CIMdata?s European PLM User Forum

Enabling innovation through the application of PLM

ANN ARBOR, Michigan, 22nd July, 2003 - Consulting and research firm CIMdata announces its European PLM User Forum 2003 which will be held on 8-9 October, 2003 at Messe Stuttgart, in Stuttgart, Germany. The PLM User Forum consists of keynote addresses about the strategic importance of PLM, , user experiences that yield insight, panel discussion focused on new and critical areas, presentations that provide analyses of the PLM industry and market, and solution demonstrations presented in an exhibit hall and private meeting rooms.

The theme of the CIMdata European PLM User Forum 2003 is “Enabling innovation through the application of PLM”. Ed Miller, president of CIMdata said, “Companies throughout the world and across many industries are striving to bring continuous innovation into their product programs, differentiate themselves for competitive advantage, and increase overall business success. PLM is the strategic business initiative that is focused to support these objectives, and investments in PLM are increasingly visible around the world.” However, he added, “PLM is not thoroughly understood within most companies or throughout industry. Even though PLM investments are increasing, there is a huge amount of confusion about the scope, value, and approaches to PLM that will yield the best results.” CIMdata’s PLM User Forum 2003 is intended to reduce that confusion and provide guidance to help companies get the most from their PLM investments.

Those joining the CIMdata European PLM User Forum 2003 will be provided with a total view of the PLM picture including an industry vision, available opportunities, strategies for solution selection and implementation, roadmaps to move forward, pitfalls to avoid, and direction to help maximize the value and benefits of their investment.

"As the key pan-European PLM-specific conference, CIMdata presents the most respected PLM experts from manufacturing companies and industries across Europe. Any manufacturing company will benefit from these sessions," said Denis Senp鲩, Vice-President PLM Europe, Dassault Syst譥s. "The conference also gives Dassault Syst譥s the unique opportunity to present our leading solutions to these top managers and executives. We see this conference as the 'Reference Point' for the PLM industry in Europe, and now even stronger with CIMdata's teaming with the CAT.PRO event.”

The CIMdata event will be held within the same timeframe as CAT.PRO, (7th–10th October) in a separate but conveniently adjacent location. CAT.PRO, the leading engineering show in Central Europe, is embracing Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) as a primary area of focus, and views the CIMdata event as a major contributor towards achieving this goal.

Commenting on this alliance, Jordi Portella, Director of European Operations for CIMdata said, “This is intended to empower the PLM market presence and strengthen both events.” Portella added, “We are working collaboratively with Messe Stuttgart, the organizers of CAT.PRO to expand the promotion of the CIMdata event and believe that this extended exposure will add value to all participants.”

Portella said that the CIMdata PLM User Forum 2003 has the support of EDS and IBM/Dassault, the largest suppliers of PLM solution. “Their commitment to work jointly with CIMdata reflects their dedication to making PLM successful for the industry. We also have the support of a wide range of additional suppliers of PLM services and technologies.”

About CIMdata
CIMdata, a leading and independent worldwide strategic consultancy is dedicated to maximizing an enterprise’s ability to design and deliver innovative products and services through the application of PLM solutions. CIMdata works with both industrial organizations and suppliers of technologies and services seeking competitive advantage in the global economy.

CIMdata helps industrial organizations establish effective PLM strategies, assists in the identification of requirements and selection of PLM technologies, helps organizations optimize their operational structure and processes to implement solutions, and assists in the deployment of these solutions.

For PLM solution suppliers, CIMdata helps define business and market strategies, delivers worldwide market information and analyses, provides education and support for internal sales and marketing teams, as well as overall support at all stages of business and product programs to make them optimally effective in their markets.

CIMdata provides 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 including product data management (PDM), visualization, collaboration, digital manufacturing, computer-aided design/manufacturing (CAD/CAM), and numerical control (NC). CIMdata also provides expertise in the integration of PLM with other business solutions such as customer relationship management (CRM), supply chain management (SCM), and enterprise resource planning (ERP).

In addition to consulting, CIMdata provides industry education through international conferences in the US, Europe, and Japan that focus on PLM. The company also conducts research, provides PLM-focused subscription services, and produces several commercial publications. CIMdata serves clients worldwide from locations 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.

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