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24 July 2009

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PLM Certificate Program

CIMdata’s PLM Certificate Program is intended to ensure that the individuals that participate in a PLM program all have the same level of PLM understanding. The program is delivered through a series of education and training sessions. Comprised of a series of 3.5-hour and 7-hour seminars, it is delivered through a series of lectures, case studies, exercises, and tests.

CIMdata’s PLM Certificate Program is comprised of 9 core courses that can be given over a five-day period or can be delivered in half-day or full-day segments configured for a specific company’s requirements. Please note that CIMdata also offers a set of advanced courses for those companies that need to educate their PLM program participants in other important PLM related topics.

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CIMdata is now featuring online polls with real time reporting on our web site at Each week the results of the previous poll will be included in the CIMdata PLM Industry Summary to help you stay on top of trends in the PLM industry.

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The results for the last opinion poll are:

Poll on Has Your Company's Situation Changed Regarding Your PLM Program Progress since January of this year (graphic)

CIMdata’s latest opinion poll asked if the economy had impacted company PLM programs this year. The results were better than expected. The first concerned the progress of PLM programs. More than a third of respondents (37%) indicated that there had been no change. This indicates that many companies have remained committed to their PLM initiatives and are continuing to acquire and deploy PLM solutions. Another 18% indicated that the situation had improved and their programs were now proceeding without further delays while 21% indicated that their programs were proceeding with some delays. Only 24% indicated that their situation had worsened and their PLM programs were being delayed or reduced in scope. The fact that 75%+ indicated continuing progress reflects management’s understanding of the importance of PLM to help a company maintain or improve its competitive position in times of stress and also that PLM can help reduce the overall cost of product development.

The second question asked if companies had changed the direction (focus, scope) of their PLM program. 52% responded that there had been no change in direction while 27% indicated that there had been changes in priorities to focus on supporting specific business areas. The remaining 21% indicated that there had been miscellaneous direction changes. These results would indicate that most companies are following their PLM plan with the confidence that it should provide the support they need. They are evaluating how PLM can best support specific business areas and adjusting their programs to focus on those areas in which they can get the biggest return on investment.

NOTE: The results of these polls are anecdotal, not scientific.
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