What should you look for when selecting a fashion PLM solution?
For over a decade, PLM technology’s promises of faster speed to market, increased product development efficiency and better-organized processes have made it a must-have in every fashion and apparel executive’s toolbox. The dreams however have not always lived up to the reality. According to a 2017 survey cited in Apparel Mag:
40% of apparel product development professionals aren’t sure if their PLM solution is helping them create technical specification packages faster and more accurately than they could without the technology
More than 60% say their PLM solution requires “too many clicks,” is “too complex” or takes “too much time” for data entry
37.5% say their PLM solution takes time away from being creative
Improved automation and integration technologies have produced a new generation of proven PLM technology that makes it possible to truly streamline processes, embrace collaboration and harness the power of data.
With advanced digital PLM platforms, companies can say goodbye to lengthy learning curves and end-to-end product management via spreadsheets, emails and homegrown tools. So, how can these modern PLM systems drive new levels of productivity and help you get products to market before your competitors?
Integration of design, product development and cost management processes in one system for faster execution of collections is an obvious benefit and critical element of many modern PLM solutions. Connections between internal and external teams on a single platform to gain a holistic view of a product’s progress through the development process is another. But these are just some of the basic benefits you can expect from advanced PLM technology. By upgrading to a new generation of PLM, you can also go beyond the basics for a solution that enables you to address the complexity and speed requirements of the fashion market with unique visibility, endless adaptability and granular control over every step of product development. This guide outlines a few of the day-to-day benefits you can and should expect when upgrading your PLM system.
The Value of Upgrading to Kubix Link: the best fashion PLM
When looking for a new PLM system, it’s easy to be swayed by a long list of features. However, a longer implementation and onboarding process is often the hidden cost behind choosing a features-oriented PLM solution. Features-oriented solutions can’t deliver the flexibility that a processoriented solution can. Features-oriented solutions require companies to adapt to the system; process-oriented solutions are adaptable to the company. Kubix Link, Lectra’s unique PLM solution, is a process-oriented platform that optimizes the way companies work rather than imposing new ways of working and communicating. As a result, it’s easy to get new users up and running quickly. Not only is implementation fast and easy, but so is evaluating and increasing efficiency. In addition, its adaptability to processes is not limited to development of apparel products. With Kubix Link, you can manage multiple product categories (jewelry, accessories, bags, footwear, etc.) in one information hub.