• Call us at +1 734.668.9922
Let us know how we can help YOU
gradient logo

Dassault Systèmes Acquires Majority Stake in Centric Software

  • A CIMdata Highlight:
  • On June 14, 2018, Dassault Systèmes, a leader in the global PLM market, announced they had signed a definitive agreement to acquire a majority stake in Centric Software. CIMdata believes this is a good move for Dassault Systèmes.
View Highlight

PTC and Rockwell Automation Announce Strategic Partnership to Drive Industrial Innovation and Accelerate Growth

  • A CIMdata Highlight:
  • PTC and Rockwell Automation, Inc., announced on 11 June 2018 that they have entered into a definitive agreement for a strategic partnership. The partnership will leverage both companies’ resources, technologies, industry expertise, and market presence, and will include technical collaboration and joint global go-to-market initiatives.
View Highlight

Digital Transformation with OpenBOM

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • CIMdata believes OpenBOM has identified the correct four aspects of innovative product development in an ever more complex world.
View Commentary

Dassault Systèmes SIMULIA Analyst Briefing 2018: Digitally Accelerating Additive Manufacturing

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • CIMdata believes Dassault Systèmes has made significant progress simulating the entire Additive Manufacturing (AM) process. Since their acquisition of ABAQUS, Inc., in 2005, the company has transformed the use of Finite Element Analysis (FEA) tools from evaluating discrete items to simulating the entire AM lifecycle.
View Commentary

Connecting the Core: IFS World Conference 2018

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • CIMdata attended the IFS World Conference 2018, held in Atlanta, Georgia on 1-3 May 2018. The event totaled about 1,400 people. Founded in 1983, IFS is known for IFS Applications, their component-based enterprise offering version 10 was launched in 2018. IFS also has other strong offerings, including field service management and maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO).
View Commentary

Industrializing Additive Manufacturing

  • A CIMdata eBook:
  • This eBook introduces some key AM concepts such as Design for Additive Manufacture (DfAM) to identify opportunities to improve both existing and new designs, new organizational considerations including using a Vee Model to map out the end-to-end AM workflow, provides example use-cases of AM, and highlights the often-overlooked area of security.
View eBook

Aras ACE 2018: Fast Track to Digital Transformation

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • CIMdata attended the annual Aras customer event, ACE 2018, held in Indianapolis on March 20th through 22nd. The format mirrored last year’s, with keynotes for all attendees and multiple parallel tracks. The two and one-half day agenda had up to seven parallel tracks and 20 unique sessions per day. The attendees included a diverse range of users from manufacturers and other industrial companies, as well as the usual implementation partners, industry and financial analysts, and academics.
View Commentary

Intelligence Spanning the Lifecycle: SAP Infodays for PLM

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • CIMdata attended the SAP Infodays for PLM event, held in St. Leon-Rot, Germany on 8-9 May 2018. This session brings together SAP customers, primarily from Germany and Central Europe, SAP partners, and SAP staff to highlight on-going developments, strategies, and futures and showcase leading customers’ work in developing and deploying SAP’s solutions. CIMdata has attended a number of SAP events before but the customer presentations at this event were much more informative than many others heard in the past.
View Commentary

Glovius: A Modern CAD Viewer

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • The collaborative visualization solution, Glovius from HCL Technologies, offers CAD independent viewing and data access. Aptly called a “Modern CAD Viewer” because of its ability to run on an extensive range of platforms including tablets and smart phones, Glovius offers capabilities such as dimensioning, sectioning, markup, 3D compare, and analysis tools to all levels of users.
View Commentary

Product Data Intelligence

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • Actify has been in the information discovery and visualization business for many years. They continue to enrich and add to their suite of tools and processes to enhance how people extract intelligence from their product data regardless of the data’s source. Their solutions’ abilities to coexist in and augment the enterprise environments of their customers are strong and compelling reasons to consider their solutions to support being able to improve product data intelligence. Actify’s pricing model that provides solutions as a service is also quite compelling.
View Commentary

Infor Innovation Summit—Infor OS Ready for Prime Time

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • CIMdata recently attended Infor’s Innovation Summit 2018 held March 19 and 20 in New York City, New York. Charles Phillips, Infor’s CEO, was the keynote speaker and kicked off the Summit with an overview of Infor’s achievements for the past year and set the stage for the Innovation Summit. Mr. Phillips stated that Infor currently has over 16,000 employees, delivered 176 new products during the last 12 months, and has over 71 million users subscribing to the Infor Cloud.
View Commentary

Phoenix Integration User’s Conference Focuses on Integration of MDAO with Systems Engineering

  • A CIMdata Commentary:
  • CIMdata participated in the recent Phoenix Integration International Users Conference event held in Annapolis, MD, on April 17-19, 2018. Approximately 85 engineers, scientists, and managers from industry, government, and academia were in attendance at this 3-day event spanning the disciplines of behavior modeling and simulation, multi-disciplinary design analysis and optimization(MDAO), and model-based systems engineering (MBSE).
View Commentary
gradient logo

Free White Papers

Free Commentaries

Sign Up Now!
We have been totally impressed with the unbiased counsel we have received from CIMdata


Cimdata Logo

Experience & Expertise

CIMdata's Consultants
Senior, Experienced, and Professional

The core of CIMdata's business is our consulting organization. Our expertise is unrivaled and we have been leaders in the industry for more than 30 years. CIMdata consultants are senior, experienced professionals with diverse back­grounds. Having worked in manufacturing, engineering, management, and technology-based companies themselves, CIMdata consultants have a firsthand appreciation of the problems our clients face. Through their direct contact with organizations worldwide they have developed an understanding of the impact exerted by culture on business decisions, and the particular stresses that this places on organizations struggling to operate globally.

