A new deal between two software companies is expected to lead to an integrated PLM tool that will fill gaps in the fashion design, product development, and sourcing processes for businesses running the SAP apparel and footwear solution in North America, Brazil, and India.

The agreement sees Visual 2000 International teaming up with Clientis-S3G, a value-added reseller of SAP Business All-in-One solutions. It will integrate the Visual PLM.net fashion product lifecycle management tool with the SAP Business All-in-One Apparel and Footwear Solution (AFS).

"This alliance will streamline the process of integration and ensure our ability to deliver the deep level of capabilities needed to drive significant business improvements and value for these companies," explains Charles Benoualid, Visual 2000 vice president of research and development.

Software modules included in the SAP Business All-in-One AFS solution include financial accounting and control, material management, sales and distribution, production planning, and quality management.

According to Clientis-S3G, fashion companies running or planning to implement the SAP AFS solution have expressed the need for fully integrated, fashion-centric PLM capabilities.

Visual PLM.net provides solutions for managing product information and images, colours and raw materials, merchandise and line plans, size and technical specifications, sampling and costing, time and action calendars, and most other pre-production activities.