CIMdata Presents at Digital Engineering Conference

(CIMdata: Ann Arbor, MI) — CIMdata Inc., a leading global PLM strategic management consulting and research firm, announced that its Aerospace & Defense Practice Leader, James Roche, will be featured as a speaker at the upcoming Digital Engineering Conference (DICE) in Idaho Falls, Idaho, April 30–May 1.

Roche’s presentation, “The Promise and Reality of the Digital Thread—Insights from Industry Research,” will begin with CIMdata’s perspective on the digital thread, including what it is, what drives its value, and how value is effectively realized in practice. This will be followed by a report of key findings from industry research in several categories: the what and why of the digital thread, the current reality of digital thread in industry, planning investment for digital thread expansion in industry, and solution capability and provider alignment. The session will conclude with summary observations on government and industry alignment opportunities.

To learn more about the AD PAG, visit its website at to find information about the group’s mission and numerous position papers available to download for free.

Established in 2014, the AD PAG comprises major A&D companies including Airbus, Boeing, GE Aerospace, Gulfstream, Pratt & Whitney, Rolls-Royce, Safran, and Spirit AeroSystems.

If you would like to meet with the CIMdata team while they are at the event, contact [email protected]. For more details on DICE, visit


CIMdata, in collaboration with the Aerospace & Defense PLM Action Group (AD PAG) and multiple PLM solution providers, conducted extensive industry research on the digital thread. This concept is a strategic opportunity in aerospace and defense, requiring insights into current enablers, barriers, and future investment drivers. Domain expert interviews and an online survey targeting PLM practitioners were used to gather information. The research aimed to understand industry needs, inform commercial strategies, and guide implementations.

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