Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) System Selection

Selection of a PLM solution to solve critical issues in Product Development and Sourcing processes, enable collaboration, improve data integrity and reduce costs.

The Client

The largest U.S. brand of apparel and related products exclusively for babies and young children.


The Challenge

The client was struggling with a number of issues in their Product Development and Sourcing processes:
– Lack of adherence to seasonal calendars
– Limited workflow and task management
– Inconsistent measurement of KPIs
– Too much re-entry/re-work, resulting in data errors – No "one version of the truth"

Moreover, they wished to:
– Improve collaboration with agents and vendors
– Reduce sampling and development costs
– Leverage volume-based discounts through the ability to aggregate fabric and finished goods needs
– Increase process consistency to enable growth and scalability without adding resources

The client wished to select a new PLM system that enabled best-in-class Product Development and Sourcing processes and provided internal users and external trading partners with a common repository of pre-production and production information.


The Parker Avery Solution

The Parker Avery Group led the client through the system selection process by performing the following activities:
• Documented client-specific requirements
• Wrote and issued a comprehensive Request for Proposal (RFP)
• Prepared a detailed demonstration script
• Developed a multi-faceted scoring system
• Organized on-site software demonstrations
• Conducted reference calls with comparable customers
• Partnered with client personnel to recommend vendor
• Prepared implementation plan and budget
• Reviewed software provider's statement of work


The Result

After completing the evaluation process, the client selected the recommended software provider, negotiated the contract with Parker Avery's assistance, and immediately transitioned into implementation.


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