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WhichPLM Editorial Review – 9 September 2011


What has, on the surface, appeared like yet another quiet week in the PLM industry belies just how busy the past seven days have been behind the scenes.  Not only here at WhichPLM, but across the industry financial years are drawing to a close as the nights draw in.  Budgets are being allocated and sales strategies defined for the coming year.

At WhichPLM headquarters we have taken advantage of this final quiet period to put the finishing touches to our online portal – launching very soon – which will enable PLM customers of every stripe to make their voices heard and have their opinions published in our industry-defining Annual Review 2011.

I know from speaking to influential figures across the industry this week that the next week represents the clichéd “calm before the storm”, before trade shows, forums, summits and the like begin again in earnest.

On WhichPLM this week we have seen yet another topical and informative blog from the always-insightful JW Yates at BMS.   This week, JW looks at the integration between supply chain management systems and PLM.

Outside the typical arena of PLM (but well within the scope of what we term “expanded PLM“) came the news this week that Family Dollar (a US retailer) have implemented Tradestone’s merchandise lifecycle management (MLM) solution.

Similarly, Vector Vogue (developers of the collaborative design library Verve Sketch) have this week joined WhichPLM as one of the first expanded PLM suppliers to achieve WhichPLM Verified status.

Finally, Dassault Systèmes announced this week that s.Oliver (one of Europe’s largest fashion and lifestyle companies) has adopted Version 6 of its Enovia PLM solution – strengthening Dassault’s already formidable customer base in Europe.

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 within the next fortnight!


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.