At NGC Conference, Brands Share Successes, Best Practices

New Generation Computing held its annual user conference on Nov. 14-15, 2013, at Florida's Eden Roc Hotel in Miami Beach.  Across the two days, the event was attended by more than 100 delegates representing manufacturers, brands and retailers from around the world.

Kevin Burke, president and CEO of the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA), delivered a stimulating Keynote that summarized the state of the political dysfunction in Washington and the impact it is having across the industry.  Clearly the AAFA has more to do to help politicians and bureaucrats better understand the importance of strategic global trade agreements, and the real impact of well intended regulation upon the industry as a whole.

A wide variety of customer presentations provided real-world experience of the implementation of NGC's PLM, SCM and ERP solutions across dedicated tracks.

These presentations included representatives from Rocky Brands and Swatfame, who presented their experience in adopting the extended PLM and Supply Chain solution, and the business benefits they have already realized.

Continuous business process improvement was the theme for Fashion Avenue in its fashion PLM presentation. GTM Sportswear focused on the opportunity to "Build an A team" through the implementation of end-to-end PLM and Supply Chain. 

Carter's also presented its approach to Supply Chain Management, sharing how the company has revolutionized vendor on-boarding and payment processes.

On the Global Enterprise Solutions (GES) front, Neatfreak discussed adopting GES in record time and with outstanding results. Stony revealed its approach to getting the most out of ERP and how essential maximizing the benefits is n managing a quick-turn, fast-paced apparel business.

At Obermeyer, executives executed a record-breaking concurrent implementation of PLM, SCM, ERP and WMS in a total of just 9 months. While not every organization would choose to take on quite so much change in such a short period of time, it provided additional lessons learned through the process and realized tangible business benefits.

Every one of the customer presenters made reference to the significant value add that the experienced implementation and support resources were able to bring to their projects, which when combined with the robust implementation methodology resulted in strong results and substantial business benefits. Many emphasized the importance of establishing and implementing best practices.

NGC personnel updated conference attendees on the current status of the solutions, as well as their future direction. In many cases customers were treated to demonstrations of upcoming modules from across the entire product roadmap. Customers demonstrated genuine interest in the deliverables illustrated in these demonstrations.

At an Advisory Board meeting preceeding the general conference, a select group of leading customers provided input and suggested relative prioritization for the future development plans for phased releases over the next few years. The board also was updated on the substantial progress in the migration to a more agile development approach by the global development teams within NGC. This approach has already started to deliver real benefits in terms of the quality of the software delivered, and the time elapsed from business requirement to delivering a fully tested working solution.

Peter Bambridge is an independent industry analyst and consultant.
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