CIMdata to Host Free Webinar on Improving Collaboration in the Aerospace Design Chain

In this free educational webinar participants will learn about the findings from recent research undertaken on collaboration standards, technology, and processes.

Ann Arbor, MI, August 13, 2016 --( CIMdata, Inc., the leading global PLM strategic management consulting and research firm, announces an upcoming free educational webinar, “Improving Collaboration in the Aerospace Design Chain.” The webinar will take place on September 15, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. (EDT).

Over the past decade, aerospace OEMs have dramatically increased their dependence on ever expanding global design chains. Over the past three years a group of leading aerospace OEMs has funded extensive research to identify and provide insights on weaknesses, barriers, and problems in the current state and how these conditions will evolve over time. The research initially focused on the perspective of the OEMs, and then, in a second round, compiled insights from more than 20 companies at all levels in the design chain. During this webinar CIMdata researchers will review their findings and discuss implications for future improvements in collaboration standards, technology, and processes.

According to the webinar host, CIMdata’s Director for Aerospace & Defense, James Roche, “The assumption that the solutions to design chain collaboration problems are primarily data standards and technology based is wrong. Our research reveals that while data standards and technology can be important contributors, the major opportunities for improvement are in streamlining, formalizing, and standardizing collaboration processes and practices within and across the design chain.”

Mr. Roche has over 30 years of experience in transformation and IT enablement of product development and manufacturing processes. He has been a strategic advisor and program manager for PLM programs across the United States, Europe, and Asia. Before joining CIMdata Mr. Roche was a PLM Practice Manager at CSC Consulting and at A.T. Kearney. He was also at EDS, where served as the chief architect for General Motors’ worldwide engineering systems and as head technical negotiator for strategic supplier contracts.

For this webinar, Mr. Roche will be joined by CIMdata’s practice manager for the Design Creation & Collaboration Knowledge Council, Dr. Ken Versprille. Dr. Versprille has over 35 years of experience in the application of computer-based solutions for engineering and manufacturing. He also spent 15 years at Computervision, where he had responsibility for the initial design of Computervision’s 3D graphics system. Dr. Versprille is recognized for publishing the first description of NURBS, the mathematical curve-and-surface formulation, now an international standard in CAD and Computer Graphics. In 2005, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from The CAD Society.

The webinar will be an hour long and will consider: a taxonomy of global product development collaboration adopted by the major aerospace and defense OEMs; the current state and future trends in collaboration; the limits of current collaboration technologies; high potential improvement opportunities; the weaknesses, barriers, and problems in the current state and how these conditions will evolve over time; and recommendations for improving collaboration within the aerospace design chain.

The webinar will be useful to PLM program and project leaders, PLM program and project planners, product development managers and team leaders, product development collaboration managers, product development collaboration process planners, data exchange coordinators, design supplier managers and coordinators, design customer managers and coordinators, PLM collaboration network IT professionals, and anyone who wants to learn more about improving collaboration in the aerospace design chain.

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