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History

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, with offices in Wellesley, Massachusetts; Ann Arbor, Michigan; and Los Angeles, California.

1984
Collaborative Product Development Associates' (CPDA's) predecessor, D.H. Brown Associates (DHBA), is formed as a research firm serving institutional investors, suppliers, and users of advanced technology.

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 known as 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, Japan.

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

2003
DHBA holds its first Simulation & Analysis workshop in Atlanta, Georgia.

2004
CIMdata enters the Indian and Mexican markets.
CPDA is founded with the members of D.H. Brown Associates' PLM group.

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 banner.

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.

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Featured Cimdata Reports

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PLM Market Analysis Reports

The PLM MAR Series provides detailed information and in-depth analysis on the worldwide PLM market during 2012. 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.

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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.

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PLM Market Analysis Country Reports

These reports offer country-specific analyses of the PLM market during calendar year 2012. Their focus is on PLM investment and use in industrial markets. Reports cover Brazil, Germany, India, Japan, Russia, South Korea, and the United States.