As part of its Industry 4.0 strategy, technology specialist Lectra has released the first in a series of cloud-based applications that will boost the speed and efficiency of product development.

Quick Estimate and Quick Nest will be launched in France and Italy before becoming available progressively in other countries.

Lectra has collaborated with customers to develop Quick Estimate and Quick Nest, which improve product development efficiency and provide easy access to automatic marker making respectively.

While Quick Estimate is "instrumental" to managing costs, Quick Nest capitalises on cloud technology to handle heavy volumes of calculations in parallel, maximising productivity and marker efficiency.

Leveraging the industrial Internet of Things (IoT), lean development principles and cloud-based computing, Lectra aims to provide anytime, anywhere access to business enhancing applications. It claims both apps will redefine the way fashion customers store and process data.

"The end-goal of our new strategy is clear: we want to put our customers at the core of our business. We want them to thrive in this new digital era. Our latest Industry 4.0-friendly apps will serve as growth catalysts for their businesses by enabling them to make sound decisions based on real-time information," explains Lectra CEO Daniel Harari. "And this is just the beginning. More innovative apps are yet to come."

Fabric often accounts for as much as 60% to 70% of the cost of a garment. Quick Estimate allows product development teams to calculate fabric requirements instantly from their Modaris - Lectra's 2D/3D patternmaking and grading solution - working environment with direct access to the cloud applications. Pattern developers now have the flexibility to make pattern adjustments more quickly to optimise costs, while protecting the brand's quality and assuring speed-to-market.

Quick Nest, meanwhile, can be accessed through Diamino, Lectra's marker-making solution. During the production development stages, Quick Nest users will be able to process more detailed markers faster, while the app can also be used by production teams to treat lists of markers automatically in record time via the cloud.

Both apps will also ensure enterprise-wide transparency as management teams gain full visibility of consumption needs for all products in development and production, thanks to viewable access of consolidated data for approval and reporting purposes.