CIMdata Publishes CONTACT Software Product Review

“Customer successes built on CIM DATABASE”


Ann Arbor, Michigan, September 7 2011 — CIMdata, the leading global Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) management consulting and research firm announces a new CIMdata Product Review about CONTACT Software, and their collaborative Product Definition management (cPDm) offering, CIM DATABASE. This CIMdata Product Review provides information on the company, their partner ecosystem, their offerings, and their customers.

Headquartered in Bremen, Germany, CONTACT Software is one of the leading independent PLM solution suppliers in Central Europe. CIM DATABASE, their cPDm offering, has evolved through collaboration between the company and their many customers. CONTACT Software has worked closely with those customers to evolve the CIM DATABASE platform throughout their twenty-year history. To emphasize the importance of customer-specific requirements CONTACT coined the term “OrgWare.” According to CONTACT, in contrast with traditional software, OrgWare helps companies quickly encapsulate company knowledge, rules, and processes within the CONTACT offerings. Development using this approach results in solutions that end-user organizations can readily adapt to their own needs, local standards, and lifecycle models.

Over the last several years, CONTACT Software has expanded their solution portfolio to include project and program management, idea management, and collaboration applications. Built on the CIM DATABASE platform, PROJECT OFFICE provides solid project and program management capabilities to a range of customers, from traditional manufacturing organizations to large engineering construction project companies. A recent focus area for CONTACT Software is innovation management, in particular “idea management,” to help customers identify, document, and manage the development of ideas. With this solution users can gather ideas from multiple sources, cluster them by relevance, do collaborative evolution of the ideas, and support financial and risk assessments with multiple colleagues. Finally, CONTACT WORKSPACES is a separately packaged application, focused on helping partners in value chains manage their collaborations around CAD data. WORKSPACE Manager, an application that runs on the engineer’s workstation, is used to create “workspaces,” containers to manage sets of product data. This data can include any type of managed file such as CAD, EDA, and STEP.


This Product Review also includes short case studies of three CIM DATABASE customers who are applying the solution broadly across their extended enterprises. The product review, “CONTACT Software” is available for free download 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 suppliers 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 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.



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