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CIMdata's History

CIMdata has been leading the global PLM economy since 1983 and has evolved into the leading independent global strategic management consulting and research authority focused exclusively on PLM and the digital transformation it enables.

Significant Milestones in CIMdata's History


CIMdata is founded by Julius Dorfman, Robert Johnson, and David Penning.

First edition of the CAD/CAM Management Systems Buyers Guide is completed.

CIMdata enters the European Market.
CIMdata launches its first annual Vendor Forum (now the PLM Market & Industry Forum).

Ed Miller becomes President of CIMdata following the death of co-founder Robert Johnson.
CIMdata holds its first conference at the Hyatt Regency in Dearborn, Michigan.
First edition of the NC Software Buyer’s Guide is published.

First PLM Road Map conference is held in Detroit, Michigan.

CIMdata launches the PLM Market Analysis Report and the NC Market Assessment Report.
CIMdata's first European conference is held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

CIMdata establishes a relationship with Metalinc in Japan.

First Japanese User Conference and Vendor Forum are held in Tokyo.

First European Vendor Forum is held in Paris, France.

The first Simulation & Analysis workshop is held in Atlanta, Georgia.

CIMdata enters the Indian and Mexican markets.
CPDA is founded.

CIMdata enters the South African, Russian, and Chinese markets.

CIMdata launches its first PLM Certificate Program.

Peter Bilello becomes President of CIMdata following the death of Ed Miller.
CIMdata enters the South American market, marking the firm’s working presence on six continents.
First China Market Analysis Report published in both English and Chinese.

CIMdata acquires CPDA.
First PLM Road Map conference held under the CIMdata name.

CIMdata publishes the Country Market Analysis Series, analyzing six individual country markets.

CIMdata publishes the Simulation & Analysis Market report.
CIMdata celebrates 30 years in business.
PLM Road Map celebrates its 20th year.
CIMdata announces the formation of the Aerospace & Defense Consulting Practice.

CIMdata announces the formation of the Aerospace & Defense PLM Action Group.

CIMdata announces the formation of the Simulation-Driven Systems Development Consulting Practice.
The Product Information Platform is introduced.

CIMdata announces the formation of the Quality & Reliability Engineering Consulting Practice.
CIMdata announces the formation of the AEC & Manufacturing Convergence Consulting Practice.

CIMdata announces the formation of the Additive Manufacturing Consulting Practice.

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