PolyPM ERP Review

Polygon Software
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Polygon Software
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PolyPM ERP At A Glance

Good: Comprehensive combination of ERP and PLM applications, many customization options, excellent implementation and customer support.
Bad: Doesn't have accounting, HRMS or CRM modules.
Bottom Line: ERP that streamlines and manages production processes for companies in the apparel industry.

Product Overview

PolyPM is an integrated solution geared toward the apparel industry that combines product lifecycle management (PLM), product distribution management, enterprise resource management (ERP) and sourcing. The solution primarily focuses on manufacturing, scheduling, product development, and shop floor and warehouse management.

PolyPM takes data from the product development, supply chain and production processes and stores it in a centralized SQL database. There, users can view and edit information about clothing styles, inventory, labor, costing, orders, cut planning and production. Once data is updated anywhere in the database, it’s immediately available to all users.

Polygon Software enhances its ERP solution with customization capabilities from the PolyPM Engine. This is a self-service tool that lets clients modify the software to better align with their specific business processes.

Customers also have access to Polygon’s software engineers as consultants to help them enhance existing applications, integrate legacy systems and migrate data.

Lastly, Polygon Software provides users with an application program interface (API) to develop their own applications or integrate apps from third-party developers.

Features

PolyPM’s robust capabilities can be found in its modules, whose features include:

Orders – The orders feature manages order processing, from order entry to invoicing. In between, the tool handles order allocation, picking and packing, raw material purchases, Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), shipping and billing, sales commissions, forecasting and more.

Inventory – Integrated with manufacturing and order processing, the inventory feature tracks and manages raw material, work-in-process (WIP) and finished goods inventories. Its seven capabilities include inventory control, PO entry, finished goods allocation, WIP reporting, inventory adjustments, product histories and reports.

Purchasing – This feature lets users purchase and receive raw materials or finished goods. They can also issue purchase orders for finished products from vendors. Its 17 capabilities include automatic PO creation from production demand, full tracking of all purchasing transactions, finished goods purchase by style/size/color/option, scheduling and confirmation tracking, real-time material requirements planning (MRP) integration and more.

Production planning – Users can plan and schedule an entire production cycle from a single, color-coded production screen that displays product and sourcing details, material requirements and availability, and capacity availability. Inventory and production data is maintained in real-time.

Production – This tool tracks production for greige fabric, dye and garment manufacturing, full-package sourcing or cut-make-trim in any combination. Automated notifications let users know about missed assignments. Other features include production orders, cut planning, WIP, production costing, inventory alerts, material allocation, contractor management and an exhaustive report generator.

Cut planning – The cut planning feature addresses all aspects needed for cut orders, including markers, fabric and estimated material requirements, and verifies their availability with each production order. It automatically calculates materials required for each cut order and adjusts requirements based on what’s needed.

Shipping/invoicing – This module tracks the functions needed to pack and ship orders, including inventory, sourced, production and pre-packs. Capabilities include pick/pack based on available finished goods, inventory allocation directly from orders, third-party scan and pack integration, unlimited packing list and invoice reports, and more.

Shop floor – The shop floor add-on module tracks shop floor production via barcoding to automate transactions. Users can print barcode labels to track production and resources.

EDI – The EDI tool lets users send/receive EDI transactions, which streamlines collaboration with business partners. It automatically generates outbound acknowledgments from inbound transmissions (e.g., PO inquiry, purchase orders, warehouse shipping advice and more). That is, the system automatically distributes notifications when in receipt of inbound inquiries. So, if a vendor or customer asks about status of a shipment, the system will track the shipment data and reply without human intervention.

  • Accounting?
  • Business Intelligence?
  • Customer Relationship Management?
  • Human Resources?
  • Inventory Management?
  • Product and Purchase Planning?
  • Supply Chain Management?

Target Market

Polygon’s PolyPM integrated ERP/PLM is targeted at small to mid-size apparel businesses and other businesses in the fashion industry, along with textile mills.

Here are some of its clients:

  • Gamewear
  • TexOps
  • Amoena
  • League Central America
  • ProDept
  • Custom Outfitters
  • Group Stahls
  • Production Department
  • VarsityPro
  • League Collegiate

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Implementation/Integration

Polygon Software’s implementation team uses a task-oriented approach to understand a customer’s work environment and configure a corresponding solution. The vendor says it has a 100% success rate with new implementations.

Implementation tasks fall into several categories:

  • Product configuration – Based on user input, Polygon customizes the user interface using company- and industry-specific terms.
  • Legacy data – The implementation team develops an application to import legacy data into the new PolyPM environment.
  • Workflow – Polygon creates initial workflows for product development, specifications and procedures.
  • User security – Using PolyPM’s security system, the vendor defines, configures and implements security levels for users.
  • Reporting – Required reports are designed and prepared for use from the PolyPM/Crystal Reports reporting environment.

Polygon Software provides training, implementation, deployment and migration services, working with each customer at their facility to ensure a successful implementation.

The solution can be deployed on-premise or in the cloud.

PolyPM integrates with third-party solutions in accounting, HR and customer relationship management (CRM), including QuickBooks. PolyPM also offers clients an accounting-specific API for integration purposes.

Customer Service & Support

Polygon Software prides itself on responsive customer support. Customers can subscribe to different tiers of support services with various levels of coverage and troubleshooting.

At the basic level, all users can submit support tickets through email. North American clients can also contact support representatives over the phone.

Pricing

Pricing for PolyPM is tailored to each customer. No public pricing is available. Contact Polygon Software for a price quote for your particular business.

Shortcomings

The solution doesn’t have its own accounting, human resource management system (HRMS), business intelligence or CRM modules.

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About

Polygon Software is a worldwide provider of software solutions for the sewn-goods industry.

The company, which started with the founding of the apparel/computer-aided design (CAD) industry, has offered sewn-product businesses and textile mills an extensive line of software solutions. Its primary products, PolyPM and PolyNest, provide world-class PLM, ERP and CAD solutions that are designed to fit the way a business operates. Functionally robust and flexible, these solutions adapt to all design and production environments.

Polygon is dedicated to its customers’ success. By actively forming true partnerships with clients, Polygon offers its clients better information management and production process solutions designed to encourage innovation, reduce costs, increase quality, reduce time-to-market and enhance overall competitiveness.

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