CIMdata Hosts Free Webinar, "PLM's Expanding Footprint: Enabling Innovation

This free educational webinar, dedicated to exploring the expanding role of PLM, will take place on September 10, 2014

ANN ARBOR, Michigan, 5 August 2014 ­CIMdata, Inc., the leading global PLM strategic management consulting and research firm, announces an upcoming free educational webinar, “PLM’s Expanding Footprint: Enabling Innovation.” Join CIMdata on September 10 at 11:00 a.m. (EDT) to understand how to navigate through the expanding nature of PLM in support of innovation and learn what the future holds for innovative PLM technology.

Based on CIMdata’s over 30 years of experience in the PLM industry, our experts have identified the potential pain points associated with enabling innovation: innovation is not part of the corporate culture; there is no time to learn to become more innovative; current PLM technology does not support innovation; and it's not clear if and how the new technologies support innovation.

The webinar will be presented by Jim McKinney, CIMdata’s PLM Leadership Practice Manager. “Anyone that has been keeping track of the PLM footprint over the past few years has noted that it has been expanding,” says McKinney. “PLM vendors are adding new solutions that support innovation in new and unique ways. There has also been a flood of new technology that has the potential to vastly alter the way people interact with PLM solutions. During the webinar we will discuss these expanded PLM areas, and will talk about how your business can become more innovative by embracing these new technologies.” Mr. McKinney has over 28 years of experience helping people adopt and optimize new technologies. He delivers PLM certificate classes throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. He also works with individual companies to provide customized support for their PLM initiatives.

The webinar will be an hour long and will cover the following topics: the expanding nature of PLM in support of innovation; the details for each growing area of PLM; new technologies expanding PLM that support innovation; priorities and steps to enable innovation; and what the future holds for innovative PLM technology.

Attendees will learn:

  • Which key areas in PLM support innovation
  • How to harness the expanding nature of PLM to enhance innovation
  • What changes in the future of PLM will help energize innovation
  • How new PLM enabling technologies can support innovation
  • Strategies for enabling innovation in your PLM environment
  • How PLM is changing to support innovation

This webinar is suited for PLM users, team leaders and members, engineering managers, and anyone interested in learning more about PLM and innovation. During the webinar attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions about the topics discussed. To find out more, visit: .To register, visit:

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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James McKinney
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