CIMdata to Host Free Webinar on Ensuring the Dependability of Smart Connected Products

Webinar participants will find out what can be done to improve the dependability of complex, software-intensive products, and product-systems.

Ann Arbor, MI, May 13, 2016 --( CIMdata, Inc., the leading global PLM strategic management consulting and research firm, announces an upcoming free educational webinar, “Ensuring the Dependability of Smart Connected Products.” The webinar will take place on June 23, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. (EDT) and will propose a road map that connects commonly used tools in reliability engineering with systems engineering processes, including a formal knowledge management system, to improve the dependability of complex, software-intensive products, and product-systems.

According to the webinar host, CIMdata’s Director for the Quality & Reliability Engineering Practice, Dr. Venkatesh "Venki" Agaram, “With the ever increasing application of IoT, sensors, communication devices, and artificial intelligence, the intricacies of the information flow in products and product systems renders upfront design, taking into account failure modes and robustness, extremely difficult to achieve. Consequently, the integration of quality & reliability engineering tools with systems engineering becomes critical. However, such integrated solutions are not readily available from software providers today, but they are earnestly needed.”

Dr. Agaram has more than 35 years of experience spanning research & development, virtual engineering, reliability of simulations, complex materials systems, controlled mechanical systems, design for six sigma, structured innovation, innovation culture enhancement, regulatory compliance, recall mitigation, process modeling, market strategy, business transformation, and business development. At CIMdata, Dr. Agaram leads the effort to transform industry practices that would result in a more effective association between knowledge management and quality & reliability engineering, to improve the robustness of smart connected products and processes.

The webinar will be an hour long and those attending will learn about: the relationship between reliability engineering tools and systems engineering technical processes, the interoperability needs of diverse systems engineering and reliability engineering software tools, the knowledge management needs of quality and reliability engineering for delivering dependable, smart connected products, and about the business opportunity at the intersect of systems engineering, reliability engineering, and knowledge management.

The webinar will be useful to systems engineers, systems engineering managers, reliability engineers, reliability engineering managers, IT Leadership responsible for product development tools and systems, product managers and consultants from software solutions providers and system Integrators, and anyone who wants to learn more about quality management.

During the webinar attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions about the topics discussed. To find out more, visit: To register for the webinar visit:

About CIMdata

CIMdata, a leading independent worldwide firm, provides strategic management consulting to maximize an enterprise’s ability to design and deliver innovative products and services through the application of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions. Since its founding in 1983, CIMdata has delivered world-class knowledge, expertise, and best-practice methods on PLM solutions. These solutions incorporate both business processes and a wide-ranging set of PLM-enabling technologies.

CIMdata works with both industrial organizations and providers of technologies and services seeking competitive advantage in the global economy. In addition to consulting, CIMdata conducts research, provides PLM-focused subscription services, and produces several commercial publications. The company also provides industry education through PLM certificate programs, seminars, and conferences worldwide. CIMdata serves clients around the world from offices in North America, Europe, and Asia- Pacific. To learn more about CIMdata’s services, visit our website at, follow us on Twitter:, or contact CIMdata at: 3909 Research Park Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48108, USA, Tel: +1 734.668.9922. Fax: +1 734.668.1957; or at Oogststraat 20, 6004 CV Weert, The Netherlands, Tel: +31 (0) 495.533.666.
Cheryl Peck