CIMdata Publishes “The Democratization of Simulation with Intelligent Templates: Realizing the Full Benefits of Simulation”

Research explains how intelligent templates can be a huge enabler for product development systems

Ann Arbor, Michigan, February 28, 2012 — CIMdata, the leading global product lifecycle management (PLM) consulting and research firm announces the publication of a new paper on the potential for “intelligent templates” to become a huge enabler for product development systems, allowing the delivery of higher quality products in much less time.

Intelligent templates present an innovative concept in product development that focuses on a reusable framework for managing product information and simulations of product performance. Simulation is made available to a wider audience of product developers, in a reliable way that does not require them to be experts in specific simulation applications. The templates define best-practice workflows that can be executed using information contained in the abstract model and its associated product and process data. Experts must create the templates, but non-experts can use them reliably. 

The concept of intelligent templates is not simply an evolutionary improvement in the way most companies approach product design and simulation; it represents an entirely different paradigm. It is a systems engineering approach to model-driven design that both demands and fosters systems thinking and collaboration.

This paper is derived from a keynote presentation made by Malcolm Panthaki, VP Customer Success, CTO, and Founder of Comet Solutions, Inc. at CIMdata’s PLM Road Map conference in the fall of 2011. It provides insight on how Comet’s technology enables the effective implementation of intelligent templates.

“The Democratization of Simulation with Intelligent Templates: Realizing the Full Benefits of Simulation” is available for 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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