EdgeAX Announces Apparel PLM Solution for Microsoft Dynamics AX

Retailers are vital to the global economy, responsible for 18 percent of the US GDP while supporting more than 41 million jobs in the US alone. It's no secret that Microsoft Dynamics AX has marked retail as one of its focus industries, and early in 2013 Microsoft announced the latest release of Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail that offers new capabilities to help retailers deliver a complete shopping experience through search-based e-commerce, new point of sale (POS) capabilities, and an omni-channel commerce engine.

But many important functional pieces will still have to be delivered by partners. Most recently, EdgeAX, a unit of Visionet Systems, Inc., announced the general availability of its apparel product lifecycle management (PLM) solution that is embedded in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 and harnesses the underlying technology.

EdgeAX PLM is designed by a team that has been serving the apparel and retail industry for over fifteen years. The solution helps fashion companies accelerate product innovation and improve product profitability through proper management of the information, processes, and decisions about their products across the enterprise and the global product network. EdgeAX PLM provides seasonal line planning with precise specification packages that facilitate business collaboration with vendors around the world.

The SharePoint-based enterprise and designer portals facilitate collaboration so that teams can work together to proactively react to market demands and increase their speed to market. The integration of enterprise and designer portals with available business intelligence (BI) tools provides insights into product trends, process management, supplier performance, profitability, cost optimization, and product line analysis. While this product data management (PDM) solution on SharePoint seems light compared to the full-fledged fashion PLM solutions offered by PTC, TradeStone Software, Centric Software, or Lectra, it could nonetheless be a good starting point for many companies.
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