CIMdata Publishes eBook: “Are Students ‘Real-World’ Ready?”

Considering the challenges in preparing students for Industry 4.0.

Ann Arbor, MI, July 14, 2017 --( CIMdata, Inc., the leading global PLM strategic consulting and research firm, released a new eBook focused on research recently conducted on PLM education, at all levels, from high school through university.

Industrial companies are experiencing a very serious gap in new employees’ understanding of PLM and their lack of practical experience using a multitude of concepts that exist in the PLM realm. The result is slower PLM adoption and delayed financial and other benefits. The general lack of PLM education is being aggravated because academic institutions are not providing what companies need. This is not just an issue at the university level, but at all levels of education—learning for tomorrow’s work environment must start much earlier in the education pipeline.

Research for this eBook was sponsored by Siemens PLM Software, a leading provider of PLM software to the global manufacturing industry and in support of education at academic institutions worldwide. The eBook presents CIMdata’s perspective on PLM education today and includes results from a survey of PLM educators from around the world. The results and analysis point out some common issues that are impacting PLM education.

According to Mr. John MacKrell, CIMdata’s Chairman, “Academic institutions appear to have difficulty positioning PLM outside of the engineering domain and beyond product design documentation (i.e., 2D drafting) management. The approach to PLM that is needed to prepare students to support today’s and tomorrow’s businesses requires much broader cross disciplinary thinking, including consideration for simulation-driven product development (SDPD), systems thinking, an understanding that PLM is a business strategy, and discussions about PLM’s many impacts on a multitude of business processes and lifecycle decisions, such as product profitability, supplier relationships, manufacturing strategies, product delivery concepts, and product maintenance.”

CIMdata and Siemens PLM Software released a whitepaper on this topic on 8 May 2017.

To learn more about this important resource, please download and read the complete eBook at

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