Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Consulting

Before WWA was even founded, our Associates were involved from the beginning in many of the technologies that have become the foundation of PLM.  We have worked with several large technology providers to create and improve their technology offerings for the Apparel, Footwear and Softgoods markets. Our Associates are the PLM Implementation Specialists. We have assisted, and continue to assist, many retailers, brands and manufacturers in their PLM journeys.

Typical Phase 1:
Definition
  • Map Current Product Development, Business, and Supply Chain Processes
  • Discuss Best Practices in Merging PLM into or Changing Current Processes
  • Create RFP specific to Project Scope and Company Needs

Due to the experience of our Associates, we don’t need extensive training on what your business does. This allows us to do an insightful analysis of current business processes, technology, collaboration and practices efficiently. Based on extensive experience WWA can recommend if a PLM system is appropriate for your business needs. We take the time to get to know your talent and environment as we create an outline system specification.

   
Typical Phase 2:
Selection
  • Examine Company Specific Processes with Regards to Vendor Responses
  • Narrow Down Vendor Finalists, Hold Vendor Demos
  • Select Final Vendor and Vendor Negotiations

WWA assists in the preparation of an RFI using the specifications identified in Phase I. Based on specific needs, we can recommend potential RFI vendors. Once the potential vendors have been selected, we’ll assist to create a scripted demo to ensure all essential features are demonstrated. We can also provide a scorecard to help your team to decide which vendor to partner with.

   
Typical Phase 3:
Implementation
  • Establish Project Time line, Scope, and Phases
  • Roll-out Pilot Group (Phase 1), Evaluate Results
  • System Go-Live

WWA has more experience of this technology than any other company worldwide and has successfully implemented a number of extremely complex systems. Once we agree on implementation phases, scope and detailed project plan system configuration can begin. We recommend a pilot group test drive the system as WWA continues to mentor internal staff selection and training programs. The next step is a project review following the pilot group and implementation of any needed revisions. Once revisions for the next phase of a roll-out are completed, the system Goes Live.

   
Typical Phase 4:
Continual Improvements
  •  Continuation of Phased Implementation
  • Communication to Stakeholders surrounding Progress and ROI
  • Continual Improvements through Periodic Evaluation and Review

While software technology can help to give visibility and manage, it is not a "silver bullet", a partnership and commitment between management, workforce, partners and vendors is essential. WWA Associates are available to lead and advise when and where needed.