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14 January 2011

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The CIMdata Vendor Forum, a series of international one-day events, provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity for PLM technology and service suppliers to come together to examine the industry’s performance, gauge its progress and set the vision for its future. It also provides a forum at which CIMdata shares its perspective on the PLM industry and market, introduces PLM market analyses results, and drive discussion about issues of critical importance to the vendor community.

CIMdata 2011 PLM Vendor Forum: “PLM - Back to the Future”

According to leading economists, “The Great Recession” is behind us, but many sectors of the world economy are still feeling the pain. Despite the slow emergence from this darkness, there is some light at the end of the tunnel. As often happens, PLM seems to be a leading indicator, with growth returning to the PLM market somewhat faster than in other domains. But are we really back to business as usual? That is one of several reasons for this year’s theme “Back to the Future.” More…


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CIMdata Online Polls

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.

Take a moment to visit the site and vote on our current poll.

The results for the last opinion poll are:

The results of this poll are rather disappointing given the importance of product cost to competitive marketing. The poll shows that very few companies are actually employing Design to Cost techniques during product development. However, among companies with whom CIMdata consults, lowering product cost remains a major competitive marketing strategy. One that is given plenty of emphasis by business planners, but apparently is not actually taken very seriously by product development organizations.

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