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5 December 2008

CIMdata News

Julius Dorfman, Co-Founder of CIMdata, Has Passed Away

With sadness, today we mark the passing of Julius Dorfman, co-founder and member of the CIMdata Board of Directors. He was 95. Mr. Dorfman served as Chairman of the Board for several years, and remained an active participant in setting the strategic direction of CIMdata to this day.

With a small investment and one business contract in 1983, Mr. Dorfman along with his friend, the late Robert Johnson, started a consulting organization to address the computer integrated manufacturing (CIM) industry. Over the past twenty-five years, that partnership has been transformed into CIMdata, the global leader in Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) consulting and research.

“Julius was one of the finest individuals that I’ve had the pleasure and privilege to know,” said Ed Miller, CIMdata’s President. “His enthusiasm, tireless commitment to excellence, and ability to look beyond the current state of things never ceased to be impressive and an inspiration to those around him. Julius was a true gentleman, who had a tremendous impact on our industry, and upon all of those fortunate to have interacted with him over the past many years.”

Prior to his involvement with CIMdata, Mr. Dorfman founded International Technology Marketing (ITM) in 1972 to provide consulting services, market research, and reports in Mechanical CAD, Electronic CAD, AEC, and workstations. ITM published a number of technology and market reports on these application areas over a period of more than ten years. The company operated successfully for more than fifteen years until its activities were absorbed into CIMdata.

Mr. Dorfman was with the Raytheon Company for 21 years in engineering, marketing, and management positions. He was a Life Member of IEEE, the Computer Society, ASQ, a member of CASA/SME, the Industrial Computer Society, and ISA. He held a BSEE degree from the City College of New York.

Since 1941, Mr. Dorfman had been active in engineering, marketing, and management in the electronics industry. He directed, co-authored, and published major studies on computer graphics, CAD, and CAE/CAD/CAM/CIM technologies and markets.

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