It is often difficult to relay the vision of a new platform profile in pure marketing pitch or sales to value jargon. The purpose of this section is to bring you Inside the Mind of CEO Brion Carroll and in doing so see the world of the Retail business operations as he envisions it as it could be; as it should be; as it will be.
Some will say that it’s a journey that requires one to disconnect from the reality of today and pack a lunch because the journey is to a faraway land that is unrealizable and only available in the ether of fantasy and fiction. This was said of his vision of the industry’s first PDM; it was also said of the first enterprise PLM for the Retail market; and it was repeatedly said of the first configurable systems integration facility that enabled PTC’s FlexPLM to connect with any 3rd party system / service with a published API.
Each of these transitioned from “vision to reality” and it is with an infinite degree of certainty that the vision of a PLM Based SolutionScape will achieve the same outcome – extreme value to a market that is in desperate need of an operational efficiency make-over.
It is suggested that you read each of these Inside the Mind writing in sequence, but I’ve always found that it is best to let the spirit guide you. In any case – enjoy the journey; pack a lunch if necessary; but know that, as with all other past journeys, this vision too will become reality.
The only question is – will it be one that you will be the benefactor of or simply an observer?
Day in the Life of ... - This writing describes the flow of all participants in the product lifecycle process as it can be with a Brand's or Private Label / Vertical Retailer's fully integrated PLM Based SolutionScape.
There's Got to be a Better Way ...This writing is the first in a series of writings that detail the journey of a team that will undertake the journey to move from a standard PLM system to a PLM Based SolutionScape that will enable them to experience a Mind to Market transformation.
Take the Mind to Market Journey - The purpose of this set of writings is to incrementally travel the journey of how a company may (or should) go through the transformation from the world of disconnected "automation" to a digitally connected PLM Based SolutionScape that will enable it to experience Mind to Markettransformation.
3D Journey - Mind to Plan ... This article focuses on the 1st phase of transformation that involves the adoption of an Assortment / Range Planning tool.
3D Journey - Mind to Design ... This article continues the journey by adding the integration of Product Design 3D CAD tool(s) and a globally positioned digital Global Material Library.
3D Journey - Mind to Digital Testing ... This article continues the journey by adding the integration of Voice of the Customer SolutionScape module to validate the design options in support of the Assortment / Range Planning.
3D Journey - Mind to Materials Logistics ... This article continues the journey by adding the integration of the Production / Delivery Logistics SolutionScape module to enable material buy aggregation resulting in FOB/Landed cost saving through direct materials sourcing.