NEW YORK, United States  In the 1980s, leading auto companies embraced PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) and ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software to accelerate their business processes. The fashion and retail industry followed suit in the late 1990s, using similar technologies and empowering organisations to monitor, evaluate and improve the efficiency of their supply chains.

Fast-forward to 2015 and enterprise software has continued to advance at a rapid rate, yet there has been surprisingly little innovation in the solutions that power the operational backbone of the fashion industry.

Updating these kinds of systems is costly and time-intensive — even more so given the decentralised nature of many fashion businesses. But, today, the challenge for every fashion brand and retailer is not simply upgrading legacy systems and processes, but doing so in a way that supports constant innovation. Indeed, in order to compete effectively in this new and complex era of perpetual change, organisations must adopt agile ways of working, meaning their enterprise software must be able to easily integrate with new technologies both inside and outside the company.