Technology specialist Lectra has released the latest version of its product lifecycle management (PLM) solution, which focuses on collaboration and supply-chain digitalisation.

First released in June of last year, Lectra Fashion PLM 4.0 covers the entire value chain and has now undergone an "enhancement" to make it more readily connected and configurable.

For the latest version, the company has developed Lectra Easy Connect, a series of pre-configured connectors that allow the solution to interface with other IT systems such as ERP and CRM. These connectors ensure data integrity by facilitating a smooth and consistent flow of data between internal and external supply chain actors, says the firm.

In addition, Lectra has also enhanced connection to the design process by strengthening Adobe Illustrator integration via a new plug-in. This means designers can benefit from increased access to platform data like bitmap and PDF files and photographs, while continuing to work in their native environments. Access to consistent data stored on the platform and the freedom to work with familiar creative tools makes onboarding new designers much easier, according to Lectra.

The firm has also developed Lectra Easy Configure, a tool that allows users to manage and organise data according to their own profile, company organisation and data structure to ensure easy and round-the-clock access.

The solution also features an updated interface with new search and notification functions, and a configurable portfolio view that allows users to monitor and direct collections with the help of dynamic data display. They can receive alerts and information about styles and materials, for example, and create to-do lists quickly and easily on a daily basis.

Finally, enhanced Tech Pack management gives product developers more control over how tech packs are edited, extracted and shared with other actors in the supply chain.

"By listening to [customer] feedback and making this version more connectable and configurable, we are actually merging human and artificial intelligence to give them what they need. And they, in turn, will give their consumers the products they want," says Céline Choussy Bedouet, chief marketing and communications officer at Lectra.