ITC Infotech helps prepare the next generation of fashion professionals in the UK

CIOReview Team | Thursday, 28 April 2016, 11:55 IST

ITC Infotech, a global scalefull service provider of technology solutions, has completed implementation of PTC’s FlexPLM 10.2 for UK based University of Huddersfield forits Fashion and Textile Buying Managementcourse. ITC Infotech is also providing PLM training and assistance to the University’s lecturers, to enable faster adoption and deeper understanding of the technology platform.

The academicsuse PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) to teach the key stages of apparel product development within theircourse, thus providing opportunities to develop creative business skills and an understanding of the fashion and textile sector for the next generation of industry professionals.

TheUniversity of Huddersfield recognizes the value of PLM and is the first UK University to adopt aPLM approach for its Fashion Textiles Buying Management course. The institute has introduced PLM education at all levels in the coursein order that graduate students enter employment with a baseline of the solution knowledge, recognising the realistic outcome it can generate, the problems it can solve and opportunities it can provide.

ITC Infotech provided the solution installation and implementation on theUniversity’s servers as well as advising the Fashion Textiles Buying Management team on how best to configure the system to meet the needs of the course curriculum. Additionally, ITC Infotech provided training services to the University’s lecturers toget them up to speed on using the solution and PTC provided the requisite FlexPLM v10.2 licenses.

Hardeep Singh Garewal, President – Europe, ITC Infotech, said, “Implementing and installing PTC FlexPLM v10.2 for Huddersfield University has been a very interesting and rewarding journey. ITC Infotech has been enabling clients in the Retail and Fashion industry to create and adopt cutting-edge technology solutions and analytic tools to help them stay ahead of the competition. Our engagement with Huddersfield University truly reflects the collaboration of academia and business, working together to prepare the next generation of professionals.”

With the successful implementation of the solution, PLM experience has become a key differentiator in competitive employment markets.

Our students now benefit from a tiered integrated industry technology focused learning experience” stated Jo Conlon, Senior Lecturer at the University of Huddersfield, “firstly as individual users of the FlexPLM 10.2 system, then at a process management level and finally exploring strategic real world applied opportunities for extended and innovative PLM technologies. We have benefited enormously from the expertise and commitment of ITC Infotech to support and embed each stage, developing a rich understanding of PLM as a holistic business process solution.

PTC's Windchill-based enterprise solution for the retail and consumer industries is designed to address both industry-specific challenges as well as everyday business pressures. It offers a high-performance, Web-based platform that provides line planning, product specification development, materials management, sourcing, costing, quality and compliance features with full supply chain collaboration capabilities.