PLM Meeting

2018 Spring Meeting

March 29 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Indiana Manufacturing Institute

 

Exploring Application Lifecycle Management and Its Role in PLM

8:00 – 8:30 am

Continental Breakfast and Registration

8:30 – 8:45 am

Welcome, PLM Center Updates, and Meeting Overview
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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

ALM: Framing the Needs, Challenges and Opportunities
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Paul Streit – IT Business Services Architect, Rockwell Collins

 

Our opening presentation will help to establish a foundation for the audience on what ALM is (and is not), review the needs and challenges, and outline the intersection between ALM and PLM. 

 

9:15 – 9:45 am

Achieving the digital thread through PLM and ALM integration using OSLC 
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Axel Reichwein, Ph.D. – Chief Executive Officer, Koneksys

 

The Web provides a reliable, scalable, and open infrastructure. Open Services for Lifecycle Collaboration (OSLC) is an initiative to reuse Web standards for the purpose of integrating engineering data. Currently, OSLC is mainly used for integrating software engineering artifacts such as requirements, change requests, and test cases. However, OSLC can also be used beyond software engineering for linking engineering artifacts across different engineering disciplines and applications. OSLC can therefore be viewed as a possible foundation for achieving the digital thread, including PLM/ALM integration.

 

9:45 – 10:45 am

Panel 1: A Customer’s View of ALM Tools and Methods through the Lifecycle
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Paul Streit – IT Business Services Architect, Rockwell Collins

Christopher Hoffman – Director-Engineering Information Systems Owner, Cummins

Laxmi Sivashankar – Senior Manager, Global Process, Methods, Tools and Information & Systems Engineering, Ford Motor Company

 

This panel will take a broad look at customer expectations and requirements viewed from a perspective of traditional, physical products as well as software development.  For instance, a customer’s expectation that an automaker routinely update GPS maps in onboard navigation systems.  It will also expand the discussion by looking at short and long-life products (autos vs. defense platforms), end-users, cybersecurity issues, and visible to the customer (e.g., navigation system) versus non-visible (e.g., engine monitoring/control).

 

10:45 – 11:15 am

Networking Break

11:15 – 11:45 am

Embedded software in products: the convergence of ALM with Systems Engineering
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Robert Wirthlin – Model-based Systems Engineering Leader, General Motors

 

The Convergence of ALM and PLM has recently gained traction with Systems Engineering emerging as a key contributor to bridge these communities. In like manner, as embedded software in products becomes more ubiquitous and complex, systems engineering is playing a critical role for the successful integration and execution in this environment. The presentation will explore some of the critical issues practitioners must acknowledge and the challenges that remain.

 

11:45 am – 1:45 pm

Lunch and Presentation

 

Integrating Data Streams Across the Enterprise for ALM 
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Christopher Hoffman – Director-Engineering Information Systems Owner, Cummins

 

A look at defining the strategy and initiatives for “business” application lifecycle management for the entire engineering workflow – 1000+ applications and 1000s of data locations. 

 

1:45 – 2:15 pm

Panel 2: Views from the Front Lines: Developing and Deploying Software Tools Across the Lifecycle using ALM
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Craig Brown – PLM Leader, General Motors

Chris Ziehr – Senior Engineering ​Manager, Systems, Process, & Support, Rockwell Collins

Axel Reichwein, Ph.D. – Chief Executive Officer, Koneksys

 

A round-robin discussion of lessons learned and other stories. This contrasts with Panel 2 (what you need to do) by answering (what we would do if we had to do it again).  What are the employee skills needed? How do we handle regulatory compliance issues, unanticipated organizational hurdles, customer demands, etc.?

 

2:15 – 2:45 pm

Networking Break

2:45 – 3:15 pm

Managing Software Applications Once the Customer Has the Product
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Craig Brown – PLM Leader, General Motors

 

This presentation will take a broad look at how companies manage the software and systems lifecycle of their products once the customer has ownership. Implications for customer expectations and requirements, as well as product enhancement, are viewed from a perspective of traditional, physical products as well as software development. 

 

3:15 – 3:45 pm

ALM Trends and Drivers: Where do we go from here?
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Stephen Crescenti – ALM Solutions Consultant, Siemens

 

This presentation will address current and planned ALM research and development programs, educational initiatives, and future-looking topics of interest to the community. It may expose as many questions as answers.

 

3: 45 – 4:00 pm

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

 

 

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