CIMdata Completes 2013 Market & Industry Forum Series

Successful Events for the PLM Economy in North America, Europe, and Asia

ANN ARBOR, Michigan, 30 April 2013—CIMdata, Inc., the leading global Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) strategic management consulting and research firm announces the successful completion of its 2013 PLM Market & Industry Forum series of four global events in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA; Frankfurt, Germany; Beijing, China; and Tokyo, Japan.

CIMdata’s PLM Market & Industry Forums are the world’s premier gathering of technology and service providers focused specifically on the PLM market and the issues concerning its development and growth. Participants gathered to hear CIMdata’s perspective on the state and trends of the PLM market, as well as a detailed discussion of CIMdata’s research and viewpoints on the 2012 PLM market results. These included CIMdata’s extensive analysis and forecasts regarding market growth across PLM domains, industries, and regions, and the performance (revenue and market share analysis) of leading PLM solution providers.

The Ann Arbor, Michigan event on 9 April 2013 included representatives of 30 leading global PLM solution providers. According to the session host, Richard McFall, CIMdata’s Director of Global PLM Community, “This session is the must-attend event for leading PLM solution and service providers. For over 20 years this event has drawn companies representing a large percentage of global PLM revenues.”

The momentum continued in Frankfurt, Germany on 16 April. “This year’s forum was a great success,” claims Gerard Litjens, CIMdata’s Director of European Operations. “As in the past, senior executives of 24 leading PLM solution and service providers attested to the relevance of the Forum by fitting this day into their already busy diaries. It was great to witness a heightened level of interaction and value as the audience was very engaged, asking relevant questions and participating in lively discussions on the market numbers, systems engineering, simulation & analysis, and the other Forum topics.”

Recognizing the growing importance of the Chinese PLM market, CIMdata expanded the Forum series to Shanghai in 2012, with the session moving to Beijing in 2013. “It was my pleasure to host the CIMdata Market & Industry Forum in Beijing this year,” said Dr. Pei Huang, CEO of e-Works, a leading Chinese manufacturing IT online media and consulting company, and CIMdata’s partner in China. Mr. Huang continued, “Over 20 international and leading Chinese PLM solution and services providers attended the Beijing event. According to Dr. Huang, “the session on systems engineering created much discussion between the companies and academics in attendance. Chinese companies see the value in PLM and realize that taking a systems view will be important to competing in global markets.”

The final stop for the Forum series was Tokyo. “Fourteen PLM technology and service providers attended this year’s Japan Forum,” stated Satoshi Ezawa, Director of Japanese Operations for CIMdata. According to Mr. Ezawa, “The Japanese economy is recovering, and many Japanese companies see the need for PLM, but want their PLM solutions to be simpler and implementations to be more effective. PLM is essential for Japanese companies to remain competitive in the face of increased complexity of their products, supply chains, and the decision-making processes needed to support the lifecycle.”

“For the more than 20 years, CIMdata has introduced our yearly PLM market numbers to PLM economy via a series of interactive forums. For the second year in a row, CIMdata’s forum series has included four stops, one in North America, one in Europe, and two in Asia (China and Japan),” said Peter Bilello, CIMdata’s President. Mr. Bilello continued, “CIMdata’s global reach and respect in the PLM market is evident as the leaders of the global PLM economy participate year after year in these highly informative sessions, and as the PLM economy continues to grow, CIMdata will continue to expand this one of a kind PLM market and industry event series.”

You can read tweets from the events at #PLM4um.

CIMdata’s next major event, the 2013 PLM Road Map conference, will be held in conjunction with the PI Congress on 9 and 10 October at the Hilton Chicago Indian Lakes Resort. For more information, please see

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.

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