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 the PLM market.

Significant Milestones in CIMdata's History

 

1983
CIMdata is founded by Julius Dorfman, Robert Johnson, and David Penning.

1988
First edition of the CAD/CAM Management Systems Buyers Guide is completed.

1990
CIMdata enters the European Market.
CIMdata launches its first annual Vendor Forum (now the PLM Market & Industry Forum).

1992
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.

1993
First PLM Road Map conference is held in Detroit, Michigan.

1994
CIMdata launches the PLM Market Analysis Report and the NC Market Assessment Report.
CIMdata's first European conference is held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

1996
CIMdata establishes a relationship with Metalinc in Japan.

1997
First Japanese User Conference and Vendor Forum are held in Tokyo.

2001
First European Vendor Forum is held in Paris, France.

2003
The first Simulation & Analysis workshop is held in Atlanta, Georgia.

2004
CIMdata enters the Indian and Mexican markets.
CPDA is founded.

2008
CIMdata enters the South African, Russian, and Chinese markets.

2009
CIMdata launches its first PLM Certificate Program.

2010
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.

2011
CIMdata acquires CPDA.
First PLM Road Map conference held under the CIMdata name.

2012
CIMdata publishes the Country Market Analysis Series, analyzing six individual country markets.

2013
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.

2014
CIMdata announces the formation of the Aerospace & Defense PLM Action Group.

2015
CIMdata announces the formation of the Simulation-Driven Systems Development Consulting Practice.
The Product Information Platform is introduced.

2016
CIMdata announces the formation of the Quality & Reliability Engineering Consulting Practice.
CIMdata announces the formation of the AEC & Manufacturing Convergence Consulting Practice.