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Zdesign 3.0 includes Web 2.0 collaboration tools
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Jun '09
Zweave announced the release of Zdesign 3.0, a product lifecycle management (PLM) platform that enables apparel, retail and related consumer product development teams to more cost effectively manages the way products are designed and produced as they strive to deliver higher quality goods in less time. New features in Zdesign 3.0 include: Web 2.0 collaboration tools, streamlined workflow, intuitive search, content management and web publishing, and overall improved security and flexibility.

"Current approaches to PLM span basic technologies such as emailing and faxing to more sophisticated collaborative platforms rooted in manufacturing and supply chain management. These approaches can lead to time delays, costly production errors and rigid workflows that don't accommodate industry-specific needs," said Laura McCann-Ramsey, president and chief executive officer, Zweave. "Zdesign 3.0 bridges the gap between these two approaches and was developed specifically for the apparel and retail industries."

Zdesign 3.0 features a collaborative Ajax-based Web 2.0 interface to more easily create, source and manufacture consumer goods while maintaining greater control over the entire process. With more than 500 pre-built forms that accelerate the product development process, Zdesign 3.0's capabilities make it easier to move and share the information across internal and external organizations.

The document management capabilities are built into each of the templates making them more like online folders that can support attachments such as PDFs, images and spreadsheets. Users can comment, request and share information as well as assign tasks through these folders to employees across the organization, brand or division, for example. This sharing of collective knowledge is further extended through Zdesign 3.0's ability to mirror wiki and instant messaging tools. Enabling collaboration while supporting the need to work independently, Zdesign 3.0 also provides end users with the ability to customize their views of information through RSS feeds based on business needs.

The localized workflow capabilities allow different teams and divisions to establish the processes that best reflect their product design and development requirements. Going beyond traditional workflow tools, Zdesign 3.0 supports flexible notifications and group approvals to avoid potential bottlenecks in the development process. Further, with support for iCal and vCal, tasks can be instantly added to calendars to ensure the processes within workflows and project management schedules are executed on time.

The intuitive search features allow users to easily find information whether it's through saved searches or contained within a PDF. Also, since Zdesign supports semantic searches and offer human-readable URLs, users simply search and find information more quickly based on their experiences. Zdesign's document management and web publishing capabilities reduce the time consuming efforts associated with filling out forms and templates while providing greater visibility into the design process.

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