CIMdata Announces Expansion of Simulation & Analysis and Systems Engineering Consulting Practices

Expanded practices to focus on the development and adoption of next generation, synergistic model-based strategies and systems-driven processes to improve product innovation and new product development return on investment.

Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1 October 2013 - CIMdata, Inc., the leading global Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) management consulting and research firm, announces the expansion of its Simulation & Analysis and Systems Engineering consulting practices. While continuing to focus on research for each discipline through their respective PLM Foresight Knowledge Councils, the consulting practice will concentrate on the development and adoption of next generation, synergistic model-based strategies and systems-driven processes to improve product innovation and new product development return on investment.

As part of this expansion, Peter Bilello, President of CIMdata, announces that Donald Tolle will lead the practice. Don’s title will be Director, Systems Engineering & Simulation Consulting Practice. “We are very pleased that Mr. Tolle will be leading this expanded practice, working along side Dr. Keith Meintjes (Simulation & Analysis Knowledge Council Lead) and John MacKrell (Systems Engineering Knowledge Council Lead) along with other senior staff members to expand CIMdata’s management consulting capabilities,” stated Mr. Bilello. “Don is a tested and proven veteran of the PLM software and services industry with a rich perspective and deep experience base that extends back to the early days of computer-aided engineering technology at Structural Dynamics Research Corporation (SDRC). He has extensive global experience in the development, go-to market planning, and deployment of advanced technologies and processes within many different industry sectors that CIMdata presently serves.”

“While there have been many significant advances in the numerous process and technology-related disciplines within Simulation & Analysis and Systems Engineering, there are still significant organizational, cultural, and process barriers to realizing the long promised business benefits of virtual product development from tightly coupled cross-disciplinary systems engineering and design,” stated Mr. Tolle. Independent silos of product knowledge and data exist throughout the traditional Systems Engineering ‘Vee’ approach that inhibit holistic, multi-disciplinary thinking with the rapid verification and validation of ‘right-to- market’ designs. More flexible and collaborative organizational models will be required for industry to achieve maximum return on investment (ROI) from the synergies of simulation & analysis and systems engineering principles. Advancing and promoting model-based and systems-driven product development processes spanning the complete spectrum of mechanical, electrical, software, controls, chemical, optics, and associated manufacturing disciplines is a major goal of the consulting practice.

With this expanded consulting practice, CIMdata will offer a portfolio of management consulting services for industrial organizations as well as for software solution providers and their partners who offer simulation & analysis and systems engineering solutions. A few of these services and deliverables include:

  • Defining and implementing organizational best practices for systems engineering and simulation lifecycle management within the construct of enterprise PLM processes
  • Assessing the technology, process, and organizational maturity levels for exploiting advancements in solutions and strategies
  • Providing practical technology implementation recommendations to industrial firms
  • Pushing the broad adoption of S&A and SE strategies beyond the traditional users in aerospace and automotive
  • Providing thought leadership by supporting research that promotes the adoption and growth of    best-in-class software applications
  • Workshops to facilitate education and collaboration between industries and solution providers
  • Developing and validating technology roadmaps with ROI benefit models for the deployment of  new processes and technologies
  • Strategic business review and planning including growth via merger and acquisitions
  • Support of solution marketing with market research of user requirements and gap analysis


This consulting practice will leverage CIMdata’s thirty years serving both industry and solution providers with management consulting, market research and analysis, and best practices education. For more information contact CIMdata at or at +1 734.668.9922.

About CIMdata

CIMdata, a leading independent worldwide firm, provides strategic management consulting to maximize an enterprise’s ability to design and deliver innovative products and services through the application of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions. Since its founding in 1983, CIMdata has delivered world-class knowledge, expertise, and best-practice methods on PLM solutions. These solutions incorporate both business processes and a wide-ranging set of PLM-enabling technologies.

CIMdata works with both industrial organizations and suppliers of technologies and services seeking competitive advantage in the global economy. In addition to consulting, CIMdata conducts research, provides PLM-focused subscription services, and produces several commercial publications. The company also provides industry education through PLM certificate programs, seminars, and conferences worldwide. CIMdata serves clients around the world from offices in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific. To learn more about CIMdata’s services, visit our website at, follow us on Twitter:, or contact CIMdata at: 3909 Research Park Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48108, USA, Tel: +1 734.668.9922. Fax: +1 734.668.1957; or at Oogststraat 20, 6004 CV Weert, The Netherlands, Tel: +31 (0) 495.533.666.

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