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Centric PLM Launches Quick-Start Collaboration Packages in Response to COVID-19

Product lifecycle management (PLM) vendor Centric Software launched Quick-Start Collaboration Packages to enable brands, retailers, and manufacturers to rapidly adopt remote work processes across the product lifecycle. Centric Software primarily offers vertical specific PLM solutions. The vendor’s target industries are fashion, retail, footwear, outdoor, luxury, and consumer goods.

Three Quick-Start Collaboration Packages are being offered, each targeting organizations with increasing levels of digital maturity:

  • Approximately one week is needed to deploy Centric’s Quick-Start packages for remote collaboration. The packages can be implemented remotely.
  • Sample and Quote Package – Targets organizations who are new to remote product collaboration. The application add-on digitalizes fit reviews, both physical and 3D materials, product sample reviews, and vendor quote management. The package includes a service that provides guidance on holding online product/fit reviews and photographing mockups.
  • Vendor Collaboration Package – Targets companies that use Centric PLM but are not yet fully collaborating with vendors remotely. The package enables remote sample reviews, RFQ management, evaluation, finalization, and assortment building.
  • Buying Session Package – Targets organizations that want to develop global, regional, and store assortments, get regional feedback, finalize product quantity commitments, and more, in a highly visual and fully digitalized manner regardless of where teams are based.

Source: Centric Software, 2020

Our Take

Centric’s push to enable organizations to collaborate remotely at all stages of the product lifecycle is a strong example of where the enterprise application market will be focusing development efforts throughout the extenuating circumstances resulting from COVID-19. As remote work becomes the new norm, vendors will continue to offer collaboration tools that enable organizations to mimic existing workflows without actually having face-to-face meetings with colleagues.

Typically, organizations are advised to limit software customization and adapt their processes to align with best-of-breed software workflows. However, organizations have not had the time to optimize processes for social distancing and remote collaboration. Therefore, Centric Software’s multi-leveled offering, based on organizational digital maturity, will be the way forward with vendors that are advertising rapid implementation and adoption.

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