An interview with Mark Burstein, NGC : PLM without boundaries

Jo Hughesapparel plm, enterprise solutions

NGC Mark Burstein

Apparel Thing caught up with Mark Burstein, President of Sales, Marketing and R&D at NGC to find out more about what “PLM Without Boundaries” means… AT: Can you explain to us what “PLM Without Boundaries” means? MB: PLM without boundaries goes far beyond the scope of traditional PLM, providing a central repository to orchestrate all information, processes, departments and geographies … Read More

PLM: how to survive the change

Jo Hughesapparel plm, enterprise solutions, implementation

Change Ahead

Change. Did you shudder at that word? If not, then congratulations you are certainly in the minority, as unfortunately most people seem positively allergic, if not to the word, then certainly to the actual practise of change.  The problem with a PLM implementation, or any other enterprise level project for that matter, is CHANGE is abundant by the bucket load … Read More

PLM: why a good demo is so important

Jo Hughesapparel plm, enterprise solutions

PLM demo building

So you’ve got a fantastic system. Under the hood, the architecture is slick and robust. The UI looks just the driver to control the engine. The features are broad and deep. So why are you having difficulty persuading potential clients to go further with you than a first base demo? Well perhaps it’s the demo itself. Many PLM providers underestimate … Read More

The importance of apparel PLM data libraries

Jo Hughesapparel plm, enterprise solutions, implementation

PLM library data

The one common denominator in all the apparel PLM implementations I have done is clients not only underestimate the importance of data libraries but they also drastically underestimate the effort required in producing them. As the old saying goes “you only get out what you put in” and PLM is no different. People too often get consumed in meticulously revamping … Read More

PLM : don’t forget the hardware

Jo Hughesapparel plm, enterprise solutions, implementation


Whether it’s an off-the-shelf desktop application or a full blown enterprise solution, all software comes with hardware recommendations for optimum performance. Everybody knows that. So when I say “don’t forget the hardware”, I’m not for a minute suggesting you have taken leave of your senses and are planning to go live with a 200+ user PLM system, running on the … Read More

Apparel PLM: User Rebellion?

Jo Hughesapparel plm, enterprise solutions

PLM user rebellion

Don’t you just love those moments where some other like-minded soul publicly advocates what you have been saying for years. Well I had one of those moments today after reading Karen Appleton’s “Workplace Rebellion: Savvy Workers Drive Technology Transformation” article for the Huffington Post. “Why is it that consumer technologies make sharing so easy, while our workplace resources linger in … Read More

The Impact of UI on UA

Jo Hughesapparel plm, enterprise solutions

user interface

In an industry already littered with acronyms, let’s throw another one into the mix – “UA”, or in its unabbreviated form, User Acceptance. As with any other software implementation, one of the key contributing factors to a successful PLM project, and subsequent level of ROI, is the ease of which the new technology is adopted into the user community. The … Read More