Mastering Process to Improve Product Development

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With the promise of transforming the way products are developed, product lifecycle management (PLM) is one of the fastest growing areas of technology investment for retailers and brands alike. Best-practice experience shows that the most successful PLM implementations are initiated to support an organization’s key strategic objectives, and ultimately improve profitability through enhanced operational efficiency. Find out more.

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