CIMdata consultants employ our world-class best practices strategic PLM consulting methodology and associated tools and techniques. Their expertise is anchored in solid industry research and is proactively transferred through comprehensive educational programs. Their professionalism assures that trust and confidentiality are the cornerstones of every client relationship.

CIMdata's Business Model
Consulting, Education, Research: A Range of Complementary Services

Since our founding in 1983, CIMdata has become a major resource in the use of PLM best practices and associated technologies in the support of major engineering and manufacturing enterprises worldwide. CIMdata’s strategic consulting, in-depth research, and educational services are based on proven methodologies for industrial organiza­tions and suppliers of PLM enabling technologies globally.

The price of excellence is vigilance. We know that our hard-won leadership in consulting can only be maintained by continually expanding our knowledge base and increasing our value to each and every client, and we achieve those objectives in several ways.


CIMdata’s primary business focus is consulting. Because our expertise is anchored in extensive experience and continuous vigilance, we are able to provide excellent support to our clients in strategic direction and vision, linking business to technology and solutions, and best practices.


As part of the total CIMdata support package, we conduct in-depth research on a broad spectrum of technologies and market developments with particular emphasis on those that address PLM. The intensive research conducted by our own consultants, and the resulting information, is channeled directly into current consulting services, our reports and publications, and the continuous contact with clients through member­ship in the CIMdata PLM Community.


Education has always been one of our top priorities. We deliver education through interna­tional conferences, roundtable discussions, an academically oriented PLM Certification Program, international seminars and events, and dedicated PLM education programs that are tailored for particular target audiences.

CIMdata's Industry Role
Guidance for Business Success

As the world leading strategic consulting and research firm fully dedicated to Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), CIMdata helps enterprises improve their effectiveness and competitiveness. Through defining, implementing, and consistently applying a strategic PLM business approach, we help our clients increase both top and bottom line business benefits. Our services are focused on improving innovative capabilities over the full product lifecycle. In that respect, we help our clients optimize collaborative product-related processes, enhance the value of intellectual assets, reduce total product lifecycle costs, and leverage resources throughout the extended enterprise. In short, we help our clients successfully implement a strategic PLM business approach.

CIMdata's Unique Position
Services for Industrial Organizations and Solution Providers

CIMdata is a non-biased, independent, global consulting firm that has established itself as a world-leading source of information and guidance to both industrial organizations and suppliers of PLM technologies and services. The advantages to our clients are significant, since we can leverage what we learn from one group to help the other navigate an ever-changing environment. The fact that we are completely independent assures the highest level of confidentiality and objectivity.

CIMdata works with industrial companies, analyzing their operations, assessing their information needs, educating their staff, and helping them integrate research, engineering, procurement, manufacturing, in-field service, and other product lifecycle functions with appropriate, cost-effective, and productive solutions that enable PLM.

CIMdata also works with solution providers who rely on our strategic consulting and research services to provide insight into user needs and requirements, to identify new market opportunities, and to improve their market strategies and product programs. CIMdata provides quantitative data on shipments, installed base, revenue forecasts, market segmentation; and publishes reports about state-of-the-art technology, commercial systems, market developments, competitive information, and pricing. CIMdata serves clients worldwide from offices in the United States, Europe, and Japan.

ipad background image

Featured Cimdata Reports

PLM Benefits Appraisal Guide

CIMdata’s PLM Benefits Appraisal Guide is designed to help potential PLM users evaluate the applicability and payoffs of PLM in their enterprise, and to help existing users of PLM monitor the impact it is having on their product programs.

AEC Market Overview Report

The CIMdata 2017 AEC Market Overview Report presents CIMdata’s detailed analysis of the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) market.

PLM Market Analysis Reports

The PLM MAR Series provides detailed information and in-depth analysis on the worldwide PLM market. It contains analyses of major trends and issues, leading PLM providers, revenue analyses for geographical regions and industry sectors, and historical and projected data on market growth.

PLM Market Analysis Country Reports

These reports offer country-specific analyses of the PLM market. Their focus is on PLM investment and use in industrial markets. Reports cover Brazil, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Russia, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Simulation & Analysis Market Analysis Report

This report presents CIMdata’s overview of the global simulation and analysis market, one of the fastest growing segments of the overall product lifecycle management market, including profiles of the leading S&A firms.

CAM Market Analysis Report

This report presents CIMdata’s overview of the worldwide CAM software and services market. It also includes a discussion on the trends in the CAM industry and updates on the top CAM solution providers.