Lectra First PLM Software Vendor to Achieve TEC Certification
12 January 2011 | News | Source: Lectra
Paris, January, 5 2011 – Lectra, the world leader in integrated technology solutions for industries using soft materials—textiles, leather, industrial fabrics and composites—has announced that Lectra Fashion PLM V2R2, its product lifecycle management solution designed specifically for the fashion industries, has just been awarded certification of the Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC). Lectra Fashion PLM is the only solution to have achieved TEC certification in the fashion and fashion products and accessories distribution sectors.
Despite constant pressure to innovate and improve quality while maintaining profitability, some fashion companies remain reluctant to embrace product lifecycle management. The vast majority, however, are convinced it would streamline their organization and processes and improve productivity.
In addition to evaluating the solution in detail—1400 criteria were reviewed—the TEC certification report helps clarify the benefits of PLM and reassure companies about their investment decisions, while demystifying the processes and stages involved in setting up and maintaining PLM.
"The certification report written by TEC for Lectra Fashion PLM is an excellent decision-making aid and confirms the solution's relevance for meeting the specific needs of companies in the fashion industry," said
Daniel Harari, Lectra CEO. "The report provides a key to understanding PLM that will enable fashion companies to explore it without trepidation and to save time and gain confidence in identifying the ideal partner to support them in their project."
TEC: Internationally recognized certification tools and methods Founded in 1993, TEC helps organizations evaluate and select software solutions tailored to their needs by providing decision-makers with the tools, studies, and expert help required to make the best choice. TEC is the leading online technology research company, with 1.6 million registered members and more than 3.5 million monthly online visitors.
TEC offers, among other things, decision support software (DSS) enabling stakeholders to objectively identify the software solutions best suited to their operational, technical, and performance optimization requirements. The evaluation method developed by TEC determines the ability of solutions to meet the needs and priorities identified by companies and ultimately allows decision-makers to reduce the risks involved in selecting corporate IT solutions. TEC has the necessary legitimacy for evaluating PLM solutions, particularly those aimed at the fashion industries.
Lectra Fashion PLM: TEC certification results
After a two-month certification process, TEC determined that Lectra Fashion PLM proved to be a solution specially designed for and suited to managing product lifecycles, facilitating the collaboration necessary to companies in the fashion industry. Other more generalized PLM publishers and suppliers of transactionbased ERP solutions have tried to address the fashion market with products and systems developed for other sectors, like the automotive and aerospace industries. Lectra, however, has a remarkably firm grasp of the commercial context unique to fashion companies. This means they can deliver ideal responses to fashion-specific concerns based on extensive experience with the processes of designing, developing, and producing products specific to this sector.
TEC confirms that Lectra is a PLM market leader in offering full collaborative solutions combining technology with services that are tailored to the needs of companies in the fashion industry. Lectra Fashion PLM stands out for its ability to integrate both cross-company collection management processes (planning, supplier management, etc.) and sector-specific applications for design, pattern-making, prototyping, andmarker-making. It addresses these tasks at a level far superior to the average PLM market players.
According to the TEC Focus Indicator, Lectra Fashion PLM is categorized as dominant for manufacturing process management, product quality and compliance, visual merchandising, design and product developments, and core PLM functionality for fashion/retail industries.
"Users of Lectra Fashion PLM have the advantage of also being able to use Lectra's other sector-specific solutions such as Kaledo®, Modaris®, and Optiplan®, which are now integrated with it. Although Lectra Fashion PLM also interfaces with other design applications and enterprise software, the synergy between its own PLM solution and its other CAD-CAM applications is unparalleled," said TEC PLM analyst Kurt Chen.
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