Jon Hirschtick to Keynote at CIMdata's PLM Road Map 2012

Ann Arbor, Michigan, August 21, 2012 - CIMdata, Inc. is pleased to announce that Jon Hirschtick, CAD Software Entrepreneur, will make a keynote presentation at PLM Road Map(TM) 2012, which will take place at The Inn at St. John's, outside of Detroit, on October 2 and 3.

The keynote line-up also includes presentations by automotive expert, Dr. David E. Cole, Georgia Institute of Technology's Professor Dimitri Mavris, Dana's Frank Popielas, and EADS' Tristan Gegaden. The great irony of the CAD business today is that nobody in the CAD business wants to talk about CAD. With solution providers all talking PLM and business process automation the time has come to revisit CAD. In his keynote presentation, "CAD Future: A Perspective View," Jon Hirschtick will take a look at where the CAD business has been and more importantly, where it needs to go. Based on his many years in the industry, Jon Hirschtick will provide a personal perspective view on the impact of the ever-changing design process, the new generation digital-native workforce, new modeling technology, and most importantly the massive changes in computing platforms -- both hardware and software.

PLM Road Map(TM) 2012 is the must-attend event for industry executives and PLM practitioners globally - providing independent education and a collaborative networking environment where ideas, trends, experiences, and relationships critical to the industry germinate and take root. It is a strategic conference focused on how companies are successfully employing PLM strategies and enabling solutions to meet challenging product development, manufacturing, and deployment issues. PLM Road Map(TM) 2012 is a two-day event that will challenge attendees to shift their current thinking to a new level in a series of presentations focusing on the global transformation of product development and innovation processes. For more information on PLM Road Map(TM) 2012 visit:

About Jon Hirschtick, CAD Software Entrepreneur

Jon Hirschtick is a well known CAD Software Entrepreneur. In 1993 Jon founded SolidWorks and served as CEO, board member, and group executive until 2011. Today, SolidWorks is the most widely used 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) software in the world, used by over 1,000,000 people worldwide to design manufactured products such as consumer goods, electronics, medical devices, and factory machinery.

Jon has worked in the CAD industry since 1981 -- at MIT's CAD Research Lab; Premise Inc., a startup company he co-founded in 1987; and Computervision Corporation. Jon has served as a board member at many other venture-funded startup companies including Z Corp, Revit, Liquid Machines, Express3D, and Vela Systems.

Jon has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from MIT, where he was a member of the MIT Blackjack Team profiled in several TV shows and movies.


About CIMdata

CIMdata, a leading independent worldwide firm, provides strategic management consulting to maximize an enterprise’s ability to design and deliver innovative products and services through the application of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions. Since its founding in 1983, CIMdata has delivered world-class knowledge, expertise, and best-practice methods on PLM solutions. These solutions incorporate both business processes and a wide-ranging set of PLM-enabling technologies.

CIMdata works with both industrial organizations and suppliers of technologies and services seeking competitive advantage in the global economy. In addition to consulting, CIMdata conducts research, provides PLM-focused subscription services, and produces several commercial publications. The company also provides industry education through PLM certificate programs, seminars, and conferences worldwide. CIMdata serves clients around the world from offices in North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific. To learn more about CIMdata’s services, visit our website at or contact CIMdata at: 3909 Research Park Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48108, USA. Tel: +1 (734) 668-9922. Fax: +1 (734) 668-1957; or at Oogststraat 20, 6004 CV Weert, The Netherlands. Tel: +31 (0) 495 533 666.



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