CIMdata Announces the Theme for PLM Road Map™ North America 2018

Now in its 25th year, this major PLM industry event will take place in conjunction with PDT North America in the Washington D.C. area in May.

Ann Arbor, MI, February 03, 2018 --( CIMdata, Inc., the leading global PLM strategic management consulting and research firm, has announced that the theme for PLM Road Map North America 2018 (PLM Road Map) will be, "Charting the Course to PLM Value Together: Expanding the Value Footprint of PLM and Tackling PLM's Persistent Pain Points." This two-day, multi-stream, event will be held in collaboration with PDT North America (PDT) at the Marriott Hotel, Tysons Corner, Virginia, USA on May 15 & 16.

Solution providers continue to push the envelope of PLM capability, while industrial users eagerly embrace the new and press for more. CIMdata's research reveals that over recent years industry adoption of many leading-edge PLM technologies, such as analytics and big data, the Internet of Things, cloud computing, augmented reality, and additive manufacturing, has matured from investigation and planning to implementation and operational use.

Meanwhile, industrial companies and others are tackling PLM's persistent pain points with renewed determination. This trend is manifest in the decision of leaders in some industries, such as aerospace & defense, to come together for the common purpose of defining methods and means for remediating the points of friction that erode the efficiency and quality of information flow through product programs, and the complexity and instability that inflate the cost of PLM sustainment.

These companies, operating within CIMdata's PLM Action Groups and Knowledge Councils, have sponsored research and staffed projects on topics such as PLM technology obsolescence management, model-based definition and the digital thread, model-based systems engineering, multi-view bill of material, and global collaboration within the design chain. The results emerging from these projects are compelling.

PLM Road Map will bring together the perspectives of leading thinkers from aerospace & defense, automotive, and other industries who are expanding the value footprint of PLM and who are tackling the pain points that erode PLM's value potential. There are many examples to be examined and learned from as industry leaders relate their stories of success and lessons learned while expanding the value footprint of PLM within their companies by implementing these new technologies.

"CIMdata is committed to delivering high attendee value with our PLM Road Map conferences and we are excited to offer this program in conjunction with PDT," stated Ms. Cheryl Peck, CIMdata's Director of Marketing and PLM Road Map Conference Director. "This year's conference theme is reflective of what we are seeing out in the market. People are looking to move forward and embrace the new technology but are hampered in their efforts to do so by persistent problems that need to be solved before they can deliver on the promise," added Ms. Peck.

PLM Road Map, in collaboration with PDT, is the must-attend event for PLM industry leaders and PLM practitioners globally-providing independent education and a collaborative networking environment where ideas, trends, experiences, and relationships critical to the industry germinate and take root.

In addition to the events to be held in May, CIMdata and Eurostep will collaborate to co-host PLM Road Map Europe and PDT Europe in Stuttgart, Germany on October 24 & 25, 2018.

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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,; follow us on Twitter at ; 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