US: Zweave packages PLM services for apparel firms

14 July 2009 | News | Source: just-style.com

Zweave Inc has launched a suite of Zdesign packaged product lifecycle management (PLM) services for the apparel and footwear industry.

The four new packaged services offer varying degrees of customisation and the option to mix-and-match services based on the customer’s specific needs.

The services will help accelerate PLM adoption while also streamlining the previously lengthy customisation process, the company claims.

“While the apparel and footwear industries are among the most aggressive when it comes to embracing PLM, there are varying degrees of success based on existing technology, skills and vendor service offerings,” said Laura McCann-Ramsey, president and CEO, Zweave.

“The new services address this issue while eliminating the industry’s current one size fits all proposition that isn’t cost effective or realistic.”

The Zdesign packaged services offerings can cater to small- to medium-sized business (SMB) as well as scale to meet the needs of large enterprises.

Included in the new services are Zdesign Out of the Box (OOTB), an SMB offering that includes standard features and functions that are necessary to most organisations in the early stages of a PLM deployment.

Zdesign Tailored Implementation (TI) services build upon the Zdesign OOTB Box offerings and extend these PLM capabilities, while Zdesign Custom is suitable for larger companies that require more extensive customisation.

In addition, Zweave is offering a la carte services covering PLM strategy, establishing a project management office, technical assessment delivery, ‘as is’ process verification, process definition, enterprise application integration, and custom report design.