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    CIMdata Announces Free Webinar on Digital Thread in Aerospace & Defense, Current State and Future Direction on Sep 22, 11AM EDT

    ANN ARBOR, MI, USA, Aug 19, 2022 – CIMdata, Inc., the leading global PLM strategic management consulting and research firm, announces an upcoming free webinar, “The Digital Thread in Aerospace & Defense, Current State, and Future Direction.” The webinar will occur on Thursday, 22 September 2022, at 11:00 a.m. (EDT) and will last for one hour.

    The Digital Thread has been a core element of the PLM vision for decades. The concept of automated linkage of multiple representations of a product, each tuned to the needs of various creators and consumers along the lifecycle, is very powerful. Tracing these linkages has been primarily a manual process. With recent advances in commercial PLM solutions, the Digital Thread, with automated linkages and traceability, has become a practical possibility for industries with complex products, such as aerospace & defense (A&D).

    Leaders in the A&D industry are starting to implement targeted digital thread solutions and envision expanding these solutions upstream and downstream throughout the product lifecycle. With the newness of this approach, there is not much available in the way of lessons learned or actual value achieved. This webinar presents a framework for characterizing the state of digital thread realization and the initial results of collaborative research between a group of A&D OEMs and PLM solution providers to examine the current state and future trends of digital thread implementation within the industry.

    Attendees at this webinar will:

    • Learn about the fundamental concepts of digital threads within an enterprise digital thread strategy.
    • Learn about a framework for characterizing the current state and future trends in digital thread realization.
    • Gain an understanding of the maturity of digital thread capability available in commercial software.
    • Learn about our initial research findings regarding the current state of digital thread implementations.
    • Learn about our initial research findings regarding future digital thread investment.

    According to James Roche, CIMdata’s Director, Aerospace & Defense Practice, and the host for this webinar, “With recent advances in technology, the Digital Thread, with automated linkages and traceability, has become a practical possibility. Industry leaders, particularly in A&D, are investing heavily, and expectations are high. But where in the product lifecycle are these investments being made, how successful are they, and what are the drivers and perceived opportunities that will determine where future investments are targeted? Researching these questions benefits planners in industrial companies and the solution provider community.”

    Mr. Roche has 35+ years of experience in transformation and IT enablement of product development and manufacturing processes. Before joining CIMdata, Mr. Roche was a PLM Practice Manager at CSC Consulting and A.T. Kearney. He was also at EDS, serving as the chief architect for General Motors’ global engineering systems and as the head technical negotiator for strategic supplier contracts.

    Anyone with responsibility or interest in product program integration, systems engineering, PLM program planning, digitalization, or the digital thread will find this presentation interesting.

    During the webinar, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions about the topics discussed. To find out more, visit: To register for this webinar, please visit:

    Nitin Patil
    Nitin Patil
    Editor and Director of Content, Nitin completed his Master's in Mass Communication & Journalism and having 13 years of work experience as an editor, content writer with renowned international technical magazines and media companies. He is associated with CAD,CAM industry since 2008.

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