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2018 PLM Market & Industry Forum:
"Industry 4.0 – Its Global Impact & Status"

April 5 | North America (Ann Arbor, MI, USA) [VIEW AGENDA] [REGISTER]
April 12 | EMEA (Frankfurt, Germany)  [VIEW AGENDA] [REGISTER]
April 16 | India (Pune) [MORE INFORMATION]
April 20 | China (Shanghai)
April 25 | Japan (Tokyo)

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Industry 4.0 – Its Global Impact & Status

Dates & Locations

North America
Thursday, April 5, 2018

Cost to Attend:
Register by March 5 - US$650
Register after March 5 - US$850

Venue Information:
Sheraton Hotel
3200 Boardwalk Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48108, USA
Phone: +1 734.996.0600
Special Attendee Rate: US$129++ (rate available until March 3)
Mention “CIMdata” when booking.

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Thursday, 12 April, 2018

Cost to Attend:
Register by March 12 - €550
Register after March 12 - €715

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Venue Information:
Steigenberger Airport Hotel Unterschweinstiege 16 | 60549 Frankfurt/Main, GERMANY
Phone: +49 (0) 69 6975-2465
Special Attendee Rate: €179
(rate available until 1 March)
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Monday, April 16, 2018
Pune, India
Co-Sponsored by Brainwave Consulting

Venue Information:
JW Marriott, Senapati Bapat Road, Pune, INDIA

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Friday, April 20, 2018
Shanghai, CHINA

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Tokyo Garden Palace, Tokyo, JAPAN​
Co-Sponsored by MetaLinc K.K.




CIMdata’s roots go back to computer-integrated manufacturing (CIM), a concept from the 1970s where computers control the entire manufacturing process. While some large companies invested heavily, much of the CIM vision went unrealized. Fast forward to today, where sensors, computing, and communication devices are bountiful and cheap, and the new vision is Industry 4.0, a concept that started in Germany in 2011 and is now embraced around the world. Beyond adoption by industry, it is embodied in national initiatives in China (Made in China 2025), India (Make in India), and many other countries.

The core design principles of Industry 4.0 are interoperability, information transparency (including the notion of the digital twin), technical assistance (augmenting humans in analysis and physical work), and decentralized decision making. Some people talk about Industry 4.0 as the convergence of information technology (IT) and operation technology (OT); a bridging of digital and physical, cyber-physical production systems enabled by the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). At a practical level, however, companies are looking to employ these processes and enabling technologies to facilitate mass customization, allowing them to make money while serving markets of one.

The Internet of Things (IoT) provides new opportunities for understanding how products are manufactured and used in the real world. Vast quantities of data will need to be captured, analyzed, combined with social and other real-world data (e.g., time and location), and presented to help humans to make better decisions more quickly.

Predictive analytics and cognitive solutions can identify the best action needed to maintain, overhaul, or replace vital assets. In many cases, this action will be to allow the system to decide to act, especially in those situations where human-in-the-loop may be too slow. Security is a good example where network intrusions can happen too fast for human admins to respond quickly enough.

Digital twins will help companies better design products and their manufacturing processes, as well as helping to understand and maintain the product in use. Digital twins can be used early in development to test customer reactions to product concepts, and later in the lifecycle to support service. It is important to emphasize that while all use the same phrase, digital twin, these twins are fraternal. Solution providers, driven by their offerings, partnerships, and strategies, mean very different things when they use this phrase. Industrial firms just need to be sure that the parts of the lifecycle of most interest to them are the best supported by their chosen solution providers.

Industrial companies, software and service providers, and governments see the opportunities made possible and are investing. As the PLM Market & Industry Forum takes place in several countries and regions—the United States, Germany, India, China, and Japan—that are all committed to this topic, CIMdata has decided to use the 2018 PLM Market & Industry Forum as a platform to help move this conversation forward from a PLM perspective. To make this possible each global session will start with a presentation about the status of Industry 4.0 promotion and adoption in that country and region. CIMdata has researched the leading solution providers and industrial companies to take the pulse of Industry 4.0, focusing on early successes, key learnings, and issues that must be tackled. This information will be used to engage the audience, and to gather and report additional findings after the session.

As members of the PLM Economy, it is important that you leverage this new wave with your customers. When adopting PLM, CIMdata advises clients to always position PLM initiatives within broader corporate or industry objectives, and Industry 4.0 and its related need for end-to-end digitalization is the perfect opportunity. With companies planning to spend a significant portion of their IT budget on Industry 4.0 initiatives, the PLM industry must be part of the solution. Of course, some of the leading firms are already leveraging this in their messaging but many still need to jump in to catch the digitalization wave.

Plan to join us at one of our 2018 Forum events.

CIMdata’s 2018 PLM Market & Industry Forum, the leading event designed exclusively for solution and services providers in the PLM economy, is a key deliverable for our PLM Community members.

Gold and Silver members of CIMdata's PLM Community may qualify for a complimentary ticket to this event. To find out if you qualify please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

What critical topics will be addressed?
  • Is the adoption of IoT, Industry 4.0, and new technologies, such as Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality, providing manufacturing companies added value and return on investment?
  • What needs to be considered by companies seeking to implement Additive Manufacturing?
  • What is Service Lifecycle Management and how are companies leveraging the IoT/IIoT to capture and manage information about the in-service use and status of products and systems?
  • What is PLM's expanding role in managing and extracting value from Big Data?
  • What is Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality, where did it come from, and where is it going?
What are CIMdata’s PLM Market & Industry Forums?
  • They are the leading event designed exclusively for solution and services providers in the PLM economy
  • In existence for over 25 years, CIMdata's Market & Industry Forum events have the reputation of being the primary venue for shaping the future of PLM
  • They are presented by CIMdata, Inc., the leading global PLM consulting firm for over 30 years
  • They provide key insights in to the current economic climate and trends, and examine their effects on the PLM economy 
  • They offer a venue for sharing CIMdata’s perspective on the current state of the PLM market and trends for the future 
  • Provides the first look at CIMdata’s eagerly awaited 2017 PLM market analysis results 
  • Offer insights into how to navigate the PLM market environment in the year to come 
  • Provides an opportunity to network with other professionals in the PLM community
  • Your chance to collaborate with CIMdata’s domain experts, practice managers, and analysts
  • They are the foremost opportunity to network with CIMdata’s PLM Community Members, your peers, your competitors, your collaborators, and your potential partners
  • CIMdata’s PLM Market & Industry Forum events serve as the leading venue for setting the vision for the PLM industry in the coming year

Who Should Attend?
  • PLM software solution providers
  • Non-PLM enterprise solution providers
  • PLM systems integrators
  • Value-added resellers
  • Analyst relations specialists
  • Marketing and competitive analysis professionals
  • Channel partners
  • Anyone involved in helping end users succeed in their PLM journey

Why Should I Attend?
  • You will be part of the industry’s first look at CIMdata’s analysis of the 2017 PLM economy
  • You will see the bigger picture on the current state of the PLM economy
  • You will understand what is driving the PLM economy
  • You will join like-minded peers in stimulating discussions about the PLM economy
  • You will find out how your company performs relative to others in the PLM economy
  • You will learn about emerging trends impacting the PLM economy
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