CIMdata to Host Free Webinar on ‘Bridging Information Silos to Improve Product Decision’


    ANN ARBOR, MI, USA, Aug 21, 2020 – CIMdata, Inc., the leading global Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) strategic management consulting and research firm, announces an upcoming free educational webinar, “Bridging Information Silos to Improve Product Decisions.” The webinar will take place on Thursday, 10 September 2020, at 11:00 a.m. (EDT) and will last for one hour.

    Contextual views combining relevant data from different information silos improve decision making within a company. Finding the data when it is outside your immediate responsibilities can be challenging. Making sure the data is from a stable configuration is also challenging; was it from an early release or a pilot or somewhere in between?

    Process orchestration and shared configurations are critical elements for improving product development. This webinar will consider the state of the digital engineering practice regarding sharing configurations and how process orchestration across an organization may be accomplished. With the continued advancement of computers and applications, the webinar will conclude with some ideas and projections about what to expect next.

    This webinar will help attendees:

    1. Better understand digital technologies that can speed and improve decisions.
    2. Learn about the role of Process Orchestration—standard work, the basis for improvement, and compliance.
    3. Gain an understanding of the evolution of Product Lifecycle Management, emphasizing incremental improvements.

    According to Craig Brown, a CIMdata executive consultant, and the host for this webinar, “Frequency mismatches from different parts of an organization makes decision management more challenging. Applications tuned for capital investment, mechanical prototype build shops, and software only features have difficulty exchanging information. This leads to distinct, often separated, silos of data.”

    Over his 30-year journey at GM, Mr. Brown was responsible for PLM Portfolio Planning and held assignments in embedded software, systems engineering, CAE Methods, and process improvement. He led engineering, and IT teams developing tools to improve product and manufacturing engineering. These teams received patents, engineering awards, and records of invention, including using OnStar® to monitor and report vehicle diagnostics. Before joining GM, he spent 12 years in the Aerospace/Defense industry focused on control systems and tools to help develop systems for guidance, navigation and control, and signal processing systems. He was a member of the team that invented VHDL and led one of the first commercial tool applications. Mr. Brown has a talent for organizing across industry sectors to distill common requirements, which can help streamline tools and standards development.

    This webinar will be useful to executives, directors, and managers responsible for product development, manufacturing, quality, and service; PLM team leaders and team members; product managers; IT leadership and staff; solution providers; and anyone who wants to learn about how to manage PLM when a disruption happens.

    During the webinar, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions about the topics discussed.

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