How do companies inspire ideas and drive sustainable innovations?

By Elodie

What can be the impact of emerging technologies on the future of industries? That is the question at the heart of a new 3-part series created by CNBC Creative Solutions in partnership with Dassault Systèmes, first published as an Advertisement Feature on  While the stories explore very different industries, they contain an underlying theme of how 3DEXPERIENCES can impact the future. This program runs in parallel to the one developed in partnership with BBC. Discover the TV commercial promoting this series now.

The Future of Connected Car

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What will the car of the future do for you? Contemporary reports on connected cars are focused on the technology, but what about the impact of these innovations on our lives? This series explores how autonomous cars may change the driving experience as well as improve efficiency with a focus on traffic, safety and pollution.

Discover this first story through videos, infographic and news articles on now.

The Future of Retail

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Customization will change the way we shop.  To adapt to customers demand for a more personalized shopping experience, the retail sector will change dramatically over the next two decades. In this series, we discuss how innovations such as delivery drones, 3D printers, and virtual mirrors may alter the way we buy everything we need – and our expectations about how goods should be custom designed to fit our exact needs.

Discover this second story through videos, infographic and news articles on now

The Future of Finance

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The 2008 global crash has drastically changed the financial services sector. How far are we from the transparent world that customers are demanding? In this last program, we will explore how innovation and technology may completely change the finance world for consumers and major organizations with more transparency, better choices, and improved risk decision.

Discover this last series in the coming weeks.

Preview the series in our new commercial that gives a glimpse into Dassault Systèmes vision for the future and how 3DEXPERIENCES can shape our lives. Watching TV? Look for the spot through July 31st on CNBC and on CNN.

The Market Has Changed, So Has The Technology Supporting Your Business.

By Celia

In the current world of fashion, companies are rallying to become omni-channel (converged digital/physical new versions of themselves), and new opportunities to grow business, to collaborate, and to innovate have surfaced. The global consumer market has developed an insatiable appetite that is fresh and aligned with individual needs. While product customization requires significant changes in a company’s internal processes, fashion brands and retailers face a huge increase in the number of products and categories they carry as these represent new sources of revenues. They also carry more product variants as they adapt to new markets specifications, like sizes, styles and colors. This means they need a robust collaboration platform where product design and development teams can work together and in parallel in functional areas and on several seasonal lines at a time across several timezones. This also means huge gains in reuse and searching for information and supply chain agility.

PLM is no longer enough to deal with this complexity and businesses need to take the right technology approach while maximizing the value of their investment.  The IDC Maturity model white paper assesses the current state of the company organization and defines a road map that maximizes the value of investments across the five maturity stages of PLM/PIP transformation.

It’s an easy, step-by-step model to do your own assessment. Give it a try!

Fashion PLM, IDC Retail Insights

Why do Fashion brands and Retailers have to adopt an out of the box PLM solution?

By Celia

Fast fashion, right fashion, on-time fashion, think global, act local, these are not just buzz words, they are real challenges big and not so big fashion brands must meet to satisfy consumers. The fashion landscape has changed because consumer buying habits have undergone a tremendous swing from the 1980s when clients used to shop at departments stores all stocked with the same product offering. These temples of fashion, which enjoyed a comfortable 10% share of the retail market at the time, have since lost their shine (attaining only a 2.6% share in 2011) in favor of smaller, more intimate specialty channels that cater to the specific tastes of the local consumer.

So what happened?

Fashion Collection for SMBPeople are tired of the global, impersonal model and want to be taken for who they are — individuals. The popularity of mobile technology and social networks confirm this individualization.  So, if brands want to reach these new consumers, they must speak their language so to speak, get closer to them, and cater to their local cultures, their likes, and their “individual-ness”. In an article published this month on whichPLM the author mentions another trend in which consumers long for a return to the friendly and available local shopkeeper of yesterday. The challenge is therefore twofold: on one hand brands can no longer exploit one channel with a uniform offering and hope to satisfy a global population that has become ever so ”individual” and on the other, they need to take into account a consumer’s desire for a more personal and intimate shopping experience. SH Lee, chairman of Tesco’s Korean Home, declared the “age of imperialism” over and urged retailers to tailor their offer to local cultures. And bingo! Focusing its efforts on the Korean consumer helped propel his company from 12th to 2nd largest retailer in Korea.

Keeping a profitable balance, however, between producing en masse but with a local twist is not easy. Not only do brands have to manage local differences in their product offerings, they have to turn out new collections fast to satisfy consumers’ desire for renewal. Success depends on whether brands and retailers can stay in touch with consumers’ changing needs and interests. PLM technologies can give brands better visibility when managing consumer feedback as well as assortments, designs, suppliers, manufacturing, and merchandising. As a matter of fact, industry experts predict fashion brands will invest billions in technology. IDC foresees that as product assortment refresh cycles quicken, 25% of mid-sized retailers will initiate new PLM or sourcing projects in 2014. And according to, the PLM market, “could grow up to 40% annually by 2014” boosted by medium-sized apparel firms that are planning to implement this technology.

Big vs. not so big

Fashion Collection for SMBAs speed to market and evolution in consumer tastes accelerate, apparel companies will need the power of PLM technology to  survive. But are all PLMs equal? Can large brands and not so large or niche players use the same PLM? When faced with the  question “to PLM or not to PLM”, how does one choose? When it comes to investing in PLM technology, big and not so big  brands pay attention to different things. 5 years ago a Tech-Clarity study had already pointed out that SMBs have their own wish  list for PLM that includes ease of use, rapid implementation, pre-defined templates, built-in best practices and a solution that  evolves as they grow. Yet today, PLM can still scare some SMBs away because they think it is too complex or too expensive to  implement. They do not have the same resources the big players have. But if the PLM in question is powerful yet packaged as an out-of-the-box pre-configured solution, it levels the playing field by reducing investment and cost of ownership for an SMB whose limited cash flow is not uselessly invested in functionalities that are too broad for its needs. Fashion Collection for SMB is for those not-so-big fashion companies that want to have the power of a PLM solution but scaled to their requirements. This out-of-the-box solution is also easy to learn and implement –a critical factor for user adoption.

The numbers speak for themselves

Brands that have adopted the 3DS solutions have produced some pretty impressive results: 200% increase in technical design productivity for a European outdoor brand that is able to review and approve 5 times more samples in the same amount of time or a medium size ready-to-wear apparel company that experienced threefold growth in product breadth and overall product lines. So if you are an SMB looking to grow your business and strengthen your brand, Fashion Collection for SMB is your door to PLM.

Learn more about Fashion Collection for SMB.

Celia NEWHOUSE is a member of the Consumer Goods Industry team.


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