CIMdata Announces Social Product Development and Collaboration Practice

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ANN ARBOR — The product lifecycle management consulting and research firm CIMdata Inc. Tuesday announced the formation of its newest business practice on Social Product Development and Collaboration.

The practice will concentrate on the use of social media tools and techniques to improve product development and innovation. Peter Bilello, President of CIMdata, announced that Dana P. Nickerson will lead the practice.

Said Bilello: “He is a thought leader in how to use information technology to improve product development to foster innovation and has deep knowledge and expertise in this area. He has implemented PLM at a fortune 500 industrial company, founded a software company that produces a Component Supplier Management product and provided PLM consulting to the leading global industrial companies. With this background and expertise, I’m sure the results of this practice will generate excellent value for our clients.”

Added Nickerson: “Organizations responsible for product development and innovation have many challenges that require rapid decision making, knowledge development, access, and use. However, knowledge development and decision making are inhibited by far flung organizations, cultural barriers, and lack of suitable collaboration tools. Using current and future social product development tools and techniques will greatly improve collaboration which is the foundation of product knowledge and making good product and business decisions.”

With this new practice, CIMdata will offer a portfolio of consulting services aimed at industrial organizations as well as software solution providers who offer social and collaboration tools. A social product development diagnostic maturity model is available that will find knowledge development, decision making and collaboration issues, raise opportunities for improvement, and assess the potential value of addressing those issues. The practice will also provide a strategy for improving knowledge development and collaboration and reducing product development waste.

CIMdata’s Social Product Development and Collaboration Practice offerings leverage the organization’s more than thirty years of management consulting, market research and analysis, webinars, solution assessment, and best practices education. For more information contact CIMdata at info@cimdata.com or at (734) 668-9922.

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