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WhichPLM’s 7th Edition PLM User and Project Team Survey


For six years, WhichPLM has provided the industry with market intelligence, vendor listings, the results of an extensive PLM customer survey, and exclusive features all within our Annual Reviews.

In September 2017 WhichPLM will publish our ‘7th Edition’.

As with the 5th and 6th Editions (in 2015 and 2016, respectively) this report follows a similar format to our previous ‘Annual Reviews’, but with each successive edition including a new, topical section. For 2015, this section was on 3D; for 2016 it was on the ‘Internet of Things’.

WhichPLM’s 7th Edition examines fashion’s transition to becoming a digital industry – in lockstep with a world that’s changing more quickly than ever before. Central to this transformation is the currency of data, and in a series of exclusive features (compiled from exclusive interviews with industry figures) our 7th Edition sets out to explore the critical difference between undifferentiated data and true intelligence, and to talk about how businesses can best understand the world around them.

With a focus on the rapidly-emerging disciplines of machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), this publication will look at how automated data collection, analysis, and subsequent automatic action have already irreversibly changed many industries – and how they will, sooner rather than later, do the same for fashion and retail.

Today – after six highly successful global data collection exercises – our survey remains the only completely unbiased measure of customer satisfaction, project success, and implementation methods for RFA PLM.

Each year that we have run these surveys our team have been astounded by the volume and quality of responses we receive.  Retailers, brands and manufacturers around the world have consistently provided thorough, personal insights into the projects that have transformed their businesses.  These busy professionals set aside their precious time to give new PLM customers the benefits of their hindsight, and to encourage solution vendors to listen to real world experience.

Today, the most forward-thinking of these vendors will be directing their customer bases to our survey, encouraging them to tell WhichPLM – without the vendor’s supervision – about the positive and the negative aspects of their PLM experience.

Unfortunately, not all vendors will embrace this opportunity for transparency, and would instead prefer that their customers’ experiences remain hidden from scrutiny.

Therefore, in order to reach as many PLM customers as possible, we have made this year’s survey available online, giving any user of PLM the opportunity to make their voice heard clearly and confidentially on everything from pre-implementation planning to customer service and support.

This is your chance, too, to make your mark on the future direction of PLM for retail, footwear, apparel and consumer packaged goods.

The survey this year has been split into sections for manageability. We anticipate part one to take around 8 minutes to complete, part two to take around 10 minutes to complete, and part three 20 minutes.

Each of the three parts will be made available online separately.

  • Submissions for ‘part one’ will be taken between April 1st and July 1st;
  • ‘Part two will be available between May 1st and July 1st;
  • ‘Part three’ will be available between June 1st and July 1st.

Your opinions could shape the future of PLM products and processes, as well as providing an invaluable perspective to the next generation of apparel industry professionals. No matter whether you are pre, mid or post-implementation, your responses are instrumental to the future of this industry; if you come across any sections and/or questions which don’t apply to you, simply skip past.

Any questions regarding the survey or any other aspect of our data collection and analysis practices should be directed to lydia@whichplm.com.

We thank you in advance for your time.

Lydia Mageean Lydia Mageean has been part of the WhichPLM team for eight years now. She has a creative and media background, and is responsible for maintaining and updating our website content, liaising with advertisers, working on special projects like our PLM Project Pack, or our Annual Publications, and more.Joining mid-2013 as our Online Editor, she has since become WhichPLM’s Editor. In addition to taking on writing and interviewing responsibilities, Lydia has also become the primary point of contact for news, events, features and other aspects of our ever-growing online content library and tools.