Apparel maker J Barbour & Sons has gone live with Geac QuestPLM product lifecycle management software in an effort to streamline its multiple party design processes.

The software, developed by Geac RunTime, was selected by Barbour because of its ability to accommodate large, complex collections and provide immediate access to design information for designers and suppliers alike.

It also boasts the capacity to cover all areas of the design process, from initial sketching and product specifications to detailed pre-costing throughout the supply chain.

Currently, Barbour's collections extend to about 300 styles, with expansion plans in the works.

"With increasingly complex and larger collections, we needed a powerful tool that could support our business and make critical information available at our fingertips," Barbour IT manager Paul Gowland said.

"QuestPLM gives us a flexible platform for future growth.

"The Geac RunTime solution will help us to enhance efficiencies in pre-production and improve collaboration in design, development and sourcing."

Geac RunTime is a specialist apparel and footwear division of global enterprise software company Geac.