PLM Meeting

2018 Fall Meeting

November 7, 2018 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Indiana Manufacturing Institute


Organizational Change through PLM in a Digital Enterprise

8:00 – 8:30 am

Continental Breakfast and Registration

8:30 – 8:45 am

Welcome, PLM Center Updates, and Meeting Overview

Nathan Hartman – Dauch Family Professor of Advanced Manufacturing and Director, Product Lifecycle Management Center


A short brief on activities with the PLM Center and an overview of the day’s topics.

8:45 – 9:15 am

Legacy, Obsolescence, and Their Impacts on Technology and Methods in Digital Enterprise


The effects of merger, acquisition, technology obsolescence and evolution, and bespoke internal technologies can wreak havoc on the ability of a company to transform into a digital enterprise. This presentation will focus on the impacts legacy technologies, methods, and data can have on an organization’s ability to make the transformation to being a digital enterprise.

9:15 – 9:45 am

An Industry Case Study in Organizational Change

David Ewing – Technical Account Manager, Aras


Organizational change often accompanies the selection and implementation of new technology. This presentation will focus on the required organizational changes and methods that pair with technology changes in the PLM space.

9:45 – 10:45 am

Panel 1: New and Renewed Technologies and Their Effects on the Organization


Peter Bilello – President, CIMdata

David Ewing – Technical Account Manager, Aras


New and old technologies alike have an impact on the organizational functions needed to design, make, and sustain products. This panel will focus on how do specific technologies impact organizational change?


  • 3D printing
  • AR/VR
  • Mobile technologies
  • BI/data analytics
  • Machine learning
  • “connectedness”


10:45 – 11:15 am

Networking Break

11:15 – 11:45 am

Addressing Siloed Organizations with New Incentives

Joseph Anderson – Vice President, The Institute for Process Excellence


Companies organized in traditional siloes can make business process transformation difficult. PLM tools and methods, which can be customized or configured in many different ways, can further exacerbate this problem due to their somewhat inflexible data models, workflows, and UIs. However, it is easy to blame the technology as being the source of the problem. This presentation will explore the role of new data models, new incentives, and new business approaches in addressing these challenges.


11:45 am – 1:45 pm

Lunch and Presentation


Knocking Down Siloes in the Digital Enterprise While Adopting New Technologies

Peter Bilello – President, CIMdata


Organizational change is a difficult task. Doing it with complex tools, processes, and digital data in the mix makes it even more difficult. This presentation will focus on a look at eliminating siloes in the Digital Enterprise through the adoption of new tools and methods.


1:45 – 2:45 pm

Panel 2: Functional Area Requirements and the Impacts on Digital Enterprise Transformation


Organizational transformation is one of the most difficult things for a company to do. Ingrained culture, processes, and mindsets make it difficult, if not impossible, to do something new in many cases. Further compounding the challenge is the role that new digital technologies play in the information flow within an organization, which is often conflicting with traditional information flows, as each functional area had it ownership and requirements for each portion of the process. This panel will explore how the needs of those stakeholders can enable or disable the ability for an organization to make a digital transformation.


Brion Carrol – Product & Engineering Services – PLM, Capgemini, USA

Joseph Anderson – Vice President, The Institute for Process Excellence



2:45 – 3:15 pm

Networking Break

3:15 – 3:45 pm

Business Process Transformation in the Digital Enterprise

Brion Carrol – Product & Engineering Services – PLM, Capgemini, USA


This presentation will address business process transformation through the adoption of PLM tools and methods within the Digital Enterprise. A particular emphasis will be on the changes in how people work as a result of business transformation and the accompanying technology.



3:45 – 4:15 pm


4:15 – 4:30 pm

Summary and Closing Remarks

Nathan Hartman – Professor, Computer Graphics Technology and Director, Product Lifecycle Management Center