how laid back it might seem on the surface.

That status is reinforced by the prominent places that PLM solutions have begun occupying in software rankings and on industry leaderboards.  Indeed, Tradestone Software (suppliers of PLM and “MLM” to a variety of industries) this week revealed that they had been named on the RIS (Retail Info Systems News) software leaderboards for the second consecutive year.  It is heartening to see PLM gaining recognition alongside the behemoths of the enterprise software scene, but there are questions to be asked about how the RIS verdicts were reached, and there appears to be little transparency around the processes involved.

Also receiving an award this week were Gerber Technology (vendors of the YuniquePLM solution), who revealed that they had earned a Frost & Sullivan Global Fashion Product Lifecycle Management Product Leadership Award.  These awards are designed to recognise innovation in software, and you can obtain a copy of Frost & Sullivan’s detailed report on the YuniquePLM solution here.

Gerber Technology also made the news this week by announcing the appointment of Donny Askin as President of the company’s Software Solutions business.  The announcement sees Bill Brewster (who has been overseeing the company for two years) focusing his efforts on global sales and marketing in the role of Vice President.

The final piece of news this week came from consultants PDP (The Product Development Partnership), who announced that Atlas Design Group AB (a prominent European supplier of men’s and women’s accessories) had gone live on Lawson’s Fashion PLM solution following a PDP-led implementation.

Our final piece of content also originates with PDP this week, and comes in the form of a final instalment to Rob Smith’s popular “best-in-breed” interview series.  This week Rob met with Peter Eklund of Swedish PLM giants (and long-time Dassault partners) Technia to discuss the merits of deploying a single, focused solution over the contrasting “end to end” approach, where enterprise solutions are tightly integrated from concept to delivery.

Here at WhichPLM we have more fresh content still to come before Christmas (including a video interview and demonstration with GSD’s Dave Berry), and don’t forget that our Customer Survey portal will remain open until the early part of the new year in order to allow every end user of PLM to have their say.

For those of you who are taking your festive holidays early this year, I wish you an exceptionally merry Christmas and look forward to seeing you here again in the new year.

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.