3D product visualisation, supplier/vendor compliance management, and the ability to import data directly from PDFs and spreadsheets are among the tools developed by European PLM vendor Discover e-Solutions Limited (DeSL) for the latest version of its PLM, SRM, ERP and E-Commerce products.

"This version represents a new vision and paradigm for PLM and 'end to end' fashion software," explains DeSL CEO Colin Marks.

"We've not taken the easy route of incorporating third party products such as Excel grid controls into our solution," he adds, claiming many are too slow over low internet connection speeds found in remote locations such as China, Indonesia, Cambodia and South America.

"Most of our customers want to include their suppliers/vendors in their collaborative network so speed of response is essential," he says.

Among the highlights of version 4.0 are integration with Adobe Illustrator, a new interface via DeSL's web portal, the ability to import data for on-line tech packs and product libraries, and supplier/vendor compliance management including standards such as CPSIA.

There is also integration between story boards, customer sales catalogues and e-commerce, logistics management and direct deliveries for purchase orders, and integration between line planning and sales and demand forecasting.

"We have also taken huge steps with the full integration to Adobe Illustrator. Creative people don't really want to use commercial solutions such as PLM, so with our new 'plug in' they don't need to," Marks says.

"We enable designers to create products, tech packs, BOMs and sample requests, all from their Illustrator workspace. The single source of PLM data is actually extended into Illustrator with obvious speed to market advantages."

Microsoft Gold Certified Partner DeSL counts  Bravissimo in UK, Men's Wearhouse in US and GRI Retail in Hong Kong among its most recent customers.